Sustainability at ACU

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is committed to reducing its environmental impact and to promoting and pursuing sustainable initiatives and outcomes in the delivery of its teaching, research, administrative and other functions.

Sustainable practice is closely aligned with ACU's Mission, values, and strategic objectives relating to the common good and social justice.

There are currently a range of sustainability initiatives across ACU, and we are continually building on these initiatives and strategies.

Sustainability initiatives at ACU include:

  • Construction of a $75 million Six‐Star (Green Star sustainability rating) National Centre for Health and Wellbeing (NCHW), due for completion by December 2011 at ACU's Melbourne Campus (Fitzroy). As a Six-Star building, the nine-storey development will achieve world leadership in sustainable building design and construction. Its sustainability features include:
    • Active-mass cooling concrete slabs
    • High levels of indoor air quality
    • Rainwater harvesting and rainwater tanks
    • Solar water heating panels
    • Wind turbines
    • Use of a natural palette of materials to construct the building, including brick, zinc, low-glare glass and recycled-content concrete
    • The building features a rooftop garden and is designed to be an attractive social working environment for staff and students
  • ACU is a signatory to the Victorian Government's ResourceSmart program which aims to embed environmental sustainability across the University, including in its core business which encompasses education for sustainability.
  • The inclusion of sustainability in the University's Strategic Plan for 2012-2014.
  • The active participation of the University in tertiary-sector sustainability networks, including the Sustainable Campus Group (SCG) and Australasian Campuses Toward Sustainability (ACTS)
  • All ACU campuses recycle paper and cardboard, with comingled recycling in place at some campuses.
  • Environmental sustainability issues are encompassed in certain teaching units within ACU's teaching programs.
  • Ecolimo Services – the University utilises the services of Ecolimo in Sydney and Melbourne for its travel purposes. Ecolimo is a green, choice hire car service which purchases carbon credits to offset all of its unavoidable CO2 emissions, which renders the company carbon neutral.
  • Solar panels are used to source the energy supply to the Vice-Chancellor's Residence.

Professor Greg Craven