Environment festival kicks off busy week for USC

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Environment festival kicks off busy week for USC


Published on 1 June 2012

1 June 2012

A crowd of about 7,000 people is tipped to attend the 2012 Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast campus at Sippy Downs on Sunday 3 June.

This annual festival, from 9am to 4pm, has been jointly organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Sunshine Coast Council, the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.

It is aimed at encouraging people to live more sustainable lifestyles and will feature a range of workshops, trade displays, a fashion parade of sustainable clothing, and wildlife presentations.

Visitors will be able to learn about renewable energy, reducing food waste, getting the best out of solar panels, sustainable building, re-using organic waste and “green driving” tips. There also will be plenty of food stalls, musical performances and activities for children.

The environmental festival will kick off a very busy week for USC, which is set to host about 13,000 visitors at four major events over five days. The three other events are listed below:

  • Voices on the Coast festival, run jointly by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC, will see an expected 4,500 school students visit the University campus on Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June. Students will take part in lectures and workshops with famous children’s authors, illustrators and performers. Monday will be for primary and secondary students (Years 5-12) and Tuesday just for primary students.
  • The SEEC 2012 Science, Engineering and Technology Expo will involve 230 school students from across the Sunshine Coast on Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June. It has been organised by the CSIRO and USC for switched-on students, with activities including robotics, chemistry, food technology, energy and electronics. Monday will be for Year 5 students and Tuesday for Year 8 students.
  • The annual Experience USC Day has been extended to two days this year (Wednesday 6 June and Thursday 7 June) due to strong demand. This event will see 1,300 high school students visit USC to sample what it is like to be a uni student. Year 9 and 10 students will take part in a range of workshops, including some hands-on activities like building bamboo bicycles, riding a Segway and doing early childhood craft activities.

— Terry Walsh

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