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Published on 15 October 2012

15 October 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast has won a prestigious award for development excellence from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland.

USC was named a joint winner of UDIA (Qld)’s Wildcard Award – for significant contribution to the urban development industry and the community – at a gala event in Brisbane on Friday night (12 October).

The UDIA is Australia's peak representative body for the urban development industry.

UDIA (Qld) President Matthew Wallace congratulated USC for its commitment to best-practice urban design and sustainable development.

“The university stands out because it has encouraged creative and individualistic architectural flair, with each development stage adding a different dimension and personality to the campus,” Mr Wallace said.

“Each building is distinctive and a monument to environmentally sustainable design. Creative application of the Sunshine Coast style of architecture has created a modern and memorable institution.

“USC has a distinct ‘sense of place’, which has been achieved through sensitivity to the needs of the regional ecosystem, as well as meeting the needs of campus staff, students and the wider community.”

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said he was delighted about the University winning the Wildcard Award.

“This is a terrific achievement for USC,” he said. “The award establishes the University as a leader in environmentally sustainable design.”

Professor Hill said the University campus had been developed in a way that reduced environmental impacts, including the use of stormwater run-off for irrigation, and designing buildings to take advantage of natural ventilation.

“USC has contributed to a more distinctive Sunshine Coast architectural and planning style that respects the climate, wildlife and the adjacent national park,” he said.

“And last year, we became the first university in Australia to gain full EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the UDIA for achieving in elements of sustainability across six categories – ecosystems, waste, energy, material, water and community.”

Professor Hill said it was important that USC, whose research and teaching strengths included sustainability, practised what it preached.

“It’s extremely important for our students that they are studying in a place which not only talks about sustainability, but does something about it,” he said.

“We do more than just theorise here. We have created an environment which has now been recognised at an extremely high industry standard.”

— Terry Walsh

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