Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation

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/). Ashden and Bloomberg logos are from their websites.

 

International winners of Ashden Awards 2017, ranging from Africa to Asia, showcased their work with a focus on scaling clean energy innovation at the Ashden International Conference 2017 held at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London on 13 June 2017.

 

Titled Scaling clean energy innovation: Expanding markets, reaching new places and developing capacity, the conference was hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The event brought together clean energy innovators, industry leaders, NGOs, investors and academics to present and discuss current themes and trends in the sustainable energy world.

 

International winners of Ashden Awards 2017 illustrated how they are creating opportunities for growth and investment in the clean energy sector. Their presentations were followed by discussion panels comprising the winners and external experts.

 

The event started with introductory remarks by chair, BBC’s Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin.

 

Then, Sarah Butler-Sloss (Ashden Founder Director) welcomed the delegates, highlighting the fact that decarbonisation our energy system while bringing sustainable energy to all is a formidable challenge that requires extensive collaboration.

 

The event comprised four sessions:

  • Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy
  • Accelerating expansion to new geographies
  • Developing local skills and capacity
  • Sustainable urbanisation

 

An outline of each session is presented below, along with the members of each panel. For more information on the winners, please visit Ashden’s web page on award winners: https://www.ashden.org/news/2017-ashden-award-winners-announced

 

Session 1: Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Thomas Duveau, Mobisol, East Africa (the winner of the Ashden Judges’ Special Award)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo, Futurepump, Kenya (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water)

Panel 1 comprised:

  • Thomas Duveau (Mobisol)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo (Futurepump)
  • Magdalena Banasiak (UK Department for International Development DFID)
  • Michael Wilshire (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

 

Session 2: Accelerating expansion to new geographies

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Daler Jumaev, Pamir Energy, Tajikistan (Winner of the Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access, supported by the IKEA Foundation)
  • Nate Heller, PEG Africa, Ghana (Winner of the Ashden Award for Innovative Finance, supported by Citi)

 

Panel 2 comprised:

  • Daler Jumaev (Pamir Energy)
  • Nate Heller (PEG Africa)
  • Jeffrey Prins (IKEA Foundation)
  • Dario Traum (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

 

Session 3: Developing local skills and capacity

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Sita Adhikari, Empower Generation, Nepal (Winner of the Ashden Award for Clean Energy for Women and Girls, supported by UK aid)
  • Mauricia Nambatya and Russell Matcham, Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT), Uganda (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, supported by Grosvenor)

 

Panel 3 comprised:

  • Anya Cherneff (Empower Generation)
  • Mauricia Nambatya (Haileybury Youth Trust HYT)
  • Prof Yacob Mulugetta (University College London UCL)
  • Scott Roy (Whitten and Roy Partnership)

 

Session 4: Sustainable urbanisation

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Wu Guoxiong, Hangzhou Bicycle Service, China (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Transport)
  • Harit Soni, Ecolibrium Energy, India (Winner of the Ashden Award for Powering Business)

Panel 4 comprised:

  • Wu Guoxiong (Hangzhou Bicycle Service)
  • Harit Soni (Ecolibrium Energy)
  • Lisa Conibear (Shell Foundation)
  • Tai Lee Siang (World Green Building Council and Asia Pacific Network)

 

Closing remarks

 

After Roger Harrabin, presented a summary of the sessions, Sarah Butler-Sloss delivered the closing remarks.

 

What a better world it would be if all these initiatives and projects are rolled out and scaled up, she said and highlighted several points that are vital for the endeavour of bringing sustainable energy for all:

  • Collaboration, especially private-public
  • Innovation that takes technology to people
  • Capacity building
  • Doing more with less/ efficiency
  • Convergence, which is already taking place (e.g. energy and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs)

 

Ashden Awards 2017 ceremony will take place in London on 15 June 2017.

 

Note: Logos are from respective websites.

 

 

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Ashden Int’l Conference 2017 | Scaling Clean Energy innovation: markets, new places and capacity

Ashden International Conference 2017, titled Scaling clean energy innovation: Expanding markets, reaching new places and developing capacity, will take place in London (Bloomberg’s European Headquarters, 39-45 Finsbury Square EC2A 1PQ) on 13 June from 10am to 5pm.

