Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU

BIG-PorrittAtLSBU-posteventUniversities have a binding, moral obligation to ensure that their graduates not only understand the dynamics of climate change but also are capable of dealing with its challenges, said eminent environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt CBE at an event on 13 October 2015 hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU).

The event, titled ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’, started with an introduction by Professor Patrick Bailey, Deputy Vice Chancellor LSBU.

Jonathon Porritt started with a spiritual tone, referring to recent Pope Francis statement on the importance of nature. Before moving to sustainability in higher education, he talked about a range of environmental and sustainability issues in the wider world.

His commentary was followed by a Q&A session, run by Professor Bailey and Andrea Smith, Ethical and Environmental Officer of the student union. The evening of discussion came to an end with a networking session with refreshments.

The write-up below has been crafted using what Jonathon Porritt and Professor Bailey said in the event.

Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, Chancellor of Keele University, former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and former Director of Friends of the Earth.

Before joining LSBU as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Bailey was Pro Vice Chancellor Environment and Sustainability at Keele University and received the Leadership Award in Green Gown Awards 2014.

 

We should get students excited about green innovation, says Jonathon Porritt

Over the last several decades, the environment agenda has moved from a minority fringe to a majority viewpoint. However, what we can see today is all key global environmental indicators going in the wrong direction. Moreover, climate change, which is the most formidable challenge, overshadows other critical environmental issues, such as air pollution and ocean acidification.

A reason for our failure in the environmental front is how we see nature. Nature has intrinsic rights regardless of its value to human beings but we continue to look at it through a utilitarian lens.

We in the West don’t usually ask deep, philosophical questions about nature but non-western cultures, particularly indigenous communities, have developed a deeper understanding of the human-nature relationship over generations. For example, drawing from his cultural thought, Bolivian president has called for an International Court of Climate Justice and Mother Earth in the run up to the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris later this year.

Another reason for our failure is that no one in the UK knows how to do politics without economic growth; even Green Party is struggling here.

However, there are rays of hope, at least outside the UK. For instance, we can see an incredible surge of renewable innovation around the world, especially in Africa, South America, the Middle East and South Asia. This renewable energy revolution is unstoppable although unfortunately Britain seems to be heading backwards.

Moreover, we can be somewhat optimistic about COP21 Paris, particularly because two big players – the US and China – are stitching things up for good.

Turning to sustainability in higher education, universities have a binding, moral obligation to ensure that their graduates understand climate change and that they are capable of dealing with its challenges.

How are UK universities doing? Most are doing well in Estates and in their respective local communities. However, their performance is not equally satisfactory in their core business, i.e. Teaching and Research.

One reason is that universities are odd organisms. In a company, when CEO embraces sustainability, he or she can use their influence to get all aboard. In a university, however, although the vice chancellor looks equivalent to the CEO in a company, he or she would not be able to use the normal levers to drive the sustainability agenda in their institution. In universities, the command and control approach simply would not work and innovation is the way forward.

What can universities do? There are many opportunities to engage the university community with sustainability, particularly students. For instance, induction can be used to engage the news students with the environment agenda. Another is getting students excited about green innovation.

However, universities should first act as good examples. That’s why divestment (i.e. getting investment out of fossil fuels) is so important. Stepping beyond that, as the National Union of Students (NUS) advocates, what should follow divestment is socially responsible investment in, say renewable energy. Here, a wonderful motivator for universities is RE100, which is a global initiative that engages, supports and showcases influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power. In short, divest from bad stuff and invest in good stuff.

 

Sustainability can be built into any subject, says Professor Bailey

Having started at LSBU last year, I am initially engaged in somewhat ‘superficial’ projects, still signposting the way. Those who come to our university should get a sense that we are taking care of what is around us.

On making a university more sustainable, my advice is, start doing things that are relevant to different parts of the university instead of going for one big drive for making the university more sustainable. Three to four projects a year would be good.

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum is much more challenging but is possible because sustainability can be built into any subject. However, it is a long term project.

A university is a community, mainly comprising students and staff. So our students are not our customers. Finding the right ways to engage the student body with sustainability is critical for making a university more sustainable.

Note: Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena.

