This paper discusses the use of Ecological Footprint (EF) in the reporting for both strategic planning and reporting and monitoring at university campuses. In addition, the paper presents preliminary EF results for 40 campuses calculated using an innovative software application. The EF is an evidenced based approach which quantifies human consumption, compares this to bio-productive supply and communicates this in terms of the hectares required to support that level of consumption. This approach provides an understanding of how much supply is available, how much is used and who uses what. The key strength of EF applied to campus facilities is its ability to address the life cycle of activities in and communicate the outcomes affectively. That is, “how many planets are required to support a campus?” By addressing the impact of built-form, stationary energy, water, operational consumption, transport and infrastructure in a common metric, EF provides an understanding of the comparative magnitude of these aspects and the overall impact of activities. This can be used to inform focus points for strategy, as well as support cost benefit comparisons of initiatives and outcomes. This engages stakeholders in the implications of their activities upon global sustainability. The results of the preliminary research indicate that the current average performance for Universities (2.5 Planets) demonstrates a substantial ecological sustainability challenge for campuses managers.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 13th International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference, Sydney, Australia|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference (13th : 2013) - Sydney|
Duration: 25 Sep 2013 → 27 Sep 2013
|Conference||International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference (13th : 2013)|
|Period||25/09/13 → 27/09/13|
Bekmann, H., Rickards, S., & Nollar, C. (2013). Ecological footprint benchmarking of 40 tertiary education campuses. In Proceedings of the 13th International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference, Sydney, Australia (pp. 1-16). Sydney: Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability.