UNE to showcase green credentials at SLEX

Published 22 September 2009

seedlingThe University of New England will be showcasing its sustainability credentials at the Sustainable Living Expo (SLEX) on UNE September 25-27.

UNE is the Major Sponsor of SLEX 2009.

Along with having a large pavilion at SLEX, UNE will be providing a range of experts to speak on a wide variety of topics during the event. Soil, consumerism, and religion are just three of the subject areas that will be considered by UNE experts in relation to sustainability.

The university’s facilities Management Services Directorate will also give a presentation on how the UNE is building a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable campus through sustainable building practices, energy management and recycling.

“UNE is a committed institution in the university sector in the area of sustainability,” Professor Pettigrew said.

“As an institution, we are striving to integrate the principles of sustainability into our research, business practices, infrastructure and teaching curriculum.

“Supporting this event is a welcome opportunity to demonstrate our leadership and commitment to creating a more sustainable world,” Professor Pettigrew said.

Chancellor Dr Richard Torbay commended the University on its involvement with SLEX.  Dr Torbay said UNE should be proud of setting a benchmark with respect to sustainability for the larger Australian universities to adhere to.

“This is exemplified through our endorsement of the Talloires declaration, sustainable facilities management and building practices, research centres such as the National Centre for Rural Greenhouse Gas Research, and through our teaching and research profile more generally,” Dr Torbay said.

The University of  New England is the Major Sponsor for this year’s Sustainable Living Expo (SLEX), September 25-27 at the Armidale Showground and will be showcasing the University’s role as a leader in environmental  sustainability in many areas including research, education, new and existing courses in climate change  and sustainability, as well as the built environment.  A number of UNE speakers will be giving presentations throughout the weekend on a wide variety of topics including organic farming and sustainable use of energy in the home environment.

Other sponsors include Armidale Dumaresq Council, Country Energy, the New England Credit Union, Industry & Investment NSW, Jobs Australia, TAFE New England Institute, QantasLink, Forsyths, The Armidale School, Telstra Country Wide, The Armidale Express, AusIndustry, Moore Park Inn and FM 100.3 and 2AD.