5 June 2013
Visitors to the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 9 June can get a bird’s eye view of how the University of the Sunshine Coast is implementing its philosophy of sustainability.
With about 9,000 students and 1,000 staff studying and working on the 100-hectare campus, the University has introduced many initiatives to maintain its renown for environmental protection and environmentally-friendly design.
USC Marketing and Communications will hold Sustainability Tours for the first time at this year’s festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people for a fun family day out co-presented by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Sunshine Coast Council.
External Relations Officer Candice Meyer, who will lead the tours with USC colleagues and student ambassadors, said the highlight would be taking people to the top of a five-storey building for a panoramic view of the campus.
“It will be a spectacular way for visitors to gain an overview of USC’s different sustainability initiatives, ranging from water-saving measures and flora and fauna habitats to ‘green’ power, architecture and modes of transport,” she said.
Tours will run every half hour from 10am until the final tour at 3pm.
“We’ll have question and answer interaction for children, and everyone who completes a tour will be given a gift of a lillypilly plant, which they will pot and take home to start their own sustainability journey,” Miss Meyer said.
The University is the only institution in Australia to hold full EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the UDIA for achieving elements of sustainability in six categories – ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
The free festival will be held from 10am to 4pm as a celebration of environment and community.
It will feature food, music, entertainment, talks, workshops, displays and other activities. There will be wildlife and fashion shows, dozens of community stalls, street theatre and cooking demonstrations, all themed on sustainability.
Organisers have urged visitors to choose sustainable travel to and from festival, such as buses, walking, cycling or car-pooling.
For more information visit the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival website.
– Julie Schomberg
The Sustainability Tours are subject to weather conditions. The tour route may be altered or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.