Shire TAFEs doing their bit to reduce the carbon footprint

27 Jan, 2011 01:00 AM
TAFE colleges in Sutherland Shire are adding more sustainability options to their trade courses.The Loftus and Gymea campuses have been running them for the past year and will soon expand their offerings once resources are upgraded.

Sutherland College assistant director Gary O’Rourke said the programs were a result of industry and government incentives for improved sustainable living.

“Sutherland Shire is trying to improve their carbon footprint and upgrade the environment,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“The price of utilities is going up and people are becoming more aware of this, and are looking for ways to reduce running costs in their homes.”

Sustainable practices have been embedded in courses at Loftus and Gymea, including waste management practices in the hospitality course and upgraded sustainability skills with the plumbing, electrical and building construction courses.

For licensed plumbers, Sutherland College offers a free two-day course in solar heating.

Applications are still open for plumbers to learn about the different hot water systems, rebates, installation and the new technology involved.

Details: 1300 360 601.