Faculty of Science
Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability
Panasonic Australia has pledged $690,000 over three years to fund environmental research and public education as part of a Macquarie University eco initiative.
Environment sustainability is a profound challenge for modern society that requires research and education to provide a comprehensive approach to understand the many links and roles that can promote sustainability. Panasonic is supporting Macquarie University's commitment to environmental sustainability by creating the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability. The partnership reinforces the University's commitment to communicate and educate people and organisations on the challenges around climate change impacts. Climate risk is one of Macquarie University's key concentrations of research excellence.
Professor Tim Flannery, an internationally acclaimed Australian scientist, explorer and conservationist, has been appointed the inaugural Chair. He was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and is Climate Change Commissioner. Professor Flannery and Macquarie University provide global Panasonic executives with briefings on green issues, as Panasonic moves towards becoming the world's number one environmental technology innovation company, especially on emerging consumer attitudes towards environmental products.
It is the single largest environmental initiative to be undertaken by Panasonic Australia in Australia. “There has never been a more pressing need for cutting-edge environmental research and education and we are pleased to be able to lend our support to Macquarie University,” Mr Steven Rust said, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia. “We hope our support will assist Macquarie University in remaining at the forefront of global environmental understanding and discussion.”
In February 2011, a study, commissioned as part of the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability initiative, found there is a weak link between intent to purchase eco-friendly products and actual purchasing decisions.
The study found while 75 per cent of consumers considered environmental features ahead of buying goods, only 20 per cent actually purchased goods with eco credentials.
Professor Tim Flannery, Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University, said getting consumers to buy green, as well as think green was critical to improving environmental outcomes.
“Awareness of environmental issues is extremely high and our next challenge is to turn that into everyday action,” Professor Flannery said.
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