Our projects

La Trobe University is committed to being sustainable for today and tomorrow. We will be Victoria’s first major university to become carbon neutral by 2029 and our regional campuses are set to become carbon neutral by 2022.

As part of our $75 million investment, we’re rolling out a number of projects to help us reach our goal.

Current projects

LED lighting upgrade

Net Zero projects - LED LightingWe’re upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting solutions across all our campuses to reduce power consumption, improve quality of light and reduce waste as LEDs last longer with up to 50,000 hours of life.

In stage 1, more than 9,000 LED lights will be fitted throughout 12 buildings at the Melbourne Campus and we’ll be installing over 13,000 lights across 34 buildings at our regional campuses.

Once the project is complete, over 60,000 LED lights fitted throughout the university in total, reducing our total emissions by over 15% within 12 months.

Pictured: New LED lights were installed in Humanities 2 at the Melbourne Campus.

Renewable energy

Solar panels have been installed on Menzies College rooftopWe’re installing over 7,000 solar panels on more than 27 buildings at the Melbourne campus – the equivalent of 17 kms of solar panels end to end – or the distance between our Melbourne (Bundoora) and City campuses.

At the peak of solar efficiency, the panels will supply up to 50% of the campus’ daytime power usage.

This is in addition to the 3,300 solar panels already in place at our regional campuses which generate more than 1.1 Mw of renewable power across the regions, making up more than 18% of all regional consumption and contributing 14% electricity reduction at Bendigo and 21% electricity reduction at Albury-Wodonga.

Our renewable energy project will increase our solar generation by 200% and will generate more than 2 Mw of renewable energy – the equivalent of 400 home solar systems.

At our Mildura campus, we’ll also be storing the renewable energy generated from our rooftop solar so that it can continue to serve us in the future.

Pictured: Solar panels atop Menzies College at the Melbourne Campus.

Waste reduction

We’re the first university in Australia to utilise the SoilFood concept – an on-site composting unit based at our Melbourne Campus that diverts organic waste from landfill and will help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.

Our composting unit can turn the equivalent of 100kg of organic waste into 20kg of a nutrient rich, eco-friendly fertiliser, generated cost-free and re-used on campus gardens and grounds. We have plans to expand this program across University in the future, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, learn more about the program:

La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP)

LEAP Net Zero projectWe’ve been working with La Trobe academics and students from the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition to create the La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP) - an energy analysis platform that monitors consumption patterns and building performance, enabling us to create actionable insights to reduce our energy consumption across our campuses.

BMS Optimisation

Using our La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP), we continue to look at ways we can optimise our Building Management System (BMS) to improve our air-conditioning, electricity and gas consumption rates.

Regional Solar Carports

Existing solar carport in Albury-WodongaAn exciting new project in our Net Zero journey will kick off in the regions in early 2020 and will help to reduce carbon emissions across all regional campuses by a total of 14% - a significant step towards these campuses reaching the 2022 net zero target.

  • In Bendigo, two new solar carports will be constructed; Carpark 1 will have over 1260 solar panels and Carpark 2 will include almost 600 solar panels; and around 300 solar panels will also be installed on the Student Services Corridor rooftop. These works will see a combined total of 705kw, which is the equivalent to the annual energy consumption of over 220 average households.
  • The existing solar carport in Albury-Wodonga (pictured) has been so successful in generating 11% of the total energy consumption for the campus, that an additional solar carport will be built in the same area with more than 380 solar panels. This will produce 110kw – roughly the same as the annual energy consumption for 36 average households.

For information on impacts and outages related to the Net Zero program, visit www.latrobe.edu.au/io/impacts-and-outages