The department is committed to reducing the environmental impact of education and care facilities as well as its corporate services. This goal supports the strategic plans and works towards the targets of the State Government, including:
- The SA Climate Change Strategy
- Carbon Neutral Adelaide
- 30% improvement in efficiency of government owned buildings by 2020
- sustainable water use
- reduction of waste to landfill and the consumption of resources.
Low carbon strategy
To achieve these targets and strategies, a low carbon strategy (LCS) is being developed to work towards net zero emissions by 2050. The department is committed to environmental programs that transition from carbon intensive practices to low carbon alternatives and environmentally sustainable practices.
A core focus of the LCS is to implement facilities upgrades that provide curriculum opportunities to educate the next generation on new technologies, environmental sustainability and a low carbon future.