UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development UKSSD CONF | Unlocking UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation

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The annual conference of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) will take place in London (ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA) on 1 March 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00.

 

Under the theme ‘Unlocking the UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation,’ the conference will explore how to translate the ambition of the 17 Goals and 169 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into transformational action for the UK.

 

Hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the event will bring together academics, businesses, NGOs, professionals, government and public under one banner: transformational action on SDGs for the UK.

 

The day’s programme comprises a main programme in Grand Hall and a sub programme (at selected times) of parallel sessions in Council Chamber and Breakout Spaces. The event will feature keynotes and a variety of sessions ranging from plenaries, presentations, drop-in surgeries and breakout spaces delivered by UKSSD partners.

 

Main programme (Grand Hall)

 

The proceedings will start with a welcome by ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay, followed by an introduction to UKSSD.

 

Keynote speakers are:

  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE (CEO of Business in the Community)
  • Lord Bates (Minister of State, Department for International Development)
  • Michael Green (CEO of Social Progress Imperative)

 

Panel 1, on Transforming communities, comprises Dr Jane Davidson (Chair/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD), Richard Couldrey (Transition Network), Ian Townsend (Bristol Green Capital Partnership), Conor Moloney (Carter Jonas), Katharine Knox (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Sara Mahmoud (Shelter). They will share their experience of advancing sustainable development at the local level.

 

Panel 2, on Transforming lives, comprises John Elkington (Chair), Professor Kate Pickett (Equality Trust), Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer), Trewin Restorick (Hubbub) and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters). Focusing on some of the key challenges facing UK society today, such as poverty, inequality, climate change and over-consumption of resources, the panellists will explore how the SDGs might be used as a framework for understanding how these issues interact, and how addressing the Goals comprehensively can transform lives in the UK.

 

Tanya Steele (Chief Executive of WWF-UK) will deliver closing remarks.

 

Session in Council Chamber

 

The parallel session in the Council Chamber, titled ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals stick’, will help delegates better understand the goals and principles that underpin them while highlighting their relevance to the UK. It will be delivered by Open University, Impact International and Newcastle University.

 

Breakout spaces

 

Breakout spaces will be as follows:

  • Devolution, Brexit and the Sustainable Development Goals | ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Sustainability East
  • Raising awareness and creating ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in UK schools and beyond | Pearson
  • Ensuring cross-sector collaboration for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals | Institution of Environmental Sciences and Koreo
  • Nothing about us, without us: Getting the public involved in the Sustainable Development Goals | Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and Involve
  • Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals to secure UK nutrition and food leadership | Food Foundation

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) is an open platform that supports public, private and voluntary organisations, with a mission: To inspire and support all stakeholders to transform the UK into a sustainable society. This multi-stakeholder network comprising academics, businesses, NGOs, and government at all levels, helps to facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK.

 

UKSSD membership is free and requires no commitments

 

NOTE: This post is entirely based on the content of the UKSSD Conference website. Logos and graphics are from relevant websites.

 

 

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UK SSD Conference website http://www.ukssdconference.com/

 

Conference programme http://www.ukssdconference.com/programme.html

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) http://ukssd.co.uk/ | @ukssdnetwork

 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) https://www.icaew.com/ | @ICAEW

 

United Nations:

 

The Global Goals http://www.globalgoals.org/ | @TheGlobalGoals

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

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Global Goals: Local Action | SDGs to reign at EAUC Conference 2017

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will reign in the 21st annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) at Lancaster University on 28-30 March 2017.

 

This year’s theme, ‘Global Goals: Local Action,’ recognises the critical role that universities and colleges have to play in confronting climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) on a local level within their communities.

 

This three-day event will bring together delegates from all areas – environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students – from further and higher education sector.

 

The programme features several keynotes and plenary sessions; six interactive workshop sessions, amounting to 36 workshops; facilitated networking events; the Conference Dinner and the Exhibition.

 

“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 EAUC) on the conference website. “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.”

 

Pre-conference day | 28 March

 

The pre-conference day (28 March), which starts noon, comprises workshops and socials.

 

The pre-conference day (28 March) will start at noon, with two parallel sessions:

  • Leading Today, For Our Tomorrow: Part of the EAUC Executive Leadership Series: Wendy Purcell (Harvard University), Peter Rands (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Iain Patton (CEO – EAUC), with contributions from Jim Longhurst (University of the West of England) and Jane Davidson (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • EAUC Emerging Sustainability Leaders Programme Session: Gill Slater (University of Worcester), Selina Fletcher (Coventry University) and Katy Boom (University of Worcester)

 

A pre-conference workshop will follow:

The Rocky Road to Carbon Reduction – Lancaster’s Carbon Management Plan.

 

The day will end with a pre-conference social.

