About us

Based in Property Services in the Operations Portfolio, the Sustainability Team works across all functions of the University to provide expertise and drive initiatives to support the University's strategy, plans, policies and commitments to drive sustainability outcomes.

In 2021, the Sustainability Team was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Award for Courage. The award was in recognition of the team’s courage in responding to issues of importance to our community and our world.

Each year the team undertakes a program of events on campus, supports student projects and provides guest lectures.

Contact us at: sustainability@rmit.edu.au

Meet the team

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Lin Stevenson - Senior Manager, Sustainability

Lin Stevenson has been working at RMIT University since 2009, having previously worked in various UK local government sustainability roles. As the Senior Manager, Sustainability and Deputy Chair of the RMIT Sustainability Committee she leads a team which provides strategic advice to the executive and the wider community on sustainable management of assets and operations. Based within the Property Services Group, responsibilities include strategy development, project coordination, infrastructure planning, reporting, partnerships and communication to enhance the University's profile as a sustainable organisation. In her role on the Sustainability Committee, she also oversees governance issues, such as policy development, responsible investment and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Michael Anderson - Manager, Carbon & Sustainability

Michael Anderson has been working at RMIT University since 2014, with 10 years of experience dedicated to energy and carbon management. The Manager, Carbon & Sustainability leads the development and management of the RMIT Carbon Management Plan, including the strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Responsibilities include all University-wide sustainability reporting (including the annual Sustainability Report) management of all University utilities contracts and input into the RMIT capital development program.

Dr Renzo Mori Jr - Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development

Renzo Mori Jr has been working at RMIT University since 2017, having previously worked in academic and professional roles for a wide range of government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Over 15 years’ experience dedicated to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. As the Senior Advisor for sustainable development and deputy chair of the RMIT SDGs working group Renzo supports the sustainability committee to ensure that the SDGs lens is applied to strategic directions and the policy landscape of the University. Responsibilities include mapping sustainability expertise, measuring impact, increasing awareness of the SDGs, developing and implementing strategic planning processes across the university and collaborating with internal and external partners on the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Hayley Cordes - Advisor Sustainability Engagement

Hayley Cordes has been working at RMIT University since 2018 and is also a recent graduate of the RMIT Master of Urban Planning and Environment. As a Sustainability Engagement Advisor, Hayley devises strategies to create a cultural shift at the University by promoting the adoption of sustainable choices among student and staff in key programs and initiatives throughout the year. Hayley manages all sustainability communication channels, events, campaigns and awareness programs to encourage resource efficiency and promote the uptake of sustainability initiatives on campus.

Hamsa Farah – Advisor Sustainable Systems

Hamsa Farah has joined RMIT in 2021 as an Alumni from the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and Master of Environmental Science and Technology course at RMIT. Hamsa has previously worked as a Sustainability Advisor to deliver sustainable outcomes on some of Victoria’s largest major transport infrastructure projects. As a Sustainable Systems Advisor, Hamsa will devise, deliver, and monitor continuous improvement initiatives to drive sustainable outcomes and lead a key focus on circular economy, climate change adaptation and Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) to deliver holistic sustainability outcomes across RMIT.

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RMIT'S Sustainability Story

'Let's Lead the Way' is RMIT's sustainability ambition

Sustainability awards

2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Award for Courage

2021 Green Gown Awards Australasia for Climate Action

2021 Green Gown Awards Australasia for Circular Economy

2020 Green Gown Australasian Award for Creating Impact for Sustainability Engagement at RMIT

2020 Green Gown Highly Commended - Benefitting Society category for the TIMeR app by the School of Media and Communications

2020 Green Gown Highly Commended - Staff Award for Michael Anderson (Manager, Carbon & Sustainability) for all his work on our carbon neutral commitment

2019 Green Gown International Awards, Highly Commended - Institution of the Year

2018 Green Gown Australasian Award for Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change

2018 Green Gown Highly Commended - Outstanding Leadership Team for the Sustainability Committee

2017 Green Gown Awards Australasian - Facilities & Services category for the Bike Hub

2017 Green Gown Awards Australasian - Learning & Teaching & Skills category for the Vietnam – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Study Tour

2017 best smart energy project by the National Energy Efficiency Council for the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

2016 Green Gown Highly Commended - Carbon Reduction category for the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

2015 Green Gown Highly Commended - Student Engagement category for the student group 'Greening RMIT'

2014 Green Gown International Award for Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change

2014 Green Gown Australasian Award for Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change

2014 Green Gown Highly Commended - Learning & Teaching & Skills category for the Landscape Architecture program

2013 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards - Infrastructure and Buildings category for the Swanston Academic Building (SAB)

2011 Green Gown Award - Learning & Teaching & Skills category for the School of Fashion and Textiles

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.