BRIstol Technologies for the Environment: Engagement

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A Sustainability Cafe

Engagement

In addition to collaborative research and teaching initiatives, the University is promoting engagement with government, industry, NGO's and the general public through a variety of activities:

  • The University hosts a range of public lectures on sustainable development issues, many of which form part of the 2009 Centenary Programme.
  • Strong links have been formed with Low Carbon South West (LCSW) and regular seminars are organised to support the LCSW networking programme.
  • In Autumn 2008, Bristol researchers launched Ecojam.org, a one-stop website for Bristol's green and ethical scene. This aims to build upon research that brought together local people, businesses, academics and local government at 'sustainability cafes' to create a vision of Bristol as a sustainable city in 2020. Ecojam is continuing this online by allowing a larger group of people to share ideas and news.
  • Student groups such as the Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Bristol) organise events aimed at raising the importance of sustainability both within the University and amongst the wider general public. In addition, EWB runs a highly successful outreach programme, providing school students with practical teaching activities in areas such as Water Purification and Solar Energy.