 

Day 1 | 29 March

 

Day 1 will comprise welcome speeches, a keynote session, four workshop sessions (24 workshops), pod sessions, the Exhibition and the Conference Dinner (sponsored by Carbon Credentials).

 

Welcome speeches:

  • Iain Patton, Conference Chair and EAUC CEO)
  • Professor Andrew Atherton, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Paul Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Credentials (Headline Sponsor)

 

Keynote Session:

Global Goals: Local Action – the vital role the education sector has in changing mindsets: Malcolm Preston (PwC), Stephen Sterling (University of Plymouth) and Wendy Purcell (Board Director/Trustee – EAUC)

 

The day’s four workshop sessions are as follows:

 

Workshop Session 1:

  • Towards a healthy and sustainable university: maximising synergy and co-benefits
  • Developing mass sustainability engagement programmes for staff and students
  • The carbon journey – embedding sustainability into all second year student
  • How can we engage our students in city/area transformation?
  • The Loughborough Cup – another inspiring winner
  • The renewably-powered, fossil-free campuses of the future

 

Workshop Session 2:

  • SWell (sustainability & wellbeing) staff and student engagement programme
  • Innovating locally, transforming globally: education for sustainable development at Abertay
  • Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into institutional business decision-making
  • Measuring sustainable development research in your institution
  • Passivhaus – accepting the challenge
  • Encouraging emergence (instead of chasing the behaviour change golden bullet)

 

Workshop Session 3:

  • The F Word(s): Feet; Fridges; Food; Fingers; Free
  • The sustainable university summit – pursuing quality education with students as partners
  • The Next Chapter for FHE Sustainability: EAUC Living Labs Research Launch
  • Telling the world – sustainability reporting on a crowd sourced platform
  • Exodus – dealing with what’s left behind
  • Achieving excellence in a sustainable university refurbishment

 

Workshop Session 4:

  • Edible campus enterprise
  • Creating the university of the future: NTU and the global goals
  • Local actions – what policies will have the greatest impact?
  • Space to think
  • Why you should cry over spilt milk
  • The long road to carbon neutrality

 

Day 2 | 30 March

 

Day 2 will comprise the EAUC AGM, two keynote sessions, International Green Gown Awards Ceremony, two workshop sessions (12 workshops) and pod sessions.

 

The two keynotes:

  • Better Places for People: The Pivotal Role of Education in Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities: Maria Adebowale-Schwarte (Director, Living Space Project and Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellow) and Julie Hirigoyen (CEO, UK Green Building Council)
  • Government and Education: Facilitating Transformational Delivery of the Global Goals?: Mary Creagh MP (Chair of the UK Environmental Audit Select Committee)

 

Mary Creagh MP will present the awards in the International Green Gown Awards Ceremony.

 

The day’s two workshop sessions are as follows:

 

Workshop Session 5:

  • Communicating Sustainability Using Multimedia (video clips, films and images)
  • Measuring Sustainability Literacy
  • Reporting with Purpose: Being distinctive, strategic and relevant in your sustainability reporting
  • A New Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Standard
  • Back to Basics – Are you Legally Compliant?
  • The World’s Most Sustainable University 2050: Energy
  • SDG Charter Development

 

Workshop Session 6:

  • Lessons from 10 Years of Behaviour Change
  • Creating a Green Business Cluster
  • ‘Braking’ the Habit of a Lifetime – The Incredible Journey
  • Taking the Hard Road – Making a Freecycling App from Scratch
  • Creating a Climate for Change

 

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The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 200 universities and colleges, advancing sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.

 

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EAUC Conference 2017 | Registration http://www.eaucconference.org.uk/registration

 

EAUC Conference 2017 | Programme http://media.wix.com/ugd/4f82e3_a6c2a292c8044e5591ca8852710d474e.pdf

 

International Green Gown Awards Ceremony http://www.greengownawards.org/events/international_green_gown_awards_ceremony

 

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

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New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

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

 

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Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?

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Public engagement could be an effective way of promoting policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings, said several speakers in the annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) held in London on 8 November 2016.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this annual event focused on research, policy and practice that would help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry, policy and the public.

 

The day’s programme comprised:

  • Welcome by Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University)
  • Keynote: Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN)
  • Session 1: What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  • A poster session (during lunch) on Newcastle University’s sustainability research projects
  • Session 2: Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions
  • Session 3: How to bring research to policy for sustainable development

 

 

Welcome to Sustainable Futures…

 

Welcoming the participants to the dizzy heights of the 32nd floor of the building, Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University), provided an overview of the event, including its aim: To explore ways academic research in sustainability can inform policy and practice for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving forward the 2030 Agenda, and to enhance collaboration between key actors in academia, civil society, industry and policy for achieving the SDGs.

