Staff and students from Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City have come together at a forum on improving sustainability at RMIT Vietnam.
Researchers from RMIT in Melbourne met with staff and student representatives in Vietnam to discuss sustainability actions and targets, in an effort to enhance RMIT Vietnam's physical and academic environment.
Top minds converged for the one-day "Eco-charette", with the objectives of developing a Sustainability Action Plan for the Saigon South campus and promoting RMIT Vietnam as a sustainability learning laboratory.
Karl Bennett, Director of Property Services at RMIT Vietnam, said the forum was a good start for promoting alignment and sharing of information on sustainability initiatives between Vietnam and Melbourne.
"The Eco-charette was productive and inspiring," Mr Bennett said.
"It was a great kick-off to enhance and develop sustainability at RMIT Vietnam, which is an integral part of our Strategic Plan."
The forum was a stepping stone for RMIT University Vietnam to achieve its vision of being urban in orientation and creativity, shaping sustainable cities and drawing inspiration from the challenges and opportunities they provide.
Themes discussed included integrated facilities management, sustainable infrastructure, culture and community, education and research, and sustainable procurement and waste management.
Top minds converged for the one-day "Eco-charette".
Professor Kerry London, Professor of Construction Management in the School of Property Construction and Project Management, said the commitment and intelligence of the attendees from the two campuses sparked brilliant ideas that would soon be transformed into actions and priorities.
Professor London described the Saigon South campus as "modern and exemplary".
"Of course there is more to do, but they are on their way to achieving sustainability objectives," she said.
"The most pressing thing now for RMIT Vietnam is that staff and students take the lead in sustainability development, which is why the Eco-charette is great."
The Eco-charette was held as part of the Sustainable Urban Development Forum, under the facilitation of sustainability consultant Melissa Merryweather, the Southern Representative of the Vietnam Green Building Council.
RMIT's Sustainability Policy is applicable to all RMIT campuses across Australia and Vietnam, and to all stakeholders when engaged in university activities.
The policy expresses RMIT's commitment to demonstrate sustainability and responds to national and international expectations.