Sustainability Achievements

The University's commitment to sustainability has been celebrated with a succession of awards over the last few years.

The important work undertaken by the Sustainability Team was recognised with several awards at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia, including the prestigious Continuous Improvement award for sustainability initiatives across all of the University's operations.

Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards 2015

And in the Premier's Sustainability Awards for 2015 the University was recognised for its collaboration with Inner Melbourne Action Plan and the State Government for their work on the Green Growing Guide for Melbourne . The practical guide on the construction of green walls, roofs and facades was selected as the most innovative entry in the Education category.

With the launch of the Sustainability Plan and Sustainability Charter, these awards are welcome recognition of the important work already underway across our campuses.

Learn more about these exciting projects by clicking the links above or read about growing greener cities with Dr Daryl Holland on Pursuit.


University Services Staff Excellence Award 2016

Nick Swan, Waste & Recycling Coordinator won the 2016 University Services Award for Service Excellence for his work in furniture and equipment reuse.


Green Gown Awards 2017

Nick Swan, ACTS Award of Excellence – Staff

A bold and passionate operator, Nicks’ commitment to sustainable practices in reuse and recycling has taken Melbourne Universities’ internal reuse program and transformed it into an industry leading service. He has successfully driven fundamental change in operational practice and ideology, through both idealistic and pragmatic approaches.

He continually strives to implement new and innovative practices above and beyond normal job requirements. The efficacy and engagement of his work practices and principles, permeates into both his professional and personal spheres.

Sophie Lamond, ACTS Award of Excellence – Student

Sophie has developed and championed a student-led co-designed vision for fair food policies in Australian universities. She has built extensive networks both within the University of Melbourne and universities across Australia creating a community of practice working on transforming campus food environments.


Green Gown Awards 2016

Danielle Rostan-Herbert, Sustainability Manager - ACTS Award of Excellence – Staff

Throughout her role as Sustainability Manager, now as Sustainability and Environmental Services Manager, Danielle has shown leadership in sustainability not just within her immediate team, but throughout the University and other tertiary networks. Danielle plays an important role in the University of Melbourne’s Sustainability strategy and is responsible for University-wide targets to reduce energy, carbon, water and waste.

Emily Newton, Waste & Recycling Assistant - ACTS Award of Excellence – Student

Emily is an active advocate for holistic sustainability. Prolific in her endeavours both on and off campus, Emily volunteers in the community, studies in the Master of Environment program, and works in the Sustainability Team at the University of Melbourne. With a particular focus on waste education, she enjoys showing people the true impact of their consumption and waste.

Emily has demonstrated a relentless desire to go above and beyond what’s expected of her. Planting trees, cleaning beaches, auditing waste for her local council and the University, organising events to promote Fair Trade, as well as programs to increase re-usable coffee cups.


Green Gown Awards 2015

Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change

Integrating Sustainability at Melbourne – A whole of University approach
The Sustainability Program has grown since 2006 to include initiatives across leadership and governance, facilities and operations, learning teaching and research, and partnerships and engagement. The Program has seen increases in carbon savings from 9,713 in 2008 to 31,754 tonnes in 2014, water savings of 164ML/pa (30%) since 2006 and savings from the furniture reuse program of $2,821,815 based on estimated retail replacement value and $130,445 on landfill charges.

Facilities and Services

The Furniture and Equipment Re-use Service offers a range of workstations, storage solutions, and other items for sale at a low cost, presenting a sustainable and economic alternative to purchasing new furniture or equipment. It is available to University of Melbourne departments, faculties and affiliate organisations. The project has been underway for 3 years and has saved an estimated $200K on landfill charges and $3.5M savings on retail replacement.

Student Engagement (Highly Commended)

C15Hack was Australia’s biggest green innovation hackathon, 41 students worked in small teams to tackle 7 different challenges from across the campus and Melbourne city-wide. They had 24 hours and a designed process, with tons of great prizes, challenges and activities along the way. The winning team, Wildversity, has gone on to gain seed funding through the University’s Green Innovation Fund for their campus biodiversity app.