 

He also outlined the work of the university’s Institute of Sustainability (IfS), which connects academia with industry and policymakers in the context of sustainability research.

 

Sustainability is one of the three societal challenge themes that the university is pursuing as part of its overall focus on research excellence with impact and the other two themes are Aging and Social Renewal. The IfS works on three research challenges: Integrated infrastructure systems, Production and resources, and Consumption and waste.

 

These three challenges are underpinned by the concept of Justice and Governance, which sits at the centre of the work of the institute. It is planning to add Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation as an overarching theme next year.

 

The institute’s research addresses the SDGs by developing integrated approaches to energy, food, transport and water infrastructure. Notable among its research highlights is the Science Central and improving the sustainability of utilities in India in collaboration with Enzen Global Ltd.

 

Keynote | Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN) delivered the keynote address on Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are universal and indivisible. They call for action by all countries and all people and active participation of all section of society is needed. Because they are linked to one another, an integrated approach is needed; working in disciplinary silos or cherry-picking would not work.

 

In a way it is a miracle that 193 nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It is not binding but a moral agreement for the 21st century, penned in a common language for all. There is a growing consensus among the UN member states of the urgent need to act on the SDGs.

 

This agenda will pave the way for governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to act to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years for all people. Achieving this agenda will ensure a life of dignity for all and build greater shared prosperity so it is in everyone’s interest.

 

Universities have a key role to play in achieving SDGs. They have a variety of means to contribute to this agenda, such as through a holistic approach to sustainable development research, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), electives for undergraduates, Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), e-discussions and consultations, Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs, and volunteering and internships.

 

Another way to advance this is through the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu), which is an online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development.

 

 

Session 1 | Academic researchers’ role in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Session 1, chaired by Professor Phil Taylor, focused on the role of academic researchers in helping to meet the SDGs and where they should have input into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explored how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development

 

It featured four speakers:

  • Sue Riddlestone OBE (Chief Executive and co-founder, Bioregional)
  • Dr Ruth Fuller (International Development Policy Advisor, WWF-UK)
  • Jenny Saunders OBE (Chief Executive, National Energy Action NEA)
  • Dr Lucilla Spini (Head of Science Programmes, International Council for Science ICSU)

 

The subsequent Q&A panel comprised the four speakers and the keynote speaker.

 

 

Session 2 | Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions

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Session 2, chaired by Dr Sara Walker, was on addressing global sustainability challenges with integrated solutions and it introduced research from Newcastle University researchers.

 

It comprised six presentations:

  • Energy: How do we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector? Prof Phil Taylor (Newcastle University NU) and Dale Geach (Siemens)
  • Climate adaptation in cities: How do we adapt urban populations to climate change?  Dr Alistair Ford (NU), Prof Hayley Fowler (NU) and Andy Mace (ARUP)
  • Sustainable Buildings: How do we make our buildings more sustainable for present and future generations? Dr Sara Walker (NU) and Louisa Bowles (Hawkins\Brown)
  • Air quality & transport: What policies and actions are needed to drastically reduce transport emissions to protect public health? Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU)
  • Food & resources: How do we prevent essential resources in agriculture going to waste? Professor Carlo Leifert (NU) and Dr Wendy Wreiden (NU)
  • Wastewater: How do we make wastewater treatment sustainable? Dr Adam Jarvis (NU)

 

 

Session 3 | Bringing research to policy for the SDGs

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Session 3, chaired by Dr Philip McGowan (Newcastle University NU), explored how to bring research to policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development.

 

The panel comprised Professor Patrick Paul Walsh ((University College Dublin and UN SDSN), Dr Graham Long (NU) Professor Phil Blythe (Department of Transport), Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional), Dr Lucilla Spini (ICSU), Dr Ruth Fuller (WWF), Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU).

 

The following is a selection of highlights based on the panellists’ responses to the questions by the audience.

 

Dr Rajarathnam emphasised the significance of communications and stakeholder engagement in any endeavour of advancing the SDG agenda. Dr Spini said that many academics and researchers who are not directly related to sustainability were already working on areas similar to the SDGs but they were not aware of that. She suggested that sustainability researchers should increase awareness creation on the SDGs. Professor Walsh was of the view that academia should take the lead in taking SDG Science to the private sector, demonstrating businesses its win-win potential to all.

 

Within the broader communication and engagement sphere, engagement of policymakers received special attention. Professor Blythe stated that researchers should understand the context when communicating with policymakers, who are not research experts. He emphasised that they would like to have information that they could easily process. Based on her experience in India, Dr Rajarathnam advised that academics should go to the policymakers with solutions to specific problems instead of mere research results.

