Sustainability Committee

Terms of reference

RMIT University has a long-standing commitment to incorporating sustainability into its core activities of teaching, research and operations.

The University has established a Sustainability Committee, in order to promote and coordinate the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives across all areas of the University (including RMIT Vietnam).

Objective

The objective of the RMIT Sustainability Committee (the “Sustainability Committee”) is to provide leadership, coordination and guidance to the University for integration of sustainability principles and practices throughout the University’s core teaching and learning, research and operational activities.

Responsibilities of Committee

The RMIT Sustainability Committee will:

  • Report to VCE on the status of the University’s sustainability performance, including its observance of external commitments and obligations;
  • Review and make recommendations to VCE in relation to further development of sustainability-related commitments, policies and strategies, including establishment of University-wide performance targets;
  • Develop and coordinate communication strategies and mechanisms to effectively promote and engage the University community (staff and students) around sustainability, including through RMIT’s web site;
  • Advise on the development and implementation of cultural change programs to embed sustainability in and across all areas of University activity;
  • Advise on sustainability-related teaching and research and facilitate collaboration across disciplines and functions to integrate sustainability consistently into the University’s teaching, training and research activities;
  • Support the sustainability-related initiatives and activities of RMIT students;
  • Incorporate sustainability practices into the University’s operational performance to ensure that it meets its external obligations; and
  • Oversee and streamline the University’s reporting to external agencies on sustainability performance and facilitate improvements to data collection and sharing processes to enhance the timeliness and quality of sustainability reporting.

The responsibilities outlined above will be discharged through Members’ coordination of the following Clusters:

  1. Sustainable University Operational Groups;
  2. Sustainability Champions;
  3. Sustainability and Tertiary Education
  4. Sustainability Research; and
  5. Student Sustainability Activity.

Membership

The Sustainability Committee will comprise the following members:

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, Design and Social Context – Chair
  • Executive Director, Property Services (Convener cluster 1)
  • Senior Advisor Environment, Property Services (Co-Convener cluster 2)
  • Associate PVC, Learning and Teaching, Design and the Social Context (Co-Convener cluster 3)
  • Manager Planning and Resources, Office of Vocational Education (Co-Convener cluster 3)
  • Innovation Professor of Sustainability (Convener cluster 4)
  • RMIT University Student Union Environment Officer (Convener 5), supported by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Students.

Clusters of responsibility and activity have been created under the auspices of the Committee.

A representative of the National Tertiary Education Union has been co-opted onto the Committee and is the Co-convener of Cluster 2.

The Committee will have a Secretariat led by the Director, Global Sustainability.

The President of RMIT International University Vietnam will be advised of all Committee meetings and outcomes of Committee meetings (including provision of agenda and minutes) and the President RMIT International University Vietnam will nominate a representative to participate in Committee meetings at her discretion.

Responsibilities of members

Members of the Sustainability Committee will:

  • Regularly attend meetings of the Committee;
  • Represent their clusters within RMIT in relation to matters to be addressed by the Sustainability Committee;
  • Monitor implementation of sustainability initiatives in their portfolios/ work areas and provide advice, observations and/or recommendations to the Committee about such initiatives;
  • Keep their clusters informed about the outcomes of Sustainability Committee discussions;
  • Consider the resource implications of all proposals discussed and include a resources assessment in all recommendations; and
  • Actively promote sustainability-related developments and initiatives through their networks within and outside RMIT, as appropriate.

Meeting dates

The RMIT University Sustainability Committee will meet between four and six times a calendar year, on dates to be agreed by Committee Members at the commencement of each year.

Further information

For further information email the committee at sustainability.committee@rmit.edu.au or visit the Think Green at RMIT web site.