Continuing their drive for excellence on the back of being named 2015 WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2015, Durack Institute of Technology in Geraldton is a finalist in the Green Gown Awards Australasia.
The Green Gown Awards Australasia is the first and only award scheme dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability in the tertiary education sector in Australasia, and Durack is a finalist in the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change category.
The Geraldton campus has been recognised in these awards for reducing its reliance on potable scheme water.
Bill Swetman, Durack’s Managing Director said the Institute is thrilled to be shortlisted for the finals.
“Durack Institute of Technology has used innovation and cultural change to enable us to reduce our reliance on potable scheme water by more than 89 per cent in less than a decade,” he said.
“Each year, Durack has strived to reduce its scheme water usage whilst at the same time, manage and balance its groundwater, so it recharges more into the groundwater system than it extracts.
“It is all about striking the right water balance, and it is a great thrill to have our efforts recognised in this way,” Mr Swetman said.
Now in their tenth year; and as sustainability continues to be an important item on the global agenda, the awards are rapidly being established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector.
Managed by the Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), the awards reward and recognise large and small tertiary institutions across the world for their sustainability actions and initiatives.
The Green Gown Awards originated in the United Kingdom, and in 2012 Australasia joined the stable followed by French-speaking Europe in 2014.
The winners from each country compete for the coveted international title in three categories: Community Innovation; Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change; and Student Engagement.
ACTS President Leanne Denby said the Green Gown Awards provide an excellent opportunity for educational institutions to show business, industry and the community just how seriously and innovatively they are addressing sustainability across all elements of core business.
“The international component of the Awards is particularly exciting as Australasian institutions hope to shine on a global level and continue their drive for excellence,” she said.
The Green Gown Australasia Awards will be held in conjunction with the 15th Annual International ACTS Conference at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria from 21 to 23 October 2015 with the theme ‘Refocus and Renew’.