Goal 15: Life on land

Care for the planet, its ecosystems and its people is at the core of our University philosophy and strategy.

In all that we do in our research, our teaching, on our campuses and in our local regions, we work to improve the health and wellbeing of our local and global communities, and the planet that we share.

We find practical solutions for the protection of ecosystems and human communities, collaborating with industry, Indigenous groups and government to improve life on land.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
– United Nations

Research, engagement & education 2020-21

Research addressing this goal includes improving the effects of water desalination, herbicide use, and environmental-education programs in the community.

Our work to support 'life on land' includes protecting Australia's native flora through direct planting schemes, and observing bushfire behaviour to inform building standards.

In addition to an environmental focus in science and education courses, the student-led program Enactus works towards a 'more sustainable' future for all.

Sustainability on campus

Seeds to Success is a voluntary program for VU students to produce native plants used to restore one the last remnants of native grasslands in the west of Melbourne. The program is operated through Iramoo Native Plant Nursery at the St Albans Campus.