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RMIT acclaimed for sustainability leadership
RMIT University has won three accolades at the annual Green Gown sustainability awards, including a prestigious international prize.

Pop-up parks provide more than a patch of grass
Temporary pop-up parks and green spaces have long been considered the playthings of the inner-city hipster.

Studies to shape a greener future
Jessica Frasca's drive to make a positive change has been the motivation behind her choice to study environmental science.

Study reveals a culture of gleaners
Researchers investigating the reuse of hard rubbish have found organised scavenging - or "gleaning" - is well embedded in Australian culture.

Climate change, adaptation and urban resilience in the Asia-Pacific
An international workshop hosted at RMIT Vietnam has showcased climate adaptation best practice across the Asia-Pacific.

Students create vibrant urban futures with RMIT
Victorian high school students have been recognised for their innovative solutions to urban problems in RMIT's Urban Futures competition.

RMIT shortlisted for top sustainability awards
RMIT University has been selected as a finalist in three categories in a prestigious tertiary sector sustainability awards program.

Lecturer receives prestigious Deni Greene environmental award
Senior lecturer Alan Pears AM has been awarded the Deni Greene Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to energy efficiency.

Researchers working to track RMIT’s carbon footprint
A major research project will help RMIT staff and students monitor and compare their full carbon footprints across work, study and travel.

SAB honoured for excellence in engineering
RMIT University's iconic Swanston Academic Building (SAB) has won an elite Victorian engineering award.

Campus Store makes it easy being green
A new indoor garden at the RMIT Campus Store provides a green haven from the concrete jungle outside.

Sustainable urbanism explored at RMIT
RMIT has hosted a major exhibition and symposium on architectural urbanism and the sustainable future of cities in the Asian-Pacific.

Planning crucial to cutting food waste: study
When it comes to food waste, the humble householder is the biggest offender - throwing out an estimated 40 per cent of the food they buy.

Exploring new horizons for sustainability in Asia
RMIT researchers have co-authored a pioneering guide to tackling issues of sustainability in south-east Asia.

Alumni are property industry's brightest young stars
Two RMIT alumni have made Property Australia's top "30 under 30" for their outstanding work in shaping the property industry of the future.

Mexico study tour offers students an urban awakening
RMIT University students have explored Mexico City in the second stage of the Finding Common Ground study tour.

Research reduces construction site waste
RMIT University researchers are championing innovative waste avoidance strategies for the everyday construction site.

Design awards recognise RMIT research
An RMIT research project on disaster resilience has received two prestigious prizes at the 2014 Good Design Awards.

Going organic for one week cuts pesticide exposure: study
Eating a mainly organic diet for just seven days can reduce pesticide exposure in adults by almost 90 per cent, researchers have found.

Silent renewable hydrogen power for defence
Australian defence teams may soon be getting their energy supply in the field from a silent portable unit based on a hydrogen fuel cell.

RMIT helps Pacific ports prepare for changing climate
Researchers are helping seaport authorities in two Pacific nations plan for climate change.

SAB named Australia's best public building
RMIT University's Swanston Academic Building has been named Best Public Building in the 2014 Property Council of Australia awards.

Focus on the fabric of Ho Chi Minh City
The vibrancy and liveliness of Ben Thanh Market and its surrounding streets are at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

New home for urban research
RMIT University has launched a new inter-disciplinary research centre focusing on critical urban issues and sustainable city living.

RMIT launches $98 million sustainability program
RMIT has launched a $98 million urban sustainability plan - the biggest program of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Fire frequency curves predict water for Victoria
Research analysing the severity and frequency of bushfires is helping predict their impact on natural water supply catchments.

Student electric racing team powers on
Known for saving fuel and low emissions, electric racing cars are quietly giving their petrol-powered rivals a run for their money.

Greening up the Melbourne kitchen
RMIT University industrial design graduate Radek Rozkiewicz has been named 2014 Green Innovator of the Year.

RMIT’s SAB in the running for national property awards
The iconic Swanston Academic Building is a finalist in the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Joining forces for urban renewal
Students from Melbourne and Mexico have come together to transform the urban environments of their home cities.

Proton flow battery advances hydrogen power
Researchers have developed a concept hydrogen battery based simply on storing protons produced by splitting water.

Greening hearts and minds in Vietnam
Staff and students from Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City have come together at a forum on improving sustainability at RMIT Vietnam.

Himalaya flowers reveal role of bees in evolutionary change
A study co-authored by an RMIT researcher has shown how flowers have evolved their colours to attract bees as pollinators in the Himalayas.

Research to boost energy efficiency of heritage homes
Guidelines developed by RMIT University researchers are helping Victorians improve the energy efficiency of their heritage homes.

Designing sustainable communities
A passion for sustainability is behind an RMIT researcher's work on the transformation of communities adapting to contemporary challenges.

Art exhibition explores weather and climate change
Artworks inspired by a residency in Iceland are part of an exhibition exploring climate change by RMIT University's Professor Lesley Duxbury.

Supporting climate adaptation in Pacific Island nations
Researchers will work with regional seaports on climate adaptation, through a United States Agency for International Development grant.

RMIT helps seaports prepare for climate change
An RMIT University project has developed a prototype tool to help Australian ports factor climate change into their risk management process.

Is there a smart energy utopia?
An RMIT University seminar and book launch will explore questions of how smart energy technologies are being woven into everyday life.

Flagship building opens at RMIT Vietnam
The innovative Academic Building 2 at RMIT Vietnam's Saigon South campus has been officially opened.

Top researchers awarded $2.23 million
Three RMIT researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowships.

Solar gives industry the power
Professor Gary Rosengarten's research at RMIT University is making renewable energy sources a viable option for industry.

Student’s pop up forest inspires festival goers
Spring Fling Festival revellers experienced their first pop up native forest, thanks to an RMIT University landscape architecture student.

Urban futures imagined through student eyes
Secondary school students have received awards in an RMIT University-sponsored competition searching for solutions to urban problems.

RMIT buildings gain national recognition
Two RMIT University flagship buildings have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 National Architecture Awards.

RMIT student wins Grand Designs prize
RMIT University student Michele Meister has won first prize in the Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2013 competition "Rooms by Design".

RMIT shortlisted in international education awards
RMIT University is a finalist in six categories in the inaugural Victorian International Education Awards.

RMIT wins Premier's sustainability award
RMIT's Swanston Academic Building has won the Infrastructure and Buildings category in the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards.

RMIT shortlisted in Victoria’s top sustainability awards
RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building has been shortlisted for the 2013 Premier's Sustainability Awards.

Sod turned on zero-waste home site
Construction has begun with a "turning of the sod" ceremony for a demonstration home designed to eliminate construction waste, as part of an RMIT University research project.

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