Partnerships and initiatives
A core focus of the University is sustainability, supported through a number of partnerships and initiatives:
- USC undertakes research and education activities on Fraser Island, operating Dilli Village Research and Learning Centre and working with Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village.
- USC is affiliated with the Smart Water Research Centre, which is a state-of-the-art research facility offering cutting-edge water research equipment focused on microbiology, environmental toxicology and chemical diagnostics.
- USC is home to a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited water testing facility, Analytical Services, which services a local, regional and state-wide client base.
- USC has a long-standing agreement with Australia Zoo to collaborate on research projects and share expertise.
- USC worked with a local developer and the Sunshine Coast Council to translocate endangered coastal healthland flora onto campus from a nearby development site.
- USC is supported by the Commonwealth Government in delivering climate change professional development in partnership with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
- USC has a partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and Queensland Transport (Translink) to deliver improved public transport to the University and the broader community via the USC bus interchange, reducing traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.
- USC is proudly associated with Sunshine Coast Council in its Green June initiatives, a month long celebration of eco focused events and festivals
- USC sponsored the 2012 Living Smart Awards (The Glossies) Hall of Fame award
- University staff have research and engagement links with the Noosa Biosphere, Queensland's first UNESCO biosphere.
- USC's Sustainability Research Centre undertakes research activities with a variety of partners.
- The Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival is held on campus as a partnership between USC, Sunshine Coast Council and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council.
Sustainability Advisory Committee
The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) supports the operation of the University's Sustainability Advisory Committee. Chaired by Professor Mike Hefferan, the Committee comprises senior academic, business and community representatives with a mandate to:
- Support USC as Australia's most sustainable university campus and recommend and champion ways to further advance that objective
- Support and provide input to USC's research, learning and teaching, and engagement objectives and strategies in the area of sustainability
- Act as champions for and provide input to the transfer of knowledge and best practice into application in the Sunshine Coast region
- Assist in the promotion and management of major sustainability events on campus (eg lecture series, World Environment Day, etc).