 

Hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the conference will bring together clean energy innovators, industry leaders, NGOs, investors and academics to present and discuss current themes and trends in the sustainable energy world.

 

The event, chaired by the BBC’s Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin, will highlight how Ashden winners are creating opportunities for growth and investment in the clean energy sector. It comprises presentations by Ashden International Award winners and discussion panels comprising Ashden winners and external experts.

 

The programme is structured around four themes:

  • Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy
  • Expanding to new geographies
  • Developing local skills and capacity
  • Sustainable urbanisation

 

Speakers announced so far include:

  • Lee Siang Tai (Chair, World Green Building Council & Asia Pacific Network)
  • Lisa Conibear (Business Manager, Shell Foundation)
  • Dario Traum (Senior Analyst on Climatescope for BNEF)
  • Michael Wilshire (Head of Strategy at BNEF)
  • Magdalena Banasiak (Senior Innovation Adviser, Research and Evidence Department, DFID)
  • Scott Roy (Director, Whitten and Roy Partnership)
  • Jeffrey Prins (Programme Manager, Renewable Energy, IKEA Foundation)
  • Yacob Mulugetta (Professor of Energy and Development Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy STEaPP, University College London)

 

Closing remarks will be delivered by Roger Harrabin and Sarah Butler-Sloss.

 

The host, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), powered by Bloomberg’s global network, is an industry research firm focused on helping energy professionals generate opportunities.

 

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Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London

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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/) recognised in UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit (http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/unep_greening_university_toolkit-final-small_size.pdf page 61).

 

A commitment to moral imagination is vital for sustainable prosperity, said Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) at an event titled Reinventing Prosperity held at Church House, Westminster on 28 November 2016.

 

This event is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, which is organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

In his keynote on The Audacity of Hope, Baron Williams (chair of the CUSP dialogues) set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.

 

Co-delivering the second keynote titled ‘Reinventing Prosperity,’ Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) emphasised that the free market system driven by growth was part of the problem and not the solution. The other keynote speaker Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) presented the book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

Dr Camilla Toulmin (Chair CUSP Advisory Board; Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) facilitated the discussion sessions that followed the keynotes.

 

In his welcome and introduction Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) said that there was no better time than now for engaging in the task of exploring the nature of prosperity.

 

Keynote 1 | The Audacity of Hope

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Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury and chair of the CUSP dialogues) delivered the first keynote, The Audacity of Hope.

 

Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tells us to ignore world’s problems. Hope gives us strength to face today’s problems and encourages us to look through and beyond them. Hope refuses to ignore what the world is but insists on prosperous alternatives.

 

What is prosperity? Prosperity is not just feeling comfortable but a sense of tomorrow that is neither empty nor threatening.

 

We don’t know the future, but we can know the possibilities that future might bring. Instead of optimism, what we need is the audacity of hope in order to see simultaneously the possibility of the worst and the possibility of prosperous alternatives. So hope is central to prosperity.

 

We need to learn to inhabit our world with boundless curiosity and fearless honesty. Inhabiting the world with a clear sense of what we are up against is where we have the audacity of hope.

 

Imagination has a key role in prosperity. If we close down our imagination in the times of crisis, we cannot expect to be well or prosperous. We should imagine a future of adaptable, just and eco-environment, which is limited but life-giving.

 

Mere imagination is not enough. What we need is moral imagination – imagining the future of others, not just our own future. We need to cultivate the habit of thinking about others’ future as part of our own wellbeing.

 

Here, we need to turn to the institutions of imagination in society. We need these social and cultural institutions of imagination – particularly education. However, ethical imagination (‘what is like for others?’) is sadly lost from current education at some point after primary. For instance, the popular MCQ (multiple choice questions) approach to testing restrains our imaginative response.

 

Sustainable prosperity depends on a commitment to moral imagination. So, for sustainable prosperity, we need a model that accommodates the thinking of the others’ future as well as our own. We also need to engage with institutions of imagination in order to learn how to embrace and inhabit our limited and life-giving world. What we need is not world governance but habits of cooperation.

 

Sustainable Prosperity is therefore a large cultural question, which is not reducible to conventional academic disciplines. Sustainable Prosperity requires a reworking of our culture – through systemic change, not by tinkering.

