The Sustainability Team 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.
Bringing sustainability to life
Virtual sustainability tour
Navigate the map for a self-guided tour of our sustainability initiatives, services and infrastructure on campus.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Discover how you can help maintain a sustainable campus through reducing your contribution to landfill waste.
Energy and emissions
A key focus is on reducing energy consumption where we can and offsetting emissions through renewable energy projects where we can't.
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.
There is a huge range of research happening across the University that works towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The University of Melbourne is committed to leading and acting on sustainability. A strategic framework with strong governance enables us to realise these ambitions.
There are three key elements to the University's Sustainability framework.
- The Sustainability Charter defines the University's principles, values and high level commitments for each of our activity areas.
- The Sustainability Plan 2017–2020 identifies operational actions and targets to bring the commitments of the Charter to life. The development of a new Sustainability Plan to 2025 is underway, with the Plan expected to be launched during Semester 1 2022. Visit shape our future to learn about its development.
- The Sustainability Report demonstrates the annual progress of sustainability activities towards the Charter commitments.
Be a part of the change
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
Get involved in sustainability while at university by volunteering, joining a club or doing an internship.
How much do you know about sustainability at the University? Take the test and win a free reusable drink bottle
Learn about the environmental impacts of events and what you can do to minimise them
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