Environmental Sustainability

Tackling ecological damage starts by addressing the causes.

We believe preserving the environment is one of the most critical challenges facing the world today. For this reason, we offer environmental sustainability at Swinburne.

Environmental sustainability is an opportunity to examine the causes and extent of ecological destruction, and the transformations needed to effect change. We place an emphasis on issues including climate change, forest devastation and resource depletion. We also address how these factors affect society’s wellbeing. Meanwhile, you’ll develop problem-solving and technical skills to create sustainable policies for public or business enterprises.

Joanne Hajjar accepting graduation scroll from Chancellor Graham Goldsmith

Take on a Grand Challenge

Is the Great Australian Dream of a quarter acre block dead? Will we be renters for life? How can we afford decent housing? In her final-year Grand Challenges project, Joanna Hajjar (pictured) wrestled with those questions and developed solutions alongside experts and fellow students.  

You too could dive into a Grand Challenge of your own, covering topics like sustainable cities or digital transformations in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Transitions.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Starting in 2016, we’re expanding access to our Work Integrated Learning opportunities. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduate students from 2016.

Sociology lecturer Dr Vivienne Waller standing outside the ATC

Teaching success

Join the quest for a sustainable future

Not all heroes wear capes ­– take Sociology lecturer Dr Vivienne Waller. She’s researching the effects on- and off-site composting have on greenhouse gas emissions, which has led to the installation of an in-vessel composter at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.

When not saving the environment, Dr Waller is motivating others to join her pursuit. She recently co-authored a book and regularly inspires students through Sustainability Study Tours to Vietnam.

Environmental sustainability courses

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