Sustainability researchers showcased in new publication

March 15 / 153

Clare Walker and Judith Alcorn. Image courtesy MSSI
Clare Walker and Judith Alcorn. Image courtesy MSSI


Melbourne’s sustainability leaders – from business, government and academia – gathered at the University of Melbourne recently to launch a new University publication, Sustainability at Melbourne.


Sustainability at Melbourne tells the stories of 15 researchers and students who are setting the pace on environmental research, from climate change and bushfires, to food, protecting wildlife and designing healthy cities. One researcher is designing cheap solar cells that can be printed like newspaper. Another is examining whether rope bridges suspended over busy highways help threatened wildlife. Another is writing Tonga’s first energy efficiency strategy.


175 people attended the launch at the new Melbourne School of Design building on the Parkville campus on February 24. Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis made particular mention of Dr Claire Farrell, from the Faculty of Science, a modern-day plant-hunter who is researching which plants, and combinations of plants, are the best for green roofs in Australia’s tricky climate. 


Environmental advocate and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) Professorial Fellow Tim Flannery, spoke on the big impact University research can have in key areas like sustainability. He said he was optimistic about the difference that high-quality research could make, and urged those present to think about how that research can be conveyed well to the public. 


Organisers were also delighted to welcome Adam Fennessy (secretary of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning) and Stan Krpan (CEO of Sustainability Victoria) to the event, along with representatives from Qantas and IBM, and local councillors.


The publication can be found here and as an interactive PDF here. Follow MSSI on Twitter @MSSIMelb.


Sustainability at Melbourne was produced by the University’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), with assistance from Carlton Connect.



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