The SAB was developed to meet a changing academic environment. It provides a world-class facility, comprising some 35,000m2 of floor space over 12 levels, as home to 850 academic and administration staff and 6000 students.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the RMIT team for their innovative work in developing their Swanston Academic Building as a leading-edge learning and teaching environment.
"RMIT is strongly committed to transforming its own built environment to help create sustainable and resilient cities, and to demonstrate leadership excellence in sustainable design and innovation," he said.
"The building, which is a Swanston Street icon, has deservedly been awarded a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 5-star Green Star Education Rating for environmentally sustainable design and stands as a showcase for integrating sustainability features in outstanding design. "
Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.
Overall winner for the night, recipient of the Premier’s Recognition Award, was a project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.
For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award.
The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:
- Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
- Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
- Environmental Protection Award - Mallee Catchment Management Authority's project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
- Education Award - Bentleigh Secondary College - a world recognised, very sustainable school
- Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
- Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
- Community Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
- The Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Victoria Carpets
Photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners are available at sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au. To arrange interviews or for further media information contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.
Catherine NewellP: 0423 587 478
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