The Fishermans Bend campus will be an exemplar of sustainability, demonstrating possibilities to inspire others.

Our sustainability target for the Fishermans Bend campus is to make an impact. We aim to push the boundaries with innovative and exemplary standards for water, energy and waste, while driving the industry forward through demonstration, research, partnerships and hands on educational experiences.

Designing a sustainable campus and future

The campus design and construction will support new industry methods and materials, creating a tangible example of the sustainable infrastructure, buildings, systems and practice innovations the University community is driving to create a better future.

This will support the Government’s vision for the broader Fishermans Bend Precinct as a thriving place that is a leading example for environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity and innovation.

A new green star building rating tool

Fishermans Bend campus will help to reimagine the Green Star rating tool for new buildings, through participating in the Green Building Council of Australia'a program, which aims to ensure industry evolves to meet the sustainability challenges of the next decade.

This is one way we are extending our impact beyond the boundaries of the campus, testing ways for Green Star rated buildings can go even further in the future.

Read more about Green Star Buildings here

Find out more about the new green star rating tool - watch the Green Building Day 2020 panel discussion

Sustainability focused research and innovation

Our sustainability commitment will also be demonstrated by driving the industry forward through research, partnerships and hands on educational experiences.  Working with industry we will innovate sustainable solutions for energy, transport, water, the built environment and more.

Learn more about the  planned areas of research and innovation at Fishermans Bend campus here

Managing flood risk at the site

The Fishermans Bend campus is located in a low-lying part of Melbourne. We are taking measures to assess and mitigate the risk of flooding at the site. This includes sea level rise, coupled with the impact of high tide, wave set up, storm surge, riverine flooding and flash flooding caused by heavy rain.

Our assessment found the risks can be mitigated through site specific design. Our engineering and design guidelines will ensure creative solutions. This can also be used to benefit our broader community, demonstrating appropriate planning and control of urban flood mitigation.  More details will be available as the design progresses.

The University is also liaising with the Fishermans Bend Taskforce - find out more about the Government's Water Sensitive Cities Strategy.

University strategy

The University of Melbourne’s aspiration is to be a leader in sustainability, partnering in the future of Melbourne as a thriving and sustainable global city.