Curtin University has received Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for its Master Plan, which will see its Bentley Campus developed into a ‘city of innovation’.

Green Star – Communities is one of the world’s first independent, national schemes designed to assess and certify the sustainability of large-scale master planned development projects.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry described the rating as an important endorsement of the University’s vision to transform its Bentley Campus through urban renewal and sustainable design.

According toTerry, the 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating validates the University’s ambitions to develop a vibrant urban centre, while achieving their vision to change the world through innovation and excellence.

GBCA Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew said the Curtin University Master Plan was assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability.

Pointing out that the 5 Star Green Star rating signifies ‘Australian Excellence’, and sets new sustainability benchmarks for Australia’s universities, Madew said the rating provided Curtin University with proof that its vision will deliver environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The Curtin University Master Plan will see 114 hectares of the University’s Bentley Campus transformed through urban regeneration over a 20-year period. Stage 1 of the Master Plan is currently underway.