An Environmentally Friendly Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function

In acknowledgement of the environmental impact we have each year, especially as we travel to meetings and visit fragile ecosystems, the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function has taken action to make at least a small contribution to averting the looming problems. We seek to minimize waste with limited paper handouts and disposable items, recycling returned name badges and lanyards and we encourage all participants to consider the environment in their travel plans. Also, please treat water as the scarce resource that it is in Victoria.

We also continue to contribute to the Lorne environment in recognition of the beneficial role the township of Lorne has played in hosting our meeting since 1976. The organizing committee has now made three financial contributions from interest on accumulated funds to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (http://gorcc.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/protein-science-conference-gets-behind-foreshore-rehabilitation/) which, among other activities, manages the Lorne foreshore. With our support, they have undertaken weed control and revegetation with native species indigenous to Lorne near the mouth of the Erskine River. This year the GORCC will conduct work at the Erskine River bank near the visitor centre. They have removed woody weeds from the river bank and have 1,000 plants ready to go in once that final grass spraying has been completed.

Suggestions for further activities that could be supported are also very welcome please email Jackie Wilce (jackie.wilce@monash.edu)
We hope that Lorne can be enjoyed for many years to come!

Jackie Wilce
Chair of Environmental Initiatives Committee

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