In an interview on GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation) website, Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, invites us to reflect on the current and potential contribution of higher education (HE) to sustainability, particularly focusing on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – an education that can not only challenge but also help us change our unsustainable ways of living and working.
UK universities contribute annually at least £1.31 billion in value to UK society in the form of health and well being, citizenship and political engagement, according to ‘Degrees of value: how universities benefit society,’ a research report by the new economics foundation (nef), published in June 2011 in association with Universities UK.
Nottingham Trent University topped the 2011 People and Planet Green League Table. This league assessed the environmental and ethical performance of 142 universities.
Gloucestershire, Worcester and Plymouth secured the next three places with Bournemouth and Greenwich tied at the fifth place. Last year, Bournemouth and Greenwich were 20th and 61st, respectively.
The awards, organised by Centre for Environment and Safety Management for Business (CESMB), Middlesex University, annually recognise excellence in environmental innovation in UK organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. The winners were selected across six categories, namely Carbon Reduction Initiative, Waste Management Initiative, Lean Manufacturing, Green Business in the Voluntary or Community Sector, Green Public Sector Organisation and Green Business in the Service Sector.
Photograph by Zoe White (Zinfinity, UK)