European RCE Meeting 2018 | Brittany, France on 29-30 August

The European RCE (Regional Centres of Expertise) Meeting 2018 will take place at the University of Southern Brittany (Université de Bretagne Sud), on 29 and 30 August 2018, in Vannes, Brittany, France.

The meeting’s overarching theme is ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): how can RCEs coordinate both of them to achieve the SDGs?

The other themes include the following:
• European RCEs’ actions on GAP and SDGs
• Continuing the discussion of the topics raised during the European RCE meeting in Dortmund, September 2017
• ESD – curriculum development in Technical Vocational Education and Training schools (TVET)
• TVET in combination with Community Empowerment
• Plenary presentation of the new NGO COMMEET
• Sharing the work of European RCEs and learning from each other

Organised by the RCE Brittany, this annual event will bring together the members of the RCE community from nearly 20 countries in Europe.

Turning to the global RCE network, as of August 2018, 165 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide. These RCEs aim to translate global objectives into the context of their local communities.

More…

European RCE Meeting 2018 website https://rcebretagne.org/

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

Photos from European RCE Meeting 2016 in London https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/photos-european-rce-meeting-2016/

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From doorways to wedding cake | LSBU Sustainability Research Group panel discussion on SDGs

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NOTE: Text and photographs by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

Goal-posted doorways and wedding cake were among the bizarre themes that surfaced at a panel discussion on the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in supporting and promoting a more sustainable world held at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 28 June 2018.

Titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from Global to Local’, the discussion was hosted by LSBU Sustainability Research Group of the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility.

The event was chaired by Dr Hugh Atkinson (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy), who is a Member of the Sustainability Research Group as well as the Management Group of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Dr Duncan Tyler (Head of the Division of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies, LSBU) briefly introduced the three distinguished speakers:
Hilary Macleod (Vice president, Australian Association for Environmental Education AAEE, Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication, and environmental educator/ consultant from Queensland, Australia)
Dr Katherine Eames (Senior Sustainability Project Officer at the Greater London Authority and Co-ordinator of London Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition)
Dr Paul Vare (Senior Lecturer, Research Development, School of Education, University of Gloucestershire and Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication)

The presentations session of the three panellists was followed by a Q&A session, which generated interesting discussions with active participation of the 50-strong audience who had sacrificed the live coverage of the England-Belgium World Cup match!

World as an interconnected whole
SDGs are a woven web. One cannot talk about one goal, ignoring the other sixteen. Systems thinking can help us understand the world as an interconnected whole – a fact that the SDGs illustrate so vividly.

SDGs ‘Wedding Cake’
The SDGs ‘wedding cake’, developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, puts the Global Goals into perspective, implying that economy and society are embedded parts of biosphere. This caky model illustrates the fact that ecological limits form basis of the SDGs.

Doorways to sustainability
SDGs can act as doorways to the world of sustainability. For academics, Goal No 4 Quality Education could be the main doorway.

Quality Education
In Goal 4 Quality Education, what does quality mean? Quality education means sustainability and education with values. Moreover, not only the content but also the process (i.e. how it is delivered) would be important.

All are in
We need the support of all sections of society to achieve the SDGs by 2030. For instance the corporate sector has the cash and the governments have the legal frameworks. Different sectors can play different roles in this endeavour.

Feel empowered
Many people think that government should act on SDGs or business should but we as individuals cannot have an impact. We should not feel disempowered. For instance the plastics issue has generated a huge civic demand for action by all.

Public engagement
How to engage all sections of society with SDGs? The environmental/ sustainability movement has been hindered by a communications problem and SDGs endeavour could suffer from the same illness. To engage all with SDGs, we must speak in a language that they can understand.

The discussion was followed by a reception for networking.

NOTE: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The 17 SDGs that the 193 member states of the UN signed up to in 2015 are ambitious in scope and, when taken together, they represent a real opportunity to develop a global strategy for localities to fight poverty and global inequality, and to tackle climate change and protect the environment.

Sustainability Research Group meeting

The third meeting of the LSBU Sustainability Research Group, chaired by Professor Ros Wade, was held before this event.

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Launched in November 2017 and hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, the Sustainability Research Group on Policy, Practice and Pedagogy aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.

The group aims to develop and promote research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area, drawing from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change, global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work is linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences.

