We’re committed to ensuring the sustainability of the University, from organisational, financial, social and environmental perspectives.

Sustainability embraces, and goes beyond, a commitment to carefully consider our physical environment. It serves as an organising principle for decisions about the future of our University. Our institutional vision, composition and contribution are shaped not only by our internal perspectives, but by the expectations and aspirations of the communities in which we work and live.

We are guided by a Sustainability Charter, which sets out the environmental and social sustainability values and principles embedded in our work. Our Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 identifies priority actions and targets to move forward towards realising the commitments of the Charter over the next four years with an operational focus.

Strategic priorities

Organisational sustainability

We are committed to attracting and retaining outstanding people, anticipating and responding to the latest technological trends, implementing best practice campus planning, as well as continually improving the business.

Financial sustainability

We strive to achieve the optimal mix of scale, diverse sources of income and new opportunities, while encouraging efficient management of our operations.

Environmental sustainability

We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality before 2030, focusing on further energy reduction and transitioning to renewable energy sources.

Sustainability at the University of Melbourne

Our campuses are developed as models of sustainable and resilient communities, and we’ve set a target to achieve carbon neutrality before 2030. A key focus is on further energy reduction and transitioning our energy supply to renewable energy sources.

We have achieved a world-leading six-star Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Green Star Communities rating that informs campus planning and activities over a five-year planning cycle.

Key facts and figures

(Based on 31 December 2016 data)


bicycle spaces on campus

solar power

Installation commenced

on 550kW of Solar PV arrays

on campus as part of the 2500kW solar program



Biodiversity Management Plan



Arts West Building


5 star sustainable design meeting students’ future needs

carbon reduction pathways

Carbon Reduction Pathways

project completed

mapping a path to zero emissions electricity