GWS and the University of Canberra (2)

On Thursday 9 September the University of Canberra signed a memorandum of understanding with the GWS AFL club. The formal signing took place in the atrium of the new NATSEM Building on the University’s Bruce Campus.

Dale Holmes (left) CEO GWS and Stephen Parker (right) Vice Chancellor, UC

In a previous post I wrote about GWS coming home to Canberra through a remarkable link with Tom Wills.

Hosting the MOU signatures in the NATSEM Building adds another dimension to the GWS-UC relationship.

The NATSEM International Microsimulation Centre is the second project completed under the Commonwealth Government’s Education Investment Fund, with the $11m building coming in on-time and on-budget. The design of the building is a completely new concept for the University, offering flexible and sustainable multipurpose spaces to house NATSEM as well as a venue with full conferencing facilities.

The project was awarded the first ever “5-star Green Star Education Building in the ACT”. Its features include a Photo Voltaic System (or solar panels), on the roof to collect and generate electricity (resulting in a predicted net reduction of greenhouse gases by 62% compared to a standard practice benchmark) as well as underground rainwater tanks to store collected water that will be used for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing.  There is also a seasonal pond which will result in biodiversity and water quality benefits to the site.

The University aims to build its links with GWS through a commitment to the club’s organic development. This approach resonates completely with the University’s ecological commitment to the Canberra and Capital Region. It resonates too with both partners’ commitments to community development.

Today is the start of the partnership. This is a link to an ABC 666 interview with Ross Solly about the partnership.

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