 

Echoing the suggestion by Jenny Saunders (NEA) in Session 1, that is, academia could engage civil society as an effective way of influencing policymakers, Dr Spini said that sustainability researchers should raise policymakers’ attention level through public engagement of the SDGs. Professor Walsh said that raising the level of public understanding of the benefits of the SDGs will certainly put huge pressure on politicians to act more intensively to achieve the SDGs.

 

As a solution to the problem that academics and researchers encounter when they present complicated research findings to politicians, Dr Spini believed that they should seek help of a translator or broker to take a simplified message through more effective media such as a film. But she said still the complicated messages should be communicated to film directors, who are again non-specialists in this area. However, she gave an example of such a science ‘translator/broker’ in London – SciDev.Net.

 

Dr Ruth Fuller observed that achieving the SDGs requires extensive behaviour changes among people. Turning to education for sustainability, she revealed that values underpin our behaviour, so shifting the values would be the key to generating pro-sustainability behaviour.

 

Praising the convening power of the IfS, Dr Spini asked the institute to play a leadership role, by rallying round other stakeholders in higher education and beyond around the SDG Agenda.

 

Note: Graphic of SDGs is from un.org website; logo of the IfS is from the Newcastle University website. 

 

 

More…

 

Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/newcastle-conf-sustainable-futures-research-policy-practice-for-sdgs/

 

Conference page http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/conference/ | #NUIfS2016

 

Newcastle University | Institute for Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/ | Twitter @NCLSustainable | email sustainability@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Newcastle Science Central project http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sciencecentral/ | @cesienergy

 

National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cesi/

 

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

 

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) http://www.unsdsn.org/ | @UNSDSN

 

UN Academic Impact (UNAI) https://academicimpact.un.org/

 

Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM

 

Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy https://courses.sdgacademy.org/ | @SDG_Academy

 

Bioregional http://www.bioregional.com/ | @Bioregional @OnePlanetLiving

 

Transform Together http://transform-together.weebly.com/ | @TransformTgther

 

WWF-UK | SDGs http://www.wwf.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/transforming-our-world-through-sustainable-development-goals

 

National Energy Action (NEA) http://www.nea.org.uk/

 

International Council for Science (ICSU) http://www.icsu.org/ | @ICSUnews

 

SciDev.Net http://www.scidev.net/

 

Siemens UK | Sustainability http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/about_us/sustainability-corporate-responsibility.htm

 

ARUP | Environmental Consulting http://www.arup.com/services/environmental_consulting

 

Hawkins\Brown | Social Commitment http://www.hawkinsbrown.com/about-us/social

 

Enzen Global Ltd | Corporate Responsibility http://enzenglobal.co.uk/enzen/corporate-responsibility/

 

 

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#AlienLETTER series:

  1. 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
  2. Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena
  3. Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

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

 

Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/newcastle-professor-says-microgrids-can-light-the-way-for-uks-low-carbon-transition/

 

Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/newcastle-universitys-50-million-living-lab-project-to-develop-the-future-smart-city/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development/

 

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uwes-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future/

 

Essex Sustainability Institute | A platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research with a sustainability focus https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/essex-sustainability-institute-a-platform-for-interdisciplinary-teaching-and-research-with-a-sustainability-focus/

 

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

 

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Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs

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The annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) will take place in London (Chapter Spitalfields, 9 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS) on 8 November 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this event will focus on research, policy and practice that will help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry and policy.

 

The conference will feature:

  • A keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (Professor of International Development Studies at University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN, New York);
  • Some of the University’s sustainability researchers, led by Professor Phil Taylor (Director IfS); and
  • Sustainability experts from industry

 

The day’s programme comprises four sessions.

 

Session 1 (What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?) will explore how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development.

 

Session 2 (Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions) will introduce research from Newcastle University researchers on addressing global challenges for sustainability through integrated solutions.

 

Session 3, a roundtable session (How to bring research to policy for sustainable development), will bring together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development in areas of air quality, energy, food, water, agriculture and waste.

 

A poster session will showcase some of the University’s sustainability research projects.

 

Please note that you can submit questions for debate in advance to sustainability@ncl.ac.uk

 

 

More….

 

Conference page http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/conference/ | #NUIfS2016

 

Registration page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-futures-research-policy-and-practice-registration-27275162746

 

Enquiries sustainability@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Newcastle University | Institute for Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/ | Twitter @NCLSustainable

 

Sustainability education through storytelling and letter-writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | 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

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

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/

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/newcastle-professor-says-microgrids-can-light-the-way-for-uks-low-carbon-transition/

 

Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/newcastle-universitys-50-million-living-lab-project-to-develop-the-future-smart-city/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development/

 

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uwes-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future/

 

Essex Sustainability Institute | A platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research with a sustainability focus https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/essex-sustainability-institute-a-platform-for-interdisciplinary-teaching-and-research-with-a-sustainability-focus/

 

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

 

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