Sustainability Office

Victoria’s Sustainability Office’s purpose is to inspire leadership for a sustainable future.

We work across Victoria to advance sustainability with excellent research, teaching, operations and public engagement. Our aim is to be a world-leading capital city university in sustainable development

We aim to be a leader in sustainable practices.

  • To meet current and future challenges, Victoria is taking an inter-disciplinary approach and works with research and teaching expertise from many areas across the University.
  • Victoria engages with partners across society in trans-disciplinary ways to highlight that, ‘sustainability is everybody’s issue’.
  • Victoria strives towards best practice in environmental management and sustainability, from a foundation of its core values, of its campus operations and to support our academic performance and strategic goals. The campus, the city and the world are ‘our classrooms’ for learning together.
  • The importance that Victoria places on Sustainability is reflected in the establishment of the Sustainability Office, creating the position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and through the adoption of Sustainability and Resilience as multidisciplinary theme for distinctive academic emphasis in the Strategic Plan.
  • The Sustainability Office is led by Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) who reports to the Provost.

Navigating paradoxes with a sustainable compass

Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt reflects on the journey that has led to her being appointed Victoria University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability).

This personal story is one of navigating the paradoxes ecological economists encounter when they have a compass pointing to a vision for a sustainable and desirable future. Dr van den Belt will share insights gained in New Zealand and around the world—from science and policy, iconic personalities and practical experience, including her experience co-founding an eco-village.