Energy and Water



RMIT has committed to a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The University aims to achieve this target by upgrading buildings, installing energy efficient technology and purchasing carbon offsets.

You can assist in the effort to 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?

During Earth Hour RMIT experienced a 20 per cent reduction in electricity consumption by asking staff and students to switch off lights and equipment at the end of the day. This simple behaviour could be accomplished everyday.



RMIT has installed a range of water saving technologies across all campuses including: grey water recycling, water efficient fixtures, rainwater harvesting and drought tolerant landscaping.

You can assist in saving 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.