22 March 2013
22 March 2013
The lights on the University of the Sunshine Coast’s large rooftop sign will fade to black from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tomorrow, Saturday 23 March, as USC joins Earth Hour for the fifth year.
All campus lights, except those needed for security, will be switched off for the hour as part of the national campaign in support of environmental protection.
USC Coordinator of Sustainability Teaching Programs Dr Dana Thomsen said Earth Hour served as a valuable reminder of societal impacts and the role of collective action in addressing complex sustainability issues.
Dr Thomsen said participation by organisations and individuals demonstrated the contribution that could be made both professionally and personally.
“Earth Hour prompts us to consider society’s unsustainable consumption patterns across a range of resources,” she said.
“USC is proud of committing to sustainability through our campus operations and teaching and research programs.”
Dr Thomsen said the University’s degrees were designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a sustainable difference.
USC is the first Australian university to gain full EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) that considers the sustainability dimensions of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
USC students are enrolled in Sustainability courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and more than 20 PhD students are doing research in the field.
— Julie Schomberg