Upcoming meetings, events and news

1. Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting: Carbon literacy

Come along to the next meeting continuing our focus on carbon literacy. Wednesday, 20th April from 2pm to 4pm in University Place, Room 6.206. Dr Chris Stone (MMU) and Lucy Millard (UoM) will discuss current and prospective activities relating to the Carbon Literacy Project. Chris Stone will present an overview and evaluation assessment of an innovative ‘carbon literacy’ (CL) education and training programme delivered to undergraduate students studying MMU postgraduate degree programmes in 2014-15. Lucy Millard will talk about initial plans for a carbon literacy accreditation scheme for staff at the UoM. As is usual in these meetings there will be opportunities for discussion around the theme.

20th EAUC Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of the West of England (UWE) on 25th - 26th May 2016. See website for details: http://bit.ly/1KU8pzq

Piloting the sustainability grand challenge

In May 2014 community of practice participants  met to discuss the UoM Sustainable World Grand Challenge pilot event. The event was piloted in order to gain insights into how to approach future ‘grand challenge’ signature events. The Sustainable World event is one of three potential ‘grand challenge’ events being considered as an offer to all UG students at the University. The first year event will address sustainability issues, and in the successive two years the topics will be ‘social justice’ and ‘work place ethics’.

Helen Dobson, one of the organisors of the event, gave a talk on aspects of it

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Key points made at the meeting were summarized

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Since the meeting in May  a Sustainability Signature event took place in the UoM Freshers week. There will be a CoP meeting in 2015 where we  reflect on that event (dates to be confirmed).

Sustainability skills and the workplace

Phrases such as ‘the circular economy’, ‘creating shared value’, ‘social responsibility’ and ‘negative externalities’ reflect growing company/organisational concerns around socio-environmental issues. On June 18th, 2014, the UoM Sustainability in the Curriculum Community of Practice (CoP) focussed on this theme discussing:

  • the understandings and skills graduates need to help develop the sustainability initiatives of companies/organisations;
  • how the academic community can help students develop these understandings and skills;
  • How the importance of such understandings and skills can be conveyed to students;
  • how the importance of such understandings and skills can be conveyed by students to staff

A summary of points made during the meeting can be found here:

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Sustainability skills and the workplace

 

The Living Lab

On  October the 15th the community discussed ways of integrating campus or city-based sustainability related activities and projects into the curriculum, and the potential value of ‘place-based’ activities within the curriculum.

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The Living Lab is keen to support such activity and Ross Jones presented the work of the Living Lab.  Ross introduced the Living Lab approach and how it can be used to facilitate collaboration and innovation in cities and on the campus. He demoed the Living Lab website (http://universitylivinglab.org/  and discussed what it offers to staff and students. He discussed the  key role students can play as agents of change, and how Living Lab is working to facilitate more student-led sustainability projects on campus and in the city.

See Ross’s Powerpoint here: The Living Lab