Sustainability Environment

Sustainability Environment

The conservation of our environment is becoming essential for our future.

When you study sustainability at Macquarie, you’ll combine ecology, environmental sciences, marine science, and biodiversity and conservation to tackle environmental and conservation management for a sustainable future.

Professional experience

Help support the development of sustainable and economical urban environments alongside Industry partners through Macquarie Univeristy's unique PACE program. Get the skills you need for your future career well before you graduate.

Sustainability student, Chris Patfield, completed his PACE activity with an urban planning organisation, Place Partners. HIs work required him to employ many professional skills including data analysis, marketing research, communication and reporting to help create an urban environment plan that was sustainable, economical, and took environmental and cultural factors into account.

Chris’s contribution to the formulation of evidence-based planning helped him to consider the significant challenges cities may face locally and internationally in the future, and to review the collaborative methodologies that Place Partners use in urban planning. Chris’s PACE activity with Place Partners also helped him to secure a position with the company, where he is now considered an integral part of the team.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an activity for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Saeed is a senior manager with Save the Children, an internationally-active non-government organisation promoting children’s rights, and providing relief and support to children in developing countries.

As part of the senior team in Save the Children’s Pakistan office, Saeed works with teams to develop innovative, child-focused programs relating to environment, disaster risk reduction, health, education, child protection, food security and livelihoods.

“In creating the organisation’s strategic and annual plans for Pakistan, I have developed programs worth USD$100 million and mobilised resources from a range of bilateral and multilateral funding agencies,” Saeed notes.

By undertaking a masters degree at Macquarie, Saeed gained invaluable knowledge that he can now apply to help vulnerable populations in his disaster-prone home country.

“The Master of Sustainable Development is tailored to meet the learning needs of experienced professionals who work in development,” he says.

“Macquarie gave me a fresh perspective about social development – I learnt how to challenge the existing situation and to deal with social and environmental issues in an innovative, logical and systemic way.”

After having the “time of his life” in his year at Macquarie, Saeed says he left with a heavy heart.

“I loved each and every moment at Macquarie,” he says. “The green environment, the user-friendly library, the politeness and humbleness of management staff, the efficient transportation system at my door-step, the highly qualified and friendly teaching staff and plenty of opportunities for fun and leisure.

“I would strongly recommend students choose Macquarie as a priority destination for study.

“It’s an institution that provides a great learning environment, where you can get a chance to explore and discover your hidden skills.”

Please watch the video diary to see what is expected during this field trip. Consider taking BIOL379 or BIOL773 (conservation and management) and join us there in 2014.

It contains information on three key research areas:

  • Biodiversity – This research area is led by Climate Futures at Macquarie University, with support from CSIRO. It will focus on increasing knowledge of the capacity of species, ecosystems and landscapes to adapt to current and future climate variability, identify refuges where species can survive extreme events, and explore ways to make integrated decisions for local land use plans that optimise biodiversity outcomes.
  • Adaptive communities – This research area is led by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, with support from CSIRO. It will increase knowledge of ways in which urban and rural communities adapt and respond to current and future extreme events and climate variability, and explore ways in which the government can support communities in building their resilience and adaptive capacity.
  • Coastal processes and responses – This research area is led by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) with support from the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI). It will focus on providing local communities and councils in coastal zones with information on coastal and estuary impact assessment, risk management and adaptation responses.

The Hub draws on priorities developed through OEH knowledge strategies and a need to develop research that is operationally relevant.

The Biodiversity Node

Our vision for the Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub is a dynamic, collaborative partnership of researchers with OEH scientists, managers and policy makers, incorporating a broad spectrum of partners from universities, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (CAF), the NSW Department of Primary Industries, local governments, community groups and business.

The Node will be a facilitative body catalysing and supporting the research efforts of the wider adaptation community by providing leadership and coordination with an emphasis on linking researchers to end–users.

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