2.4.5. Identifying markets using business intelligence / Carbon offsetting in international education

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 2:25PM - 3:40PM
Location: R5

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: Mr Chris Gartner, A/Director International Education, Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Australia)

Negative carbon footprint is the new black: taking responsibility for carbon offsetting in international education (1040)

International education by its very nature promotes air travel. Recruiters and academics fly around the world encouraging students to fly to other parts of the world. All of this air travel contributes to global greenhouse gases and the carbon footprint of the international education industry. This presentation will look at the carbon footprint of the Australian industry based on 2014 AEI data broken down by sector and asks who is responsible for offsetting these emissions and leading a sustainable and ultimately carbon negative international education industry? The presentation will conclude with a case study from CQUniversity, Australia, which is offsetting its international carbon footprint by teaming up with Conservation Australia and using student and staff volunteers to replant land tracts using native plants. A final question will be posed: as an industry, can we use social innovation and collaboration to upscale and leapfrog from carbon positive to carbon negative?

Key interest area (KIA): A&R
Sector(s): ELT,HE, SCH, VET

Mr Rob McDonald, Associate Director International Marketing and Recruitment, CQUniversity, Australia