SWSi is committed to becoming a leader in environmental sustainability and skills for sustainability.
Pesticide Use Notification Plan
||TAFE SWSi has prepared a Pesticide Use Notification Plan (PDF 538 KB) in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009. The aim of this Plan is to meet the communities expectation about pesticide applications made to public places under the ownership, control or management by TAFE SWSi
The Plan sets out how the Institute will notify members of the community of pesticide applications made by its staff and contractors to public places.
SWSi’s environment sustainability commitment statement and policy outlines its commitment to integrate environmental sustainability into its operations, practices and decision making.
In 2012, SWSi adopted an Environmental Sustability Plan which sets out environmental objectives and targets for the organisation over the next 3 years.
SWSi was recognised with a Silver award at the 2012 TAFE NSW Innovation & Excellence Awards in the Sustainability category. The project, titled “SWSi Strategy 2015 – Towards Sustainability”, outlined the sustainability framework that SWSi has created to embed sustainability into its core business.
Education for sustainability
South Western Sydney Institute acknowledges its responsibility to raise awareness and understanding of environmental sustainability amongst staff and students.
SWSi is committed to build staff capability to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of educational delivery across all areas by providing ongoing professional development in sustainability training.
Elements of sustainability have been integrated in existing and new courses across all industry sectors to prepare the future workforce with sound understanding and awareness of sustainability principles & practices.
SWSi has expert trainers in skills for sustainability and can deliver accredited educational training programs to organisations seeking to improve their environmental credentials. Short courses, face to face workshops, online or training at your workplace, can all be flexibly arranged to suit your training needs.
Initiatives to increase resource efficiency
South Western Sydney Institute has undertaken effective environmental initiatives to increase resource efficiency such as water harvesting and water reuse across the colleges, installation of water efficient taps, dual flush toilets, retrofitting of lights and energy efficient timers on light switches.
SWSi’s ICT & Design Faculty successfully cut carbon emissions using technology based tools and products. For this achievement they were awarded with the 'Award of Excellence 2011 – Learning for Sustainability'. This research enabled the faculty to test, review and implement Green ICT solutions in a unique and innovative way.
Recycling & waste minimisation initiatives
SWSi is one of only a few educational institutions in Australia that has banned the sale of single use bottled water across all of its Colleges. Drinking water
fountains and indoor chilled water bottle fillers now take pride of place at all SWSi Colleges. The “No Bottled Water” initiative was introduced to reduce plastic waste and to minimise costs for students and staff.
The Painting and Decorating section at Granville College has demonstrated their effective water management through the treatment of paint sludge, water recovery and the recycling project. This initiative was nominated as a finalist in the Innovation category for The Sydney Water Customer Business Awards 2010.
Partnerships to promote sustainability
In line with SWSi’s strategy 2015, the Institute is actively working with a number of organisations to promote sustainable outcomes and support the industry and community to identify and resolve climate adaptation challenges.
SWSi is an active member of the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program and in late 2013 was recognised as a Silver partner in this program.
Working with specialists in energy efficiency and carbon management under this program, SWSi has completed a number of modules and audits to reduce our organisational environmental footprint and operating costs.
Other partnerships that SWSi has formed in sustainability include:
These partnerships create opportunities for SWSi to deliver education for sustainability programs to external clients.