Sustainable Development in Wales: A Conversation

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A conversation between Dr Gavin Bunting and Professor Simon Haslett of the School of STEM at the University of Wales, about sustainable development in Wales as part of Wales Sustainability Week, 14-21 May 2011.

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  • University research: developing the technology to enable people to live sustainable livesProvides the evidence base for policy developmentUniversity teaching: equipping people with the skills and knowledge to create a sustainable futureGood governance:I would want to see staff and students engaged in policy and strategy development in the universityTransparent governanceOpen to scrutinySustainable economy:Provides jobs and prosperity to its regionIPStrong, healthy and just societyEnables social mobilityResearchShould promote equality of access – big issue at the moment with rising tuition fees and debates on recruitment to top unis
  • Sustainable Development in Wales: A Conversation

    1. 1. Sustainable Development<br />In conversation with Dr Gavin Bunting<br />and Professor Simon Haslett<br />School of STEM, University of Wales<br />A contribution to Wales Sustainability Week<br />14-21 May 2011<br />
    2. 2. Definition of Sustainable Development<br />“enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations”.<br />
    3. 3. Definition of Sustainable Development<br />UK’s shared framework for sustainable development<br />
    4. 4. Sustainable Development<br /><ul><li>Is it the right term?
    5. 5. Do people understand it?
    6. 6. What does it mean to you?
    7. 7. How would you describe it?</li></li></ul><li>Sustainable Development<br /><ul><li>“Doesn’t pass the pub test”
    8. 8. Should we be talking about resilience?
    9. 9. Too much about SD has been about doom and gloom
    10. 10. Needs to be described in a positive sense
    11. 11. Means different things to different people
    12. 12. Not just environmental
    13. 13. Should help balance the economic / value gap: “we know the price of everything and the value of nothing”</li></li></ul><li>Sustainable Development in an Organisation<br /><ul><li>An organisation needs to be clear about what SD means to them and what they are trying to achieve
    14. 14. An organisation that has SD as a core value has to look different to one that doesn’t
    15. 15. The day to day experience of employees needs to reflect the vision you are trying to deliver
    16. 16. Acid test: how responsible is the organisation during tough times?</li>

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