Moreover, building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group links with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

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LSBU Sustainability Research Group to host panel discussion | SDGs: from Global to Local https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/lsbu-sustainability-research-group-to-host-panel-discussion-sdgs-from-global-to-local/

LSBU Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/social-justice-global-responsibility

London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

NUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-jayawardena

LSBU SDGs seminar & book launch | America has a latent potential to lead the world on Climate Change ~ Dr Atkinson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/lsbu-sdgs-seminar-book-launch-america-has-a-latent-potential-to-lead-the-world-on-climate-change-dr-atkinson/

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EXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/engineering-civilisation-towards-un-sdgs-london-to-host-ice-wfeo-led-global-engineering-congress-2018/

LSBU launches SUSTAINABILITY research group | Policy, Practice and Pedagogy
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/lsbu-launches-sustainability-research-group-policy-practice-and-pedagogy/

Newcastle SDGs Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? ttps://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective
http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Research ENGAGEMENT

#ResearchMAGAZINE

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Café SYSTEM CHANGE magazine | #CafeSYSTEMchange
http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/pubs/cafe/CafeSCmag-01-180522-NEW.pdf

Probably world’s first magazine dedicated to an academic journal. Developed this for The Schumacher Institute to attract non-academic readers to its SYSTEM CHANGE journal https://systemchange.online/index.php/systemchange

#ResearchSTORY

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A Research STORY set in Nigeria: Policy-making and Energy Infrastructure Provision
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/research-story-set-nigeria-policy-making-energy-asitha-jayawardena

#KnowledgeJOURNALISM

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Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action

#SustyEngWAVE

One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research

#IDLS
Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability
https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING

#SustySTORY

Sustainability STORYTELLING website https://sustystory.wordpress.com

 

From The Sustainable University News website

A decade of Sustainable SYSTEMS | The Schumacher Institute holds a celebratory conference in Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/a-decade-of-sustainable-systems-the-schumacher-institute-holds-a-celebratory-conference-in-bristol/

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom?
http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one?
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena

Father of London’s Sanitation Wonders, Civil Engineer Bazalgette in Numbers
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/father-londons-sanitation-wonders-civil-engineer-asitha-jayawardena?trk=portfolio_article-card_title

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals)
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

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EAUC Conference 2018 | Collaborations for Change: Global Goals (SDGs) for Tomorrow’s Education, Today

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NOTE: Text and photographs by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

 

The annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) will take place at Keele University from 19 to 21 June 2018.

 

Inspired by UN Sustainable Development Goal No 17 (i.e. Partnerships), this year’s conference theme, ‘Collaborations for Change: Global Goals for Tomorrow’s Education, Today’, emphasises the critical role that academics, researchers, students, sustainability leaders and support staff in universities and colleges must play together in the endeavour of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide.

 

“The SDGs are the world’s new to-do list and this conference will inspire and empower universities and colleges to take the step-change needed,” says Iain Patton (CEO, The EAUC), “Our students and their learning are instrumental in delivering the Global Goals and shaping all our futures. Students have the commitment and energy, so it’s up to us in the lecture room and on the campus to ensure they leave our institutions with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents of global understanding and local action.”

 

Programme and delegates

 

Repositioning sustainability as a foundation to build positive new cross-sector collaborations for change, this event will embrace all areas of campus life, from the post-16 education sector. Delegates include those responsible for sustainability leadership, environmental management, governance, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as teachers, lecturers, curriculum designers, post-graduate researchers and students.

 

This 3-day event will include keynotes, plenary sessions, campus, academic and research streams, interactive workshops, facilitated networking events, the Annual Conference Dinner as well as the Exhibition.

 

The Campus Conference will take place alongside the Academic Conference, building a unique and powerful cross discipline and sector opportunity to achieve SDGs as well as research and education fit for tomorrow.

 

​Speakers

 

The event will feature three types of speakers:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Speakers: International Panel Session
  • Speakers: Keele University Panel Session

 

Keynote speakers

 

  • Fiona Harvey (award-winning environmental journalist for The Guardian)
  • Jonathon Porritt (Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Chancellor of Keele University)​
  • Judy Ling Wong (painter, poet and environmentalist and Honorary President of Black Environment Network BEN)
  • Professor Ioan Fazey (Professor of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Change at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience)
  • Professor Mark Ormerod (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University and Strategic Lead for Environment and Sustainability at Keele University)

​Speakers: International Panel Session

 

  • Dr Akiko Kato (Fukushima National College of Technology)
  • Ge Yin (University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Maki Ikegami (Hokkaido University)
  • Professor Park (Mie University)
  • Professor Hidefumi Kurasaka (Chiba University)
  • Dr Prinya Thaewanarumitkul (Thammasat University)
  • Professor Tae Yoon Park(Yonsei University)

Speakers: Keele University Panel Session

  • Simon Burgess (Senior Consultant, Siemens)
  • Dr Ian Madley (Head of Partnership Development, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University)
  • Dr Zoe Robinson (Director of Education for Sustainability and Lead for Institute for Sustainable Futures, Keele University)
  • Dr Sharon George (Course Director for the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology and Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability, Keele University)
  • Professor David Healey(Professor of Practice, Keele University and Head of Smart Energy at WSP)

 

Workshops

 

The conference will deliver over 50 workshops of two types:

  • Academic
  • Campus

 

Academic workshops

 

This Changes Everything – Discussing Climate Change via music and Art

Glenn Fosbraey & Antosh Wojcik (both from University of Winchester)

 

The Trojan Mouse of Sustainability: Dropping Sustainability into Education

Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele University)

