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Celebrating The Sustainability Lab’s first birthday with prizes galore

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by Einir Young

Einir ar y copa :: Einir at the summitThe Sustainability Lab’s first year in existence has flown by and it’s incredible how much we’ve got to celebrate.  We’ve got plenty of activities and achievements by staff, students and the local community to report.

In my blog I mentioned that the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act would become law on 1st April 2016. In response, the University’s Executive discussed how the Act fits into the activity of the University:

The University’s executive discussed the Future Generations Act and the well-being goals and confirmed that the University should work towards adopting the principles of the Act. The Director of Sustainability and The Sustainability Lab will take a lead with the STG will having an overview responsibility for ensuring the five sustainability principles and the wellbeing goals of the act are embedded in the University’s structures. The Future Generations Act will be a permanent item on the STG agenda in the future”.

The Sustainable Development Principle and the five ways of working

We must all work in ways that ensures that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In order to do this there are five things to consider:

  • Long term – we need to balance addressing short term needs without jeopardising our ability to meet our long term needs
  • Prevention (is better than cure) – we need to predict potential problems and act to prevent them from happening
  • Integration – asking ourselves how our institutional objectives impact the wellbeing goals and ensuring that all of them are addressed not the cherry-picked few
  • Collaboration – and that means real collaboration internally across schools, colleges and disciplines and externally to meet the wellbeing goals
  • Involvement – everyone is invited to be part of the big project, reflecting the diversity of the institution and the uniqueness of the area in which we live

As we congratulate the Students’ Union on winning three awards in the NUS Green Impact Awards we’re pleased to announce that The Sustainability Lab has reached the short list for four awards in the Green Gown Awards 2016. The winners will be announced in a ceremony in Leicester in November.

These awards are for everyone – and in particular recognise the commitment shown by the Vice-chancellor and the Executive in prioritising sustainability at Bangor University.

The Sustainability Lab team and I look forward very much to working with as many of you as possible across the University in the coming year.

We would welcome your involvement – do join us!


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