Great Southern Institute of Technology
Reducing energy use by 6.5% and water by 17% to improve campus sustainability
Established in 1974, Great Southern Institute of Technology (GSIT) has nearly 300 staff and 6,000 students at four campuses – Albany, Mt Barker, Denmark and Katanning.
A challenge from management
In 2010, it started the Seeds of Sustainability project – a challenge to staff from the managing director to work towards a more environmentally sustainable future in all areas of business operations and course delivery. This came with a promise to return all funds saved from initiatives into further projects to compound sustainability.
The focus was on improving campus sustainability by reducing energy use and water, reusing resources and recycling materials.
To help track and communicate campus sustainability performance, GSIT implemented Greensense View® energy management and sustainability software. Staff and students were able to see real-time resource consumption on engaging, educational dashboards.
Big savings in 12 months
After the first year, GSIT reported that using Greensense View® led to reducing energy use by 6.5 per cent, saving 58,000 KwH, and water use was reduced by 17 per cent, saving more than 2,000 KL.