 

Exhibition | A dream of a low carbon future

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An exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ took place during the refreshments. It was based on an inspiring graphic novel by James McKay and Benjamin Dickson.

 

Keynote 2 | Reinventing Prosperity

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Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) and Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study), co-authors of the book Reinventing Prosperity, delivered the second keynote.

 

Dr Graeme Maxton:

 

There are limits to growth and excessive growth brings about environmental and social consequences. Environmental consequences include climate change; species loss; pollution of air, waterways, soils and oceans; and anthropogenic destruction. Among social consequences are: greater conflict due to inequality, drought, resources and climate change; widening gap between the rich and the poor everywhere; and high unemployment in much of the world.

 

When it comes to growth, we harbour wrong beliefs:

  • We believe that growth brings jobs but despite growth in the developed world, unemployment has risen.
  • We believe that growth reduces inequality but despite growth inequality has risen within countries and particularly between countries over the period 1820-2000.
  • We believe that growth reduces poverty but with accounting for inflation, the percentage of the global population living on $2.65 a day was 53% in 2010.

 

Despite all these, we don’t take action because of a variety of reasons, such as politics, vested interests, short termism and natural inertia, timing and cost.

 

We do not need new technology or innovation; we already have enough of them. The free market cannot solve the problem; rather is the cause of the problems. Scaling up grassroots initiatives is not enough. And we do not need instant answers, which are non-existent anyway.

 

What we need is implementation of change over a period of 20 years or more, particularly moving 1% of GDP every year from dirty to clean energy production. We need a TRANSITION like that.

 

Professor Jørgen Randers:

 

Professor Jørgen Randers focused on their book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

How to reduce unemployment:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Pay people who take care of others at home
  • Restrict trade when needed, to protect jobs

 

How to reduce inequality:

  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Increase the taxation of corporations and the rich
  • Increase the inheritance tax
  • Increase the pension age
  • Encourage unionisation

 

How to reduce climate gas emissions:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Shift taxes from income to resource use

 

How to increase wellbeing in the long term:

  • Legislate more compulsory vacation
  • Introduce a guaranteed livable income for everyone who needs it (i.e. anyone who falls below a minimum income level due to unemployment, sickness or age)
  • Pay families to have one child or none

 

These measures will reduce the population size, number of hours worked a year and insecurity, contributing to sustainable wellbeing.

 

Closing remarks

 

After a successful full-house proceedings, Professor Tim Jackson delivered the closing remarks with a poetic touch, citing Leonard Cohen:

 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues, hosted by CUSP, engages young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in perhaps the biggest question of our time: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The inaugural event was held in London on 23 May 2016. It featured Baron Rowan Williams, long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar, Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global Vice President Sustainable Business, Unilever), Professor Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).

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Note: This news post is based on my notes at the event, some slides of the keynote speakers and some tweets with the hashtag #ReinventingProsperity.

 

More…

 

Prosperity and Growth | Church House and Parliament to host two events in London on 28 November https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/prosperity-and-growth-church-house-and-parliament-to-host-two-events-in-london-on-28-november/

 

Event page (for photographs and video and audio recordings of the event) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/event/nop02/

 

A dream of a low carbon future | Inspiring graphic novel by James McKay & Benjamin Dickson https://cdt.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/dtc-low-carbon-technologies/research/DreamsofaLowCarbonFuture.shtml

 

Book | Reinventing Prosperity http://www.clubofrome.org/report/reinventing-prosperity/ (Read first chapter here for FREE)

 

CUSP Working Paper Series No 2 | Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity, by Prof Tim Jackson http://www.cusp.ac.uk/pub/wp2/

 

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth http://limits2growth.org.uk

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

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Green Economy Transition | Oxford Martin School’s Director to deliver UCL ISR public lecture on 30 November

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Achim Steiner (Director of the Oxford Martin School) will deliver UCL ISR Public Lecture titled ‘Lost in the Green Economy Transition: Environmental Imperatives vs. Economic Uncertainties’ at University College London (UCL) (Room B404 – LT2, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) on 30 November 2016 (17:45 – 19:00).

