RMIT University has won three accolades at the annual Green Gown sustainability awards, including a prestigious international prize.
The Green Gown Awards Australasia champion sustainability initiatives that encourage innovation, improvement and excellence in the tertiary sector.
RMIT received a hat trick of awards, including the International Green Gown Award for Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change, for adopting a holistic approach to sustainability, which reflects the University's goals to be global, urban and connected.
Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, also presented RMIT with the ACTS Institutional Award of Excellence and the Australasian Continuous Improvement Award.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, Professor Paul Gough, is Chair of the RMIT Sustainability Committee.
Professor Gough said the international award recognised the breadth and impact of RMIT's sustainability initiatives.
"Being honoured with an International Green Gown Award aligns with the University's global vision to shape sustainable cities," he said.
"Receiving three significant sustainability awards provides fantastic recognition for the work undertaken by RMIT to embed sustainability across its learning and teaching, research and operations."
The awards recognise the work of the RMIT Sustainability Committee over the past five years.
Initiatives include curriculum development, sustainability fellowships, "living laboratory" research projects, a climate change adaptation plan and the Green Innovators Competition.
One of the "living laboratory" projects, The Matter of Landscape: Sustainable Design Strategies for RMIT City Campus, was funded by the RMIT Sustainability Committee, and was Highly Commended in the Green GownSkills for Sustainability Award.
The project was led by Karolina Bartkowicz, Judy Rogers and Professor SueAnne Ware, and encouraged students to design, develop and evaluate green roofs and planting master plans for the City campus as a way of demonstrating best practice sustainable design for the City of Melbourne.
Building on RMIT's success at Green Gown Awards Australasia, implementation has begun on the University's $98 million Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP).
The project aims to meet and exceed the University's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020.
The Green Gown Awards are managed by Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).