 

Facilitating Interdisciplinarity for Life-long and Life-wide Learning

Maria Kirrane (University College Cork)

 

Five Ways of Working for Sustainability

Dr Victoria Hands & Radu Cinpoes (both from Kingston University)

 

Psycho-sociology for Dummies

John Thorne (Glasgow School of Art)

 

5 WOWs! A Tool for Sustainable Decision Making

Dr Carolyn Hayles (University of Wales TSD), Dr Gwenith Elias (Bangor University) & Jenny Lloyd (University of Wales TSD)

 

People, Power, Politics and the SDGs: Simulating the UN Global Agreement Process through Classroom Politics and Negotiation by Social Media

Prof Simon Kemp (University of Southampton)

 

Engagement, Co-creation & Collaboration towards Sustainability in Practice: University, Students, and Community

Romas Malevicius & Rebecca Bennett (both from University of Salford)

 

Creating a Living Lab for Sustainability

Thom Cooper (University of Leeds) & Dr Paul Warwick (Plymouth University)

 

Listening for Sustainability: Developing understanding for partnerships and collaboration

Dr Zoe Robinson & Christa Appleton (both from Keele University)

 

BREEAM to Passivhaus – Policy Change to Deliver Low Carbon Estate Growth

Tom Heel (University of Oxford) & Chris Swinburn (CBG Consultants)

 

Creating Better Buildings – It’s More than Just a Badge!

Dr Sandra Lee (University of Leicester), Dr Emma Fieldhouse (Future We Want) & Dr Stephen Ball (Couch Perry Wilkes Partners)

 

Are Sustainable buildings meeting what they are promising? 

Dr Sharon George & Dr Jun Caw (both from Keele University)

 

Hamsters in a Wheel? Is Sustainability Education Stuck in a Rut?

Prof Chris Willmore & Amy Walsh (both from University of Bristol)

 

How Bike Share can Support Effective Partnerships

Katy Boom (University of Worcester), Cristina Pop (Worcester City Council) & Matt Smith (University of Worcester)

 

Classroom collaborations: exploring multi-sector co-learning at universities for local sustainability

Andrew Reeves (De Montfort University)

 

A Rounder Sense of Purpose: Educator Competences for Sustainable Development

Dr Paul Vare & Rick Millican (both from University of Gloucestershire)

 

The best way to lead? Sustainability leadership successes

Janet Haddock-Fraser (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Peter Rands & Dr Stephen Scoffham (both from Canterbury Christ Church University)

 

Green Guide to Universities – making sustainability work in education

Harriet Waters (University of Oxford)

 

Learning & Skills Workshop: International Panel Event

Prof Boonchai Stitmannaithum (Sustainable University Network of Thailand), Prof Hongwei Tan (China Green University Network), Prof Tae Yoon Park (Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative) & Prof Takayuki Nakamura (Campus Sustainability Network in Japan)

 

A Practical Application of SDGs within the Curriculum

John Thorne (Glasgow School of Art)

 

Keele’s Student-led Projects: Students’ Union, Students and University Partnerships

Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele University)

 

Campus workshops

 

We swiped right and made a great Travel Plan!

Dawn Dewar (University of East Anglia), Meleiha Youngs (Liftshare.com) & David Jordan (First Eastern Counties Buses)

 

Australian Sector Showcase

Lin Stevenson (RMIT University), Leanne Denby (ACTS) & Danielle McCartney (University of Technology Sydney)

 

Navigating the SDGs: Mapping your Journey

Hannah Sellers, Dr Sandra Lee & Ben Evans (all from University of Leicester)

 

Turning Student Waste into Treasure

Karen O’Donoghue & Amy Healey (both from British Heart Foundation)

 

Points mean prizes – engaging the many in sustainability actions

Dr Neil Smith (Bournemouth University), Liz Harris (University of Winchester) & Eloise Nickerson (Bournemouth University)

 

Degrees of Change: Making carbon saving everyone’s responsibility

Joanna Marshall-Cook, Richard Jackson & Ben Stubbs (all from University College London)

 

How to run a multi-agency city wide Go Green Week

Katy Boom (University of Worcester), Selina Fletcher (Coventry University) & David Chapman (University of Warwick)

 

Aren’t Trees Brilliant? Using Collaboration to Communicate Campus Greenspace Benefits

Dr Anna Gilchrist & Julia Durkan (both from University of Manchester)

 

Reframing sustainability at the Governance level as the key to institutional success

Charlotte Lee Wolf (University of Edinburgh) & Prof Wendy Purcell (Harvard University), TBC

 

Keele’s Smart Energy Living Lab: partnerships between campus and business

Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele University)

 

The SDGs in Education: How we are (attempting) to include the SDGs across all programmes and how we are tracking our progress – NUS

Quinn Runkle & Anthony Courtney (both from University of Winchester)

 

The environment strikes back…

Candice Snelling & Laura Porter (both from National Oceanography Centre Southampton) & Manuel Torres de Carvalho (Southampton Solent University)

