Our environmental impact

At Swinburne, we aim to operate in an environmentally sound manner to encourage sustainability and reduce our impact on the environment.

During 2014, we began various initiatives to reduce waste to landfill, reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and save water across our campuses. For example, we were able to divert waste from landfill by redistributing furniture to community groups and local schools following the Lilydale campus closure.

Compared to the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) benchmark, Swinburne’s energy consumption per equivalent full-time student is much lower than most universities across Australia.

2014 highlights

Read about some of the key sustainability highlights on our environmental impact. 

Swinburne's Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) is our second 5-star green star building, certified by the Green Building Council of Australia. The innovative building was open to staff and students in mid-2014. With nine floors of teaching and learning space, the building leaves a minimal carbon footprint. The AMDC is made from materials encouraging natural light and self-generation of electricity. The building also includes 140 bicycle spaces.

Opening up an environmentally friendly building

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre

Key enhancing energy efficiency initiatives and achievements

In 2014, we were able to:  

  • decrease fuel use in the corporate fleet by 34.3%; decrease taxi use by 30%
  • install energy efficient chillers and cooling systems
  • retro-fit approximately 150 LED light fittings across our campuses including all bollard lights at Hawthorn
  • develop a Green Travel Plan to encourage students and staff to consider sustainable ways of commuting.