At TAFE Illawarra we are committed to establishing, promoting and maintaining a culture of environmental responsibility, both within the Institute and in the wider community.
Environmental Sustainability Plan
The new Environmental Sustainability Plan 2012-2015 was approved in October 2012. The TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute recognises that it has a responsibility to conduct its activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and to provide a quality environment in which to work and study.
The plan covers
- environmental management
- education for sustainability (green skills)
- energy & emissions
- waste & recycling
- biodiversity & grounds
- purchasing & consumption.
The plan has objectives and action plans for all nine areas with metrics or indicators to track our progress.
It can be downloaded HERE
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TAFE Illawarra operates under an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is consistent with the ISO 14001 International Standard. The cornerstone of the EMS is our
Above: Award of Excellance for Yallah Campus in the
2011 DEC Learning for Sustainability Awards.
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A team of students from UOW and TAFE Illawarra will go head to head with some of the best universities in the world when they compete in the finals of the Solar Decathlon: China in 2013.
The group, known as Team UOW, will be amongst 24 teams from 13 countries fighting it out to build and operate an advanced and appealing solar-powered house to win the competition.
The team, comprised of students from at least six UOW faculties and the University’s Sydney Business School will be joined by TAFE Illawarra staff and students who will play a major role in the design and construction of ‘The Illawarra Flame’ house.
Sustainable Training Centre
This sustainable training centre at Yallah Campus is
made of mud brick and includes solar power, solar hot
water, rainwater tanks, composting toilets, LED lighting
& edible gardens. We use it for Green Skills training
Above: Plans showing the TTT building at Yallah which
will achieve a 5-star Green Star rating and accreditation
under the Living Building Challenge.
A low height training roof at Yallah Campus used for
safe installation of rooftop solar panels.
Earth Hour is promoted every year to encourage staff to
switch off unnecessary lighting at TAFE.
This saves around 20% off our energy usage – just
by switching off! This photo is of a “human sign” on
the TAFE Oval made up of 300 staff and students.
22 kW of photovoltaics (solar panels) are installed on
our campus roofs to increase our usage of renewable
energy. This supplements the 6% accredited Green
Power that we purchase for our energy needs.
The Illawarra Institute supports a fulltime Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Wendy Hird, based at Wollongong Campus (L1.39) and Nowra Campus on Fridays. Please contact Wendy for further information.
Wendy Hird, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator,
Ph. 02 4229 0416 or Facebook