15 May 2014
An enthusiastic line-up of University of the Sunshine Coast researchers will present their bright ideas for sustainability at a fun, new forum at this year’s Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 8 June.
The festival from 10am to 4pm at USC’s Sippy Downs campus has been organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council with support from USC, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Queensland Government.
The free family event has the theme “have fun while you learn something useful” and is set to attract thousands of people from across the region.
USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Mike Hefferan said there was a strong synergy between the goals of the festival and the University, which has proudly hosted the popular community event since 2008.
“USC has a strong focus on environmental research and innovation,” he said. “The World Environment Day festival gives us a chance to share our recent developments with the wider community and encourage sustainable living.”
Professor Hefferan said more than a dozen USC academics would succinctly outline their research projects in a series of two- to three-minute talks from 10-11am in a presentation entitled “USC’s Bright Ideas for Sustainability”.
“The audience will be treated to the latest innovations in planning for environmental suburbs, converting woody wastes in backyards to bioenergy, USC’s Sun Bear project in Borneo and even eco-school programs around the world,” he said.
“They will then be able to investigate these topics further at USC’s exciting exhibits that will be on display all day at the festival.”
USC’s Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure and Events Management Dr Vikki Schaffer will coordinate the research presentations and emphasise their relevance to all Sunshine Coast residents.
“They are designed as introductions to various topics and are bound to spark discussions and questions,” she said. “Our academics are looking forward to continuing these discussions and hearing the ideas and opinions of event-goers throughout the day.”
The World Environment Day Festival will include food, music, entertainment, talks by high-profile presenters, workshops, displays ranging from wildlife to cooking, craft and games. For more information go to www.wed.org.au
— Terry Walsh