Creating Change: Western Sydney University’s Sustainable Leadership - 100% Renewables

Episode #18 - Recorded on Jun 16, 2023

Creating Change: Western Sydney University’s Sustainable Leadership

I think authenticity is really important. It’s nice to look and learn from what other people are doing, but follow your own normative compass. Follow the path that looks right for you and your organisation, and just work your way through it, step by step. Be ready to have ethically defensible strategies when operating in areas that are open to critique, but it’s more important to be a doer than a critic. We also need to be self-reflective and critical and be agile when we can. Take the opportunities when we can, be bold.”

In this podcast episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Roger Attwater, Senior Manager at the Environmental Sustainability at Western Sydney University’s Division of Infrastructure and Commercial. Roger leads the team overseeing the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Policy and the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and related initiatives, including engagement opportunities through the Living Labs.

Roger and Barbara chat about Western Sydney University’s efforts on climate action, their net zero strategy, and what led them to be ranked number 1 in the Times Higher Education Impact rankings for their overall action across the Sustainable Development Goals for two consecutive years.

In this episode, find out:

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a dynamic institution spanning the western Sydney region, which is home to over 2.5 million people. With 13 campuses and a community of more than 50,000 students and 3,000 staff, Western Sydney University has made remarkable strides in just 34 years since its founding. As Australia’s 11th-largest university by total student enrollment, Western Sydney University stands as a testament to the rapid growth and development of the region.

Western Sydney University’s strategic commitment to sustainability is reflected in Western Sydney University’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, “Sustaining Success,” placing sustainability at the core of the university’s mission. The complementary decadal strategy “Sustainability and Resilience 2030” outlines interdependent priority statements aligned to SDG targets, and a governance structure has been established to integrate roles across the CORE functions of Curriculum, Operations, Research and Engagement. In 2021, Western Sydney University committed to the UN-led ‘Race to Zero for Colleges and Universities’, with ambitious targets of Carbon Neutral 2023 and Climate Positive 2029. Western Sydney University‘s efforts across all CORE functions were recognised through the World’s No. 1 ranking in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for 2 consecutive years (2022 and 2023)

About Dr. Roger Attwater

Dr. Roger Attwater is the Senior Manager of the Environmental Sustainability at Western Sydney University’s Division of Infrastructure and Commercial. He’s leading a team that oversees the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Policy and underpinning the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and related initiatives, including engagement opportunities through the Living Labs.

With Honours and Masters degrees from the University of Western Australia, as well as a PhD from the Australian National University, Roger brings a wealth of expertise to his role. His early career included work with Landcare and Integrated Catchment Management in WA, as well as PhD fieldwork in Thailand. Later, he worked with Western Sydney University’s Centre for Integrated Catchment Management, served as a Guest Professor in the People’s Republic of China, and worked on a project with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. Roger resides in the Blue Mountains with his family and is committed to being a systemic practitioner.

Meet the host

Barbara Albert is the Co-CEO of 100% Renewables. She is passionate about business and works to make organisations’ transition to net-zero emissions simpler and profitable. Barbara is the award-winning author of ‘Energy Unlimited – Four Steps to 100% Renewable Energy‘, one of the world’s most important books on renewable energy, as ranked by peers and experts in the industry.

About 100% Renewables:

100% Renewables is a national consultancy specialising in the development of Net Zero, carbon neutral and climate positive strategies. We work with large energy-using businesses and government organisations with ambitious climate action goals.

In addition to delivering Net Zero strategies and helping our clients achieve carbon neutrality under Climate Active, our other services are:

We are a leader in sustainability communication through our training courses, our “Driving Net Profit with Zero Emissions” podcast and videos, and through our blog posts and monthly newsletters.

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