Rethinking the Engineer: Cambridge Engineering ESD Conference

SML-Cambridge-EESD-websiteRethinking the Engineer, the Cambridge Engineering ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Conference, will be held at the University of Cambridge from 22 to 25 September 2013. This is the sixth conference in a series of international conferences which began at TU Delft in the Netherlands in 2002.

Conceiving engineering as a broad term that extends beyond the technical realm, the conference will explore how to develop the new skills that engineers need in order to deal with messy problems in an increasingly complex and constrained world. Bringing together students, academics, graduates and practitioners, it will drive rethinking of the professional engineer’s role and responsibilities in modern society.

Professor John Rallison (Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, University of Cambridge) will deliver the opening address. The Keynote Speakers are:

  • Lord Browne of Madingley
  • Professor Paul Jowitt (Heriot-Watt University/ Former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers ICE)
  • Professor Ellen Williams (BP Chief Scientist/ University of Maryland)
  • Professor John Robinson (Associate Provost Sustainability, University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Dato’ Seri IR. Dr Zaini Bin Ujang (Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM)

The conference will comprise parallel sessions on a number of topics, including:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Outcomes and Competencies
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Alternative Pedagogies
  • Professional Development of Engineers and Other Groups
  • Sustainable Engineering Graduates in Industry
  • Social Justice in EESD
  • Student Involvement

A special ‘Leo Jansen session’ will celebrate the work of the late Leo Jansen, focusing on how to teach long term thinking, interrelation between culture/ structure/ technology and participatory democracy to engineering students.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Environmental Education and Training Unit will lead a session on topics relating to the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).

A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in The Journal of Cleaner Production, The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Engineering Sustainability (part of the proceedings of the ICE).

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Cumbria calls for ‘Adventures in Sustainability’

SML-Cumbria-Advs-sustainability‘Adventures in Sustainability,’ a call to action and celebration of sustainability exploration, will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 28 May 2013.

This celebration will feature stories from leading eco-adventurers, including:

  • Paul Rose (explorer and broadcaster)
  • Kate Rawles (environmental travel writer)
  • Jamie Catto (co-founder of band Faithless and 1 Giant Leap producer)
  • Daniel Start (Wild Swimming author)
  • Ed Gillespie (sustainability communications guru)
  • Jem Bendell (Professor of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cumbria)

Organised by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria Business School, the event is supported by the Robert Kennedy College, Impact International and Futureperfect.

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UWE helps develop a sustainable procurement index

SML-UWE-news-logosThe University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol has helped the development of a new sustainable procurement index, the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) Sustainability Index. It is joint initiative of CIPS, PRGX UK Ltd and UWE.

Founded on academic research, input from industry leaders and best practice guidance from CIPS, this innovative online index provides buyers with an independent rating of sustainability credentials of their suppliers, considering economic and social factors as well as environmental ones.

 

Professor Andrew Douglas (UWE’s Bristol Business School), who led the research, delivered the keynote speech at last month’s Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit where the index was launched.

 

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Green Gown Awards 2013: Call for applications

SML-GreenGown2013The Green Gown Awards 2013, running for the ninth year, are open for applications from universities and colleges across the UK. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), annual Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives in post-16 educational institutions (further or higher education institutions, work-based or adult and community learning providers) in the UK.

The 2013 Awards comprise 14 categories, including three new ones:

§  Best Newcomer

§  Carbon Reduction

§  Construction and Refurbishment

§  Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change (also in Green Gown International Award)

§  Courses

§  Facilities and Services (new for 2013)

§  Learning and Skills

§  Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate

§  Promoting Positive Behaviour

§  Research and Development

§  Social Responsibility (also in Green Gown International Award)

§  Student and Staff Engagement (also in Green Gown International Award)

§  Sustainability Champion Award (new for 2013)

§  Technical Innovations for Sustainability (new for 2013)

UK applications under three categories indicated above will also compete with Australasia Green Gown Awards for an International Award.

Stage 1 of the Awards, opened on 1 May 2013, will close on 12 June. The opening date and the deadline of Stage 2 are 10 July and 11 September 2013, respectively. The Awards Ceremony will be held in November.

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Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability

GUNi-eventRio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability, a side event of the 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education  organised by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), will be held at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona on 13 May 2013.

 

This event, co-organised by COPERNICUS Alliance and the United Nations University Advanced Studies Institute (UNU IAS), through its Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) initiative, aims to discuss the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education and to share innovative practice in sustainability in higher education.

 

The participants can select one panel from each of the following two groups:

  • Whole institution approach to sustainable development; Social responsibility
  • Learning for sustainable development; Community engagement and outreach

 

The plenary will be on ‘Leading transformational change in higher education.’

 

The event’s outcome will be a publication to be launched at the end of the year.

 

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govtoday holds Third Annual Greening Education Conference

SML-GreeningEduConf-headtableThe third Annual National Greening Education Conference and Exhibition: The Foundations of a Sustainable Future, presented by govtoday  in association with The Carbon Trust and Solar Schools, was held in London on 1 May 2013.

Six Speakers covered a range of areas pertaining to greening different sectors of education, from schools to universities:

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  • Di Dale (Wiltshire College and Association of Colleges): Driving sustainability to the heart of tertiary education
  • Tim Pryce (The Carbon Trust): Why education sector is crucial for a low carbon economy
  • Andrew Parkin (Cundall Acoustics): Designing institutions for the future
  • Amy Cameron (Solar Schools): Solar Schools project
  • Ros Wade (London South Bank University and the London Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development): Greening education: addressing the curriculum
  • Richard Moore (University of Northampton): A web-based biodiversity assessment tool Biodiversity Index

In between these sessions three Master Class sessions took place.

Linked to the event is the online forum on Greening Education. An ongoing discuss is on the topic What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener?

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena (Top, some of the speakers; bottom, Ros Wade speaking on the curriculum’s key role in greening education)

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