2019 Sustainability Institution of the Year Finalist: RMIT University, Australia

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Ready for Life and Work – an evolution of sustainability at RMIT

2017 marked the 130-year anniversary of the founding of RMIT University, this provided a great opportunity to reflect on the transformational impact we have had on our students, staff and community both then and now. 

RMIT understands that sustainability is key to ensuring this legacy not only survives but thrives into the future. With this in mind it is important to recognise that the University has not only worked for the past ten years to embed sustainability throughout its operations, but has revelled in creating impact through practical and meaningful change.

The past three years detailed in this submission, guided by the latest Strategic Plan ‘Ready for Life and Work’, outlines how RMIT has delivered on its sustainable infrastructure commitment, developed more meaningful sustainability activities to engage its community and provided genuine support to embrace its diverse and dynamic population of staff and students.

Top 3 learnings:

Each new strategic plan presents an opportunity to reshape and strengthen the sustainability agenda at an institution.
Regardless of the maturity of an institution in sustainability, there is always work to be done to ensure frameworks are in place to reduce risk and exposure to sustainability issues.

That celebrating meaningful and tangible successes can become an addiction which captures people’s imaginations and drives passion for further action.

What it means to win

“RMIT would be proud to be the recipient of an International Green Gown Award. This category of Award is unique in recognising a whole of institution approach to sustainability and would be an acknowledgement that striving for the best sustainable outcomes and practices is, and always will be, integral to RMIT.”

Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President

This finalist is a Green Gown Award Regional Winner.

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