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VU students help make EcoLiving a reality

An older style house in Albion has a new lease on life after being converted with the help of Victoria University students into an EcoLiving Centre for the west.

The EcoLiving Centre showcases how community members can save money on water and power and reduce their costs of living as well as their impact on the environment.

At the opening of the Centre Victoria University's Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Duncan Bentley, said, "Victoria University is committed to improving our environmental sustainability performance across all our campuses and fostering education for sustainability in our teaching, learning and research.

"VU's Trades College implemented a Sustainability Learning and Behavioural Change program which involved approximately 100 students from the Trades College completing most of the carpentry, electrical, cabinet making and even engineering works.

"These pre-apprentice and apprentice students have been exposed to valuable new renovation and sustainability retrofitting skills that are not traditionally taught in their respective trades.

"In addition, the experience they have gained from working on a real live-works project, for the community, has improved their trade skills and understanding of the building industry.

"The University is striving to be a leader in knowledge exchange with business, government and the community and the EcoLiving Centre has brought all three levels of stakeholders together to promote environmental sustainability."

The EcoLiving Centre was opened by The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith, and made possible through a partnership between Brimbank City Council and Victoria University with support from the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund, which provided $300,000 towards the retrofit and community education.

There will be a Community Open Day on Saturday 22 June 2013,10.00am-12.00pm to officially launch the EcoLiving Centre to the community.

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