NTU’s sustainable practice showcased ahead of Paris Climate Conference

In the run up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Nottingham Trent University has contributed to a report on the role education has to play in sustainable development.

In the run up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Nottingham Trent University has contributed to a report on the role education has to play in sustainable development.

This is the first time that higher education institutions have had a voice ahead of a COP conference, and Nottingham Trent University was one of only five UK universities which contributed to the Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development report.

The report includes concrete examples of initiatives related to climate change action in terms of teaching, research, outreach, and greening campuses.

Two Nottingham Trent University projects are showcased. Firstly, an award-winning[1] partnership with Nottingham-based social enterprise NetPositive, which sees final year undergraduate students act as consultants to local businesses as part of their core curriculum, helping them to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and achieve Investor in the Environment (iiE) accreditation. The second project is the Sustainability in Practice (SiP) certificate, which is offered to all 26,000 students at Nottingham Trent University and introduces them to the topic of sustainable development in only four sessions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

Nottingham Trent University’s Dr Roy Smith, Course Leader for the MA International Development, and Dr Petra Molthan-Hill, Team Leader for NTU's Green Academy project Food for Thought and Principal Lecturer in Business Sustainability, recently attended the From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action meeting held in Paris.

The meeting was part of the United Nations’ Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and during the launch event at UNESCO headquarters the report was presented to Pierre Henri Guignard, Secretary General of Paris 2015 COP21.

This trip was an opportunity for NTU to engage with high level discussions on education for sustainable development.

Dr Roy Smith, course leader MA International Development

The secretary general was also presented with an open letter to COP21 ministers and governments signed by a broad range of international consortia and alliances drawn from higher education institutions around the world. Included among these consortia was the UK-based Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), of which Nottingham Trent University is a member.

Dr Smith said: "This trip was an opportunity for NTU to engage with high-level discussions on education for sustainable development, and Petra and I were able to meet with the Chair of the COP21 meeting.

"The open letter we presented to him outlined the importance of education for sustainable development in the context of tackling the complex challenges associated with global climate change."

Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union are planning to mark the COP 21 Paris Climate Conference, which takes place on 7-8 December 2015, with a special day full of events on Monday 1 December. For further details on the University’s involvement in the HESI report and other ways in which staff and students are engaging with the COP21 process, email Petra Molthan-Hill or Dr Roy Smith.



[1] Guardian University Awards 2015, Business Partnership winner.

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    Photo caption L-R: Dr Roy Smith, secretary general Guignard, Nikhil Chandavarkar, UN Division for Sustainable Development, Dr Petra Molthan-Hill
    For further information on COP 21 visit the website.
    Food for Thought
    The Food for Thought project is focused on developing teaching methods that can embed sustainability into various disciplines, from Business Studies through Medieval History to Astrophysics, including the Sustainability in Practice Certificate that was short-listed for the Green Gown Awards 2014.

NTU’s sustainable practice showcased ahead of Paris Climate Conference

Published on 19 November 2015
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