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Rewards for a sustainable future

22 August 2011

The NSW Department of Education and Communities demonstrated its commitment to sustainable initiatives today by bestowing Learning for Sustainability Awards to nine schools, nine TAFE NSW Institutes and two corporate offices for their outstanding achievements.

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Through the Learning for Sustainability Recognition Program, keen environmentalist staff, students and teams from schools and colleges were invited to share their extraordinary efforts in securing sustainable supplies of water; protecting native vegetation, biodiversity, land, rivers and coastal waterways; improving air quality; reducing waste; and/or clean energy.

“This is the second year of the awards which recognise sustainability achievements in public education,” said Pam Christie, Acting Director-General, NSW Department of Education and Communities.

“In total, twenty awards for projects ranging from an environmental song to ambitious whole-of-Institute programs, saving millions of dollars, were recognised,” she said.

Winners received a framed certificate for the team and a special promotional banner promoting the project. These banners, which can be used locally at events and fairs, promote each team’s achievements and provide a visible reminder of their successes in sustainability education and training.

Over the two years of the awards, more than 160 PowerPoint and video entries showcasing achievements in sustainability were received from across the state.

2011 Awards of Excellence Winners – TAFE NSW Institute Category

Institute and Campus Project
Hunter Institute
Newcastle Campus
Experience and innovation in addressing sustainability issues in design
Illawarra institute
Yallah Campus
Building a Sustainable Future for the Illawarra
North Coast Institute
Wollongbar Campus
Ecommitment to sustainability in the hair industry
Northern Sydney Institute
Ryde College
Sustainable Irrigation Project
Riverina Institute Eco Bin recycling Project 2010-2011
South Western Sydney Institute
Information and Communication Technology & Design Faculty
From new ideas to take up; phase 2 ICT solutions...
Sydney Institute
Information Technology Support Unit
Imaging device Optimisation Project – printing resources for a sustainable future
Western Institute
Bathurst Area Colleges
Bathurst Area Utility Reduction Strategy
Western Sydney Institute
Nepean, Mt Druitt, The Hills and Blue Mountains Colleges
100 mile dinners – sustainable dining

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