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Event at Loughborough University addresses ‘green skills’ challenge

The pressing need for green skills will be highlighted at a free one-day event at Loughborough University next month, featuring leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.
 
Green skills have never been more important, with around two-thirds of leading global companies now embedding actions to mitigate climate change into their strategies.

‘Learning and Leading on Sustainability: the Green Skills Challenge’ takes place on October 25, bringing together interested parties from higher education, industry and the public sector.
 
Confirmed speakers will report on recent research conducted by Loughborough University and will also include Nafees Meah, Head of Science at the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Matthew Gitsham, Director of Ashridge Business School; James Luger, OFWAT head of Sustainability, Aston University’s John Blewitt, who is a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education, and others drawn from industry, the public sector and beyond.

Organisers will welcome representatives from small and medium sized enterprises, policy-making and policy-informing organisations, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, charities, business advisers, consultancies and trades unions, as well as individuals.

Green skills arise in the areas of engineering, science and economics and also in leadership, entrepreneurship, project and supply chain management, finance, risk management and ethical decision-making. The free event will discuss the need to equip today’s workforce with green skills – the ability to embed sustainability into their work, covering many areas from ethical sourcing to resilience and energy issues for SMEs.

Associate Director of Loughborough University’s Sustainability Research School Ed Brown said: “The event will examine the most effective means to embed the sustainability agenda within the curriculum and how to manage the interface between higher education and external stakeholders in the delivery of skills to meet the demands of the green economy.

“In tackling sustainability in theory as well as practice, universities face a long term set of challenges which require a multi-disciplinary and multi-level response.’’

Three interconnected questions provide the focus for the day:

The day will culminate in an evening open lecture given by renowned environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt, who will ask the question: Is the higher education sector capable of doing justice to the challenge of sustainability?

The event takes place from 9am to 5pm on October 25, at Sir Denis Rooke Building, Holywell Park at Loughborough University. Event delegates will be given tickets to the lecture. For further details and to register for the event, go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/business/sustainability/

This event is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Centre (EPSRC), as part of Loughborough University’s Knowledge Transfer activities, and HEFCE’s Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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