Get involved

Get involved

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RMIT is committed to widespread engagement across the community of students and staff to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices and outcomes. The community is engaged through sustainability initiatives including events, behaviour change programs, social media campaigns and living lab projects.

Students in a workshop in the Sustainability Space

Sustainability Space

We created the Sustainability Space (10.4.70) on Campus to engage with students, staff and the wider community by building a sense of place for sustainability and facilitating workshops, talks and events. 

The space is open most days, so please swing by and say hello and get to know the RMIT Sustainability Team. Our Sustainability Space is free for the RMIT community to book via the Venues Calendar for any event, workshop or seminar that are sustainability related.

Green Impact Engagement Program

The Green Impact program was developed to support the delivery of positive actions aligned with the University’s sustainability plans. The program is run in partnership with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) to create a global community of people working together towards common goals. Green Impact is based around a bespoke online toolkit that educates staff about what they can do at an individual level to address social and environmental sustainability actions at home and in the workplace. Actions are broken down based on levels of complexity, each with a corresponding award: gold, silver and bronze. Taking action at a localised team level has helped to empower hundreds of staff participating in the program across our Melbourne and Vietnam campuses. Student volunteers undertake accredited training to become environmental auditors to verify that the actions teams recorded in their workbooks. This form of work-integrated learning is an opportunity for students to gain invaluable hands-on experiences.

Sustainability Ambassador Program

Each year the Sustainability Team hosts a student sustainability ambassador program. The program provided students with an opportunity to get involved in sustainability-related workshops, events and initiatives throughout the year. Students who fulfil induction training requirements and 15 hours of voluntary work, received academic recognition through the ‘Future Edge’ program, aimed at supporting and improving key skills for future employment.

Living Labs

In line with RMIT’s objective to provide real-world experiences, drive industry connections and encourage sustainability engagement outside the classroom, the Sustainability Team support a range of 'Living Lab' projects which leverage the campus as a learning tool.

Find out more and watch the video on the Living Labs web page.

Micro creds

As part of our University-wide digital credentials program, RMIT has a number of sustainability micro-credentials. The creds were developed in partnership with industry to provide a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability. The following creds are available online for RMIT students and staff:

Sustainability 101: Helps learners untangle contemporary approaches to sustainability, giving them a solid grounding in the fundamentals of what it means today. They discover how attitudes towards sustainability are influenced by different worldviews and cultures and learn how to make informed decisions to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Sustainable Change: Gives learners the skills, tools and strategies they need to bring real, sustainable change to an organisation. The course profiles a whole range of approaches taken across different industries, to tackle competing interests inside an organisation and gain practical techniques for measuring success.

Learning to Walk the Talk: Gives learners the skills and know-how to create, promote and drive sustainability changes inside an organisation. It outlines the fundamentals to implement sustainability in a corporate environment, including how to align sustainability with business strategy and how to measure, report and communicate progress. It also demonstrates how to apply the SDGs to a business environment in order to make a real global difference.

Ethical Cities: Developed in partnership with the UN Global Compact, this course gives learners a grounding in building the cities of the future. By embarking on a survey of case studies from around the world and a deep dive into the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, they can construct their own personal approach to improving governance, boosting sustainability and developing a better quality of life for their chosen city.

Events

We deliver an annual calendar of sustainability related events aligned to our Engagement Plan objectives:

  • Promote sustainability commitment through events and promotional activities.
  • Increase the visibility of the sustainability team through faceto-face activities, curation of the sustainability space and digital engagement

Example events include: 

  • Sustainability Week is held at the end of March to give new and returning students, as well as staff, a comprehensive understanding of what sustainability means to RMIT University and the important role they can play.
  • Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Each year RMIT encourages the reduction in plastic through events and workshops which promote reuse. 
  • As part of RMIT University’s Entrepreneurship Week in August, the Sustainability Team support panel sessions which focus on inspiring students to choose careers or to work on innovations which tackle some of the biggest challenges in sustainability. 
  • Sustainability Showcase in September focuses on practical workshops for learning new skills and thought-provoking sessions from our academic experts. It also coincides with Green Campus Day, so we provide tours to showcase the sustainability features on campus. 

Keep in touch

Please feel free to contact us to directly via sustainability@rmit.edu.au.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer