Juliet Tan, Lecturer for HOSP2004 Sustainable Hotel Environment, took her Brisbane Campus students to Southbank Brisbane as a rewarding activity after their Week 6, Assessment 1 Group Presentations.
Southbank Corporation has a solid commitment to developing and managing the world’s best urban and cultural precinct through sustainability initiatives. Although all the students have lived in Brisbane for many years, they were delightfully surprised to learn about Southbank’s sustainability projects and especially re “Rain Bank”.
Rain Bank was built in 2011 and can recycle up to 77 megalitres of stormwater each year, i.e. enough to provide 85 per cent of the Parkland’s irrigation and non-portable water requirements. Rain Bank has been an exemplar project in the water industry and has received a range of prestigious awards, including:
- The Premier’s Sustainability Award in 2012
- The Healthy Waterways Awards Water Sensitive Urban Design Award in 2011
Juliet Tan wanted the students to witness these great sustainability systems to apply theory to real-life situations. Southbank also has many other sustainability initiatives such as Waste Management, Energy Conservation, and Horticulture, reducing the amount of required watering.