We aim to engage and empower staff, students, and the community to think, talk and act on sustainability issues.
Green Impact is a fun and flexible program for staff and students to undertake practical actions to make our University more sustainable.
Sustainability Advocate Program
Staff and Student Sustainability Advocates play a key part in the University of Melbourne achieving a sustainable campus.
The University’s biodiversity on all campuses will be valued, utilised for “Living Lab” research, managed sustainably, able to adapt to change and continue to provide environmental services and benefits for people and the rest of the biosphere.
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 occurrence and through its recycling and waste management.
Furniture & E-waste
The Reuse Service offers a sustainable and economic alternative to purchasing new furniture or equipment for your office.
Cycle, walk, or take public transport to help the environment, improve fitness and minimise overall energy usage.
Over the next four years, the focus will be on fully reviewing and implementing the Water Management Plans for each campus.
The historic gardens and buildings on campus, including statistical data and university wide tours.
In June 2017, we became the first and only University to achieve a 6 Star Communities rating – equating to world leadership – for our Parkville campus.
At Melbourne, we choose fair trade products as part of our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.
Useful information and resources to help staff and students achieve a sustainable campus.
The University BioQuestEvent
Sticks, Stones and FeathersEvent
Thursday 11am - 12:30pmBiodiversity TourEvent
Tuesday 10:30am - 11:15amSystem Garden Walk - Uni Mental Health DayEvent
Tuesday 1pm - 2pmPot up a Herb Workshop - Uni Mental Health DayEvent
International Composting Awareness WeekOther
Thursday 2pm - 3pmSustainability Advocates ForumSeminar/Forum
Friday 11am - 12:30pmSustainability TourEvent
Wednesday 11am - 11amSustainability Advocates ForumSeminar/Forum
Please check out the full list of past sustainability related events on campus.
- UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities 2017
The University of Melbourne has been ranked 25 out of 600+ universities worldwide.News
- University of Melbourne awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Communities rating for a university
The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus has received a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), recognising world leadership in sustainable masterplanning.News
- Melbourne Innovation Districts launched by City of Melbourne, RMIT and University of Melbourne
Planning considerations for the area will help innovation flourish and will include upgrades to streets, parks and other public spaces, while at the same time protecting the district’s suburban character. This will increase collaborative and engaging green spaces, encourage walking and cycling and incorporate greater use of sensors, apps and other networking technologies, such as Wi-Fi.News
- Arts West building design wins award for excellence in educational facilities
Judges said that Arts West combined the best of contemporary museum learning with collaborative studio based learning, and achieves a Five Star Green Star rating, at the 10th Annual Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) Awards held in Singapore.News
- Nearly 30 teams making a green impact across campuses
The University of Melbourne is the first Australian organisation to sign up teams for the UK-initiated Green Impact program, which aims to bring people together and empower them to make meaningful changes in sustainability.News
- Making a Green Impact on the other side of the planet!
A few years ago one of our intrepid NUS Sustainability team members paid a visit to Australia, touring universities, colleges, students’ unions, and attending the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) conference. The trip went well, but things lay quiet for a while afterwards...News
- Reuse centre diverts tonnes of waste from landfill
The results speak for themselves. 6.8 million dollars saved and 300 tonnes of perfectly good items repurposed (12,467 items to be exact) – in just four years.News
- Australia needs stricter rules to curb air pollution, but there’s a lot we could all do now
Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government.News
- Sustainable honey from a sustainable campus
The University’s Sustainability Team has launched Bees@UniMelb Honey, a natural product that is fully harvested on campus.News
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Sustainable Campus is part of a greater network that encompasses sustainability research, innovation, graduate education, and student organisations.
The important work undertaken by the Sustainability Team was recognised with three awards at the 2015 Green Gown Awards Australasia, including the prestigious Continuous Improvement award for sustainability initiatives across all of the University's operations.
Our team members are from varied backgrounds and cover diverse aspects of Sustainability management and practice. We are passionate about helping staff and students in their sustainability endeavors.
Report a Sustainability Improvement
Let us know your ideas and observations about sustainability opportunities in the University environment around you. Please don't use this email address for issues relating to the correct and optimal operation of existing facilities, infrastructure, fixtures and fittings - e.g. leaking taps/toilets, temperature too cold or too hot - instead, report these matters directly to Asset Services (Maintenance).
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The University of Melbourne aims to deeply embed sustainability across all its activities: Research, Teaching & Learning, Governance, Operations and Engagement. Sustainability is not just about reducing our negative impacts – it's about maximising the University's contribution to social value.
There are three key elements to the University's Sustainability strategy.
- The Sustainability Charter, an enduring document which defines the University's principles, values and high level commitments for each of our activity areas.
- The Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 identifies priority actions and targets to move forward towards realising the commitments of the Charter over the next four years with an operational focus.
- Finally, the Sustainability Report draws together all of our sustainability activities and publicly and holistically reports on an annual basis and will enable us to demonstrate our progress towards delivery of the Charter commitments.
There are many ways you can contribute to achieving a sustainable campus. Join a program or group today!
Join the University of Melbourne's sustainability change and engagement program!Register
Sustainability Advocates Forum
Attend the quarterly meetings to learn about sustainability on campus.Sign Up
Student Groups and Clubs
There are a number of student groups, clubs and events to get involved with. Check them out here for more info!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.
An up to date resource on how you can be sustainable at The University of Melbourne and the services provided on campus.