We aim to engage and empower staff, students, and the community to think, talk and act on sustainability issues.
A key focus will be on further energy reduction and transitioning our energy supply to renewable energy sources.
- Recycling & Waste
The University is dedicated to reducing its waste to landfill by avoiding or minimising waste occurence and through its recycling and waste management.
The University is committed to decreasing water usage across all campuses through a variety of initiatives.
Cycle, walk, or take public transport to help the environment, improve fitness and minimise overall energy usage.
- Furniture & E-waste
The Reuse Service offers a sustainable and economic alternative to purchasing new furniture or equipment for your office.
- Fair Trade
At Melbourne, we choose fair trade products as part of our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.
Our goal is to turn more ideas into successful outcomes and to create more leaders within the University.
Biodiversity is a key part of sustainability and a project is currently in progress.
- Campus Grounds
- University of Melbourne hosts National Botanic Garden Celebrations
The University of Melbourne’s System Garden in Parkville and the Burnley Campus in Richmond grabbed the chance to be part of the first Botanic Garden Australia and New Zealand Open Day celebrations at the end of May.News
- University community celebrates World Environment Day
University staff have come together to brainstorm ways individuals can take action to reduce their environmental impact, as part of consultation on the Sustainability Charter.News
- Climate change: Melbourne renewable energy project provides global blueprint
The project, which would create a guaranteed market for renewable energy, aims to reduce city’s annual emissions by 138,000 tonnes a year.News
- Alliance plans to buy 110GW of renewables
In an Australian first, some of Melbourne's leading businesses, universities, institutions and councils are joining forces to drive investment in renewable energy.Video
- Rockin' a landmark 1970s look
More than four decades on and Ellis Stones garden has just been restored by the University of Melbourne with input from a team of experts including Paul Thompson, landscape architecture academics Andrew Saniga and Gini Lee, and the university's grounds supervisor Andrew Gay.News
- Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 amRide2UniEvent
- Sustainability Quiz
Take our quiz, like our Facebook page and get your free water bottle!QUIZ
- Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pmBioBlitzEvent
- Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pmBioBlitzEvent
- Melbourne University to boost sustainability with $9m CEFC loan
The University of Melbourne has taken a $9 million loan to finance energy-saving initiatives in a move that could prompt other universities to take steps towards boosting their sustainability efforts.News
- University welcomes CEFC support for clean energy projects
The projects form part of the University’s push toward zero emissions electricity over the coming years, and carbon neutrality by 2030News
- CEFC turns its eyes to university sector with Melbourne Uni commitment
The University of Melbourne has secured $9.1 million in financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for energy efficiency and renewable upgrades, which is expected to cut grid electricity use by eight per cent and cut carbon emissions by 9000 tonnes a year.News
- University of Melbourne Wins Major Sustainability Awards
Melbourne won the prestigious Continuous Improvement award for its sustainability initiatives across: leadership and governance; facilities and operations; learning, teaching and research; and partnerships and engagement.Featured News
- The Green Gown Awards
Visit the ACTS website to view five years of best practice case studies from Australasian winners2015 Winners
- Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pmSustainability Charter ForumEvent
- Melbourne joins local community forces to support renewable energy
The University of Melbourne's green and sustainable credentials have received significant recognition of late.News
- Melbourne consortium forms to drive renewable investment
Melbourne businesses, councils, universities and cultural institutions have banded together to directly procure a renewable energy supply.News
- New renewable energy play launches in Melbourne
Melbourne City councillor Arron Wood says an innovative project to drive new renewable energy by pooling the purchasing power of a dozen big institutions could become a model for others.News
- It's Not Waste – It's a Resource
In July, the Reuse Service reused 514 items from across the University with a total savings of $240,000, diverting 4.450 tonnes from the landfill.News
- New solar panels on Wilson Hall reducing carbon emissions on campus
Recently installed solar panels, making use of the latest technology to protect the building's heritage status, will ensure that Wilson Hall is energy positive, progressing our transition to a clean energy campus.News
Sustainable Campus aims to expand on the University of Melbourne's position as a leader in campus sustainability. Universities have a special role and responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and environmental stewardship. The University of Melbourne is dedicated to confronting these challenges both through research and by translating best practice into action on campus.
Sustainability at the University of Melbourne encompasses research, innovation, graduate education, and student organisations.View
- Sustainable Campus Team
Meet the faces of our Sustainability Team.View
- Contact Us
If you have any questions, suggestions, or sustainability project ideas - we'd love to hear from youView
The Sustainability Charter articulates the University's vision and commitment to sustainability across all areas of the institution.
The Sustainability Plan identifies the actions and targets needed to realise the commitments in the Sustainability Charter.
The annual Sustainability Report, the first of which was published in 2016, documents particular achievements in the University of Melbourne's environmental and social sustainability performance for the year.
There are many ways you can contribute to achieving a sustainable campus. Join a program or group today!
- Sustainability Advocates Program
Find out how you can advocate sustainability in your office or department.View
- Student Groups and Clubs
There are a number of student groups, clubs and events to get involved with. Check out here for more info!View
Check here for sustainability events going on around campus!View
- Provide Feedback for the Sustainability Plan
Send your questions and feedback. You can also download and read the Sustainability Charter and inaugural Sustainability Report.View
The University of Melbourne and fellow Group of Eight Universities have launched a Living Lab Publication, which showcases sustainability initiatives and achievements throughout the Go8 universities. You can download a copy of the publication here.
With approximately full time 36,000 students and 7,200 staff, together we can make a substantial difference to sustainability both on campus and at home.
To encourage your sustainability efforts, the University will provide everyone who completes the sustainability quiz with a FREE Stainless Steel Water Bottle.
Follow the steps below to receive your FREE Sustainability Bottle.
STEP 1 Complete the online quiz.
STEP 2 Like our Facebook Page.
STEP 3 If your form has been successfully submitted, we will let you know after the quiz how to collect your bottle.