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.
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.
Please check out the full list of past sustainability related events on campus.
Are you ready for the plastic bag ban that kicks in next month? Lightweight plastic shopping bags will be banned from retailers across Victoria including supermarkets, green grocers, clothing stores, restaurants and more from 1 November. Start building better bag habits now to make sure you don’t get caught empty handed at the checkout.News
Ever been confused about whether an item can be recycled, and looked to the triangular recycling symbol as a guide?News
So you’ve picked up your morning coffee on your way to campus, you’ve finished that last sip of productivity juice and you’re looking for a bin to throw your once-used piece of packaging into. You see two bins as you enter the building: recycling and landfill.News
The Sustainability Team is excited to launch a new fortnightly newsletter, providing you with news, tips, and myth busting around waste at UniMelb.News
While some councils across Victoria have been forced to send kerbside recycling to landfill, the contents of recycling bins from the University of Melbourne are still being sent for recycling.News
You can now avoid single-use packaging with meals purchased at Union House thanks to our new reusable plate service.News
Show us how you are avoiding plastic this July for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Biome stores.News
Parkville is now home to three new bike repair stations to assist with any repairs needed while cycling around campus.News
The Melbourne Renewal Energy Project agreement is the first of its kind in Australia and, as a result, Melbourne is the first capital city council powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.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 multiple awards from 2015-2018 at the 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.