Sustainability at Melbourne

As a public-spirited and globally connected research institution, the University of Melbourne has a responsibility to lead and act on the critical challenges of worldwide sustainability in a changing climate.

Our Sustainability Framework

Sustainability at Melbourne is governed by the University’s Sustainability Framework, which integrates action on sustainability across all areas of the University and aligns with the strategic priorities of Advancing Melbourne.

Our commitment to sustainability is deeply intertwined with the places on which our campuses stand, and the network of local and global communities we support.

We will lead and act on shaping a sustainable future for the city and nation we serve, partnering in the future of Melbourne as a thriving, sustainable global city and advancing our nation as ambitious and forward-thinking.

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We make a significant contribution to shaping a sustainable, equitable future for our planet. Through the transformative potential of our teaching and research, we will engage our local and global communities to grow sustainability knowledge.

Teaching and learning

As active global citizens and future leaders, our graduates are our greatest contribution to a sustainable planet. We’re empowering our students with sustainability knowledge aligned to their disciplines and future-ready careers to help them shape tomorrow’s sustainable society.

Research impact

The transition to sustainability demands innovative thinking. Through our research agenda, we are championing deep interdisciplinary perspectives on complex global sustainability issues, and accelerating social, environmental and economic solutions.

Campus and communities

Our commitment to sustainability is deeply intertwined with the places on which our campuses stand and the communities they support. We aspire to be an exemplar of sustainable, equitable community across our campus buildings and landscapes, and to engage our students and staff in opportunities to learn and collaborate through on-campus action.


The Sustainability Framework governs the decision-making and planning mechanisms for enacting our sustainability commitments. It supports transparency, accountability and community inclusiveness in sustainability planning and reporting.


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