Signing on the dotted green line
RMIT University is a signatory for both local and global sustainability initiatives.
- Australian Technology Network (ATN) Declaration of Commitment to Local, National and Global Sustainability
RMIT is a member of the ATN, the alliance of five influential mainland Universities. On 31st January, 2008, Professor Margaret Gardner, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University, signed the ATN Declaration of Commitment to Local, National and Global Sustainability, which pledges to make sustainability a focus in the University’s teaching and learning programs, research, infrastructure and operations.
The Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Greenhouse Challenge Plus program enables Australian companies to form working partnerships with the Australian Government to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
RMIT became a signatory to the Greenhouse Challenge in early 2001. Since that time, the requirements have been amended but RMIT continues to report our emissions and initiatives to reduce them accordingly. View the Greenhouse Challenge Plus Statements from 2004 to 2006 (PDF 29.8kb 3p).
The Talloires Declaration is a document containing the signatures of higher education institution leaders, pledging that their respective university or college will become world leaders in developing, supporting and maintaining sustainability.
The Talloires Declaration was drafted at a conference of 22 universities in Talloires, France in 1990. The conference was convened by Jean Mayer, the then President of Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA. The registrar for the declaration is held by the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) organization, based in Washington DC, USA.
RMIT University became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration in February 1995.
As of March, 2006, 329 college and university presidents across 49 countries over five continents have signed the declaration.