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Session 2 in the 2011 series on sustainability in the ACE sector from Richard and Karen at Byron Bay Community College.

Session 2 in the 2011 series on sustainability in the ACE sector from Richard and Karen at Byron Bay Community College.

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Greening infrastructure & operations, session 2, July 2011 Greening infrastructure & operations, session 2, July 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome fromKatrina Shields & Richard Vinycombof Byron Region Community College
  •  Identify where environmental improvements can be made in infrastructure & operations through savings in: energy, waste, water, travel & transport, greener catering and using your purchasing power. Reflect on what might work for you, share change strategies and aspirations... We encourage your participation..
  •  Australia has the highest greenhouse gasses emissions per capita in the developed world. Our waste production is 2nd highest in the world after the USA, with 690kg per year being sent to landfill per person. Our power consumption per capita is four times the average in the world...
  • Like all organisations and households our centres have significant environmental impacts from their buildings and operations: Physical building footprints Energy required to run normal operations (and associated emissions) Consumption of resources (everything from cars to copiers to paper clips!) Waste produced as a result of normal operations
  •  Retro fitting small changes ? Govt rebates, sponsorship, donations Redesign big changes in buildings eg passive solar design, green building ? Grants, rebates, pro bono design work Promoting behaviour changes in staff & students ? Incentives, professional development, awards, communications, change in purchasing policies. Educating building users and raising community awareness generally ? signs, posters, media stories, orientations
  • Consider:Source renewable energy eg sign upfor green power.Cutting consumption through: Lighting- installing power saving bulbs, skylights, auto turn off devices or delamping.. Air con used for cooling & heating – change thermostat settings, turn off when out of room, provide more natural ventilation, encourage dressing for the temperature, install insulation..
  •  Equipment use – do you need all the fridges, TV’s, printers etc? Standby power or “ghost load” – turning off at the wall Using smart meters to give feedback on consumption.Myth Busting: “It’s better to leavethings on” Not true! Turning off when out of the room for more than 10 seconds saves power. It does not damage or wear out lights, fans etc.
  •  Providing Recycling systems- separation bins Organic waste collection & composting Reducing use of disposable products eg plastic bags, water bottles, styrofoam cups Finding an E waste collection – what Do you do with old equipment?
  •  Paper & stationary with high recycled content Toilet paper – recycled paper content Green cleaning products Refillable whiteboard pens Could you develop a purchasing policy?
  •  Where do you source your products ? Can you support locally owned & operated businesses especially greener ones. Use greener products eg organics Fair trade tea & coffee Cut down on disposable products Provide a tea garden Reduce wastage
  •  Fixing leaks and wastages Installing low flush toilets, waterless urinals & low flow taps Capturing rainfall with tanks Any reuse possible eg grey water on gardens?
  •  Fleet cars - are they petrol guzzlers? Reducing need for travel- eg e- conferencing, on-line learning Encouraging use of public transport eg providing info Being bike friendly eg providing racks, showers, reminder signs Encouraging car pooling
  •  What other benefits or advantages might there be for you to make these sorts of changes ? Who could help you with the greening up process?
  •  How can you encourage behaviour change and staff development around these issues? What has worked or might best work for you? Any good news stories to share?
  •  What is stopping you from moving on this? What do you need to get moving? What’s on your enviro wish list? What is your vision for your centre in 5 years time?
  • www.greenbiz.com www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sustainbus /industryandsmallbusiness www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_businessesQueensland www.health.qld.gov.au/carbon_management/Health Carbon green_office_guide.pdfManagement Unit www.energyrating.gov.au/library/pubs/greenofficeguide.pdf
  • www.aashe.org/resourcesAustralian Campuses Towards Sustainabilitywww.acts.asn.au
  • Adult Learning Australia Greening your community courses (non VET) programming & marketing Thursday 28 July Greening your partnerships, projects, advocacy and networks Thursday 30 August
  • Thanks for your participation from Katrina, Richard, Patricia and Michael