The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus is the first university to be awarded first a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating.

The Green Building Council of Australia recognised the campus – including more than 159 buildings and 66 hectares of land – for its sustainable masterplanning, efforts to promote health and wellbeing for their students, staff and visitors, and other efforts including:

  • A tobacco free campus
  • Tools and training to support better mental health
  • Extensive sport and fitness facilities
  • Infrastructure and promotion of cycling
  • Green spaces
  • Access to medical, dental, optical and mental health services
  • Safer Community Program

The campus’ commitment to zero net carbon emissions from electricity by 2021 and carbon neutrality before 2030 helped them achieve this rating, University of Melbourne manager of sustainable campus design Dr Gerard Healey said.

The university was also the first to undertake a nitrogen footprint of its operations and to use the Green Impact sustainability engagement program.

“This is not only important as the University strives to reduce its carbon emissions, but also to attract students who increasingly consider the environmental impact of their university of choice,” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said.

“Achieving this 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating re-confirms the University’s commitment to create places that are healthy, resilient and positive places for both people and the natural environment.”