University achieves 11% energy decrease

University achieves 11% energy decrease

03 May 2011

La Trobe University has taken a big step towards reducing its environmental impact by reducing the amount of energy used in its facilities by 11 per cent between 2009 and 2010. The reduction in usage was outlined in the University’s first comprehensive sustainability report Responsible Futures.

Professor Carol Adams ‘The majority of our energy use comes from our buildings so to decrease our environmental footprint we must actively minimise the amount of energy our buildings use,’ said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams.

'We introduced new energy and travel reduction policies  to reduce the strain the University places on the environment,’ she said.

The 11 per cent energy reduction was achieved by a major T8 to T5 fluorescent light refit and Building Automation System implementation conducted by the University’s Infrastructure and Operations Division and a concerted behaviour change and awareness program was introduced by Professor Adam’s office and the Environmental Sustainability Management Division.  

‘Both the retrofit and behaviour change campaign will continue in 2011 signalling the University’s concerted effort to incorporate a whole of institution’ approach towards sustainability,’ said Professor Adams.

‘Energy is just one of the areas in which the University can improve and our report Responsible Futures proves that we are serious about embedding sustainability deep into La Trobe’s DNA’, She added.

The first Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability report to be released by any University in the world, Responsible Futures outlines the social, environmental and economic footprint of the University and includes sustainable targets that La Trobe is required to meet in the future.

‘Responsible Futures is a very honest and transparent look at the impact we have on the environment and our community.  It allows us to measure where the University is at and make the appropriate changes to our operations, curriculum and research so we can foster a deep sense of sustainable practice amongst our community,’ said Professor Adams.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams
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