The NSW Department of Climate Change and Water has allocated $247,500 from the Public Facilities Program to support TAFE Western's Green Skills Trade Education Centre at Orange.
The funding will be used for the water saving and solar components of the centre and a seminar room.
In his letter to TAFE Western advising of the funding allocation the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, said, "In total, $6.9 million has been allocated to 19 projects across NSW which together will save 162 million litres of water and almost 9,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions."
The Green Skills Trade Education Centre at Forest Road in Orange has been designed to showcase environmentally sustainable technologies and building systems and is now under construction.
TAFE Western Institute Director, Kate Baxter said, "We welcome the contribution from the NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment. Apart from helping to reduce the Institute's own carbon footprint, it will enhance our capacity to teach trades people about installing and maintaining sustainable systems.
"TAFE Western is already establishing its credentials to train electricians, plumber and builders to work with new ideas and technologies to contribute to a sustainable environment.
"Relationships have been established with Clean Energy Council, Green Building Council of Australia and Global Sustainable Energy Solutions to provide our teachers, existing trades' people and apprenticeship students with the knowledge and qualifications they need to work with renewable energies and sustainable construction methods."
It is anticipated that construction of the Green Skills Trade Centre will be completed in July 2010.
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