Sustainability

CLV is committed to addressing Environment, Social, and Governance issues across our business, on university campuses around the world, and in the communities that we interact with.

As provider of accommodation to over 40,000 students in more than 60 different villages, our unique platform to focus on and advocate for ESG nurtures change leadership and forward thinking, providing innovative solutions for our people, our planet, and our partners.

Our mission is to ensure that the world today’s students – tomorrow’s leaders – grow into is fair, sustainable, and resilient.

We bring enthusiasm to all aspects of this work and we welcome feedback and opportunities for collaboration on any level.

Please direct any queries to Justine Cooper, Group Sustainability and Corporate Communications Executive, and Daniel Reinhard, Sustainability Analyst via;

justine.cooper@clv.com.au

daniel.reinhard@clv.com.au

Our Achievements

Our Greenprint for the Future

Introducing our inaugural Sustainability Report – our Greenprint for the future.

This is the culmination of 18 months of work across the sustainability and serves as our public commitment to addressing ESG issues and trends across our business. We recognise the importance of these issues to our stakeholders; our residents, our staff, and our University partners.

We look forward to providing updates on our progress and achievements in future Sustainability Reports.

Modern Slavery Statement

We are proud to showcase our approach to Modern Slavery, human rights, and supply chain issues through our 2021 Modern Slavery Statement. CLV partners with more than 4,000 individual suppliers around the world each year and it is our responsibility to ensure that Modern Slavery risks are identified, actioned, and monitored across our own operations and our suppliers’ supply chains. We are committed to refining our approach over time as a critical element of our governance and corporate citizenship strategy.

Ongoing Projects

We have a number of exciting Sustainability Initiatives either running already or soon to be launched. Here are some of the projects we are working on right now.

Griffith University Village Solar

Griffith University Village on the Gold Coast has been identified as a clear opportunity for a rooftop solar installation.

We are proud to be advancing with this project to support investment in sustainable infrastructure as well as our partner, Griffith University’s, sustainability goals.

Solar will meet 25% of electricity needs, with roof capacity to improve this to almost half of electricity needs in the future.

Sustainable Uniforms

From June 30 2021, all CLV staff will be wearing brand new sustainably and ethically sourced uniforms. Read more HERE about how this project took shape.

UK Renewable Electricity

All Villages in the UK will be powered by solar or wind generated electricity purchased from the grid as of September 2021. This is a milestone achievement in embracing the transition to a low carbon world and gives our residents peace of mind when it comes to their impact on the environment; we look forward to arranging similar solutions in ANZ and USA.

Keen To Be Green

The Keen to be Green competition was launched in 2020 to celebrate World Environment Day. We challenged all staff to share their most innovative ideas and solutions to sustainability issues across our business. The results were outstanding. 38 submissions were received with the Group winner being tasked with delivery of their submission as a core ESG project.

Our 2020 Winners were Brynne & Heather from the US Marketing Team who proposed Sustainable Uniforms. Brynne and Heather have since worked with the ESG team to lead the global roll out - planned for June 30th 2021.

We were proud for Keen to be Green in 2021 to celebrate World Earth Day as well as World Environment Day, and to mark the beginning of the UN Decade of EcoSystem Restoration.

Sustainable Development

One of the most important aspects of our ESG strategy is the built environment, and how we can create places to support positive environmental impact and unique social experiences.

Our Villages must be designed and built to
  • Manage environmental, cultural, and community impact from conception to completion;
  • Keep climate change in mind and emit less or eliminate carbon
  • Conserve water during construction and operation;
  • Enable effective waste reduction and recycling;
  • Support passive features like comfortable air, lighting, thermal, and acoustic quality;
  • Maintain connection to nature;
  • Promote physical and mental wellbeing of residents; and
  • Provide accessible accommodation to a diverse population.

Many of our Villages have been recognised for being examples of sustainable real estate, and how the built environment can lead the way in connecting place, people, and planet.

Awards

UNSW Village – University of New South Wales – Australia
  • Sustainability Award – Randwick Council Urban Design Awards 2010
  • Sustainable Development – Urban Development Institute of Australia 2010
Student Village Melbourne – University of Melbourne – Australia
  • 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built 2016
Fife Park Apartments – St Andrews University – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2017
Powell and Whitehorn Halls – St Andrews University – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2018
Goldsmiths Student Village – University of London, Goldsmiths – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2017
Peel Park Quarter – Salford University – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2015
Prince Consort Village – Royal College of Music – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2016
Durham Mount Oswald (John Snow College and South College) – Durham University – United Kingdom
  • BREEAM Excellent New Construction 2020