Urban ecosystem: Thriving habitats
In the face of climate unpredictability and increasing extreme weather events, we're redesigning our campus landscapes to be adaptable and sustainable ecosystems, equipped to thrive into the future. We're inviting our community outdoors by creating sustainable landscapes filled with native trees, biodiversity and comfortable micro-climates which provide a place to gather, particularly during the warmer months. Our future campuses will build upon the uniquely Australian experience to deliver multi-functional spaces which provide enjoyment for our people, the wider community and our wildlife, including the flocks of bird species who seek respite and food amongst our gardens each year upon their migration journeys. Clever, sustainable design of our gardens will see the continued installation and permeable pathways and rainwater harvesting and treatment networks to capture, reuse and re-purpose this precious resource throughout our campus landscapes.
Further information is available in our Urban Ecosystems Implementation Plan.
- Biodiversity and soil health: Creating valuable habitats and productive gardens on campus.
- Urban forest/micro-climates: Growing a forest to create comfortable landscapes.
- Water sensitive urban design: Building a passive support network for our living assets and water ways.
- Harvesting: Building a water bank for landscape health and resilience.
- No net decrease in canopy cover at each campus from 2015 to 2020, targeting 30 per cent canopy cover by 2030.
- Increase ground permeability across campuses, year on year. 5 per cent reduction in potable water consumption per person [EFTSL+FTE] measured against a 2015 baseline.
- Fifty per cent of irrigation requirements met by non-potable water by 2020. Increase water harvesting capacity by 50 per cent across campuses by 2020, compared to 2015 capacity.