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The University of Queensland aims to develop and enhance mutually supportive relationships in sustainability with the wider community, industry, commerce and government through the application of research, and through the quality and focus of its teaching and its commitment to social inclusion.

Partnership with key University groups 

Through its partnership with Universitas 21 and the Group of 8, the University continues to benchmark its performance against other internationally recognised research universities.  In 2009, the University also signed:

  • Universitas 21 sustainability statement
  • Talloires Declaration of sustainability in higher education

Find out more about UQ's Sustainability Commitments

Liaison with government and industry 

The University liaises with government and industry on numerous sustainability projects.

UQ is to build Queensland's largest solar array at Gatton campus.  The 3.275 megawatt ground-mounted array will be managed by Property and Facilities Division and constructed by First Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd. The Gatton plant is the pilot for larger solar farms that AGL Energy Limited and First Solar are building in western New South Wales: at Nyngan (102 megawatt) and Broken Hill (53 megawatt).

The Global Change Institute (GCI) is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The GCI contributes evidence-based, progressive solutions to the problems of a rapidly changing world within the existing and projected frameworks of those problems: political, environmental, social, economic, technical.  Visionary philanthropist, Graeme Wood, a founder of Wotif.com, donated $15 million towards the construction of the"Living Building" which houses the institute.

UQ's 1.22 megawatt photovoltaic solar array generates electricity for the St Lucia campus in Brisbane and underpins research projects in diverse areas including physics, economics and sustainability. Designing and installing Australia’s largest roof-top flat-panel photovoltaic solar power system drew on the combined resources and significant expertise of UQ academics and engineers, working with industry leaders.

The Sustainable Minerals Institute is the world’s leading research institute dedicated to finding
knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the minerals industry.

UQ's School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has a long history of involvement with industry and government.  The School's teaching and research combines natural and built environments whilst focusing on sustainability and collaboration through a balanced mix of hard science, social science and policy planning.

Uniquest is widely recognised as one of Australia's largest and most successful university commercialisation groups being benchmarked in the top 10% globally. With in excess of 1,500 patents and 70 spin-off companies, Uniquest has group revenues exceeding A$320 million in the past five years.

Support

The University also welcomes philanthropic support from its broad community of friends and alumni for sustainability initiatives.

Anyone wishing to support the Global Change Institute, Sustainability Minerals Institute or any other UQ sustainability initiative can contact the UQ Advancement Office at advancement@uq.edu.au

UQ Programs

UQ has a variety of programs which engage the UQ community in sustainability intitiatives, including:

Green Office Program
Green Labs Program
- Staff Development Program Sustainability Courses

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