Anglia Ruskin launches Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project

SML-ARU-GROAnglia Ruskin University (ARU) has launched a three-year project, titled The Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project, in order to map world’s fragility to resource shortages.

Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at ARU, will present an overview of the project in his opening keynote speech at the annual conference of the World Association for Sustainable Development in London on 2 September 2013.

The GRO project’s main objectives are to investigate the effect of resource constraints on short-term GDP growth, and to provide clear information to policymakers on a range of scenarios with a view of closing the time-lag between the short-term agenda of governments (usually 5 years) and the long-term vision of current models.

The project will deliver the following outputs:

  • A global database of national demand, supply and flow figures relevant to global resource security
  • A global ‘debt map’ for resource availability, specifying for each UN nation the current supply of resources that can be found within its borders compared to current consumption
  • A world-scale system dynamics model to investigate the current interaction between resources and the economy
  • An agent-based model to investigate possible future economic growth pathways.

The GRO project team is in the process of building a network of collaborators including Lloyds of London, the Aldersgate Group, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and academics in Italy, Iceland, Sweden and the USA.

The GRO has benefited from £300,000 of seed funding from the Dawe Charitable Foundation.

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ARU press release on GRO project

Resource management & ecosystems services page of the ARU Global Sustainability Institute

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INT’L CONFERENCE: Olympic Legacies: Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities

SML-UEL-OlympicsLegacy-ConfAn international conference on ‘Olympic Legacies: Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities’ will take place at Docklands Campus, University of East London (UEL) from 4 to 6 September 2013.

Hosted by UEL, the conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, representatives of national and international bodies and institutions interested in and engaged with urban development issues arising from hosting mega-events such as Olympic Games.

The conference aims to provide a space to share and exchange knowledge around three key themes:

  • The Changing Urban Order and Mega-events: City status/ambition – domestic and global; governance at global, national and city levels; and social and economic development – housing, health, employment
  • Evaluating Legacy: Monitoring/evaluation – Olympic Games Impact (OGI) and other approaches; planning and governance; sustainability; community engagement; and addressing social equality
  • Future Mega-event Cities: Planning and Preparing: from Bid to Legacy; transferable skills, knowledge; and cultural values and actions

The programme will consist of a mix of high profile keynote presentations, themed sessions and panel discussions. Neale Coleman (Deputy Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation, previously advisor on London 2012 for London Mayor Boris Johnson) will deliver the opening keynote presentation on ‘London 2012 Games and their Legacy’. Professor Lamartine DaCosta (Professor of Olympic Studies, Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will deliver the closing remarks.

Among the other key presenters are Prof. Richard Sumray and Prof. Ralph Ward (UEL), Dr. Eleni Theodoraki (Napier University Edinburgh), Dr. Judith Grant Long (Harvard University), Prof. Gayle McPherson (University of the West of Scotland) and Mark Perryman (University of Brighton).

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Press release on the conference

Conference website

 

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Green Gown Awards 2013: Awards ceremony in November

SML-GreenGown2013The awards ceremony of Green Gown Awards 2013 will take place at Derby College on 12 November 2013. Hosted by Professor Iain Stewart MBE (Professor of Geosciences Communication at the University of Plymouth), the ceremony will announce the winners from the Finalists pool of 81 projects representing 53 institutions.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the Awards recognise annually the best sustainability practice within tertiary education in the UK, bringing together the sectors’ leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability.

Green Gown Awards 2013 comprise 14 categories:

  • Best Newcomer
  • Carbon Reduction
  • Construction and Refurbishment
  • Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change
  • Courses
  • Facilities and Services
  • Learning and Skills
  • Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Research and Development
  • Social Responsibility
  • Student and Staff Engagement
  • Sustainability Champion Award
  • Technical Innovation for Sustainability

This year has three new categories, namely Sustainability Champion Award, Technical Innovation for Sustainability and Facilities and Services.

In parallel to the UK Awards, the Australasian Green Gown Awards are run by Australasia Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). UK and Australasian winners will vie for international awards in three categories, namely Continuous Improvement, Social Responsibility and Student and Staff Engagement.

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Green Gown Awards 2013

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Green Gown Awards 2013 Australasia

 

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Nottingham building achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating

SML-Nottingham-BREEAM-bldgThe University of Nottingham’s Energy Technologies Building has been awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating, making it one of the first research-led laboratory buildings in the UK to achieve this.

This exemplar low carbon building, dedicated to the research and development of sustainable energy technologies, is also home to the UK’s first hydrogen refueling facility.

The BRE (Building Research Establishment) Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. A BREEAM Outstanding rating is the highest possible for environmental sustainability.

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News post on the University of Nottingham website

The BREEAM website

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Sierra Ranking 2013: University of Connecticut is America’s greenest

SML-Sierra-US-GreenestThe University of Connecticut topped the Sierra magazine’s seventh annual ranking of the greenest universities and colleges in the United States of America published on 14 August 2013.

The Top Ten institutions are:

  1. University of Connecticut
  2. Dickinson College
  3. University of California, Irvine
  4. University of California, Davis
  5. Cornell University
  6. Green Mountain College
  7. Stanford University
  8. Georgia Institute of Technology
  9. American University
  10. University of California, Santa Barbara

The ranking has adopted a set of 11 criteria, namely Co-Curricular, Energy, Investments, Food, Innovation, Instruction/ Research, Planning, Purchasing, Transport, Waste, and Water. Out of 1000 maximum possible marks, the University of Connecticut secured 850.

 

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The Top Ten

Complete rankings

 

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NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England

SML-NUS-SGF-websiteThe National Union of Students (NUS) has announced 25 ethical and environmental projects that have been successful in bidding for the funding of its Students Green Fund.

These projects, led by student unions, will drive transformative sustainability across their campuses and communities, creating world-leading greening credentials across English higher education.

The student-led funding panel considered proposals from 120 students’ unions and each successful project has been granted between £150,000 and £300,000 for a project period of two years. The NUS will support these projects during this period.

The £5m Students’ Green Fund has been funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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More on the funded projects (from NUS Students’ Green Fund micro-site)

News post on the HEFCE website on award of £5M to the NUS to establish the fund

 

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York to strengthen UK’s agricultural resilience

SML-York-logoThe Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York announced a joint Initiative in Agrifood Resilience recently.

Bringing together scientific expertise from Fera and the University to focus on food and non-food crop production systems, the Initiative in Agrifood Resilience will adopt an holistic approach, addressing the key issues of food security and environmental sustainability in a way which will ultimately benefit the rural economy and sponsor innovation in agritechnology.

The Initiative is part of the University’s recently launched interdisciplinary research partnership, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI).

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