CCIQ ecoBiz champions at the green heart of the matter

Friday 30 September, 2016 | By: Default Admin | Tags: ecoBiz champions, Griffith University EcoCentre, green buildings

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) welcomes its ecoBiz champions and partners to a special event at one of Brisbane’s greenest centres.

Dr Steven Miles, the State Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, is scheduled to attend the ecoBiz Leaders Forum on October 5.

Delwyn Langdon, Manager, EcoCentre, Griffith University, and Mark Thompson, one of the Principal Architects who designed the EcoCentre, will talk about the design and construction.

Griffith University’s EcoCentre, built in 2000 as one of Australia’s pioneering green buildings and a Banksia Finalist in its year of opening, keeps striving to improve environmental performance, testing new products and models and maintaining strong partnerships with industry, academia and government.

Manelle Issa, CCIQ ecoBiz program manager, said a workshop discussion on design, technology and partnerships for buildings will follow tours of these two exceptional buildings along with informal refreshments and networking afterwards.

“See how green building design and construction has progressed with a tour of Griffith University’s EcoCentre and the Sir Samuel Griffith Building. You can witness 15 years of green buildings at the university,” she said.

Ms Langdon said since its inception Griffith has had an ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability, with the higher education sector as a whole is recognising its role in addressing the challenges of sustainability.

“As a forerunner in the field, in 1975 Griffith launched Australia's first environmental science degree and since then, has continued to lead in areas of environmental science, education, research and practices,” she said.

“The Griffith University EcoCentre is a key element of Griffith University’s Griffith Science Group. As part of Griffith Sciences, the EcoCentre promotes an encouraging message that the knowledge, existing framework and resources to develop a truly sustainable world already exists.

“The EcoCentre engages with all members of our community, global, national, local, Federal, State and Local Government agencies, industry and an with extensive list of environmentally focused community groups.

“The EcoCentre has been developed as an environmental education hub by fostering partnerships and strategic alliances with external organisations in the promotion of sustainable development and environmental education.

“As an example of genuine sustainable energy alternatives, the Centre showcases Griffith’s commitment to finding practical solutions to environmental issues. It also provides a model that could be incorporated into isolated buildings in remote, such as schools in rural communities.”

The event includes a tour of the Sir Samuel Griffith Building, a working model of a building that could operate off the grid, which achieved a 6 star Green Star rating and is powered by solar PV and hydrogen fuel cells. Guests can also view the famous high-tech Red Zone.

 

Tour EcoCentre

•           Design and construction of the EcoCentre

•           Design, technology and management practices

•           Continuous improvement

•           Next steps for the EcoCentre (including partnerships and innovation)

Facilitated Discussion

•           How can partnerships assist in achieving sustainability outcomes for business?

•           Innovation for sustainability

 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 5 October, 2016

Time: 1:45pm – 6pm (Networking 5-6pm)

Venue: Griffith University EcoCentre, Building N68, Nathan Campus

Cost: Complimentary (includes light refreshments)

For more information: ecoBiz Leaders Forum

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