University of Adelaide Financial Services . A Sustainable University - Mapping the Challenges 2010 National University Finance and Procurement Conference. Waves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vkwy2vdP4. Sustainability. The Next Wave. What’s at stake …….
A Sustainable University - Mapping the Challenges
2010 National University Finance and Procurement Conference
What’s at stake is the survival of the planet – or at least the survival of the planet as a place suitable for human habitation
“There is no viable path forward that does not take into account the needs of future generations;
All real change is grounded in new ways of thinking and perceiving. “
Senge et al 2010
Senge P, 2010, pp. 9-10
Some are suggesting that we, as a global community, are at the cusp of the next Krondratieffwave
The next wave is about sustainable economies
The next wave is about paradigmatic change
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
In 1990 a number of Universities worldwide signed the Tailloires declaration:
We, the presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of universities from all regions of the world are deeply concerned about the unprecedented scale and speed of environmental pollution and degradation, and the depletion of natural resources.
ULSF | University Leaders For A Sustainable Future | PROGRAMS & SERVICES : Talloires Declaration
Australian National University, Canberra
Bond University, Queensland
Canberra Institute of Technology, ACT
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Monash University, Victoria
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
Southern Cross University, New South Wales
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria
University of Canberra, ACT
University of Melbourne, Victoria
University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales
University of New England, New South Wales
University of New South Wales, Sydney
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland
University of Technology, Sydney
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
University of Western Sydney, New South Wales
In the declaration, the signatories made some specific sustainability related commitments:
The expectations the signatories have of themselves include:
A sustainable University is not merely a university that has a long life – it is a university that has chosen to exist in such a way as to promote and support sustainable ways of living.
Achieving sustainability is not a problem that can be solved, It is an issue to be constantly and diligently managed.
By ‘sustainability’ we mean responsible business practices across all areas of operation, including:
Nossal Institute (2010)
Nossal Institute (2010)
Sustainable wellbeing requires at least the current level of well being to be maintained for future generations.
That is a big challenge, considering the large structural changes we face over the next several decades: population, climate change, and the re-emergence of China and India as global economic superpowers.
There is an immense challenge in preserving the value of the aggregate stock of the community’s resources – including natural resources and the environmental amenity associated with them, human capital, social capital and physical capital – while accepting a massive structural change in the pattern of their usage.
Ken Henry, Secretary of Treasury (2010), AFR Boss, Vol 11, p 34
Managers are not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that consist of complex systems of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations messes.
Russell Ackoff, “The Future of Operational Research is Past”,
Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol 30, no 2 1979, pp93-104
The Queen of Hearts Croquet Game!
The hoops are soldiers who every now and then have to get up and march around shouting
The mallets are flamingos who as you go to hit the ball, raise their heads to look around
The balls are hedgehogs who as you go to hit them, uncurl and walk to the other side of the lawn
And all the time the Queen of Hearts is strutting about, yelling “off with their heads!”
Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland & through the Looking Glass”
“They’re all individuals but there’s one thing they’d agree on. Their work was unpredictable, long term, and required a stable and supportive environment”
Nathan Rees (Astonomer Royal) interviewed by Paul Brocks (AFR Review 23 April 2010)
Business’s lingering love of bureaucracy, process and legacy technology has fallen completely out of sync with what people need to do their best.
Bill Jensen & Josh Klein
Harvard Business Review, Jan - Feb 2010, p53
“My research affirmed that most organizations only change when they’re failing. They take cues too late from the environment. The question is, how do you get a relatively successful institution to respond to really new challenges?”
Harvard Business Review, Jan – Feb 2010, p152
Parts of this report talk about what might happen in 2030 or even 2050 and I make no apology for this. Energy security requires a long term view and it is the companies who grasp this who will trade on into the second half of this century.
Richard Ward, CEO Lloyd’s, 2010, Sustainable Energy Security: Strategic risks and opportunities from business, Chatham House, p3
“even if every car in Australia were taken off the road, emissions would still not be cut by enough to meet the commitment to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020”
Australia to 2050: Future Challenges
Intergenerational report, 2010 p xvii
From: IMF: Global Financial Stability Report Meeting New Challenges to Stability and Building a Safer System April 2010