The Griffith University EcoCentre is a key element of the University’s Griffith Sciences Group and promotes an encouraging message that the knowledge, existing framework and resources to develop a truly sustainable world already exists. Our Mission is to be an innovative and dynamic information and resource centre promoting:
Environmental education and research
Nestled within the Toohey Forest on the Nathan campus of the university, its bushland setting is ideal for environmental education programmes, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and training seminars. Visitors to the EcoCentre enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the forest with access to state of the art teaching and conference facilities.
The Toohey Forest Environmental Education Centre operates from within the EcoCentre and provides environmental education programmes and activities for schools and students.
The EcoCentre has been developed as an environmental education hub by fostering partnerships and strategic alliances with external organisations in the promotion of sustainable development and environmental education.
The Centre engages with all members of our community, global, national, local, Federal, State and Local Government agencies, industry and an with extensive list of environmentally focused community groups. As a multifaceted facility the EcoCentre connects with the community through a wide range of activities including:
Community forums and seminars
Social Media – Facebook Page
Tours and information sharing through community forums and displays
Hiring of the EcoCentre as a conference venue
Joint venture projects
The building of strong relationships with Griffith University staff and students and external organisations is vital to the success of the EcoCentre. The EcoCentre staff have developed strong links with a long list of organisations ensuring that the high profile in the community is maintained. The relationships, formal and informal, create opportunities for both the EcoCentre and Griffith University to expand their profile.
The design and operation of the EcoCentre follows strict ‘eco’ principles, and features solar energy, ambient ventilation and lighting, rammed earth walls for temperature regulation, rainwater collection for ‘greywater’ use and wet composting toilets. All features reflect domestic scale environmental technologies that can be used in the family home.