Towards (certified) ‘Carbon Neutrality’ at the University of Tasmania


A lunch time seminar presented by the Institute for Study of Social Change and the School of Social Sciences

Start Date

29th Jun 2017 1:00pm

End Date

29th Jun 2017 2:00pm


Room A060, Building A, Newnham Campus

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required - Enquiries: or 6226 2350

Presented by

Corey Peterson

Sustainability Manager, University of Tasmania

Carbon emissions management – a fraught conversation in a politically charged landscape? Clearly, yes. But, if we ignore the politics and start with the premise that emissions need to be managed/eliminated, what is internationally certified carbon neutrality vs ‘carbon neutral lite’?  What is the University of Tasmania’s carbon emissions inventory using international standards?  What would it take for the University to become certified carbon neutral?  How can staff and students help to operationally address the University’s carbon emissions?  How might carbon neutrality support our research, learning and teaching agendas? 

In this seminar, Corey Peterson provides an overview of carbon neutral certification and presents the University’s emissions inventory and efforts made to lower our emissions to date. Our own researchers across a wide range of disciplines are documenting the impacts of humanity’s collective carbon emissions and highlighting the need to address these emissions. The 2016 University-wide sustainability survey and the University’s performance benchmarked against Australian peer institutions demonstrate the interest and possibility to be a leader.

Corey Peterson is the University of Tasmania Sustainability Manager, a past President and current Board member of Sustainable Living Tasmania, current Vice President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, the professional member of the University Council and a passionate advocate for ‘sustainability’ in its many forms.

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