CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Sustainability at Deakin – Creating a Living Laboratory

SPEAKER: Emma Connan, Director of Sustainability, Supply and Environments, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus;

DATE & TIME: Thursday, 7th October 2021 @ 4:00PM.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 832 9753 9250, Password: 38486033).

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Climate change is already greatly affecting our urban and natural ecosystems and poses one of the biggest sustainability challenges of our time. Deakin’s Climate Ready Campus is our vision for the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Through an integrated systems approach we will demonstrate a range of complementary and impactful actions that mitigate Deakin’s impacts on climate change, adapt to the impacts of climate change, apply integrated water management solutions and significantly enhance the biodiversity values of the campus.

The implementation of these integrated actions will:

  • provide unique opportunities to demonstrate sustainable development;
  • enable mutually beneficial partnerships to tackle the global challenges of climate change;
  • use the campus as a living laboratory, enabling research to test and develop climate-ready initiatives;
  • establish strategies that can be replicated at other campuses and within the broader community.

This presentation will focus on integrated water management and the enhancement of biodiversity on our campuses and the opportunity for the integration of research.


Emma is currently the Director of Sustainability, Supply and Environments at Deakin University. Since 2015 she has led the development and implementation of sustainability strategy for all aspects of sustainability at Deakin, including energy and emissions, waste, water, built environment and natural environment.

During this time Deakin has become a sector leader in sustainability and is contributing to the transition to renewables and demonstrating leadership in climate mitigation, adaptation, integrated water management and biodiversity management.

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For more information about Sustainability at Deakin click HERE.

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