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 focuses on ways to combat that anxiety by demistifying climate change. GCCW 2020 themes are:

  • 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 is hosting events that aim to engage USC students and staff on a range of sustainability issues, from energy, transport and waste, to water and biodiversity. The events are designed to be informative, yet not overwhelming. They will be based on the areas of teaching, research and operational expertise that exists at the University so that students and staff can see, and hopefully be inspired by, real life examples. These activities include:

  • A poster competition
  • Live Q&A Zoom Sessions that link to the topics (food, transport, energy, climate change impacts) covered by ABC's Fight for Planet A and Big Weather programmes.
    • Climate (SE QLD Context, USC's Footprint & USC's Sustainability Approach)
    • Innovation (Energy, Food & Oceans)
    • Society (Indigenous Knowledge, Adaptation & Planning)
  • Ride2USC Day (Wednesday, 21 October) events, including a Free Bike Clinic at Sippy Downs, to promote active transport
  • Documentary screenings of Rubber Jellyfish
  • Information Marquee highlighting USC Initiatives
  • Sustainability Tour(s)

See below for a schedule of events.

Plant growing in a light bulb
Sustainability poster competition

Promote USC's goal of carbon neutrality by 2025

Global Climate Change Week Program

Q&As

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 is hosting 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. They will be a chance for you to ask questions of these experts.

Should you wish to submit a question for the panellists, email the question(s) to sustainability@usc.edu.au.

The sessions are:

Tuesday, 20 October
Climate Change, Sustainability, SEQ & USC
Time 10am
Zoom Link

https://usc-au.zoom.us/j/83771700148?pwd=dHAvNUVkbHIrNGNNUGVUYnlGRjZMQT09

GCCW Q&A 1 Link

Meeting ID: 837 7170 0148

Password: 799391

Details

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 
Time 12pm
Zoom Link

https://usc-au.zoom.us/j/89206178952?pwd=aHRtT2Vhc2ViRFJmMjFmcElBQkxLQT09

GCCW Q&A 2 Link

Meeting ID: 892 0671 8952

Password: 289175

Details

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
Time 12pm
Zoom Link

https://usc-au.zoom.us/j/88569033540?pwd=RjB2LzU3a0hvR3M4amJESjJBSDR6dz09

GCCW Q&A 3 Link

Meeting ID: 885 6903 3540

Password: 763929

Details

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 is open to all USC students. Follow the link in the upper right-hand corner of this webpage to get more information on how to enter the competition. Entries are DUE by 5pm on Monday, 19 October. The winners will be announced on Friday, 23 October.

Friday, 23 October

Free Documentary Screening
Movie Rubber Jellyfish
Date Friday, 23 October
Time 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location     

USC Fraser Coast Campus

B.1.04 Lecture Theatre

Registration

No registration required. You will need to sign in or swipe your student/staff card on the day.

Wednesday 21 October

Free Documentary Screening
Movie Rubber Jellyfish
Date Wednesday, 21 October
Time 10:00am - 11:30am
Location      Gympie Campus Room 18 (GY1.G.18)

Monday 19 October - sunday 25 october

Social Media Competition
Who will be our Climate Change Champ?

USC Moreton Bay is giving away prizes to 3 Climate Change Champs during Global Climate Change Week. Details will be provided on the USC Moreton Bay Facebook page, but the basics are:

  • Post a photo (on the FB post) that illustrates something you have done that contributes to a greener earth.
  • The competition will commence 8:00am Monday, 19 October and finishes 5:00pm Sunday, 25 October.
  • The winner will be selected on Monday, 26 October and announced through the USC Moreton Bay Facebook group page.
  • Prizes include pre-loaded Go Cards, Bellissimo drink vouchers and USC branded water bottles.
  • Please be aware that photos submitted may be used in other USC media and inappropriate content will be deleted at our discretion.
  • The competition is open to all USC students.

tuesday, 20 October

Free Documentary Screening
Movie Rubber Jellyfish
Date Tuesday, 20 October
Time 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Location     

USC Moreton Bay Campus

Auditorium (MB-A.G.23 / A.G.25)

Registration

No registration required. You will need to sign in or swipe your student/staff card on the day. The screening is limited to 90 staff and students.

monday, 19 October

Sustainable USC Marquee
Time 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location Brasserie Lawn
Detail

Come and learn about USC's sustainability initiatives.

USC's Sustainability Officer, Anne Marie DeRose, will be at the marquee to provide information on USC's sustainability initiatives regarding transport, waste, energy, water and biodiversity.

Note: If you are interested in a Sippy Downs Sustainability Tour, you can sign up at the marquee.

Wednesday, 21 October

Ride2USC Day
Date Wednesday 21 October
Time

All Day

See below for specific event times

Location      Brasserie Lawn, USC Sunshine Coast
Ride2USC Events will include:
Free Bike Clinic

Giant Bikes will be running a free bike clinic from 9am - 1pm.

If your bicycle needs servicing, bring it by the lawn outside the Brasserie so that Ian the bike mechanic can take a look at it. Ian can also talk to you about how to take care of your bike.

USC Cycling Club Marquee

Come and learn about the USC Cycling Club.

Representatives from the Club will be running a marquee on the lawn near the Brasserie to provide information on the Club and how to become a member.

Sustainable USC Marquee

Come and learn about USC's sustainability initiatives.

USC's Sustainability Officer, Anne Marie DeRose, will be at the marquee from 9am - 11am, located on the lawn near the Student Guild and the Brasserie, to provide information on USC's sustainability initiatives regarding transport, waste, energy, water and biodiversity.

Note: If you are interested in a Sippy Downs Sustainability Tour, you can sign up at the marquee.

Note: If you are planning on riding your bike to campus for Ride2USC Day, please register by sending an email to sustainability@usc.edu.au so that we can track your participation and inform you of any other events that might be added.

If this is your first time riding to campus, check out our cycling webpage to learn about where you can safely store your bike and what amenities we have, such as lockers and showers.

Friday, 23 October

FREE Documentary Screening
Movie Rubber Jellyfish
Date Friday 23 October
Time 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Location      Sippy Downs Campus - Lecture Theatre 1
Register https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/usc-screening-of-rubber-jellyfish-sippy-downs-tickets-124218395565 

 

Days TBD

Tours

If you would like to participate in a sustainability or 'water battery' tour, please contact sustainability@usc.edu.au to register your interest and availability.

Sustainability

Date: TBA, based on interest.

Time: TBA, based on interest.

Place: Meet at front of Building M

Water Battery / Solar Panels

Date: TBA, based on interest.

Time: TBA, based on interest.

Place: Meet at front of Water Battery (next to Building M)