 

The lecture will focus on a number of ‘trade-offs’ associated with transitioning to a green economy in the wake of the historic Paris Agreement and adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and how these may be addressed in evolving pathways in the domains of policy, the economy and technology innovation.

 

Achim Steiner was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School on 1 September 2016. Before that he served as United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP (2006-2016).

 

This lecture is part of the series of public lectures hosted by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR).

 

NOTE: Logos and photo from respective websites and twitter profile @ASteiner

 

More…

 

Achim Steiner | profile http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/about/director/ | @ASteiner

 

UCL ISR public lecture https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable/sustainable-events/lost-in-the-green-economy-transition

 

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable | @UCL_ISR

 

Oxford Martin School http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/ | @OxMartinSchool

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION | #SustyCOMM

 

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY

 

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

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing/

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uclans-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment/

 

Exeter’s ESI | World-class answers to environmental questions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/exeters-esi-world-class-answers-to-environmental-questions/

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living/

 

re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/recentre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy/

 

 

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Prosperity and Growth | Church House and Parliament to host two events in London on 28 November

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The Church House and the House of Commons will host two events – a dialogue on The Nature of Prosperity and a debate titled ‘The End of Growth’ – in London on 28 November 2016.

 

Event 1 | Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope

 

The first event, the Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope, will take place at the Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ on 28 November 2016 from 1.30 to 5.30pm.

 

This is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). The first event was held in May 2016.

 

This second event will comprise two keynotes:

  • The Audacity of Hope | Baron Rowan Williams, chair of the dialogues
  • Reinventing prosperity | Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) and Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)

 

In his keynote Baron Rowan Williams will set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.

 

Professor Jørgen Randers and Dr Graeme Maxton will present their new book Reinventing Prosperity, which outlines “thirteen politically feasible proposals to improve our world”. You can read Its first chapter can be accessed on the Club of Rome website free of charge (see link below this post).

 

Dr Camilla Toulmin (Chair CUSP Advisory Board; Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) will facilitate the subsequent discussion sessions.

 

Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) will deliver the welcome and introduction and the closing remarks.

 

The event will also feature an exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ during the refreshments and will end with a book signing with drinks reception.

 

The event is free to attend but registration is required on its Eventbrite page (see link below).

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public debates, hosted by CUSP, engages young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in perhaps the biggest question of our time: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The inaugural event was held at the same venue on 23 May 2016.

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The CUSP is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

 

Event 2 | The End of Growth? Debate

 

The second event, a debate titled ‘The End of Growth?’ will take place in the House of Commons in London on 28 November 2016 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

 

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth, this debate will focus on this question:

In a world of environmental and social limits, is there still a role for economic growth in delivering a sustainable prosperity?

 

The panel will comprise:

  • Federico Demaria (co-editor of Degrowth – A vocabulary for a new era)
  • Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)
  • Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study)
  • Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist)

 

The debate will be chaired by Caroline Lucas, MP.

 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth aims to provide a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic growth in a time of environmental and social transition. It is chaired by Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and co-chaired by George Kerevan MP (SNP) and Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour).

 

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites; photos of the first Nature of Prosperity event in May are by Asitha Jayawardena

 

More…

 

Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope:

 

The End of Growth? Debate | webpage http://limits2growth.org.uk/hoc_28nov/

 

Book | Reinventing Prosperity http://www.clubofrome.org/report/reinventing-prosperity/ (Read first chapter here for FREE)

 

Doughnut Economics | Kate Raworth https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/

 

Degrowth | Federico Demaria http://degrowth.org/

 

CUSP Working Paper Series No 2 | Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity, by Prof Tim Jackson http://www.cusp.ac.uk/pub/wp2/

 

 

Sustainability education and engagement through storytelling

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#AlienLETTER series:

 

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

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

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Surrey to host £6m int’l research centre | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

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The University of Surrey has received a £6m research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish a multi-disciplinary international research centre, called ‘The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity’ (CUSP). Among this Centre’s other academic partners are five UK universities (Anglia Ruskin, Keele, Goldsmiths College London, Leeds and Middlesex) and two universities from Canada (York) and New Zealand (Canterbury).

Led by Professor Tim Jackson and working in collaboration with a variety of academic and non-academic partners, CUSP will launch a five-year multidisciplinary research programme in January 2016.

