The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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While studying Jorge had the opportunity to participate in The UN Convention on Climate Change. He now works for a Brisbane Environmental consultancy.
While studying Jorge had the opportunity to participate in The UN Convention on Climate Change. He now works for a Brisbane Environmental consultancy.

Jorge Acevedo came from Mexico to study a Master of Environmental Management at UQ.  

One and a half years later he returned as a delegate at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC – COP16) in Cancun.
 
In his final semester Mr Acevado completed a research project in conjunction with UQ SMART on blue carbon opportunities in Mexico. He was then selected to promote the benefits of blue carbon projects and to highlight the active participation from UQ SMART at UNCCC – COP16.
 
“The experience provided me with the opportunity to see and hear from great personalities in climate science; such as Nobel Prize winner Dr Mario Molina, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr Pachauri, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon” Mr Acevedo said.
 
“As a participant I was able to make contact with leading NGOs such as Wetlands International, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, CDM Watch, and several others,”.
 
Mr Acevedo is now employed at a consultancy firm in Brisbane.
 
“I am working as an Environmental Scientist for E3 Consult’s Brisbane office, a subsidiary of CDM Smith; which is a global environmental and engineering consultancy providing all range of environmental services, contaminated land solutions and engineering strategies for a variety of projects worldwide” he said.
 
Mr Acevedo was hired to help develop the Brisbane office’s sustainability expertise. Long term he hopes to work with the parent company, CDM Smith, on overseas projects; particularly in Latin America where the firm has established offices.
 
“I am especially interested in Latin America and the Caribbean where there is a large potential for carbon sequestration projects in order to reduce global warming,” he said.
 
Deciding to move to Australia for his studies was a big decision, but one that has enabled Mr Acevedo to pursue his passion for a more sustainable environment.
 
“Australia is globally recognized by its environmental leadership. I chose the University of Queensland because it offered the best courses in carbon management and sustainability business practice,” he said.
 
“I did look into several university programs in Canada, USA and Latin America and I could not find anything better than the UQ program,”.
 
“The program also provided me with opportunities to network with minor and major stakeholders in the area of my interest,”.

Last updated: Sep 17, 2012