TAFE Western has joined an exclusive group of less than 70 organisations state-wide with recognition as a Silver Partner in the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program.
The Sustainability Advantage Program, managed by the Office of Environment and Heritage, assists not-for-profit, government and medium-to-large business sector organisations across NSW understand sustainability and strengthen their environmental practices.
TAFE Western Sustainability Coordinator Dr Lorne Butt said more than 550 organisations across the state participate in the program – with less than 20 per cent of those organisations recognised as Silver Partners for significant environmental achievements.
“TAFE Western achieved Bronze Partner recognition in the program in 2013 for our demonstrated commitment to business sustainability, which is captured in our Sustainability Charter and Framework,” Dr Butt said.
“We wanted to continue to improve on that achievement and demonstrate real environmental outcomes.
“Our focus over the past two years has been on projects related to reducing our energy, water and paper use; training our staff in areas such as energy efficiency and sustainable procurement; waste and supply chain management activities; implementing new ecological standards for capital works and asset management; and integrating sustainability in other core areas of our business including quality, risk management and work health and safety.”
Dr Butt said engagement with external stakeholders is central to TAFE Western’s approach, with key partners including Staples Australia, Kimberly Clark, NSW State Fleet, NSW Public Works, Apple Inc, Fuji Xerox, Planet Ark, Metro Graphics, Sikkens Automotive and Aerospace Coatings, Campbell Page, Skillset and Keep Cups.
“TAFE Western also works actively to continually promote the integration of sustainable practice in education and industry,” Dr Butt said.
“A comprehensive planning and reporting framework also ensures we are continually evaluating our sustainability portfolio to measure our progress and identify new opportunities for us to work on sustainability issues.
“We are committed to further strengthening our environmental performance through collaboration with the Office of Environment and Heritage.”