La Trobe shortlisted for green uni award

La Trobe University has been named as a finalist for Green University of the Year at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards.

The Green University of the Year Award recognises a university that is highly committed to the protection of the environment through resource planning and usage, and where environmental protection is a part of the university’s values and culture.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the shortlisting recognises the University’s commitment to addressing one of the biggest issues of our time.

“Environmental protection and sustainability are at the heart of La Trobe’s vision and culture. We’re backing up this commitment with firm actions aimed at minimising the impact on our environment,” Professor Dewar said.

“By 2029 La Trobe will become Victoria’s first zero-emissions university through our ambitious Net Zero program.  We are also encouraging students to think creatively about sustainability through the La Trobe Essentials in Sustainability Thinking project, and we’ve launched the eco-corridor Nangak Tamboree - a living laboratory for students, staff, the wider community, local wildlife and native flora,” Professor Dewar said.

The Triple E Awards globally recognise “Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence” in higher education and aim to foster change in universities to emphasise their role in their communities and ecosystems.

La Trobe is one of five finalists in this category alongside Chiba University of Commerce (Japan), Central Agricultural University (India), IIT Guwahati (India) and Ozyegin University (Turkey). The winner will be announced on 10 January 2020.

Media contact: Dan Salmon – 0499 949 627 – d.salmon@latrobe.edu.au

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