- UoM making the change to 100% Fairtrade kitchenette consumables
The consumer choices we make on campus matter. Each item we choose to purchase can have a positive, powerful impact throughout the supply chain.
- New Sustainability Video
As Australia's leading university with a large community of staff and students across seven campuses, we're is focused on leading by example, embedding sustainability practices into everything we do.
- Sustainability Survey 2018
Your input and feedback is important, and can help shape the future of sustainability engagement at the University. Complete the survey and win!
- Melbourne Renewable Energy Project
In line with our Sustainability Plan and Charter, the University of Melbourne is supporting a City of Melbourne led project to develop a new 80 MW Wind Farm.
- Release of Sustainable Investments Framework
Approved by University Council in December 2017, the SIF outlines the University’s approach to sustainability, particularly climate change, in its investment portfolios and processes.
- Green Impact Launch
Launching for the second year in 2018, staff and students are now invited to join Green Impact. By creating a team within your department or faculty, you can tackle sustainability issues, compete with other teams across the university, and get recognition for all your achievements!
- As population grows so must our commitment to recycling
Recent changes to China’s import policy...is part of a global wake-up call that we need to manage more of our waste ourselves. The answer of course is still to reduce first, then reuse and recycle.
- UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities 2017
The University of Melbourne has been ranked 25 out of 600+ universities worldwide.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 2030
- 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.
- 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.
- The Green Gown Awards
Visit the ACTS website to view five years of best practice case studies from Australasian 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.
- Melbourne consortium forms to drive renewable investment
Melbourne businesses, councils, universities and cultural institutions have banded together to directly procure a renewable energy supply.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.