RMIT’s teaching and research of sustainability in the built environment has won an international award.
The School of Property, Construction and Project Management has won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) Sustainability Award.
An international field of universities who showcased best practice and achievement in built environment related departments and courses were invited to enter the Awards.
Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga, the School’s Deputy Dean (International), said it was great that an industry body such as RICS acknowledged the School’s achievements.
“Our school has undertaken a lot of effort to bring in sustainability education in the curriculum and expand research in sustainability in the built environment generally,” she said.
“They’ve recognised the contribution we have made to the curriculum and recognised the value in bringing in a new generation of professionals that value the built environment, and will hopefully 'touch the earth lightly'.”
The School of Property, Construction and Project Management is at the forefront of teaching and learning for sustainability.
All its undergraduate programs draw on sustainability foundations, following from a single program for the discipline in 2009.
The RICS Award is aligned to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UNPRME), which was launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in Geneva.
The UNPRME was designed to promote sustainable development in higher education and aims to increase cooperation between universities, businesses and the public.
RMIT joins an international list of past winners including Bond University (Australia), Instituto de Empresa (Spain), University of Reading (UK), Plymouth University (UK), IRE|BS Institut für Immobilienwirtschaft (Germany) and Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain).