Education & Skilling | Planning & Design

Sustainability to be key to future university campus development

14 Apr 2009, by Informa Australia

Professor Paul Thomas AM, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast

Sustainability is the key challenge for future development and designing of university campuses, according to Professor Paul Thomas AM, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Professor Thomas will be speaking at the 2nd Annual University and Design Forum on June 24th this year in Brisbane.

He says environmental sustainability has become a critical issue in the way universities plan their campus infrastructure.

“I think with carbon trading becoming more of an issue for example it’s not only an ideal that we need to strive for, it’s becoming a financial necessity for us to examine how we deal with the use of energy and the way we responsibly develop the campus.”

Professor Thomas says sustainability is an international imperative concerning university staff and students and communities who want campuses developed so that they were sustainable into the future.

Professor Thomas will use his address to speak about the development and design of University of the Sunshine Coast and its role in the region.

“For a significant part of the conference presentation I will be looking at the development of the university across its first decade in particular and then highlight some of the things that are challenging us at this point in time which make leadership in the second decade of development a different proposition to that of the first decade.”

Other speakers attending the conference include Professor Ching Pak-chung, Pro Vice Chancellor and Co-chairman of the Steering Committee on Campus Master Planning, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Philip Marcus Clark AM, Chair of HEEF Advisory Board; Dennis Pieprz, Principal of Saski, USA; and Adrian Briggs, Managing Director, Macquarie University Property Investment Trust.

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