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This new book brings together material from the Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, in cooperation with a number of institutions of higher education active in this field, from across the country. The event involved researchers in the field of sustainable development in the widest sense, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment, languages and media studies.

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Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 08:30 to 16:00

Manchester Metropolitan University

A recent paper looks at the ‘New Urban Agenda’ taking shape as a result of the UN-HABITAT III conference, which enshrined the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with an exclusively urban focus. SDG 11, as it became known, aims to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through a range of metrics, indicators, and evaluation systems. The paper raises questions around the potential for reductionism in this new agenda, and argues for the reflexive need to be aware of the types of urban space that are potentially side-lined by the new trends in global urban policy.

EAUC – 2017 Annual Conference – Global Goals: Local Action

By Robert Lyons on 30th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00 to Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 15:30

Lancaster University 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the worlds ‘to do’ list for the next 13 years. Each of the Global Goals is extraordinarily important, and taken together, present the education sector with a potent agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. 

SDRN Mailing, 18 January 2017

By Robert Lyons on 18th January 2017
Found in: News

Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2017

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

This Conference and Expo will explore the extent to which careful product selection can have a positive influence on occupant health. The Conference is particularly aimed at architects, designers and product specifiers, but is highly relevant to building clients, policy makers and product suppliers. The event should also appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationship between buildings and human health.

Greening the grid

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This extended article, now available on the ESRC website notes that while a future where renewable energy prevails is a dream for many, today the UK is still heavily reliant on older power generation technology such as coal, gas and nuclear. What steps are necessary to make the renewable energy future a reality?

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The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security.

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Household food waste in the UK, 2015

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This WRAP report provides estimates for total and avoidable household food waste (HHFW) for 2014 and 2015, for the UK. The changes compared to 2012 and previous estimates are discussed in the context of factors influencing food waste and the Courtauld Commitment 3 target for household food waste prevention. Key points are that the estimated amount of HHFW in the UK for 2015 was 7.3 million tonnes, and that overall there has been no statistically significant change in the estimated levels of HHFW between 2012 and 2015.

The latest report from the Circular Economy Task Force recommends four positive steps to solve the problem:

  • standardised recycling collections;
  • waste-generating companies to contribute to council costs;
  • responsible companies should pay lower producer responsibility fees;
  • enable councils to charge those households which don’t recycle properly.

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