Our projects

Our projects

Our projects

Present projects

Coal Loader Living Lab

Helped by Climate Futures’ green infrastructure linkages, the redevelopment of the Coal Loader Platform at North Sydney will soon become one of Sydney’s largest publicly accessible green roof spaces. A total of 10,000m2 of roof space will be transformed into a green roof to provide a demonstration site for urban agriculture and biodiversity enhancement. It will also serve as a valuable community space for recreation, entertainment and teaching.

The project will include community urban harvest plots (vegetables, fruit trees, aquaculture) irrigated by up to 250,000 litres of stormwater, a performance space, extensive seating and viewing areas, as well as heritage interpretation of the original coal loading operations.

This project is locally important and nationally relevant as a best practice example to integrate sustainability into an adaptive reuse site. The collaboration between North Sydney Council and Macquarie University will provide evidence of the success of this transformation. The project is due for completion by February 2017.

Partners

Led by David Banbury (North Sydney Council), Dr Peter Davies and Leigh Staas (Macquarie University).

Contact

Leigh Staas: leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

Urban Ecology Renewal Investigation project

The Urban Ecology Renewal Investigation project (UERI) aims to create a strategic blueprint for New South Wales to conserve, manage and enhance natural and cultural values by leveraging investment in urban development. Through Climate Futures, the National Green Infrastructure Network has assembled a team of specialists from five institutions to collaborate with the NSW Environmental Trust and other stakeholders to undertake this project.

This proposal will work with the development and building sector to identify opportunities for collaboration and research and, most critically, to ensure green infrastructure is a key part of future design and construction processes. The project team is currently conducting workshops before interviewing key individuals and conducting a broader online survey that the final blueprint will be based upon. The project is due for completion by February 2017.

Partners

While Macquarie University has been identified as the host, our project will include a broad consortium of research partners, including the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO.

Outputs

Blueprint for NSW to integrate urban ecology into urban renewal projects.

Contact

Leigh Staas: leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

Horticulture Innovation Australia: Green Cities Project

Climate Futures’ members worked collaboratively with Western Sydney University and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to bring together a new $10 million research consortium that will help drive the transition to greener, more liveable cities.

Co-funded through Horticulture Innovation Australia’s Green Cities Fund, the project will develop a national public database to identify climate-change resilient urban plants that will provide health, wellbeing and liveability outcomes now and in the future. The extensive research project is expected to be completed in 2021.

The consortium will deliver a range of outputs, including new research on plant water efficiency and heat stress, and case-study demonstration sites. This project will also create an interactive online tool, underpinned by robust evidence-based research, which will enable users, such as local government and practitioners, to find the right plant species for the right green space under current and future climates.

Partners

Led by Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in collaboration with Horticulture Innovation Australia.

Contact

Leigh Staas: leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

Trilateral Partnership

Transitioning to a future shaped by a changing climate requires engagement at the local, regional, national and international levels. It's not just about urban communities, it's about suburban and rural communities as well. And it's also about connecting people to place and connecting local to global.

To create stronger international connections, Climate Futures' members are a part of the Trilateral Partnership between Macquarie University, the University of Hamburg (Germany) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded one million euros over five years to further develop the strategic research partnership that will support a range of education and research activities.

Sustainable energy landscapes and climate transformation of urban systems

One of the Trilateral Partnership's projects is focused on researching sustainable energy landscapes and urban transformation pathways that lead to resilient cities. This project contributes to evidence-based policy for assessing the efficacy of local and regional planning instruments on urban climate risks in Hamburg, Shanghai and Sydney.

The project will explore mitigation and adaptation of rural-urban systems in the areas of climate change, health, migration, and water and energy systems. Research will focus on developing and integrating sustainable urban transformation, particularly renewable energy and low-carbon pathways, and examining environmental and health risks associated with climate change.

The DAAD funding also helps provide international training opportunities for master’s students and PhD candidates, and develop dual and joint degree programs and joint research initiatives. The Trilateral Partnership started through cotutelle and joint PhD arrangements between the three institutions.

Doctoral projects, multilateral exchanges, visits and workshops at all three universities will be key elements of the partnership.

Partners

Led by Dr Peter Davies, Leigh Staas, Dr Sara Fuller (Macquarie University), Prof Juergen Scheffran, Prof Juergen Ossenbruegge (University of Hamburg) and Prof Jiang Ping (Fudan University).

Contact

Leigh Staas: leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

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