 

Collaborative and innovative approaches to sustainability in science teaching laboratories

Matthew Bennett & Catrin Darsley (both from University of East Anglia)

 

Chew fancy a brew?  Winchester’s coffee cup story: from 3 to 33 in 100 cups

Liz Harris (University of Winchester)

 

EAUC Future Business Council: Feedback on the shared sustainability agenda for H/FE and employers

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Futureproof Your Career: how NBS links Sustainability to Employability

Fiona Winfield, Lina Erlandsson & Petra Molthan-Hill (all from Nottingham Trent University)

 

Leadership the ISO way

Dr Neil Smith (Bournemouth University), Prof Simon Kemp (University of Southampton) & Candice Snelling (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

 

A challenging climate – carbon reduction on a budget

Katherine Middleton & Adam Thompsett (both from College of West Anglia)

 

Fairtrade University and Colleges Pilot – pitfalls and possibilities

Harriet Waters (University of Oxford) Jo Williamson (Middlesex University), Jo Kem (NUS) & Jo Milis (The Fairtrade Foundation)

 

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard – How to connect with your senior management

EAUC

 

Accelerating demand for hybrid buses – how universities can support

Dr Victoria Hands (Kingston University), Dan Lupton (Kingston University Service Company Ltd) & Chris Rumley (RATP Dev)

 

Partnership for Impact! Ensuring strategic alignment and impact evaluation

Dr Peter Rands (Canterbury Christ Church University) & Ellie Martin (Christ Church Students’ Union)

 

Engaging with professional departments

EAUC Scotland

 

Gamification of Teaching and Learning Resources for Built Environment Education– Eco Material Trumps

Aled Williams & Dr John Lester Clarke (both from University College of Estate Management)

 

International student air travel fuels Carbon Literacy Living Lab

Rachel Dunk, Jane Mork, Helena Tinker & Valeria Vargas (all from Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

The Leeds Way: Students Shaping the Future/ The Leeds Way – The University of Leeds’ Approach to Sustainability

Kelly Forster & Josh West (both from University of Leeds)

 

Embedding sustainability across a total project portfolio

Ben Stubbs, Richard Jackson & Joanna Marshall-Cook (all from University College London)

 

EAUC Future Business Council: Feedback on the shared sustainability agenda for H/FE and employers

Janet Haddock Fraser (EAUC)

 

The #SDGTeachIn: how student demand led to over 200 teaching staff including the SDGs in their teaching, learning, and assessment

Quinn Runkle & Katie Jepson (both from NUS)

 

Does a policy push or the meaningful message get results?

Harriet Waters, Tom Heel & Rupert Stuart Smith (all from University of Oxford) & Tomas Refslund Poulsen (University of Copenhagen)

 

Win-win: Experiences of delivering ‘living lab’ experiential learning projects

Matthew Lawson (University of Edinburgh), Davy Gray (Edinburgh University Students’ Association), Rachel Drayson (NUS) and EAUC

 

Taking your Institution’s Voice to the UN – SGD Accord

Charlotte Lee Wolf (University of Edinburgh)

 

Sustainable City Challenge: A staff engagement success

Jessica Lobo & Eleanor Simes (both from City University of London)

 

LEAF (Lab Efficiency Assessment Framework) – A new approach to achieving laboratory sustainability

Martin Farley & Cristina Azevedo (both from University College London)

 

Reframing Sustainability as the Key to Institutional Success

Rosy Saban (EAUC)

 

The Genius of Two Wheels

Katy Boom (University of Worcester), James Morvan (University of the West of England), Jack Windle (Love to Ride) & Charlotte Bonner (NUS)

 

Registration

 

To attend the Annual Conference, please register here: https://www.eaucconference.org.uk/

 

NOTE: This post, based on the content of the conference website https://www.eaucconference.org.uk/ on 10 June 2018, contains some extracts from the conference website. Graphics are created using the graphic from the above mentioned website. Logos are from respective websites.

 

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LSBU Sustainability Research Group to host panel discussion | SDGs: from Global to Local https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/lsbu-sustainability-research-group-to-host-panel-discussion-sdgs-from-global-to-local/

 

EXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

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Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/engineering-civilisation-towards-un-sdgs-london-to-host-ice-wfeo-led-global-engineering-congress-2018/

 

NUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-jayawardena

 

Newcastle SDGs Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT: In action | #SustyEngWAVE

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One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation #IDLS

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

#KnowledgeJOURNALISM

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Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 

STORYTELLING

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING #SustySTORY https://sustystory.wordpress.com

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Research STORYTELLING #ResearchSTORY

e.g. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/research-story-set-nigeria-policy-making-energy-asitha-jayawardena

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

A decade of Sustainable SYSTEMS | The Schumacher Institute holds a celebratory conference in Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/a-decade-of-sustainable-systems-the-schumacher-institute-holds-a-celebratory-conference-in-bristol/

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Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena

 

Father of London’s Sanitation Wonders, Civil Engineer Bazalgette in Numbers https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/father-londons-sanitation-wonders-civil-engineer-asitha-jayawardena?trk=portfolio_article-card_title

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STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

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LSBU Sustainability Research Group to host panel discussion | SDGs: from Global to Local

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London South Bank University’s Sustainability Research Group of the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility will host a panel discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the university (Room DC12/13 in the Clarence Centre) on Thursday 28 June 2018 from 5 to 6.30pm.

