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About Us

Western Sydney Institute has outlined its commitment to environmental sustainability in its Environmental Sustainability Policy. This commitment guides all of the Institutes business activities.

Environmental Sustainability Policy for the Institute (PDF, 79KB)

Pesticide Usage Notification Plan

Pesticide Use Notification Plan for TAFE Western Sydney Institute.

TAFE Western Sydney Institute has prepared a Pesticide Use Notification Plan 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 Western Sydney Institute

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.

The Plan is available on the TAFE Western Sydney Institute website at
http://wsi.tafensw.edu.au/about-wsi/about-us/environmental-sustainability/

Copies of the Pesticide Use Notification Plan will be available from the Institute Office 2-10 O’Connell Street Kingswood, NSW 2747 or from any college of TAFE Western Sydney Institute.

Pesticide Usage Notification Plan (PDF, 319KB)

Education for Sustainability

Science demonstration by TAFE teacher

Western Sydney Institute is committed to the ongoing professional development of its staff in green skills and the integration of environmental sustainability across all curriculum areas. All WSI staff have access to green skills training online or face-to-face. 

It is the interests of WSI to embed sustainability thinking in every aspect of learning and onsite practices, for its own purposes, and for the greater good of society. It acknowledges that behavior change can be a long and slow process, though WSI is here for the 'long haul' or as long as it takes to create a sustainable community. 

WSI Powers Up for Sustainability

OTEN solar panel system 20kW

WSI has installed 12 solar electric (PV) systems to date, with a combined capacity of 200 kW, generating around 288,500 kWh of electricity per year. This clean energy source avoids 262 tons of greenhouse gas otherwise being generated each year from coal fired electricity.

WSI Powers Up for Sustainability: read more

Lighting Efficiency

T5 adaptor and high efficiency, longlife fluorescent tube

Western Sydney Institute has been involved in lighting efficiency upgrades since 2009, when it first trialled T5 fluorescent lamp retrofitting.  T5 Fluorescent lamps are considerably more efficient than other forms of fluorescent lighting, and have a longer life span. 

Readily enjoying the environmental and cost benefits of efficient lighting, WSI is on a program of continual improvement of its lighting, as part of its greater goals towards energy efficiency across the Institute. 

Lighting Efficiency: read more

Water Efficiency

Sensor taps at Blacktown College Childcare Centre Flow Restrictors - The Institute is continuing its program to install flow restrictors to all showers and hand basin taps across the Institute. This reduces water flow by up to 80 percent.

Water Efficiency: read more

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Western Sydney Institute understands that recycling both good for the planet, and saves money.

WSI recycles many resources for re-use including paper and cardboard, drink and food containers, food waste from kitchens, kitchen and cafe cooking oil, electronic waste, including batteries, printer cartridges, and industrial waste and metals. 

Food and organic waste from the Institute's restaurants and commercial kitchens goes to generate energy at Sydney's Earthpower plant.  After being used for electricity, the liquid organic waste is dried and then turned into fertilizer for the agriculture and horticulture industries. 

WSI would appreciate your support in ensuring your waste goes in the right place.  

Colours for waste resources are 

Yellow - mixed recyclables

Blue- cardboard and paper only 

Red- Non recyclables only, and food waste where no green bin is available

Green-  Organic waste 

Resource Monitoring

WSI has comprehensive online monitoring systems for electricity and water for all colleges using a graphical web interface systems.

Real- time monitoring of resources allows the various stakeholders to monitor resource use and identify waste as it is happening - rather than months down the line.

Electricity produced on site by our 160kW solar PV systems are also monitored to see what contribution out solar electricity is making to our overall electricity consumption. 

Environmental Management System

The Institute has developed a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) over the past 4 years, and now has complete Institute certification to the (international standard) EMS called ISO14001:2004 standards.

Environmentally friendly refrigeration also saving money.

Recently, Kingswood Campus- Hospitality section upgraded its refrigeration system.

Refrigeration Efficiency Upgrade- saving money while slowing global warming: read more

Government Resource Efficiency Policy

The NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy launched in 2014 aims to reduce the NSW Government’s costs and lead by example in increasing the efficiency of the resources it uses. It aims to drive resource efficiency by NSW Government agencies in three main areas – energy, water and waste and also reduce harmful air emissions from government operations.

The policy measures targets and minimum standards will drive resource efficiency where significant opportunities for savings have been identified for energy, water, waste and clean air. Performance against this policy will be monitored by agencies publishing annual statements (electronically or otherwise).

NSW Resource Efficiency Policy July 2014 (PDF, 385KB)

Government Resource Efficiency Policy – Agency Report – TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute – 2014-2015

This report has been compiled by the Office of Environment and Heritage. It details the resource usage for the current reporting year, 2015 and three previous years for TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute.

The findings in this report are based on analysis of electricity, natural gas, LPG and water usage data in addition to waste data and details of all energy efficiency projects undertaken since July, 2012.

Government Resource Efficiency Policy – Agency Report – TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute – 2014-2015 (PDF, 262KB)

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