UN University RCE Network grows to 100

The United Nations University’s global Network of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has grown to 100 with the recent addition of 11 RCEs in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Lesotho and Namibia.

In all RCEs in the UK, namely East Midlands RCE, London RCE, North East RCE, Severn RCE, Wales RCE, and Yorkshire and Humberside RCE, universities play an active role.

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New President of the Copernicus Alliance

Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, is the new President of the Copernicus Alliance. She was elected at the 2011 Annual General Meeting at Kerkrade on 27 November 2011.

The Copernicus Alliance, Europe’s Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, brings together 326 universities that are committed to reorienting themselves for making a meaningful contribution to sustainability.

Photograph from the University of Gloucestershire website

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New Director of Kingston Sustainability Hub

Dr Victoria Hands is the new Director of the Sustainability Hub of Kingston University, taking over from Dr Ros Taylor in January 2012.

Dr Hands was Head of Environmental Sustainability at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she established a Sustainability Team and an environmental management system. She holds a PhD in embedding sustainable development and chairs the London Universities Environment Group (LUEG).

Dr Taylor has been instrumental in the development of Kingston University’s sustainability movement, which led to the creation of the Sustainability Hub in 2009. Now in retirement after 40 years of service to Kingston, she has accepted an honorary role in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

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HEFCE awards £11 million for 28 carbon reduction projects

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded nearly £11 million to 27 higher education institutions for 28 carbon emission reduction projects.

In this second round of the Revolving Green Fund (RGF), four universities – Exeter, Derby, Bradford and Plymouth – received funding for major building retrofit projects that are collectively expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 18,500 tonnes a year.

Twenty-four HEIs, including Exeter, received a total of £6.83 million for small scale energy efficiency projects. They are: Canterbury Christ Church University, Coventry University, Edge Hill University, University of Exeter, Kingston University, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Lincoln, University of Liverpool, University of London, University of Northampton, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, University of Oxford, University College Plymouth Marjon, Royal Veterinary College, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Winchester, and University of Worcester.

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Conference: Knowledge gaps in Climate Change research

The second annual PhD conference of The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change ‘Knowledge Gaps in Climate Change Research – how are you tackling it?’ will be held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) from 11 to 13 April 2012. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion on the knowledge gaps in climate change research, and how PhDs, the Postdocs and Professors of the future, aim to address them.

Abstracts are invited for the four paper sessions and poster sessions, which will reflect Tyndall Centre’s four new themes:

  • Land and Water
  • Cities and Coasts
  • Governance and Behaviour
  • Energy and Emissions

Professor Mike Hulme (UEA) will deliver the opening keynote address on ‘Climate change: what sort of knowledge for what sort of politics?’ Among the other confirmed speakers are Professor Bob Watson FRS (Chief Scientific Advisor to DEFRA), Dr. Xianfu Lu (adaptation specialist at the Asian Development Bank), and Richard Gledhill (Head of Climate Change and Carbon Market Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Important dates:

  • 23 January 2012: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 13 February 2012: Successful abstract applicants informed
  • 1 March 2012: Registration for attendees closes

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