Greening TAFE SA

Green Your Office

Green Your Office


  • Make the most of natural lighting - open the blinds!
  • Switch off lights in any rooms not in use.
  • Turning off fluorescent tubes frequently does not mean that more electricity is used when they are turned back on and does not have a significant impact on the life of the tube (compared to the energy saved).
  • Flickering fluorescent tubes use up more energy. If you see one, report it!

Heating & Cooling

  • Check thermostats or measure temperature levels regularly to make sure you maintain the recommended comfort temperature setting of 24°C for summer and 21°C for winter.
  • Put on more clothes rather than turning up the heating
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the air-conditioning is on.


  • If you have to print a document or email, just print the text you need.
  • Use a laptop and projector to run meetings electronically
  • Mark junk mail 'Return to sender' or ask to be removed from the mailing list.
  • Photocopy and Print double sided.
  • Re-use paper that's already printed on one side, and recycle all paper
  • Do you really need a hard copy of it? Can you save the message/attachments instead?
  • Instead of printing a web page, bookmark it or save the page. Proof the document on screen before printing.
  • If you only need the page you are working on, go File > Print > and click on 'Current Page' on the 'Page range' section.
  • If you only need a specific number of pages, go File > Print > and put the page numbers in on the 'Page range' section.
  • If you do print something, retrieve it immediately. This helps to avoid the need for printing it again (because it has gone walkabout etc.)


  • Turn off your monitor when you go for lunch, a meeting or even a tea break.
  • Turn off your PC if you're not going to be using it for a few hours.

Energy Use

  • Use timer switches to turn off vending machines when the office is closed.
  • Use hand-dryers rather than paper towels.
  • Use video- or computer-conferencing to save travel for meetings.
  • Switch the printer off at night - the last person to leave the office should do this.

Carbon accounting provides sustainable outlook

Nov 04, 2011

TAFE SA recently launched a Carbon Accounting short course specifically developed to improve literacy and numeracy skills relating to the challenges of sustainability and climate change.

The short course consists of two units offered in a three day workshop environment designed for students and professionals with a background in disciplines including sustainability, environmental management, accounting and policy.

Paulo Castro, of Mawson Lakes, and Amalia Sosrodiredjo, of Linden Park, completed the short course and have gained niche skills and knowledge to supplement their postgraduate qualifications.

An Environmental Officer for Inghams Enterprises, Mr Castro says he undertook the short course to add extra value to his existing knowledge that would benefit his workplace.

“I work for a company that really cares about the environment. The course will help me with the sustainability reports we already have in place and also to develop a carbon inventory for each site,” Mr Castro said.

He believes the practical focus of the course is enjoyable, flexible, conducive to learning and links directly to his workplace.

Ms Sosrodiredjo has a background in sustainability and enrolled in the short course out of personal interest and to ultimately gain employment.

She credited the course for providing comprehensive content and learning materials along with fostering self-directed investigation. “I enjoyed learning how to identify emission sources, interpret the National Greenhouse Accounts Factors into real data, critically think about the best efficiency and emission reduction strategies and trying to compile these into a complete carbon report. It was a challenging and enjoyable task,” Ms Sosrodiredjo said.

Course Facilitator and industry expert Trisha Drioli says the power and simplicity of this methodology will enable government and business to become ‘carbon literate’ and compare performance across industry and business sectors.

This short course builds on the success of TAFE SA’s online Diploma of Sustainability introduced in 2010. “Carbon Accounting is a stand-alone course or it can be enrolled in as an elective component as part of the Diploma qualification,” says Ms Drioli.