LSBU SDGs seminar & book launch | America has a latent potential to lead the world on Climate Change ~ Dr Atkinson

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There still exists a latent potential for America to act as a world leader on Climate Change, said Dr Hugh Atkinson, in his double event of a seminar and a book launch at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 8 February 2018.

Dr Hugh Atkinson


The seminar was on The USA and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on challenges and opportunities. It ended with three questions:

  • Is it possible to do a new kind of economics?
  • Is sustainable economic growth a contradiction in terms?
  • Is population growth the elephant in the room?


The book launch unveiled Dr Atkinson’s latest book, The Politics of Climate Change under President Obama. Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group LSBU) delivered the welcome speech.


Professor Patrick Bailey


Talking about his book, Dr Atkinson placed the evolution of US policy within broader debates on the politics of climate change in the USA. He was optimistic, stating that there still exists a latent potential for America to act as a world leader on this issue.


Dr Hugh Atkinson is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at LSBU, a tutor on the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme and a Management Group member of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), which is based at LSBU.


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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference 2013






The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference 2013 will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from 6 to 9 October 2013.

The conference will bring together over 2000 participants from around the world, providing the largest platform in North America for higher education sustainability thought leadership. It will comprise a range of session types, including keynotes, workshops, meet-ups, briefings, case studies, films, networking lunches, panel discussions, posters, presentations and a sustainability campus tour.

The conference will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Markese W. Bryant (Co-founder and Managing Partner of Fight for Light, Inc.)
  • Raj Patel (Controversial author, journalist, and food policy expert)
  • Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Chief Executive Officer of Green for All)

It will also feature a number of plenary speakers:

Sustainability and Sound

  • Aaron S. Allen (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Jeff Todd Titon (Brown University)
  • Denise Von Glahn (Florida State University)

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  • Mark Orlowski (Sustainable Endowments Institute Founder and Executive Director)
  • John Hegman (Agnes Scott College Vice President for Business and Finance)
  • Brien Lewis (Catawba College President)
  • Heather Henriksen (Harvard University Office for Sustainability Director)

Organizational Leadership for Sustainability Education

  • Stephen Mulkey (Unity College President)

AASHE Student Summit 2013 and AASHE 2013 Sustainability Awards ceremony will be held on first day. Western Kentucky University Green Tour will take place on the final day.

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AASHE Conference 2013 website

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