This report synthesises the ideas developed during a Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus workshop held in June 2017 at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. The workshop used the University’s Clayton campus as the case study. The aim was to generate ideas and concepts for campus-based projects that could:
- Build on Monash research strengths and stimulate new research enquiries on FEW nexus
- Provide education opportunities on sustainable development
- Contribute to more sustainable campus operations
The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from across 9 faculties, centres and divisions within Monash University, and 5 external organisations.
The ideas generated demonstrate how research capabilities in food, energy and water could be leveraged to move toward a nexus approach for food, energy and water management in a mini-city such as Monash University’s Clayton campus. They also show how we can turn a university campus into a living lab to experiment with and learn from innovations.
A broader aim of the report is to showcase some of the FEW nexus ideas that can have a wider application across other urban precincts. As such, the report provides a case study that we hope will inspire similar responses in other urban areas.
The ideas presented in the report are conceptual. They are intended to provoke further analysis alongside other potential options, but suggest a direction for implementation of nexus thinking on Monash Clayton campus.