Griffith helping to clean up the local environment

Griffith University played an important role for the local environment recently with its BeachCare group hosting not one, but two Clean Up Australia Day events.

Griffith University environmental sciences
BeachCare is a coastal community engagement initiative facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (Image: Griffith University)

BeachCare is a coastal community engagement initiative facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. The program aims to provide an opportunity for community members to participate in caring for their local coastal environments through the planting of native dune species, weed removal and litter collection and auditing.

Held March 6, the Clean Up Australia events aimed to inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

“Every year Australia-wide, hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and clean up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish,” says Beachcare co-ordinator Tegan Croft.

“The importance of the role of our dunes in the overall management of our beach can’t be overstated,” says Professor Rodger Tomlinson, Director of the Centre for Coastal Management. “A healthy dune means our beaches will recover faster after storm events. I really encourage the community to get involved in looking after our beaches through the BeachCare program.”

Griffith School of Environment

The Griffith School of Environment was thought of as revolutionary; today it is more important than ever. Over that time the environment and sustainable practice has evolved from a fringe issue to a mainstream challenge to government, industry and even individual households. Griffith is helping society to face those challenges.

The university has expanded on their initial programs to offer not only environmental and natural sciences but also urban planning and architecture with a focus on sustainable development. Griffith University’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs include
  • architecture;
  • ecology;
  • environmental sciences;
  • environmental management;
  • marine science; and
  • urban and environmental planning.
The Griffith School of Environment has the largest group of environmental professionals in any university in Australia, and among the largest in the world.

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