The Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP) was a $128 million project to reduce energy and water use, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions associated with RMIT campus operations. By developing the project scope with consideration of the known lifecycle considerations of installed equipment and partnerships, the SUPP investments have also resulted in significant research contributions and operational improvements that benefit the entire RMIT stakeholder community. RMIT recognised the opportunity to expand upon emissions-based objectives to also deliver complementary outcomes that improved maintenance and asset management standards, fostered industry partnership, reduced resource consumption, leveraged learning / teaching and research opportunities and provided future-proofed infrastructure.
SUPP included five learning and teaching projects, six interdisciplinary research projects and 10 PhD scholarships. As a part of this project, RMIT students and staff took part in world-leading, innovative and collaborative multi-disciplinary research projects, supported by strong industry linkages. Through SUPP and wider on-campus carbon-reduction initiatives RMIT achieved a reduction in emissions of 45.5% at the end of 2018 (from 2007 baseline).
Project timeline: 2012 - 2018
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This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.b By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnership