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  • People in the UK use so many resources we would need three planets if the whole world lived like we do. An average North American would need five! Ghandi quote: On the eve of India’s independence, Mahatma Gandhi was asked whether he thought the country could follow the British model of industrial development. His response retains a powerful resonance in a world that has to redefine its relation to the earth’s ecology: "It took Britain half the resources of this planet to achieve its prosperity. How many planets will India require for development?“ "An extra child born today in the United States, would, down the generations, produce an eventual carbon footprint seven times that of an extra child in China, 55 times that of an Indian child or 86 times that of a Nigerian child
  • We start the century at 1.5 billion We end the century, after adding another billion every 12 years at 6 billion and we are not at 6.9 billion. By mid century we are predicted to be at 9 billion. The 9 billion people are of course all aspiring to live the sort of standard of living that we have in the UK, so as we move forward we not only adding another 50% to the population we have also increased demand for resources per head of the population on the planet
  • Why is sustainable development important for higher education? Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. To meet this challenge, the world needs minds capable of creating new possibilities for meeting our basic needs such as energy, water, shelter and food; minds that can transform our daily experiences into ones that allow a sustainable development, safeguarding our opportunities and the environment for future generations. The higher education sector is where these minds are trained and developed. Therefore, it is crucial that the sector contributes strongly to sustainable development. It can do so by training and expanding these young minds; researching answers to challenges and informing public policy; showing its own understanding and commitment through careful campus management; and by being a responsible employer and active member of the business and local community.
  • 1/3 UK food ends up in the bin!
  • University uses 30 million sheets per year = 83 sheets of paper per staff member per day = 3,600 trees per year
  • Making the workplace more efficient Cost effective Time effective Bringing staff together Sharing skills, knowledge, best practice Innovation Skills development
  • Sell the Sizzle. What sells? The Sausage - Reconstituted meat stuffed tightly into intestines? The Sizzle – The sound of the sausage in the pan, the smell of the meat as it is cooking, the juices and the flavours from eating. What Sells? Climate Heaven – A world where the wind, sun and water supply our energy, there is no pollution, good healthy food and clean water in abundance, no landfill sites, no missing the girlfriend / boyfriend / husband / wife / kids while on business travel because you can do it through videophone? A printer where everything is double sided by default, that also scans and copies, that is a social point in the office? Climate Hell – Rising sea levels, no more oil and therefore energy, electricity, warmth, no clean water, expensive bland food..... Etc. Martin Luther King Jr. – When faced with a nightmare, created a vision of a dream!
  • Futerra
  • Promoting the principles and practices of Sustainable Development (SD) within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) via support to its members on a range of issues specified in the Terms of Reference. Identifying and sharing information from members and relevant partners to support the Group aims, including the potential for collaboration with relevant partners, potential funding and events of interest Raising and maintaining awareness of the potential for Greater London HEIs to contribute to SD amongst all Greater London HEIs, and with all their stakeholders and wider where appropriate.
  • What is sustainability anyway?! •   What does it mean for the HE sector now and in the future? •   What does a sustainable university look like? •   Identifying opportunities for change •   Overcoming barriers to change •   Communicating •   Next steps - what does it mean to my role/ my department?
  • You can see from the graph where the average UK citizen can make their biggest carbon reduction. Flying – make a trip into Europe using the boat or train instead of flying. Take one big holiday instead of lots of short breaks. Loft insulation isn’t expensive and it is easy to install – often the best quick win in the home! Heating less helps – try a winter jumper. Walking and cycling have huge benefits for health as well as cutting carbon and saving money. Why not cycle or walk to the train station instead of driving?
  • There are lots of different ways of communicating Sustainability. Some work well for different people.
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    • 1. Introduction to Sustainability how to turn a challenge into an opportunity Kat Thorne John Bailey
    • 2. What’s in store today...
      • What is sustainability anyway?!
      • What does it mean for the HE sector now and in the future?
      • How does it apply to my role / my department?
      • Barriers to change
      • Identifying opportunities for change
      • Interactive workshop session:
      • expand on the introduction and will get participants identifying and understanding the opportunities and developing an action plan .
    • 3. What is Sustainability anyway? “ Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (The Brundtland Commission 1987). “ The concept of living within our limits” “ Sustainability is not just about cleaning up your own room, it’s about keeping tidy an even bigger room that belongs to everyone” “ The Circular Economy”
    • 4. We only have One Planet If everyone in the world lived like we do in the UK... We would need three planets!
    • 5. The global population is increasing 7 billion today, predicted to be nearly 9 billion by 2025. Global Population Population Growth from year 0 to 2000. Source: US Census Bureau Projected Global population growth. Source UN World Population Prospects, 2004
    • 6.
      • Student Demand
      • - 80% of new student believe sustainability is important to employers (HEA)
      • Responsibility – roles as educators and researchers
      • Response to Government policy
        • Legislation/ regulation
        • Government wants the public sector to take a lead in sustainable development
          • HEFCE “Sustainable Development in Higher Education” 2008
          • Capital Investment Framework – required to rate and report institution’s approach to sustainability
          • Required to produce a carbon management plan and report carbon emissions
      • Rising costs of resources
      • Reputation – league tables
      Why sustainability is important to the HE sector?
    • 7. Carbon / Energy Reduction Target: 43% reduction in scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions by 2020 (based on a 2005/6 baseline) Overall, carbon emissions at 139 universities rose by 3.9% between 2005 and 2010.
    • 8. Waste
      • Each year the UK generates 280 million tonnes of waste (DEFRA).
      • Equivalent of over 70 million fully grown male elephants (more than one per person)!
      • Landfill Tax is currently £56 per tonne
      • London landfill sites are now full
      • SE landfill sites full by 2013
      • Londoners produce enough waste to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every 30 minutes
      • 1/3 rd of all UK food ends up in the bin
    • 9. Resources
      • Many of the resources used in universities come from finite sources.
      • As resources deplete often prices rise.
      • De Montford University:
      • GHG Emissions by sector
    • 10. What does a sustainable university look like? Cartoons by Futerra
    • 11. How do we get there?
      • Staff engagement
      • Policy
      • Buildings & estates
      • Working in partnership
      • Education
      • Research
      • Knowledge & best practice sharing
      • Technology
      • Communication
    • 12. What are the barriers to change?
      • Awareness & knowledge
      • Motivation
      • Acceptance & beliefs
      • Skills
      • Practicalities
      • Lack of resource / personnel
      • Attitudes
      • Top level support
    • 13. Making it easy
      • Example: Green Impact
      • Easy to use workbook
      • Levels of achievement
      • Workshops
      • Celebration
      48 Universities involved in the UK sector! Last year 19,620 actions were taken across 35 diff. unis
    • 14. Sell the Sizzle
      • Futerra – Sell the Sizzle
      The Sausage vs. The Sizzle Climate Heaven vs. Climate Hell I have a dream vs. I have a nightmare
    • 15. 10 Rules
    • 16. Celebrating success
      • A key part of the process!
      • Staff feel loved!
      • Thanking staff (rare?)
      • Motivational
    • 17. LUEG – contributing to achieving HEFCE’s vision.... “ Our vision is that, within the next 10 years, the Higher Education sector will be recognised as a major contributor to society's efforts to achieve sustainability - through the skills and knowledge that its graduates learn and put into practice, and through its own strategies and operations " - (HEFCE), 2005
    • 18. EAUC - sowing the seeds for sustainability The EAUC is the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the UK. Run by members, for its members, the EAUC seeks to work with members and partners to drive sustainability to the heart of further and higher education
    • 19. Recap:
      • We only have one planet
      • Rising up the agenda in the HE Sector
      • Funding and resources
      • Overcoming barriers to change
      • Sustainability as an opportunity
      • Celebrating success
      • Next steps - what does it mean to my role/ my department?
    • 20. What transforms the lone nut into a leader?
    • 21. Feel free to contact us! blog: twitter: Sust_Greenwich facebook: Search: ‘Sustainability + Greenwich’ e-mail: phone: 020 8331 8813 University of Greenwich News:
    • 22. Thank You Kat Thorne John Bailey [email_address] [email_address]
    • 23. Travel Tips What can you do to cut carbon? Least Sustainable Most sustainable
    • 24. Back at home
      • Cut down on your flights
      • Energy in the home
      • Insulate the loft / walls / pipes
      • Draught proof windows and doors
      • Shower instead of bath (or share!)
      • Switch it Off
      • Cut down on car use
      • Use your legs
      • Share journeys
      • Public Transport
      • Cut down food waste
      • 8.3 million tonnes food waste (homes)
    • 25. How to Communicate Sustainability?
      • What is the message?
      • Protect the Environment?
      • Conserve Resources?
      • Save Money?
      • Improve the office?
    • 26.  
    • 27. Green Impact Training Session
      • Work together in your group
      • Create a SMART action plan for implementing the relevant Green Impact tasks in one of your departments/schools (20 mins)
      • Present your plan in no more than 2 mins to the rest of the group
      What is a SMART action plan? S – Be Specific about what you will achieve. M – Ensure your result will be Measurable and have clear outcomes. A – Make sure you have Achievable and Appropriate targets. R – It must be Realistic think of time, ability and resources. T – Make sure it is Time restricted. When will you achieve your goals?