Vision, aim and the programme

CUSP will aim to explore the complex relationship between prosperity (our aspirations for the good life) and sustainability (the social and environmental constraints of a finite planet). As Professor Jackson puts it, “Our guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ‘safe operating space’ of a finite planet. CUSP’s work will be to elaborate that vision, test its viability and explore its social and economic implications.”

Thus, CUSP will explore not just the economic aspects of sustainable prosperity, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. It will address the implications of sustainable prosperity at the level of households and firms and will explore sector-level and macro-economic implications of different pathways to prosperity. It will pay particular attention to the pragmatic steps that enterprise, government and civil society should take in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.

Themes

The CUSP work programme comprises five themes (‘MAPSS’ framework):
• Theme M explores the moral framing and contested meanings of prosperity itself.
• Theme A explores the role of the arts and of culture in our society
• Theme P addresses the politics of sustainable prosperity and explores the institutional shifts that will be needed to achieve it.
• Theme S1 explores the social and psychological dimensions of prosperity.
• Theme S2 examines the complex dynamics of social and economic systems on which sustainable prosperity depends.

Partners

Spanning numerous academic disciplines, the Centre will take the form of an international network, drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme.

The academic partners include:
UK:
University of Surrey (Prof Tim Jackson, Dr Kate Burningham, Ian Christie, Dr Angela Druckman, Dr Birgitta Gatersleben)
Anglia Ruskin University (Dr Aled Jones)
Keele University (Prof Andy Dobson)
Goldsmiths College London (Dr Will Davies)
University of Leeds (Prof Kate Oakley)
Middlesex University (Prof Fergus Lyon)
Canada: York University (Prof Peter Victor)
New Zealand: University of Canterbury (Prof Bronwyn Hayward)

Among CUSP’s non-academic partners are the Aldersgate Group and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy, will formally be co-investigators on the project, establishing a vital link to industry and policy. As part of Theme S1, CUSP will engage with UNEP in a major study of young people’s lifestyles across the world. Other partnerships include a wide range of business and cultural organisations.

This collaboration will be widened further through an international network of CUSP Fellows hailing from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions.

Engagement

As part of its exploration of practical actions and proposition of supportive policies, CUSP will engage with business, government and civil society.

In order to engage a wide-range of stakeholders in debate and foster practical innovations in pursuit of sustainable prosperity, the Centre will develop an international Sustainable Prosperity Dialogue, to be chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Graphic developed using elements from the websites and social networking of CUSP and the University of Surrey

More…

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) website http://www.sustainableprosperity.org.uk/

News post on the University of Surrey website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mediacentre/press/2015/142205_university_of_surrey_to_host_new_international_research_centre.htm

CUSP on:
• Twitter https://twitter.com/cusp_uk @CUSP_uk
• LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/centre-for-the-understanding-of-sustainable-prosperity
• FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/CUSP.ac.uk

University of Surrey | Centre for Environmental Strategy http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/index.htm

Anglia Ruskin University | Global Sustainability Institute http://ww2.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/global_sustainability_institute.html

Goldsmiths College London | Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) http://www.gold.ac.uk/perc/

University of Leeds | Cultural Production and Media Policy research group http://media.leeds.ac.uk/research/research-groups/cultural-industries-2/

Middlesex University | Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) http://www.mdx.ac.uk/our-research/centres/ceedr

University of York (Canada) | Faculty of Environmental Studies http://fes.yorku.ca/

Aldersgate Group http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/

Some of the other 197 posts on Sustainable University News | https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/

Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/

Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/

Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/

Four years of innovation in Sustainability in Higher Education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/four-years-of-innovation-in-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-esd-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/

Some of the 44 posts at The Sustainable University Library | https://librarysu.wordpress.com

Posts on:
• Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/education-for-sd-esd/
• Sustainability in higher education (SHE) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/sustainability-in-he/
• Exemplars of SHE and ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/exemplars-in-she-esd/

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom?
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/uneps-global-universities-partnership-on-environment-and-sustainability-gupes/

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration/

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective/

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong?
https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them/

My Top Ten posts in 2014… on Sustainability in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/my-top-ten-posts-in-2014-on-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/
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