15 April 2014

University of Essex promotes green innovation and business

University of Essex, a leading university in UK and a member of UNAI, continues t lo lead initiatives in support of the United Nations goal on climate change and sustainability.  Its latest initiative was a seminar on Green Innovation and Business Growth, organized as part of the United Kingdom’s annual Climate Week (3 – 9 March 2014).

The event, organised in partnership with Southend Borough Council, took place on 4 March in Southend-on-Sea, and heard three keynote speakers: Professor Vania Sena, Head of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Global Strategy Group, Essex Business School, on “green growth;”   Ian Roberts of Southend Borough Council, on doing business with theCouncil; and  Carole Randall of Low Carbon KEEP Programme on Low Carbon KEEP Funding.  The presentations were followed by an interactive Q&A.

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.  Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 related events, which are run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others.

According to the annual activity report, submitted by the university, sustainability is a core principle of all of the research, teaching and business activities at the University of Essex. Through these activities, it seeks a future for Essex as an educational model for healthy and sustainable living. The University aspires to be one of the greenest in the country, and to act as an exemplar both to other institutions of higher education and to regional bodies.

The report further notes that an innovative and high profile University building, now nearing completion, which will house Essex Business School embodies and reflects the vision of the Business School for growth, excellence and sustainability, and will champion sustainable design by incorporating several low and zero carbon technologies, making it the first zero-carbon business school in the UK. By incorporating a winter garden, an Eden-style dome and a rainwater pond, the building will have its own micro-climate that will keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.