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Could higher education do more for the sustainability agenda, asks environmentalist Jonathon Porritt


Jonathon Porritt, the eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, will give a public lecture at Loughborough University on Tuesday 25 October, in which he will urge higher education to do more towards sustainability.

In his lecture – entitled ‘Is the higher education sector capable of doing justice to the challenge of sustainability?’ – Jonathon will discuss how the pressures currently facing the higher education sector could mean sustainability issues are moved to the backburner.

He will argue that while there is plenty of good practice around, universities should now be looking to widen the circle of those involved in sustainability issues, both on campus and beyond.

“Jonathon is one of the country’s leading environmentalists and it is a real honour to have him as a Visiting Professor here at Loughborough,” said Dr Ed Brown, Associate Director of the University’s Sustainability Research School.

He added: “Universities have a pivotal role to play in driving forward the sustainability agenda. It’s crucial that we not only remain at the forefront of new thinking and development, but that we take that innovation and implement it on campus and beyond. We can’t afford to let sustainability slip down the agenda, despite the many pressures we’re all currently facing.”

The one-hour lecture is open to all. It will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 25 October on the Loughborough University campus (Edward Herbert Building, Lecture Theatre J.1.04). To book your free place, go to www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/lectures/


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About Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt is a leading environmentalist and a Visiting Professor within Loughborough University’s Sustainability Research School.

In 1996, he co-founded Forum for the Future, which is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

In addition, he is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme which runs seminars for senior executives around the world.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and of Willmott Dixon Holdings.  He is a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).

He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

His latest books are Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), Globalism & Regionalism (Black Dog 2008) and Living Within Our Means (Forum for the Future 2009).

Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

About Loughborough University
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 2011 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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