Securing A Net-Zero Future

La Trobe University is harnessing the solar potential of our region to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2022 for all its regional campuses – including Bendigo and Mildura.

This involved building a 610kW solar carport at its Bendigo Campus, providing shade for 200 vehicles in warmer months, and equivalent energy for over 120 households. Innovations such as this also provide a visual cue to students, staff and the wider community of what’s possible when we tap into the solar power around us.

The campus now has enough solar to produce a third of all electricity required onsite. Director of La Trobe’s Carbon Neutral Strategy, Andrew Jennings, said “these new solar carports will help to reduce carbon emissions across all of our regional campuses by more than 20%, and they’ll also deliver financial savings.


We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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