Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet the needs of tomorrow. It is a balance between environmental protection, social justice, economic well-being and diversity.

Monash draws together researchers whose focus spans the environmental, engineering, social, and economic aspects of sustainability and is well placed to provide real solutions to global challenges.


Working with industry

Working principally through the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University is pioneering a range of partnerships with academia, industry, government and private institutions to find new solutions to today's sustainability challenges.

These include:

Natural Resource Management in Asia in Response to Climate Change

An AusAID-funded program bringing together teams across Asia to develop climate change and natural resource policies. Read more about the Monash Sustainability Institute projects in Asia.

BehaviourWorks Australia

BehaviourWorks Australia is a behavioural change research centre for environmental sustainability. It is a partnership between the Monash Sustainability Institute, EPA Victoria, Sustainability Victoria and The Shannon Company.

Indigenous Communities and Climate Change

A partnership with the Yorta Yorta to learn from indigenous natural resources management in the Barmah-Millewa forests.

Systemic and Adaptive Governance Research Program

An innovative research program exploring environmental policy, organisational capacity and institutional reforms across governance systems in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Green Steps

A multi-award winning program that gives tertiary students and people in the workplace the practical skills to make their workplaces and practices more sustainable. Read more about the Green Steps program.

ClimateWorks Australia

A non-profit collaboration with The Myer Foundation, the group works with government to achieve substantial emissions reductions in Australia. Visit the ClimateWorks Australia website.

Contributing capabilities

Sustainability cuts across all disciplines and all faculties of the University, including:

  • Biodiversity
  • Weather and climate
  • Health
  • Social sustainability
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Waste
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental law