Environmental change will affect us all. As the global population grows, urbanisation increases and technology advances, there will be untold impact on our surrounding environment.
The Global Change Institute (GCI) at The University of Queensland, Australia, is an independent source of innovative research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of a changing world. GCI works to address the impacts of climate change, technological innovation and population growth through collaborative research across four key themes:
Established in 2010, GCI is The University of Queensland's vehicle to draw together the significant experience and knowledge of the University, our partners and collaborators to identify and develop the solutions needed in this changing landscape.
To advance discovery, create solutions and influence decision-makers in order to position The University of Queensland as a global leader in addressing the challenges of a changing world.
To foster discovery, learning and engagement by creating, applying and transferring knowledge for innovative and integrated solutions to the multitude of global challenges currently facing global society.
The Living Building
Such remarkable impact requires an equally remarkable hub. Based in a $32m 'Living Building', GCI generates more energy than it consumes and is a flagship for sustainability. The building is naturally ventilated, captures its own power through solar panels and stores up to 60,000L of rainwater. The 6 Star Green Star rated structure was made possible by a generous $15m donation from UQ alumnus and philanthropist Graeme Wood. Find out more or take a tour of the 'Living Building' here.