 

This event is free to attend but prior booking is required. EventBrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sustainable-development-goals-from-global-to-local-tickets-46754916213

 

Titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from Global to Local’, this insightful discussion on the role of the SDGS in supporting and promoting a more sustainable world feature three distinguished speakers:

 

Hilary Macleod (Environmental educator and consultant from Queensland, Australia): Has worked with a number of key global agencies including UNESCO.

 

Dr Katherine Eames (Senior Sustainability Project Officer at the Greater London Authority): Currently co-ordinates the pan-London Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition, which supports London’s students to come up with innovative solutions for London to reduce carbon emissions.

 

Dr Paul Vare (Senior Lecturer, Research Development, School of Education, University of Gloucestershire): Has extensive international experience in the field of sustainability and his research and teaching specialism is the area of education and sustainable development.

 

The discussion will be followed by a reception for networking.

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

The 17 SDGs that the 193 member states of the UN signed up to in 2015 are ambitious in scope and, when taken together, they represent a real opportunity to develop a global strategy for localities to fight poverty and global inequality, and to tackle climate change and protect the environment.

 

LSBU Sustainability Research Group

 

Launched in November 2017 and hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, the Sustainability Research Group on Policy, Practice and Pedagogy aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.

 

The group develops and promotes research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area, drawing from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change,  global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

 

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work is linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences.

 

Building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group also links with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

 

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EventBrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sustainable-development-goals-from-global-to-local-tickets-46754916213

 

LSBU Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/social-justice-global-responsibility

 

London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

LSBU SDGs seminar & book launch | America has a latent potential to lead the world on Climate Change ~ Dr Atkinson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/lsbu-sdgs-seminar-book-launch-america-has-a-latent-potential-to-lead-the-world-on-climate-change-dr-atkinson/

 

Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/engineering-civilisation-towards-un-sdgs-london-to-host-ice-wfeo-led-global-engineering-congress-2018/

 

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Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 

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A decade of Sustainable SYSTEMS | The Schumacher Institute holds a celebratory conference in Bristol

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The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems held its tenth anniversary celebratory conference in Bristol on 24 May 2018.

 

Titled ‘From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation’, the event comprised a keynote and three other talks, two thematic discussion sessions in groups and an overview on the Institute’s work and achievements, along with the launch of its SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its reader-attraction mechanism, Café SYSTEM CHANGE magazine.

 

Welcome & Introduction

 

In his welcome, Ian Roderick (Director, The Schumacher Institute), highlighted the Institute’s endeavour to seek a transformation through a systemic approach in response to the sustainability crises that society is facing.

 

Providing an introduction to the event, Dr Jenneth Parker (Research Director, The Schumacher Institute), outlined that, although the Institute intended to showcase a decade of its work at this event they would like to hear from the participants.

 

Keynote

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Dr Nafeez Ahmed, award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, transdisciplinary academic, documentary film-maker, science fiction novelist and musician, delivered the keynote, Breakthrough change at the crisis threshold: Toward an adaptive response in the shift to our inevitable post-carbon, post materialist future.

 

He warned that there exists escalating rupture between human civilisation and biophysical environment and one of the key reasons is the fact that humanity’s rate of consumption is overshooting the rates of renewal of nature.

 

He observed that the present system is dying and will be dead by the end of the century, warning that civilisation may collapse and may require millennia for recovery. He also drew attention to the fact that new system will present humanity with many opportunities and our task is to plant seeds now to build a better world after the demise of the current system.

 

Dr Ahmed’s comprehensive keynote was based on his 2017 book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems – Bio-Physical Triggers of Political Violence. He is also the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save It (2010).

 

Three sessions: Human, technological and socio-ecological systems

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The event featured three sessions on systems, each with a talk:

  • The Human System
  • The Technological System
  • The Socio-ecological System

 

The Human System

 

Dr Lucy Ford (Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University) spoke on How might eco-psychology help in the transition to a sustainable future?

 

She reminded the audience that Earth is our only home and we are deeply connected to and dependent on Earth, adding that our physical and emotional health fundamentally depends on the living integrity of Earth.

 

She stated that, as eco-psychology puts it, there is a connection between healing ourselves and healing Earth and urged, as Schumacher has said, “Let’s put our inner house in order”. She also drew from Buddhist philosophy, stating that many things that Sigmund Freud told had been stated by the Buddha – some 2500 years ago.

 

She also outlined that humanity’s third revolution in the making – i.e. Sustainability revolution/ Great Turning (the first two are the Agricultural revolution and the Industrial revolution) – and also the accompanying transition from Industrial Growth Society to Life Sustaining Society.

 

The Technological System

 

Hilary Sutcliffe (Director of SocietyInside) spoke on Can technology work better for people and planet?

 

She observed that, as new technologies, such as gene editing, robotics, nanotech and artificial intelligence (AI) will transform our world, we should involve people to think through the ethical issues to make them work better for us all.

 

Because technology is created by humans, she said, that what is most influential is the ‘backstory’ – genetic inheritance, lived experience, beliefs, tribes, what’s right/wrong – which in fact is not at the back but at the front of everything we do.

 

Moreover, she said that, in the context of technology, responsible innovation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emerging is a changing role for civil society and also of the view that SDGs are much more than a glimmer of hope and tech companies have a positive attitude towards them.

 

The Socio-ecological System

 

Dr Susan Canney (Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Director, Mali Elephant Project) spoke on How can humans and nature live together?

 

Her talk drew from the Mali Elephant Project, an innovative approach to elephant conservation through engagement with the wider social-ecological system rather than turning to conventional conservation.

 

She observed that a good thing about systems thinking is that it provides multiple ways of solving a problem.

 

Highlighting the fact that whole human life is based on the health of nature, she quoted a villager in Mali: “If elephants disappear, it means the environment is no longer good for us.” She also believed that both humanity and nature should benefit from each other.

 

She summed-up her systemic approach as follows:

  • Identify the vision.
  • Seek to understand your system; context is key.
  • Identify assets (e.g. people, features of the environment, institutions, laws) and join them up – adaptive solution.
  • Continually sense the state of the system.
  • Review, adapt, experiment when something isn’t working well or when the context changes.

 

Two thematic discussion sessions in groups

 

The conference offered the participants to engage in discussion through two thematic group discussion sessions in parallel, titled around the four themes of the Schumacher Institute:

  • Thematic Session 1: Making Sense and Inclusive Sustainability
  • Thematic Session 2: Living Futures and Prepare for Change

 

Ian Roderick, Dr Jenneth Parker and Martin Sandbrook introduced the themes and facilitated the groups along with other colleagues from the Institute, including Michael Clinton and Richard Hellen.

 

Making Sense

 

Systems sciences are essential to make sense of our interconnected world and to inform effective strategies and plans. The Institute promotes systems thinking, and associated tools and methods, through its learning programmes, seminars, conferences and communications. Its initiatives include the Systems Learning project, Systems Forum workshops, and the open access online journal SYSTEM CHANGE.

 

Inclusive Sustainability

 

The Institute wants to champion inclusivity and diversity, recognising that all people matter. This theme is about developing understandings of people’s needs and how they can be met through the design of the built environment, infrastructure, institutions and economy – all with the concept of working with a human scale. The theme is cross cutting with implications for all the institute’s activities and represents an important ethical position.

 

Living Futures

 

This theme is about making change happen towards sustainable and resilient futures, including the idea of convergence, i.e. living equitably within planetary limits. The Institute applies systems ideas to identify opportunities for change and its work on new economics, valuing living processes, earth system governance, convergence and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sits within this theme.

 

Prepare for Change

 

This theme is about identifying and preparing for future threats and opportunities and involves horizon scanning – the collection of opinions, assessments, forecasts and predictions about the challenges ahead. The Institute runs foresight workshops to think through the systemic consequences and responses to major change. It is about resilience, ways of coping, adapting or transforming in response to major stresses and shocks.

 

 

The Schumacher Institute: Ten years

 

Ian Roderick began his ten year overview of the Institute with E.F. Schumacher (1911–1977), who proposed a form of economics as if nature and people mattered, along with human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies.

 

He said that Schumacher was a critic of: Economic growth as a measure of progress; conventional aid for development as disempowering; chemical-driven green revolution; nuclear energy; and scientific reductionism, and that it was his seminal book Small is Beautiful (1973) that made his ideas popular worldwide.

 

He also stated that during the four decades since Schumacher’s death, the Institute has gradually built on and expanded his vision, observing that Schumacher himself would have changed his position by now on certain matters.

 

Finally he presented a root definition for the Institute: A system owned by the ‘public’ where fellows and others change the perceptions, decisions and actions of people towards greater social and environmental justice because the world is facing multiple crises but there is great resistance to altering ‘business as usual.’

 

Launch of SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its magazine

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The conference saw the launch of the Institute’s online open access journal SYSTEM CHANGE (https://systemchange.online/):

 

Also launched was the accompanying research magazine, Café SYSTEM CHANGE, which parallels the journal articles in simple and engaging language, aiming to attract more readers to the journal.

 

Café SYSTEM CHANGE (Issue No 1 for Journal Issue No 1): http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/pubs/cafe/CafeSCmag-01-180522-NEW.pdf

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute, a Bristol-based independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues, studies the sustainability of complex systems – in the long term and in harmony with natural processes. It invites policymakers, practitioners and communities to join its endeavour of working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

E.F. Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973.

