Faculty of Science staff win prestigious Green Globe Award
3 August 2009
The development of a new assessment tool for organisations to calculate their ecological footprint has seen staff from the Integrated Sustainability Analysis research team in the School of Physics take out the public sector sustainability category of the state's leading environmental awards.
The NSW Government's Green Globe Awards are given each year to NSW organisations that showcase outstanding achievement in the sustainable use of natural resources, and leadership in tackling climate change.
The ISA research team, which includes Professor Manfred Lenzen, Dr Joy Murray and Dr Christopher Dey, was awarded the Green Globe Public Sector Sustainability Award.
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, director of the University of Sydney Institute for Sustainable Solutions (USISS) remarks that: "It is very exciting for the Institute that one of its founding groups has been recognised in this way. The work has provided the back-bone for many other projects that draw on its ability to generate a sound basis for analysis and subsequent action. I expect that this effort and others emanating from USISS will make lasting contributions to sustainability."
The Integrated Sustainability Analysis team has made an enormous contribution to sustainability in NSW and globally by making the measuring of the carbon footprint of a business or organisation much easier. Their method involves inputting data to a computer program to devise truly sustainable strategies and outcomes that benefit the environment, economy and society.
While undertaking general research, the team developed a comprehensive sustainability assessment framework. It takes into account everything from money spent, industrial interdependency, energy and water consumption, and carbon emissions to reveal just what environmental impact a business is having, from the very start of its supply chain through to the end product.
The Faculty of Science congratulates the award recipients on this important achievement.
Visit the ISA website to calculate your carbon footprint.
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