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Engineers visioning a Sustainable Future Workshop

6th-10th March 2006

Engineers visioning a Sustainable Future
Townsville City Council - The Natural Edge Project
Engineering and Water Management & Training Week Workshop
(March 2006).

Engineering Sustainable Solutions Program

Townsville, 6th March 2006

Introduction to Sustainable Engineering $220 course fee
A one day professional course for engineers (290kb .pdf)
(Conducted by The Natural Edge Project).

Townsville, 7th March 2006

Sustainable Infrastructure Program ($20 registration)

Townsville, 8th March 2006

Sustainable Water Management Program ($20 registration)

Engineers Visioning the Future Workshop Results 2005 (.pdf)

Engineers, businesses, environmental sectors, high school and University students came together, in a few short weeks, to create visions for the future of Sustainable Engineering in Townsville and the greater Tropical North Queensland.

Townsville City Council (TCC), business units Citiwater and Citiworks, promoting a Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design (CETD - Sustainability and Innovation) and with support from Ergon Energy, the Queensland Water Directorate and Creek to Coral, presented an event that was “a must for current and aspiring engineers and those interested in a sustainable future.”

“Engineers: Visioning a Sustainable Future” was coordinated by TCC in partnership with the Natural Edge Project (TNEP) and followed on from the highly successful L. Hunter Lovins tour of Australia, which brought her to Townsville in March last year.

The event was designed to actively challenge and engage attendees to identify and vision practical steps and strategies to support sustainability in the tropics.

Deputy Mayor of Townsville and Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee, Cr. Ann Bunnell spoke at the event and was very pleased that Townsville was able to host this pioneering event.

“Engineers have such an important role in our society; they are responsible for maintaining and developing our city’s infrastructure and the way they work impacts both on the environment and our lives,” Cr. Bunnell said.

“We want to empower people who are either studying Engineering, have an interest in the profession or who already work in this field, with the knowledge of how to incorporate sustainable practices into their work and vision the future.”

“We specifically involved high school and University students with Engineering professionals, so these students could develop the tools of how to integrate sustainability throughout their studies and into the workforce and become excited with the new challenges of engineering.”

The events included an Introduction to Sustainable Engineering fee-paying course, and two conference sessions (Visioning the Future in Sustainable Infrastructure and Total Water Management) as well as providing a tour of local sustainable infrastructure initiatives in engineering and showcasing waterways management.

Local school students from years 9-11 were involved in workshops aimed at developing their awareness of sustainable engineering. Change Champion workshops for year 12 and first-year engineering University students explored Sustainable Change Agents.

The event ran from March 6-10 at Jupiters Hotel and Casino.

For further information,
contact Townsville City Council: 07 4727 9314,
or visit

Further reading:

The Natural Edge Project




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