 

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News post on LSBU website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/news/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment

LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ | #PorrittAtLSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/lsbu-to-host-jonathon-porritt-lecture-higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment/

Jonathon Porritt | website http://www.jonathonporritt.com/, twitter @jonathonporritt

Forum for the Future https://www.forumforthefuture.org/

UK Sustainable Development Commission (archive site) http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/

London South Bank University (LSBU):
• Sustainability https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability
• Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

Keele University:
• Green Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/
• Sustainability Hub https://www.keele.ac.uk/keelehub/
• Education for Sustainability https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/educationforsustainability/

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en | #COP21

RE100 http://there100.org/ | @theRE100

Jonathon Porritt book | The World We Made http://uk.phaidon.com/store/general-non-fiction/my-world-your-future-9780714863610/

From The Sustainable University Library

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged
• LSBU https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/lsbu/
• Keele https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/keele/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/sustainability-in-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-in-2014/

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/

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education/

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/

From The Sustainable University News website

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/

Green Gown Awards 2014 | Leadership award to Professor Bailey; three awards to Plymouth https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/green-gown-awards-2014-leadership-award-to-professor-bailey-three-awards-to-plymouth/

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/

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/

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/
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LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ | #PorrittAtLSBU

BIG-Porritt-event-NEWA public lecture titled ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ by internationally-renowned environmentalist Jonathon Porritt CBE will take place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 13 October 2015 from 17:15 to 19:30.

At this event hosted by LSBU, Jonathon Porritt will discuss the future of sustainability in higher education, and what it means to the higher education community. The lecture will be followed by a question time and a networking session with refreshments.

Commenting on the LSBU website, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Bailey, who is a career-long advocate of sustainability and environmental change in Higher Education, said: “The University sector is standing at a crossroads with regard to our sustainability commitments, and to have such an eminent environmentalist as Jonathon Porritt explain the ramifications of the path we take next promises to be an enlightening and potentially controversial evening of discussion.”

The event is open to all and free to attend but prior registration is required.

Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Chancellor of Keele University.

Notes: LSBU logo is from LSBU website and the photograph of Jonathon Porritt is from Forum for the Future website.

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News post on LSBU website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/news/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment

Event page on LSBU website https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/sustainability-higher-education-131015

Registration page on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment-tickets-18530679762

Jonathon Porritt | website http://www.jonathonporritt.com/, twitter @jonathonporritt

Forum for the Future https://www.forumforthefuture.org/

UK Sustainable Development Commission (archive site) http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/

London South Bank University (LSBU):
• Sustainability https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability
• Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

Keele University:
• Green Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/
• Sustainability Hub https://www.keele.ac.uk/keelehub/
• Education for Sustainability https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/educationforsustainability/

From The Sustainable University Library

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged:
• LSBU https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/lsbu/
• Keele https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/keele/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/sustainability-in-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-in-2014/

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/

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education/

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/

From The Sustainable University News website

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/

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/

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/

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/

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Four years of innovation in Sustainability in Higher Education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop

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The Sustainable University One-stop Shop (SUOSS) experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org) celebrated its fourth anniversary on 5 January 2015. This unfunded, zero-cost, self-driven experiment advances Sustainability in Higher Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) worldwide.

42,500 visits in four years | News website attracts 6000 visits from 130 countries in the past year

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In the last four years, the SUOSS has achieved 42,500 visits. The Sustainable University (SU) News website, one of its satellites, has particularly shown a strong global appeal in the past year, registering nearly 6,000 visits from over 130 countries (as shown on the ClustrMap on the side bar of https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/).

The SUOSS has achieved recognition, globally as well as locally:

Local:

National:

Global:

A central platform with a suite of seven satellite websites | Developed using free online resources

This one-stop shop, developed by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/) using free website builders and social media, comprises:

Asitha’s Klout score, which reflects his online influence, remains around 50 (http://klout.com/sustainableuni1).

Extensions: An ESD Group on LinkedIn, a Sustainable University Model and ‘2015 | Year of the Sustainable University’

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Building on the SUOSS, Asitha has launched three other initiatives:

Note: Planetshire University (PU) is a hypothetical UK university.

Moreover, since April 2014, he has published 40 LinkedIn posts on ESD and Sustainability in Higher Education https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/asithaj.

