Higher education




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 Why should higher education organisations TAKE2?

  • Even if your organisation is already reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, by participating in TAKE2, you can further promote your climate change efforts and further improve your organisation’s reputation.
  • You could lower operating costs.
  • If you invest wisely in low carbon technology your organisation may get the return on its investment within a few years, thanks to improved efficiency.
  • Unchecked, the environmental impact of climate change will affect all areas of life.
  • It's the right thing to do

How can higher education organisations TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to make the TAKE2 pledge.

Then decide what actions your higher education organisation will take to reduce its emissions. You’ll be able to select from listed actions or outline your own ideas as part of the registration process.

Some examples include:

  • Make innovative sustainability and climate change actions part of your curriculum
  • Invest in research to develop curriculum content on sustainability, including climate change.
  • Develop and implement an environmental management plan.
  • Construct or retrofit buildings to a 5 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating.
  • Tell other partners and networks about your work to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Support and promote climate change scholarship opportunities.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your pledge through your TAKE2 website profile as well as through your website and social media channels so others know about your commitment and action on climate change.

Signing your higher education organisation up to TAKE2 will help Victoria reach net zero emissions by 2050.

TAKE2 actions

Below are TAKE2 actions your organisation can take to combat climate change. This list will help you plan your greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Curriculum 

  • Make innovative sustainability and climate change actions part of your curriculum
  • Develop curriculum content that showcases opportunities for sustainability, including climate change
  • Invest in research to develop curriculum content on sustainability, including climate change
  • Use the savings from sustainability activities to train staff on sustainability and climate change
  • Share your sustainability and climate change curriculum with your network (across faculties and campuses)

Campus

  • Conduct energy and material assessments to understand energy and material use at your campus
  • Set an energy efficiency target for electricity use
  • Develop and implement an environmental management plan
  • Set an energy efficiency target for gas use
  • Set a renewable energy target
  • Buy renewable energy
  • Do regular progress reports against energy efficiency and renewable energy targets
  • Make lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems more efficient
  • Maintain equipment for optimum performance
  • Monitor your energy use by tracking consumption data
  • Install sub metering to monitor energy use
  • Install solar photovoltaic panels
  • Construct or retrofit buildings to a 5 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating
  • Develop and implement a transport plan for fleet, public transport and active travel options
  • Develop and implement a sustainable procurement policy and action plan
  • Plant trees or revegetate to absorb carbon emissions
  • Buy carbon offsets for campus emissions
  • Apply the National Carbon Offset Standard to become carbon neutral

Community

  • Encourage your staff and students to TAKE2
  • Tell other higher education institutions about your work to reduce carbon emissions
  • Tell other partners and networks about your work to reduce carbon emissions

Culture

  • Set up an environment team to find ways reduce emissions
  • Give staff and students training and information to reduce emissions on campus and at home
  • Offer staff no interest loans, repayable through their salary, to buy energy efficient products and solar photovoltaic panels
  • Invest the savings from sustainability activities into greening your infrastructure

What’s next?

You will receive regular updates and tips. You can continue to update your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part.

Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.