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Environmental sustainability

A contribution to our future

USC is committed to environmental sustainability. Bordering the Mooloolah River National Park, the main campus is a flora and fauna reserve.

All USC buildings focus on environmentally sustainable design which has led to more than 30 awards for our environmental accomplishments, showing our strong engagement in contributing to a sustainable future.

Our expertise in environmental sustainability includes environmental planning, management and monitoring, striving to develop a sustainability strategy for individual projects on a national as well as international level.

Our team comprises local experts all over the world, which ensures a deep understanding of local requirements and regulations to deliver solutions that are holistic and adaptive.

At USC we benefit from being able to collaborate with the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) and its internationally known founding directors Patrick D. Nunn, Paul Southgate and Steven J. R. Underhill.

Acknowledged as world leaders in their respective fields, they contribute enormously to our success.

Their research areas focus on fostering sustainable livelihood development – embracing agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, sustainability, heritage, food security, climate change and health.

By working closely together with local people to reach their goals without comprising their independence, our approach of leveraging local talent is supported as well.

Our partnership with USC’s Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) gives us access to 90 seasoned researchers and PhD students to create change towards a sustainable future.

The SRC’s work is centred on the relationships between people, place and change, and encompasses transdisciplinary research that focuses on understanding the social dimensions of environmental change.

This research can be applied to a range of sustainability issues, such as coastal management, climate change, and water management, to address real, on-the-ground social and environmental concerns.

We understand that multi-faceted environmental challenges not only affect developing regions but more industrialised countries as well. We bring together the knowledge and expertise to stabilise local policies where needed.

We do this by knowledge sharing and target-oriented capacity building to implement much-needed change. This includes teaching effective management of natural resources and building resilience to the impacts of environmental issues.