With four years of experience, self-learning and networking, Asitha seeks a host university for his Planetshire University model, which proposes to use sustainability in the curriculum as an opportunity for enhancing stakeholder engagement, quality of course programmes and institutional reputation.

If you are interested in this experiment or the PU Model, please feel free to contact him on asitha_jayawardena@yahoo.com, Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/sustainableuni1 @sustainableuni1) or LinkedIn (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/).

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The Sustainable University One-stop Shop | www.sustainableuni.kk5.org

Its satellite websites:  News & Info www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com | Research www.suresearch1.wordpress.com | Good Practice www.sugoodpractice.wordpress.com | Quotes www.suquotesfacts.wordpress.com | Blog www.su-notes.blogspot.co.uk | Reflective Diary www.esddiary.wordpress.com | Twitter www.twitter.com/sustainableuni1

2015 | Year of the Sustainable University (SU2015) | http://su2015hub.wordpress.com/

Project PROPOSAL for universities | The Planetshire University model (v3) | Sustainability in the curriculum as an enhancer of Engagement, Quality and Reputation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/proposal/

LinkedIn PROFILE | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

LinkedIn POSTS | Sustainability in Higher Education & ESD https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/asithaj

LinkedIn GROUP | Sustainability, Education and Engagement | ESD at Planetshire University http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240

Profile & Portfolio | Asitha Jayawardena | Strengths, Accomplishments & Recognition http://issuu.com/aij3/docs/profile-asitha

Online Shelf | Examples of past work (PDFs, booklets, press articles, logos, etc) http://issuu.com/aij3

Three years of innovation in sustainability in higher education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop

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The Sustainable University One-stop Shop, an online resource that advances ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and sustainability in higher education worldwide, celebrated its third anniversary in January 2014.

 

Seven satellite websites and eight social updates types: Launched in January 2011 as a single website, this online suite now comprises a central platform, seven satellite websites and a social updates sharing scheme of eight updates, including climate change. It has entirely been developed using free web resources, namely free website builders and social networking.

 

Views and followers worldwide: Over the last 3¼ years, the central platform has achieved 30,600 views. Its rapidly-growing News website has achieved 10,200 views since its launch in December 2011. According to ClustrMaps, in the last 4½ months, this news website has attracted 2550 views from 100 countries. The blog, with 2600 views, is mostly viewed in the US. It has 1150 Twitter

SML-SUOSS-third-anni-2-Satellitesfollowers and the founder’s LinkedIn account has nearly 800 connections, including Vice Chancellors and CEOs. Its Klout score has remained consistently around 50.

 

Recognition at all levels: The SU One-stop Shop has achieved recognition at all levels, from local to global. In 2012 it received a First Prize in the Bright Ideas contest of the WestFocus University Collaboration. At the national level, it has made two appearances: in the book The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects, under ‘Selected websites’ (page 318), and on the website of The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a Sustainable Development resource. At a global level, it is one of the 16 online resources / tools that are recognised in Greening Universities Toolkit published by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

 

An innovative project proposal: The SU One-stop Shop has served as the basis for an innovative project proposal to support programmes on integrating sustainability across curricula in universities. Illustrated using a hypothetical UK university called Planetshire
University, it proposes to use sustainability as an opportunity for enhancing the reputation and financial position of the host university.

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The suite of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop:

o   News & Info (sustainability in HE & ESD), https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/

o   Research (sustainability in HE & ESD), http://suresearch1.wordpress.com/

o   Good Practice (photos from UK universities), http://sugoodpractice.wordpress.com/

o   Quotes (ESD-related), http://suquotesfacts.wordpress.com/

o   Blog (on sustainability in HE), http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/

o   Diary (reflections on ESD), http://esddiary.wordpress.com/

o   Micro-blog (Twitter), http://twitter.com/sustainableuni1

 

Social updates (on Twitter):

  • #SDupdate | Sustainable Development
  • #CCupdate | Climate Change
  • #SUnews | News
  • #SUresearch | Research
  • #SUgoodpractice | Good Practice
  • #SUquotes | Quotes
  • #SUblog | Blog
  • #SUdiary | Diary (reflections on ESD)

 

Recognition:

o   The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | A selected website on page 318 http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415627740/#description

o   Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) | A sustainable development resource http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lgm/susdevresources/strategy/

