Energy and Water

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RMIT has achieved our 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent four years early. RMIT has upgraded our buildings and installed energy efficient technology through the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program, as well as the purchase of carbon offsets.

In the workplace you can save energy by taking the following simple actions:

  • Switching off lights
  • Shutting down computers when not in use
  • Turning off unused electrical equipment
  • Unplugging phone and laptop chargers once devices are fully charged
  • Disabling screensavers, which are no longer necessary and can prevent the activation of power save modes
  • Switching devices off at the power point, as standby mode on equipment still consumes energy.

Did you know?

RMIT currently has 417 solar panels installed, with a generation capacity of over 100kW. Up to 10% of the electricity for the Bundoora East campus is generated from the sun.

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Through the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program RMIT has installed a range of water saving technologies across all campuses including: grey water recycling, water efficient fixtures and rainwater harvesting.

In the workplace you can save water by taking the following simple actions:

  • Only run dishwashers and washing machines when full and use economy settings
  • Turn off taps and report leaks to the RMIT Service Desk: 9925 2111
  • Look for the water efficiency ratings when buying equipment
  • Contact your local water company for advice on saving water and upgrade water fixtures in your home.

Did you know?

In the Swanston Academic Building (SAB) an 80kL rainwater tank captures water for irrigation and toilet flushing. Whilst grey water is treated and purified which recycles approximately 8,300 litres of water for toilet flushing. When combined, these initiatives reduce the landscaping potable water demand by 90 per cent.