 

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From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/from-systemic-failure-to-a-transition-of-civilisation-schumacher-institutes-10th-anniversary-conference/

 

The Schumacher Institute http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/

 

Systems Learning | Systems thinking for a sustainable future http://www.systemslearning.org

 

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Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018

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London will host in October 2018 the first Global Engineering Congress, an ambitious effort to agree a global response to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This five-day congress will take place at the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Westminster, London, from 22 to 26 October 2018.

 

This global gathering, led by the ICE and World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) in association with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), falls within the ICE’s and WFEO’s 200th and 50th anniversary years, respectively, as well as Government’s Year of Engineering.

 

A number of high profile speakers will feature in the five days and among them will be:

  • Professor Lord Robert Mair (President, Institution of Civil Engineers ICE)
  • Valerie Agberagba (Vice-President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations WFEO)
  • Saniye Gulser Corat (Head of Gender Section, UNESCO)
  • Christoph Frei (Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council)
  • Danielle Gaillard Picher (Director of Policy and Programmes, World Water Council)
  • Hartwig Schaefer (Vice President Global Themes, World Bank)
  • Michael Auer (President, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies IFEES)
  • Dame Ann Dowling (President, Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Robin Kemper (President, American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE)
  • Susan Tighe (President, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers CSCE)
  • Alain Bentejac (President, Federation of Global Consulting Engineers FIDIC)
  • Susan Freeman-Greene (CEO, Engineering New Zealand)

 

The congress will cover five themes in the five days:

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

 

Day One will begin with welcome remarks and official opening of the congress, delivered by Nick Baveystock, Director General Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

 

The first day’s proceedings will include two keynote addresses:

  • UNESCO brings creative responses to the challenges of the times
  • WFEO leading the engineering leadership for sustainable development

 

Among the other sessions will be:

  • Two sessions of Roundtables and Case Studies (each with five streams)
  • Panel Discussion | Governance for implementing the SDGs
  • A session on Governance and ethical engineering for sustainable Development

 

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

 

Day Two will feature three keynote addresses:

  • Industrial Digitalisation is crucial to economic success
  • Digital Monitoring and inspection for ageing infrastructure
  • International co-operation

 

The programme will also include:

  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • A session on Intelligent City and Smart Life
  • A session on Diversity, Leadership and Innovation
  • Panel discussion | Collaboration as a driver for sustainability
  • Release of Statement – WFEO leading engineering for SDGs

 

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

 

Day Three will offer four keynote addresses:

  • Striving to reduce the environmental impact of cities
  • Integrating climate resilience into infrastructure decisions
  • Building institutional capacity to address climate change
  • The role of international trade in sustainable infrastructure

 

Among the other sessions of this day will be:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Creating liveable and inclusive cities
  • Panel discussion | Building climate-smart and resilient economies

 

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

 

Day Four will feature three keynote addresses:

  • ASCE’s journey to the creation of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
  • Providing leadership to embed sustainable engineering practice
  • Deepen our awareness of cross-boundary interactions to achieve enhanced resilience

 

The day will also offer:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Sustainability is: Interconnectivity
  • Panel discussion | Applying sustainability solutions in an interconnected world?

 

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

The final day will offer two keynote addresses:

  • Financing sustainable infrastructure
  • Developing reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure

 

The day will also feature:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons
  • Panel discussion | Making sustainability an investor’s business

 

After the congress concludes, a high-level Panel discussion will take place on changing industry’s approach by suggesting key steps to make sustainability a reality.

 

More…

 

Global Engineering Congress https://www.ice.org.uk/events/global-engineering-congress

 

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E

 

The Institution of Civil Engineers | 200th Anniversary https://www.ice.org.uk/ice-200

WFEO | World Federation of Engineering Organizations http://www.wfeo.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE http://www.asce.org/

Commonwealth Engineers Council CEC https://www.ice.org.uk/about-ice/what-we-do/commonwealth-engineers-council

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering CSCE https://csce.ca/

European Council of Civil Engineers ECCE http://www.ecceengineers.eu/

 

20 Quotes for the 20 Decades of The Institution of Civil Engineers | ICE’s 200th anniversary, ICE200 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20-quotes-decades-institution-civil-engineers-ices-asitha-jayawardena

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My affair with Civil Engineering | Structures, buildings, sustainability, journalism, research, fun, ICE, concrete, awards… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-affair-civil-engineering-structures-buildings-fun-ice-jayawardena

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Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

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Father of London’s Sanitation Wonders / Civil Engineer Bazalgette in Numbers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/father-londons-sanitation-wonders-civil-engineer-asitha-jayawardena

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Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol | 10 facts – wine money, first love, 400m length and 4 million vehicles a year.. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/brunels-clifton-suspension-bridge-bristol-10-facts-wine-jayawardena

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Structures EXPOSED, No Maths OF COURSE! http://www.opac.lib.mrt.ac.lk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=72349

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(The book I wrote as part of the research project, titled ‘Understanding of Structural Behaviour’, at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, soon after graduation in 1998. It is available from the university library.)

