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Australia’s first campus-wide commitment to community sustainability

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s first university to commit to achieving a Green Star – Communities rating.

“The University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus is on track to be Australia’s first Green Star – Communities-rated university,” says the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, national rating tool developed by the GBCA to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities.

“Working with the GBCA to achieve a Green Star – Communities rating will enable the university to not only minimise its environmental impact, but also create a learning environment that is efficient, healthy, productive and resilient – and one which supports the next generation of leaders,” Ms Madew says.

The University of Melbourne already has three Green Star-certified projects, including the Faculty of Business and Economics, the new Melbourne Brain Centre and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunology

“Achieving a Green Star – Communities rating reflects our University’s commitment to campus-wide sustainability,” says Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis.

“Students, like academics, increasingly consider the environmental significance of their choices. We hope a Green Star – Communities rating will signal to prospective students and staff that we are serious about our belief in innovation and investment in sustainability and the future.” 

The University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus will be assessed against best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation.

The project boundary encompasses 66 hectares comprising the original University campus, together with the immediate vicinity which houses many of the University’s major buildings. A total of 159 buildings provide infrastructure and services for all aspects of the University’s activities – research, teaching and learning, and operations. The Green Star – Communities rating tool is being directly applied to the renewal of Parkville’s Campus Development Framework in 2013. 

“We are delighted to be working with the University of Melbourne on a project that will set new benchmarks for education facilities in the twenty first century and improve the environmental literacy of every student for generations to come,” Ms Madew concludes.

The University of Melbourne is a Gold Sponsor of the Green Star - Communities rating tool.

About the University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It offers a world-standard education recognised globally for academic excellence and pioneering research, and is consistently ranked as one of the world's leading universities. The University is committed to promoting sustainability through its research, curriculum and operations.  As a leader in environmental performance in Australian higher education, the University has made a commitment to a minimum rating design target of 5 Star Green Star for all new buildings and 4 Star Green Star for all major building upgrades under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating system.