 

Social networking:

Twitter | @sustainableuni1 http://twitter.com/#!/sustainableuni1

LinkedIn | Founder Asitha Jayawardena http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

Klout score: 50 (as in March 2014) http://klout.com/sustainableuni1

 

The project proposal based on the SU One-stop Shop:

Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation & financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) model (A summary) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sustainability-as-enhancer-of.html

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website (this website)

 

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

 

Sustainable University website wins Bright Ideas prize https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/sustainable-university-website-wins-bright-ideas-prize/

 

NEW BOOK: The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/new-book-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects/

 

Sustainable University News website – 2013 in review https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/sustainable-university-news-website-2013-in-review/

 

Second Anniversary of News website of The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/second-anniversary-of-news-website-of-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/

 

Sustainable University News: 100 posts, 4000 hits https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/sustainable-university-news-100-posts-4000-hits/

 

Sustainable University News & Info: 2012 in review https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/sustainable-university-news-info-2012-in-review/

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

 

Education’s role in addressing sustainability and ESD http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/educations-role-in-addressing.html

 

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

 

Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

 

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

 

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

 

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

 

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

 

Will it work? – The University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 5 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/will-it-work-university-of-planetshire.html

 

Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation & financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) model (A summary) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sustainability-as-enhancer-of.html

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections)

 

The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

 

Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

 

 

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The Sustainable University One-stop Shop www.sustainableuni.kk5.org

Its satellite websites: News & Info www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com | Research www.suresearch1.wordpress.com | Good Practice www.sugoodpractice.wordpress.com | Quotes www.suquotesfacts.wordpress.com | Blog www.su-notes.blogspot.co.uk | Diary www.esddiary.wordpress.com | Twitter www.twitter.com/sustainableuni1

 

Project PROPOSAL for universities | Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation and financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) modelhttps://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/proposal/

 

LinkedIn GROUP | Sustainability, Education and Engagement | ESD at Planetshire Universityhttp://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240

 

LinkedIn POSTS | Posts on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) & Sustainability in Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/author/101066234-Asitha-Jayawardena

 

Profile & Portfolio | Asitha Jayawardena | Strengths, Accomplishments & Recognitionhttp://issuu.com/aij3/docs/profile-asitha

 

Online Shelf | Examples of past work (PDFs, booklets, press articles, logos, etc) http://issuu.com/aij3

Guardian University Awards 2014 | Loughborough and Jamie fly sustainability flag high

SML-GuardianAwardsLoughborough University won the Sustainability project award while Jamie Agombar crowned to glory as the Inspiring Leader of UK higher education at the awards ceremony of The Guardian University Awards 2014 held on 27 February 2014.

Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the ceremony recognised the best practice, achievement and innovation in UK higher education.

Through popular vote, Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) won the Higher Education’s Inspiring Leader award sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LfHE).

The awards comprised a range of categories, including the Sustainability project:

  • Business partnership
  • Communications campaign
  • Community contribution
  • Distance or online learning
  • Diversity initiative
  • Employability initiative
  • Facilities project
  • International project
  • Research impact
  • Student experience
  • Sustainability project
  • Teaching excellence
  • Widening participation

The Sustainability project award went to Loughborough University for its Eat Your Campus project, which aims to make more productive use of the campus’s green spaces as a food resource. University of Northampton and London School of Economics and Political Science were the runners up, for their Biodiversity Index and Sustainable Projects Fund, respectively.

Photographs from The Guardian website

 

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Guardian University Awards | Winners & Runners-up http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/feb/28/guardian-university-awards-winners

Guardian University Awards | Ideas Bank http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/series/guardian-university-awards-2014-ideas-bank

Guardian University Awards’ Inspiring Leader – Jamie Agombar

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/27/guardian-university-awards-inspiring-leader-jamie-agombar

Sustainability project | Winner: Loughborough University (Eat Your Campus)

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/winner-loughborough-university-sustainability-project

Sustainability project | Runner up: University of Northampton (Project: the Biodiversity Index)

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/runner-up-university-of-northampton-sustainability-project

Sustainability project | Runner up: London School of Economics and Political Science (Project: the Sustainable Projects Fund) http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/feb/18/runner-up-london-school-of-economics-and-political-science-sustainability-project

The Guardian Higher Education Network http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network

 

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Nottingham tops UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 – Bradford, Plymouth, Bath and Bangor in Top 20 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/nottingham-tops-ui-greenmetric-world-university-ranking-2013-bradford-plymouth-bath-and-bangor-in-top-20/

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Nottingham tops UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 – Bradford, Plymouth, Bath and Bangor in Top 20

SML-GreenMetricsThe University of Nottingham has topped UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 while four other British universities, namely Bradford (fourth), Plymouth (seventh), Bath (15th) and Bangor (19th) are in Top 20.

