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Environmental Management

South West TAFE recognises the fact that the future of our planet is everyone's responsibility. One of the greatest challenges we face is the ability to manage our resources and meet the needs of a growing population.

We take our role in this challenge very seriously.This includes undertaking extensive work to reduce the Institute's impact on the environment as well as working in partnership with industry, government and the community to support the development and implementation of sustainable practices. As part of this ongoing commitment the Institute has recently completed substantial capital works under the Greener Government Buildings program. This has included installed a gas fired Combined Heat and Power plant at the Warrnambool Campus to supply peak energy demand as well as substantial lighting, water and building infrastructure upgrades across the Institute.

Sustainability training is another focus of South West TAFE. Courses are offered in Sustainability including industry specific training in Green Skills such as the Grid Connect PV Installer Accreditation and the Sustainability Skills Set from the TAE10 Training Package. Sustainable principles are also being incorporated into as many varied courses as possible including specific core units such as Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Practice.

National Centre for Sustainability

South West TAFE has been a long term member of the National Centre for Sustainability (NCS). It brings together a dedicated network of individuals to further develop and promote sustainability concepts and education.The six collaborating institutes are: Swinburne University of Technology, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, University of Ballarat, South West Institute of TAFE, Challenger TAFE - Western Australia, Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.

We are also a member of the Sustainable Campus Group and utilise their methodology to report annually on our environmental performance in comparison to the other tertiary institutions across Australia. We provide advice to educational authorities and work with government to ensure that Australia is well placed in vocational education and training markets relevant to sustainability.

Being part of these networks ensures the best possible expertise and resources are collected to provide first class Sustainability training to South West Victoria.

Sustainability policy

Environmental Management Strategy

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