RMIT University is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and providing a safe and "green" university for students and staff.
RMIT is fostering a "think green" culture within the University community and beyond and encourages staff, students and the general public to make changes in their day-to-day lives, both at work and at home, to minimise their impact on the environment.
RMIT is a signatory to a number of agreements which support sustainability learning and teaching and has committed to incorporate sustainability principles and practices into teaching and learning in both higher education and vocational education and training.
RMIT University is working to embed sustainability as a core concept and practice fundamental to student and staff thinking as well as the curriculum. The RMIT Sustainability Committee commenced this work in 2010 to build on existing practice in a systemic way. The role of the Committee, in relation to learning and teaching, is to advise on sustainability-related teaching and facilitate collaboration across disciplines. It also functions to integrate sustainability consistently into the University’s teaching, training and research activities.
The inclusion of sustainability-related Graduate Attributes provides the policy framework for this outcome. This work aims to support the inclusion of appropriate sustainability related learning and teaching in all RMIT programs by providing specific supports to Schools and program leaders to assist them with curriculum review and, if appropriate, curriculum change to reflect this graduate attribute.
RMIT’s new Swanston Academic building has many shared learning spaces fitted out with the latest technology, from a high-speed wireless network to LCD screens that can be accessed by multiple users. This new building is also committed to sustainability, with reduced energy and water use, and has been accredited with a 5-star green rating.