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TAFE Queensland makes history with silver rating in sustainability

The Robina campus on the Gold Coast has become the first vocational institution in Australia to earn a Silver rating under the prestigious Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognises the campus for its commitment to sustainability and successful completion of the STARS reporting.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Karen Dickinson said the organisation is very proud to have achieved a STARS rating for its sustainability accomplishments.

“This recognition not only reflects our commitment to sustainability but also highlights our leadership in the vocational education sector. We believe in the power of education to drive positive change, and this accomplishment underscores our dedication to shaping a sustainable future,” she said.

“The silver rating serves as not just a recognition of past efforts but a catalyst for a future where sustainability is at the core of vocational education, shaping the next generation of professionals with a deep commitment to a greener and more sustainable world."

Ms Dickinson said the Robina campus is not only committed to sustainability, but also the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We focus on managing our waste and recycling, staff consider the environment in their decision making, the campus generates its own power through solar as well as embedding the concepts of sustainability in our curriculum, just to name a few.”                                         

TAFE Queensland’s Robina campus distinguished itself by embracing the full spectrum of sustainability metrics, including socioeconomic, academic, health and wellness, procurement, and beyond. The campus's dedication to transparency and comprehensive reporting has set a new standard for sustainability initiatives in vocational education across the country.

STARS, a transparent self-reporting framework developed by AASHE in 2006, serves as a comprehensive measure of sustainability performance for higher education institutions.

With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognised framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.