University of Melbourne Wins Major Sustainability Awards

November 15 / 170

The University’s Sustainability Team accepts the Continuous Improvement award at the Green Gown Gown Awards in Geelong. L-R: Judith Alcorn, Harry Troedel, Colin Reiter, Matt Stewart, Danielle Rostan-Herbert, Monique Edwards, and ACTS President Leanne Denby
The University’s Sustainability Team accepts the Continuous Improvement award at the Green Gown Gown Awards in Geelong. L-R: Judith Alcorn, Harry Troedel, Colin Reiter, Matt Stewart, Danielle Rostan-Herbert, Monique Edwards, and ACTS President Leanne Denby

The University of Melbourne has won three sustainability awards at this year’s Green Gown Awards Australasia.

Melbourne won the prestigious Continuous Improvement award for its sustainability initiatives across: leadership and governance; facilities and operations; learning, teaching and research; and partnerships and engagement.

The University also won in the category of Facilities and Services for its Furniture and Equipment Re-use Service. The Service has been operating for three years and has saved an estimated $200K on landfill charges and $3.5M savings on retail replacement.

Melbourne was highly commended for Student Engagement for #C15Hack,  Australia's biggest green innovation hackathon.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the awards recognised outstanding achievements by the University.

“Congratulations are due to the staff and students of the University of Melbourne, for it is their passion, hard work and determination over many years which delivered these prestigious awards.

“The University of Melbourne is acutely conscious of our leadership role in sustainability and these awards echo the strong focus that has been placed on achieving sustainability across our operations."

Following the Australasian Awards, Melbourne will proceed to the International Green Gown Awards on 26 November in the Continuous Improvement category to compete on an international scale, with universities from the UK and French-speaking Europe and Canada.

Sustainability Manager Danielle Rostan-Herbert said the institutional award last week definitely sums it up the University’s sustainability goal. 

“It’s about continuous improvement. We’re on this journey and it doesn’t end here. The award is just a nice appreciation of the work that we’ve done so far.

“We’ll continue to improve and share our knowledge and experiences with the community and other universities as well.”

The Green Gown Awards Australasia is run by Australasian Campuses towards Sustainability (ACTS). ACTS is non-profit organisation that represents several universities, and other TAFEs and polytechnics within Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

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