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Jasmin landed a position with UDIA after completing 3 research projects for them during her industrial placement as part of her degree.
Jasmin landed a position with UDIA after completing 3 research projects for them during her industrial placement as part of her degree.

UQ graduate Jasmin Lightbody, is using her degree to encourage environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly urban development. 

Jasmin works as an EnviroDevelopment Coordinator with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Australia’s peak representative body for all segments of the development industry. 
She landed the position after completing 3 research projects for UDIA while undertaking her industrial placement with FWR group, a Brisbane-based sustainability consultancy, as part of her degree.
“I began working part time as the EnviroDevelopment Coordinator in my final semester of study at UQ and transitioned to full time employment after I had finished exams.”
Jasmin’s primary role is to assess applications for the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment certification.
“EnviroDevelopment is an initiative of the UDIA that provides an environmental certification to development projects that achieve outstanding environmental performance across six key areas of sustainability – ecosystems, waste, energy, water, materials and community,” she said.
In areas where projects don’t meet the criteria Jasmin works with the development team to find practical and effective ways to improve environmental outcomes to a level that will satisfy EnviroDevelopment.
“This is one of my favourite parts of this role, as I’m able to influence real outcomes on the ground, helping to create a more sustainable urban environment,” she said.
Taking the Sustainable Development major prepared Jasmin for her varied role.
“To accurately and thoroughly assess applications against all six elements of EnviroDevelopment requires an understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, planning and environment law, cleaner production and urban design. The Sustainable Development major covers all of these areas, and I don’t know of any other courses that provide such a strong foundation across so many vital disciplines.”
Entering the workforce has given Jasmin perspective on her choice of degree.
“Since beginning work in the industry I’m been overwhelmed by the range of professional roles that exist in Environmental Management. I hope that in the long term I’m able to explore a variety of roles, particularly roles that involve fieldwork.”

Last updated: Sep 17, 2012