2 Short Courses start next week

 Save water, save money!     –     Assess household water use CPPHSA4003A

Learn the skills you need to assess your household water use and develop ways to improve your water efficiency and save money. 

Dates:  2 sessions Tuesday 28th Aug & 4th Sep |  Time:  6pm to 9pm|  Cost:  $150 FFS

Smarter Homes – Top 10 Home hints for saving money NA12SHOME

Do you need to find ways to save money on your bills at home?  This custom designed course offers you the skills to interpret energy bills, improve the comfort of your homes and to reduce energy bills.  We will be sharing our ‘Top 10 Hints’ for saving money.  Come along and get personal advice from a household sustainability  expert.

 Dates: 1 session Thursday 30th Aug    | Time:  6pm – 9pm|   Cost: $50 FFS

Other session dates: 27th Sep, 1st Nov & 29th Nov

Call the Centre for Sustainable Skills on  02 6055 6669 to book your place now!   See the tab at the top of this page to see the other great courses we have on offer in the upcoming weeks

Wodonga environmental heroes in the running for National Landcare Award

Public encouraged to vote for Friends of Willow Park in People’s Choice Award

Local environmental heroes, Friends of Willow Park, are one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards, which are taking place in Sydney on September 4th.

Friends of Willow Park was the winner of the Toshiba Community Group Award in the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards and as a result, joins seven other finalists in that category from across the country, all vying for top honours at the biennial celebration in Sydney.

Wodonga locals can join in the celebrations by going online and voting for their local hero in the 2012 People’s Choice Award.  Voting is open until 6pm (EST) on Tuesday, September 4th, and the winner will be announced at the 2012 National Landcare Awards gala dinner that night.

Friends of Willow Park Inc (FOWP) has been a strong advocate for community inclusive planning since its inception in 2006. It successfully initiated a partnership with the City of Wodonga to develop and implement a community-led Master Plan which will guide the future of Willow Park over the next 25 years. FOWP engages with a diverse range of partners and members of the community, including the City of Wodonga, schools and local residents. Through activities such as monthly gardening, water quality monitoring, guest speaker evenings and a newsletter, FOWP has protected and conserved the park and shared knowledge and skills.

“We are thrilled to be a finalist in the 2012 National Landcare Awards. We are very proud of our efforts to grow and nurture local stewardship for our park and its corridors, as this is the key ingredient to preserving and improving our local environment,” said Julie Hind.

CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, believes the National Landcare Awards to be an excellent way of showcasing the breadth and diversity of the amazing work being undertaken by Landcarers across the country, from sustainable agriculture to coastal restoration projects and everything in between.

“The National Landcare Awards are about celebrating all aspects of grass-roots environmentalism, irrespective of geography, age or gender,” she said.

“Wodonga can be proud to be represented by Friends of Willow Park at this level, and I hope that locals will show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

To find out more about the finalists, get involved, and have your say by voting in the 2012 National Landcare Awards People’s Choice Category, please visit www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalawards

See you at the Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair on Sunday August 5th, 2012

Preparations are under way for the 5th Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair at La Trobe University, Wodonga this coming Sunday. 

Wodonga Institute of TAFE have a stall and will have brochures available on the courses we are currently offering and ones we hope to run in 2013.

Business, Government and the wider community now consider sustainability issues to be an integral part of their operations.  Therefore, there is an increasing demand for employers and employees to actively engage in a low carbon economy.  The courses that Wodonga TAFE are able to offer will enable you to assist your organization to adopt sustainable business practices leading to increased productivity, reduced costs and improved environmental performance.  The skills and knowledge that you will gain will enable you to embed sustainability principles into your everyday work practices and provide you with an additional high-level qualification that will be an asset in your current workplace.

We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday 10am to 2pm.  See flyer for more details

Get it right on Bin Night

Are you confused about what you can and can’t recycle?

Not sure if that chinese takeaway container lives in the rubbish bin or the recycling bin?

Get it right on bin night is a useful website with detailed information as to what you can and can’t recycle. The site also provides you with information on how recycling works and how you can get more involved in helping to keep out planet green.

http://www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au/

The “Carbon Price” how does it really affect you????

Awareness and reliable information enables you as a consumer to understand Clean Energy Future initiative. Below is a link and information provided by the Climate Instititue for you to consider:

Launched by consumer advocate CHOICE, the Australian Council of Social Service and policy research organisation The Climate Institute, this study gives households the tools to weigh up their own costs, financial support and potential savings under the carbon price with an independent online tool  – yourcarbonprice.com.au. The CSIRO-AECOM research underpins the figures used in the tool, as well as a national information program available to councils, schools, faith groups, business groups and other organisations. Click Here

Calculate the benifits or the effects of your carbon price

Dates set for Sustainability Short Courses

The Centre for Sustainable Skills have set dates and fees for Semester 2 for their popular short courses. Click here to see what amazing value short courses we are now offering.

Contact us on 02 6055 6669 or sustainability@wodongatafe.edu.au to secure your place in one of these course.

Enrol NOW for Sustainability Courses at Wodonga TAFE – Semester 2

Enrol Now

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The Centre for Sustainable Skills at Wodonga TAFE are taking enrolments for our successful and popular Diploma of Sustainability and Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment.  We are also taking expressions of interest for our NEW training package MSS11 and the following courses: 

  • Sustainable Operations: Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations, Diploma of Sustainable Operations & Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations
  • Environmental Monitoring & Technology: Certificate IV in Environmental Technology & Diploma of Environmental Monitoring & Technology
  • Environmental Management: Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

The Diploma of Sustainability is offered as a “dual diploma” meaning that if you are currently enrolled in a Diploma or above qualification or you already have this qualification you will receive a full Diploma of Sustainabiilty at the completion of our course. Apply NOW and secure your place in this innovative training, which will advance your career.

The Diploma of Sustainability is delivered in three modes to suit your circumstances:

  1. Tuesday Evening commences 17th July – 4 Dec 2012, 6pm-9pm.
  2. Virtual classroom/Online Weekly commences 18th July – 28th Nov 2012, 7pm-8pm.
  3. Friday Fortnightly commences 20th July – 13th Nov 2012, 9am-4pm.

The Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment is currently delivered in a classroom environment:

  1. Friday Fortnightly commences 27th July – 14th Dec 2012, 9am-4.30pm.

Places are filling fast, so contact us now to secure your place in one of our courses.  Please email: sustainability@wodongatafe.edu.au or phone: 02 6055 6669