 

Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140819151549-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-civil-engineering-curriculum-some-bricks-for-thought

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Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action

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One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research | #IDLS

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM

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Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

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Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | Four types of press articles with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/knowledge-journalism-sustainability-four-types-press-jayawardena

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY

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Sustainability Storytelling website https://sustystory.wordpress.com

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/from-systemic-failure-to-a-transition-of-civilisation-schumacher-institutes-10th-anniversary-conference/

 

BIG-Conferences

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/ashden-conference-2017-international-winners-showcase-work-on-scaling-clean-energy-innovation/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

NUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-jayawardena

 

STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

EXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

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ICE to host a Civil Engineer’s talk on SDGs | Engineers’ role in achieving global sustainable development

NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/). Logos are from respective websites.

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A talk by civil engineer Brittany Harris, titled The role of engineers in achieving global sustainable development – what can we do?, will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA) at 6pm on 10 April 2018.

 

Organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the talk will be part of the joint meeting of Civil Engineers’ Club and ICE London Graduates and Students Network.

 

Brittany is Co-founder and Director of Qualis Flow, a company using IoT technology to facilitate management of environmental risk on construction sites. Before this, she worked for BuroHappold as a Civil Engineer in Water and Environment in Bath. She has a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Civil Engineering from Bristol University. In 2016-2017 she was NCE (New Civil Engineer) Graduate of the Year and one of the eight ICE Future Leaders (formerly President’s Apprentice).

 

In her talk, Brittany will explore the role that engineers could and should play in ensuring the sustainability of our planet and what they could do differently, focusing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the member countries of the United Nations adopted in 2015 with a view of ending poverty, protecting the plant and ensuring prosperity for all.

 

The talk will follow the AGM of Commonwealth Engineers’ Council (CEC), a professional body for all engineers of the Commonwealth. It represents 45 engineering institutions in 44 countries across five continents with the aim of advancement of the science, art and practice of engineering for the benefit of humankind. The ICE serves as the Secretariat for the CEC and current CEC President is ICE Past-president Prof Paul Jowitt.

 

Established two centuries ago, The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has over 90,000 members in more than 150 countries.

 

This event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please see event page below.

 

More…

 

Event page https://www.ice.org.uk/events/achieving-global-sustainable-development

 

The Institution of Civil Engineers | 200th Anniversary https://www.ice.org.uk/ice-200

 

Commonwealth Engineers’ Council (CEC) https://www.ice.org.uk/about-ice/what-we-do/commonwealth-engineers-council

 

20 Quotes for the 20 Decades of The Institution of Civil Engineers | ICE’s 200th anniversary, ICE200 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20-quotes-decades-institution-civil-engineers-ices-asitha-jayawardena

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BIG-NUMBER-SDGsNUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-jayawardena

 

 

 

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

BIG-FootballUK-SDGsEXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

 

 

 

My affair with Civil Engineering | Structures, buildings, sustainability, journalism, research, fun, ICE, concrete, awards… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-affair-civil-engineering-structures-buildings-fun-ice-jayawardena

BIG-CivilEng-Affair

 

Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

 

Father of London’s Sanitation Wonders, Civil Engineer Bazalgette in Numbers https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/father-londons-sanitation-wonders-civil-engineer-asitha-jayawardena

BIG-ICE-Bazalgette

 

Structures EXPOSED, No Maths OF COURSE! http://www.opac.lib.mrt.ac.lk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=72349

(The book I wrote as part of the research project, titled ‘Understanding of Structural Behaviour’, at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, soon after graduation in 1998. It is available from the university library.)

 

Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140819151549-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-civil-engineering-curriculum-some-bricks-for-thought

 

Buildings for Sustainable Development booklet http://issuu.com/aij3/docs/uom-bsd-bklt

(PDF booklet titled ‘Buildings for Sustainable Development’ that I wrote as a self-study learning resource for engineering undergraduates at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.)

 

Books, knowledge and wonders of the English language | My efforts to promote them https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/books-knowledge-wonders-english-language-my-efforts-them-jayawardena

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action

BIG-Ashden-WH-MAIN

One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research | #IDLS

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM

 SustyResearch-KJ-3ways

Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 BIG-WH-eg1-press-Overview-Source

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | Four types of press articles with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/knowledge-journalism-sustainability-four-types-press-jayawardena

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY

BIG-Ashden-WH-Storytelling

Sustainability Storytelling website https://sustystory.wordpress.com

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

From Systemic Failure to a Transition of Civilisation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/from-systemic-failure-to-a-transition-of-civilisation-schumacher-institutes-10th-anniversary-conference/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

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Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/ashden-conference-2017-international-winners-showcase-work-on-scaling-clean-energy-innovation/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

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LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

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