La Trobe’s commitment to being a green university is evident across teaching, research and operations. Three unique initiatives stand out:
1. The La Trobe Net Zero Program (LTNZP) has an ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2029, making La Trobe the first university in Victoria to achieve this. LTNZP intentionally focusses on reaching carbon neutrality utilising the University’s resources to generate renewable energy and reduce consumption – not simply purchase carbon credits. Installing over 7,000 solar panels and 60,000 LED lights, new solar carports and an organic waste processing unit all contribute to our target.
2. The La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP) is a data analytics platform to analyse, benchmark and predict energy consumption. LEAP applies cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to analyse data from a variety of public and private sources. LEAP enables building benchmarking and can measure & validate the effectiveness of energy savings to International Performance Measurement and Validation Protocol (IPMVP) standards. LEAP is a true “living lab” with PhD students participating in its development under the guidance of the university’s Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition.
3. La Trobe’s unique eco-corridor “Nangak Tamboree” is being enhanced and protected with re-vegetation and re-generation taking place on and outside our campus. It includes a 50 year bushland regeneration project growing the Wildlife Sanctuary from 6.5 ha to 30 ha of biodiverse indigenous flora and fauna. It is protected by a Trust for Nature Covenant and is an important node in the wildlife corridors of the region.