Students have the opportunity to undertake overseas study tours, research projects and field trips where they can apply their knowledge to real-world projects in international contexts.
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal
The Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal is awarded to individuals for “remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountain regions" in any part of the world. The medal was initiated in 2003 both in order to recognise Sir Edmund's life-long commitment to the welfare of mountain people and their environment and also to encourage the continuing emulation of his example.
Sir Edmund's contributions and the work of the foundations he founded or inspired in New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Germany have resulted in the construction of some thirty schools, two airstrips, two hospitals and eleven village clinics as well as a reforestation program in Sagarmatha National Park. Authorised by Sir Edmund Hillary himself, the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal is a project of Mountain Legacy, a Nepalese NGO.
Alpine Planning Unit, Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD)
Alpine planning is an area of specialisation within the DPCD, requiring an intimate and thorough knowledge of, for example, urban planning, the Australian Alpine environment and geotechnical issues. Dr. Beau B. Beza of RMIT University and Ben Howells, Team Leader, Alpine planning unit have regularly teamed up to develop projects for fourth year urban planning students that test their urban planning knowledge. The current focus of project work is for students to develop a philosophical position regarding development in the Australian Alps and to then use that 'position' as a means to address and come to some sort of a balance that accommodates the various competing interests in this environment.
Placemaking is a collaboration between stakeholders where, positive outcomes may be achieved through engagement with the plurality of an environment. Furthermore, placemaking is not simple and straightforward. Project outcomes are dependent on the parties involved and their commitment to and understanding of placemaking principles as well as the established objectives that guide positive change. Places Victoria has partnered with Dr. Beau B. Beza, Professor Colin Fudge (PVC), Professor John Fien and Dr. Susie Moloney of RMIT University in a ’Places Victoria/RMIT University Urban Design and Placemaking in Melbourne Initiative’. This $100,000 dollar research project is expected to produce outcomes that assist Places Victoria in their community and development efforts.
Environmental Careers Guide
The Guide to Environmental Careers in Australia 2010 is a great resource if you are looking to enter, move within, or provide advice on, green collar careers in Australia.
With climate change and environmental problems growing, the need to develop sustainable policy and manage larger environmental budgets has seen a rapid increase in the environment industry. The impact on career opportunities has been huge with increasing demand for professionals and employees with green skills.
RMIT University and Environmental Jobs Network have published this online guide which showcases the breadth of career opportunities. The Guide suggests ways to identify entry points and career pathways to the environment profession and provides pointers on where to go to get further information.