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Green – CitySwitch Victoria & RMIT University

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CitySwitch Victoria & RMIT University team up to delivery resource savings 

CitySwitch has partnered with RMIT University Melbourne for a third year running to help Signatories, of which Beacon Cove Dental is one, identify potential improvements to their resource consumption. The partnership delivers valuable advice for us while giving RMIT’s Environment Pollution Management students a real-world client based experience.

A total off 55 students and 15 Signatories will work together on site to identify improvements in resource consumption. Signatories participating in previous years have found the experience both insightful and rewarding.

Over the coming weeks, the student groups will gather primary and secondary data on our resource use and analyse options for cost and environmental savings.

Areas of investigation include: energy use through lighting and equipment, waste generation and procurement, staff and corporate travel and water usage. The groups also complete an indicative NABERS assessment as part of their assignment.

The majority of Signatories participating in 2010 and 2011 also recognised the role they were playing in adding to the students learning experience. When asked ‘why did your business take on a student team’, more respondents recognised the benefit to the students as a higher priority than cost or environmental savings for their own business.

CitySwitch in Victoria is proud to facilitate this transitional experience for the students, supporting the next wave of environmental professionals as they emerge. The offering for Signatories is unique and incredibly valuable with the resource efficiency reports providing new insights and building the business case for organisational sustainability.

Beacon Cove Dental look forward to the results and making more changes in the coming months.