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The University of Melbourne

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne

As Melbourne faces the impacts of an increasing population and changing climate, innovative methods are required to help Melburnians adapt and maintain the mantle as the world’s most liveable city. Incorporating vegetation on buildings, such as green roofs and walls, can greatly help with these challenges, but is hampered by a lack of knowledge and skills around how these technologies can be used successfully.

The University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Inner Melbourne Action Plan and the Victorian State Government funded and developed the Growing Green Guide for Melbourne, a free, comprehensive and practical guide to the construction of green walls, roofs and facades.

Released in February 2014, the Guide has achieved significant success, with more than 70,000 website downloads. The Guide is widely used and promoted by industry and local governments, resulting in more green infrastructure projects, amendments to planning schemes and inclusion in sustainability guidelines. It is also used internationally to support learning and teaching activities and has been translated to Spanish and Chinese.

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