Stu­dents gather for sus­tain­abil­ity fo­rum

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An Asia-Pa­cific re­gional Eco-Minds sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment fo­rum will be held next week from May 25 to 29, hosted by Auck­land Uni­ver­sity.

Five top stu­dents have been se­lected to rep­re­sent New Zealand for Eco-Minds 2009, which is themed on Sus­tain­able En­ergy Sys­tems: Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Daniel Scott and Melissa Wong from Auck­land Uni­ver­sity, Fiona Southall from Massey Uni­ver­sity, Elana Hawke from Can­ter­bury Uni­ver­sity and Re­becca Wil­liamson from Waikato Uni­ver­sity will take part.

The fo­rum is a re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween Bayer – a com­pany which works in health care, nutri­tion and high tech-ma­te­ri­als – and the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme.

Bayer New Zealand cor­po­rate com­mu­nica- tions man­ager William Mal­pass says he is thrilled with the qual­ity of the five New Zealand stu­dents.

“The pas­sion for and un­der­stand­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that th­ese stu­dents have is ex­cep­tional and their de­sire to act as leaders for other young peo­ple gives me con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to deal with the chal­lenges that lie ahead.”

Stu­dents will be chal­lenged to ques­tion and try to un­der­stand the com­pro­mises in New Zealand as a win­dow into the sim­i­lar is­sues in their own coun­tries.

Held ev­ery two years, the fo­rum brings 25 ter­tiary stu­dents from eight coun­tries through­out Asia-Pa­cific to­gether, to learn about sus­tain­abil­ity and work on a case study.

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