Changes in consumption and production patterns can help promote decoupling of economic growth and human well-being from resource use and environmental impacts. It can also trigger the transformations envisaged by global commitments on biodiversity, climate and sustainable development at large.
– United Nations

Victoria University takes care to consume responsibly, and seeks solutions to crucial issues such as energy and food-resource overuse.

We investigate key aspects of climate change and of rapidly emerging renewable technologies, as well as the policy and practice of adequate responses to these challenges.

On our campuses we put policy into practice, with an ever-evolving dedication to sustainable resource use.

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Research projects & engagement 2020-21

Bakti Sedayu, Marlene Cran and Stephen Bigger investigate how to improve the properties of eco-friendly plastics derived from biomaterials, particularly for food-packaging applications in Improving the moisture barrier and mechanical properties of semi-refined carrageenan films and Reinforcement of Refined and Semi-Refined Carrageenan Film with Nanocellulose.

Impact of smart logistics on smart city sustainable performance by Himanshu Kumar Shee , Shah Miah and Tharaka De Vass concludes that smart logistic functionalities are likely to have a positive impact on smart city sustainability, and that future research is necessary to consider a wider pool of technologies in improving sustainability of logistics operations.

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) risk disclosure is of rising importance with Australian Securities Exchange listed companies required to comply with disclosure rules. A study co-authored by Chitra de Silva Lokuwaduge examined ESG disclosure practices of the extractive sector companies for which ESG disclosure is of increasing importance.

Eco-Bricks and Panels From Coffee Cups and Plastics is a project to develop environmentally sustainable building materials, including bricks and panels. The VU researchers Zora Vrcelj, Yanni Bouras, Malindu Sandanayake, Rudi VanStaden, Paul Joseph are collaborating on the project with ClosedLoop, Wyndham City Council and RMIT.

Recycling agricultural waste into packaging was funded by VU’s 2020 planetary health research grants to create new bio-packaging from agricultural and by-products; and to develop practical strategies to reduce supply-chain hazards that drive protective packaging demand. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with industry partner Velisha Farms.

Professor Terry DeLacy was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Sustainable Tourism that has the goal to transform the industry to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, focused on three themes: sustainable destinations; the blue/green economy; and nett zero. Professor DeLacy is leading Council development for two of the ten principles to underpin sustainable tourism: ‘Science based targets’; and ‘Resilience building’. Professor Todor Vasiljevic’s Innovation Connections project with Brooklite (Peerless Foods) recommended investment into a new food waste management technology.

EnactusVU engages students in working towards the UN 2030 Goals and a sustainable future for all. The Plastics Solutions Project used low-cost methods to recycle plastic waste into useful items, invested in clean up events and educated the community about socially responsible plastic management.

Research groups addressing Goal 12