Sustainability Day - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Sustainability Day

Global Climate Change Week

19 - 23 October 2020

A Sustainable USC Event  

Climate Change is a topic that is on the minds of young people, including many of USC's students and staff members. A strong majority (70%) of adults aged 18 to 34 admit to worrying about global warming. Global Climate Change Week 2020 focused on ways to combat that anxiety by demistifying climate change. GCCW 2020 themes were:

  • Knowledge is Power: The more you know about climate change, the easier it is to figure out what you can do to be proactive.
  • Don't be Intimidated: Climate change can be big and scary, but once you break it down and understand your own climate footprint, you can figure out where to start your sustainability journey.
  • Start Small, Think Big: Any small action you take can make a difference and might just be the inspiration for your friends and family to start their own sustainability journeys.

USC hosted events that aimed to engage USC students and staff on a range of sustainability issues, from energy, transport and waste, to water and biodiversity. The events were designed to be informative, yet not overwhelming. They were based on the areas of teaching, research and operational expertise that exists at the University so that students and staff could see, and hopefully be inspired by, real life examples. These activities included a poster competition, Zoom Q&As, documentary screenings of Rubber Jellyfish, a water battery/sustainability tour and a Ride2USC bike clinic.

Plant growing in a light bulb
Sustainability poster competition

Promote USC's goal of carbon neutrality by 2025


USC wants you to engage with climate change in a way that makes it less scary and overwhelming. One of the key ways to do this is through discussion. Therefore, the University hosted 3 Q&As with USC researchers, academics and leaders to help you understand the (local) context of climate change and feel inspired by some of the work being done to mitigate and adapt to related impacts.

The sessions were:

Tuesday, 20 October: Climate Change, Sustainability, SEQ & USC

The video is available to USC staff and students on USC's Blackboard via the Sustainability USC page.


Panellist Topic

Prof Joanne Scott

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)

USC's Approach to Sustainability

Prof Tim Smith

Professor of Sustainability Science

State of the Climate in Southeast Queensland & Expected Impacts

Prof David Schoeman

Professor of Global-Change Ecology

State of the Climate in Southeast Queensland & Expected Impacts

Prof Patrick Nunn

Professor of Geography

Indigenous Knowledge Around Climate Change & State of the Climate

Anne Marie DeRose

Sustainability Officer

USC's Footprint and Emissions-Reducing Initiatives
Wednesday, 21 October: Flora, Fauna & The Impacts of Climate Change

The video is available to USC staff and students on USC's Blackboard via the Sustainability USC page.


Panellist Topic

Dr. Alexandra Campbell

Lecturer in Bioscience

Adaptation: Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life

Dr. Libby Swanepoel

Lecturer, Nutrition & Dietetics

Adaptation: Superfood of the Future

Prof Nicholas Paul

Professor of Marine Science

Adaptation: Greening Cattle

Dr. Romane Cristescu

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Adaptation: Bushfires & Detection Dogs
Thursday, 22 October:  Climate Change Adaptation - Impacts and Planning

A link to the Q&A via Blackboard is coming soon.


Panellist Topics

Dr. Javier Leon

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Adaptation: Coastlines

Dr. Kylie Scales

Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology

Fisheries Adaptations to Climate Change Impact

Prof Mark Brown

Deputy Director, Forest Research Institute

Director, Forest Industries Research Centre

Biomass for Bioenergy

Dr. Nicholas Stevens

Senior Lecturer in Regional & Urban Planning

Building a More Active Community

Prof Claudia Baldwin

Professor of Planning

Heat Wave Planning & Planning the Noosa Youth Climate Summit

Kerry Neill

Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) community member

Director, Triballink Pty Ltd

USC Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre Collaborator

Indigenous Knowledge,  Involvement in Planning and Connections to the Land

Poster Competition

The poster competition has ended. Follow the link in the upper right-hand corner of this webpage to see the winning posters.