UWE Bristol hosts International Sustainability Conference

Issue date: 29 June 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is hosting the 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning this week and has welcomed some 100 sustainability experts from around the world to its Frenchay Campus.

The conference is organised by UWE Bristol and the Wessex Institute of Technology and addresses critical issues concerned with sustainable development.

Planners, architects, engineers, policy makers, environmentalists, and economists are convening to discuss policies and practices and to identify solutions to the challenges posed by sustainable development.

UWE Bristol Assistant Vice Chancellor Professor James Longhurst is co-chairing the conference and delivering the opening keynote address that presents the role of the university in addressing questions of sustainability in its educational, research and campus management activities.

Professor Longhurst said “I am delighted to welcome so many international scholars to the university, to share knowledge, develop new research ideas and to develop collective action for a more sustainable future. I look forward to seeing many successful collaborations emerge from the interactions at this conference.

“The UN Sustainable Development Goals provided an important frame of reference for the conference in shaping discussion and recommending action. The challenge of achieving a more sustainable development pathway requires both new knowledge and the wider uptake of existing knowledge, polices and technologies.”

UWE staff has a strong presence in the conference. Dr Georgina Gough discussed the role and nature of education for sustainable development in higher education.

Associate Head of Department Nick Smith presents new research about the importance of green infrastructure and proposed a new standard for assessing the value of such infrastructure.

Associate Professor Colin Booth has co-authored a paper exploring the environmental advantages of advanced anaerobic digestion for energy recovery and sludge management.

Dr Emily Prestwood presents a city sustainability case study exploring the issue through the lens of Bristol sharing insights and challenges derived from the innovative Urban ID project.

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