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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We deliver an annual calendar of sustainability related events aligned to our Engagement Plan objectives:
Example events include:
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Acknowledgement of country
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