An initiative of Universitas Indonesia (UI), this world ranking in its fourth year attracted 301 universities from 61 countries, building on last year’s 215 universities from 49 countries.

The ranking is based on six categories with weightings as follows:

  • Setting and Infrastucture (15%)
  • Energy and Climate Change (21%)
  • Waste management (18%)
  • Water usage (10%)
  • Transportation (18%)
  • Education (18%)

The Top 20 universities are:

1 University of Nottingham (UK)

2 University College Cork National University of Ireland (Ireland)

3 Northeastern University (US)

4 University of Bradford (UK)

5 University of Connecticut (US)

6 Universite de Sherbrooke (Canada)

7 University of Plymouth (UK)

8 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US)

9 University of California, Davis (US)

10 North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (US)

11 University of California, Los Angeles (US)

12 Universidad de Alcala (Spain)

13 York University (Canada)

14 University of California, Berkeley (US)

15 University of Bath (UK)

16 Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

17 University of California Merced (US)

18 University of Melbourne (Australia)

19 Bangor University (UK)

20 Linkoping University (Sweden)

Image from UI GreenMetric World University Ranking website

 

More…

UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 – complete list http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/id/page/ranking-2013

UI GreenMetric World University Ranking website http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/

University of Nottingham | Sustainability http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sustainability/index.aspx

University of Bradford | Ecoversity http://www.bradford.ac.uk/ecoversity/

University of Plymouth | Sustainability http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

University of Bath | Energy, Environment and Sustainability http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

Bangor University | Sustainability http://www.bangor.ac.uk/sustainability/index.php.en

 

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Sustainability in Guardian University Awards 2014: LSE, Loughborough, Northampton and Jamie in the fray

Guardian HE awardsLondon School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Loughborough University and University of Northampton are in the shortlist for the Sustainability Project award in the Guardian University Awards 2014. Moreover, Jamie Agombar is among the seven nominations to the Inspiring Leader award.

Sustainability project, which is one of the thirteen award categories, has the following nominations:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Sustainable Projects fund
  • Loughborough University: Eat Your Campus
  • University of Northampton: Biodiversity Index

Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) is in the shortlist of seven nominees for Higher Education’s Inspiring Leader award sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LfHE).

The judges’ testimonial on Jamie, available on The Guardian website, is as follows:

“Jamie has developed NUS’s award-winning national sustainability programme, working with students’ unions, universities, communities and suppliers, while sitting on a range of key sector bodies. His energetic, focused, and incisive leadership has had a significant impact on the involvement of students in university efforts to address sustainability. From a Defra research project to the influential HEA/NUS survey into student attitudes and skills in sustainability, he champions a vision of students leaving tertiary education committed to resolving social and environmental issues through what they do in their lives.”

The others in the shortlist are:

  • Robert Burgess, vice-chancellor, University of Leicester
  • Wendy Hall, professor of computer science, University of Southampton
  • Tricia King, pro-vice-master for student experience and director of external relations, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Alan Langlands, vice-chancellor of University of Leeds and former chief executive of Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Chris Snowden, vice-chancellor, University of Surrey, and president of Universities UK
  • Richard Taylor, chief operating officer, Loughborough University and former deputy registrar at University of Leicester

The winner will be selected through votes of the members of the Guardian Higher Education Network and voting will close on 31 January.

The winners of the Guardian Awards will be announced on 26 February 2014.

Image from The Guardian website  

 

More….

Shortlist of Awards http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2013/dec/11/guardian-university-awards-2014-shortlist

Inspiring Leader Award (and voting) http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/competition/2014/jan/14/higher-education-inspiring-leader-vote

Guardian Higher Education Network http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network

 

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