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Being green is more than just planting trees and saving water and across our campuses, TAFE NSW aims for high impact training with low impact on our surroundings.
We work with staff, students and local communities on projects that reduce our environmental footprint, improve energy efficiency and build social sustainability. Just some ways we’re good to the environment:
As part of our current electricity contract, 6% of our electricity is from renewable energy sources.
We generate more than 30kW of electricity from renewable energy sources (solar PV and wind) at Newcastle, Kurri, Muswellbrook and Wyong Campuses. These facilities, and our AIRAH Award-winning solar desiccant cooling system at Hamilton Campus, are integral to our renewable energy training and education for sustainability program​s.
We continually investigate smarter ways to divert waste from landfill using ARRR principles (Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
We use flow restriction devices, automatic timers and energy efficient LED lighting. LED lamps reduce energy use for lighting by approximately 55%, as well as realising a 75% reduction in labour costs for repeated lamp replacements and a 75% reduction in waste to landfill from worn out lamps.
We work with businesses and the community so together we can reduce our environmental impact. We offer courses ranging from implementing efficient practices in the workplace to training specialists for green collar jobs.