News Archives

May 2013

Sewing the seeds for greener cities.

The University and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne have launched Australia's largest green roof research and outreach project at the University's Burnley Campus.



March 2013

Earth Hour 2013

Click below to find out more about the 2013 Earth Hour Building Challenge.

February 2013

Public asked to take sustainability ideas to forum

Members of the University community and the public are now being asked to take their sustainability ideas online.


January 2013

Myki Commuter Club

Applications for the Myki Commuter Club are open to staff until February 8, 2013.


Update from the Campus Sustainability Centre

Click below to find out about more about the new geothermal facility and a soon to be featured video at the Campus Sustainability Centre.


December 2012

Merry Christmas

The Sustainability Unit wishes you a Merry and Sustainabile Christmas. Click below to find out some great ideas to make the festive season more sustainable!


November 2012

Results for Sustainability Benchmarking Survey

Earlier this year, a survey was conducted to benchmark student and staff attitudes towards Sustainability. Click to see the findings.


October 2012

Open Day 2012

At this years Open Day, a Sustainability Hunt was run from South Lawn. Free KeepCups and fair trade coffee and chocolates were given away.



August 2012

Christmas in July Competition Winners Announced

MUSSE announces the winners of the 2012 Christmas in July Sustainable Event Competition.



Sustainable Events

To coincide with the University Events expo that took place on 20th June, we prepared a resource page with details on how to plan a sustainable event.


University joins the International Sustainable Campus Network

The International Sustainable Campus Network provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.


Looking at the Green Economy on World Environment Day

MUSSE gives a summary of World Environment Day, where several of the University's sustainability leaders discussed this year's theme: The Green Economy - Does it include you?


June 2012

Campus Sustainability Centre Opens

The University's Campus Sustainability Centre was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor in April.


Sustainable Gardens at Melbourne

The University has become the latest public park to be given ECLIPs Accreditation, along with other institutions like Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens.



May 2012

On the Treasure Trail

MUSSE looks at how Melbourne's chilly embrace wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of local treasure hunters as the University hosted its first Garage Sale Trail in the North Court on Saturday 5 May.



Fair Trade Map

Oxfam at Melbourne University have produced a map that locates all the Fair Trade tea and coffee vendors on Parkville Campus.



April 2012

Earth Hour 2012

See how University students and staff participated in Earth Hour this year.



Global Worming

A short film that takes a look at a Information Technology Services worm farm program that tackles organic waste on campus.



March 2012

What are different areas around the university doing?

Some groups around the University are acting independently to reduce their overall environmental impact and engage staff and students in adopting and learning about the importance of Sustainable practices.

February 2012

Follow Your Waste Tour 2012

Staff went on a journey that traced their very own waste to landfill and recycle points around Victoria.


O - Week Carnival

Thanks to all the staff and students who participated in this year's Sustainability O-Week Activities. Click below to find out more.


January 2012

No Bottled Water for Sale at Burnley

Burnley Campus have now discontinued the sale of bottled water on campus, following the lead from Southbank Campus earlier in the year.


Winner Announced for Photography Competition

Click below to find out who won the Sustainability Photography Competition of 2011.


December 2011

Parkville Recycling Tonnes Skyrocket

The Parkville campus of the University has been making huge increases in the amount of cardboard and mixed materials being recycled — and therefore not going to landfill.
Find out more information and get an update about the University's new Mini Bin Recycling program.


Garden watering advice in your pocket: New app launched

University of Melbourne researchers have launched a new iPhone app that factors in local rainfall information and plant type to help gardeners remember how much to water and when.

November 2011

Engaging Environments

University of Melbourne researchers are working on designing more engaging and sustainable classrooms to improve learning environments, implementing an ambitious program to revamp University student spaces for the next century. University of Melbourne's Voice explains.


Refill Not Landfill

On October 6th, the Southbank campus (home of the VCAM) has now stopped selling bottled water, making it the first Victorian university to reduce its environmental footprint in this way

Sustainability Unit Launches Photography Competition

The University of Melbourne is running a competition to find the photos that best represent Sustainability around Melbourne's campuses. The competition closed on November 16th.


October 2011

Ride to Uni Day, October 14th

On October 12th, bicycle commuters from across the University celebrated with a free breakfast on North Court.


Sustainability Hunt on Open Day

Students enjoying Open Day

In August, Open Day saw prospective students and families taking a hunt around Parkville Campus to spot sites of sustainable interest


September 2011

Sustainable Events 2011

The University of Melbourne Events Manual now includes details regarding the importance of sustainable catering and planning.

Read the manual.


Melbourne Brain Centre Update

Awarded a 5 Star Green Star Design rating under the Green Building Council of Australia Education V1 rating tool.
Some of the features include:

  • highly efficient ventilation system
  • minimisees its use of grid-based electricity through its co-generation plant
  • rainwater to a 50,000-litre tank



August 2011

Secure Bicycle Hubs

Secure bicycle hubs are now available to University staff and students. Hubs are purpose built bicycle parking enclosures featuring CCTV and access control for additional security. An annual fee of $20 will secure users a parking spot in a hub of their choice.


Living Sustainability in Voice

Voice takes a look at the University’s sustainability philosophy and how it is integrated throughout University operations, teaching and learning.



July 2011

Winner Announced for Christmas in July in MUSSE


Sustainability at Burnley Campus
Find out about the on-campus sustainability research projects currently being undertaken at Burnley.
Click here.



University of Melbourne University Sustainability Efforts recognised

World Environment Day

Melbourne Bike Share Launch