Victoria University among the latest to TAKE2

 

The major university in Melbourne’s west has joined other Victorian tertiary institutions in signing up to TAKE2, reinforcing its commitment to act on climate change. The pledge comes as work ramps up at Victoria University’s Sunshine campus on its newest green building.

The new state-of-the-art ‘skills hub’ will have a five-star Green Star rating and incorporate sustainability features such as a 30-kilowatt solar PV system, LED lighting, 10,000 litre rainwater tank, and demand-based heating and cooling.

“The building has been designed with a sawtooth profile, which allows most of the external glass to orient north, blocking out the harsh east and west sun,” says Environment Project Coordinator Matthew Cairns. “This will provide a comfortable temperature inside and reduce the need for air conditioning.”

Victoria University has long been focused on becoming more energy efficient. One successful power saving initiative at the Sunshine campus’ IT and data centre has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by some 600 tonnes per year, while cutting annual energy bills by around $40,000.

“We also have a couple of renewable energy sites at our Sunshine and St Albans campuses that produce around 13,000 kilowatt hours per year,” says Matthew. “Conserving water is another priority, with rainwater harvesting at our Footscray aquatic centre helping to save two million litres each year.”

Victoria University’s decision to pledge means that most of the state’s universities are now TAKE2 members, including RMIT, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology and Federation University.

You can follow their lead by encouraging someone you know to sign up to TAKE2 and help us get to net zero emissions by 2050.