SusSEd 2015 Session Information

Here you’ll find some further information on each 2015 SusSEd session.

Waste and Recycling; Charlotte Winnert, 12/02/15,  Room BA-DB13

Charlotte Winnert is the Environment Officer at the University of Sheffield. This SusSEd session will focus on waste and recycling at the University, covering the University’s Waste Policy. Forming part of Green Impact’s Go Green Week, which is focussed upon recycling, the session will outline how we can reach our target of 70% waste recycled at source.

Food Waste; Ruth Roberts, Wednesday 18/02/15 room HI-LTA

Each year, we throw away seven million tonnes of food from our homes, the equivalent of £12.5 billion and, the majority of this waste is preventable. Love Food Hate Waste is an initiative by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation which aims for a sustainable resource efficient economy. LFHW aims to both raise awareness and combat food waste by providing practical steps and tools which individuals can take to cut their waste. Ruth Roberts is the Environmental Champion for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University and has been a Love Food Hate Waste trainer for around four years.

Evolving Concepts of Sustainability; Dr Sonal Choudhary, Thursday 26/02/15 room BA-DB13

Dr Sonal Choudhary is a Lecturer in Sustainable Management at the University of Sheffield, a member of the Centre for Environment Energy and Sustainability (CEES) and of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre. Sonal was named a Climate Leader, trained by former US Vice President Al Gore.

Evolving Concepts of Sustainability will focus firstly on carbon and its relation to climate change and sustainability. The session will look at concepts of sustainability from an environmental, social and economic point of view and on what we as individuals and consumers can contribute.


Back to the Future: using sunshine to provide the food and energy for 10 billion people; Professor Tony Ryan, Wednesday 04/03/15, room AT-LT09

Professor Tony Ryan in the University of Sheffield’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Pure Science. Prior to this appointment, Tony was the Head of the Department of Chemistry. He then established the Polymer Centre whilst the ICI Professor of Physical Chemistry and Divisional Director of Research for Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University. Tony is Chairman of the High Polymer Research Group and has been a member of the Science Advisory Board of ICI PLC. He chairs the Sport Sheffield Board and the Equality & Diversity Board of the University.


Sustainability at the ‘Yuck Factor’; Philip Powell, Thursday 12/03/15, room AT-LT03

Philip Powell is currently a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD) and was awarded his PhD from the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield in 2014, for research into the emotion of disgust. He is interested in the experience of emotion and its effects upon our well-being, decision-making, and behaviour.

His most recent project, “Overcoming the ‘Yuck Factor’ in Sustainable Behaviour”, explores the irrational, intuitive ‘yuck!’ reaction as an emotional impediment to sustainable living. Why does the idea of sipping a glass of cool, refreshing, recycled wastewater repulse us? How can we get people to overcome their gut responses to chow down on insects to fight world food shortages? What is it about the idea of using human excrement as a fertiliser that makes us quiver? In this session, Philip will elucidate why our emotions can sometimes make us behave irrationally and unsustainably, why they often shouldn’t, and what psychological science can help us do about it.

Energy and Carbon Management; Philip Riley, Thursday 19/03/15 Room TBC

What does the University of Sheffield’s Energy Strategy look like? Energy Manager Philip Riley will provide an insight into what the University is doing to cut its carbon emissions and how we plan to meet our carbon reduction targets. The session will allow you to find out about the steps the University is taking with an overview of the energy policy.

Engaging Creatively with your Sustainability Leadership; Teo Greenstreet and Nick Nuttgens, Nutgreen, Wednesday 22/04/15 , room Mappin Hall

Teo Greenstreet and Nick Nuttgens of Nutgreen specialise in using creative participatory methods in their approach to sustainability. With a background in the arts, the Nutgreen workshop will take an interactive approach to get participants thinking about their approach to sustainability in new ways.

Supply Chain Resource Efficiency and Sustainability: the possibility to live with infinite resources from finite resources; Professor Lenny Koh, Friday 01/05/15 room AT-LT08

Professor Lenny Koh is the Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) and Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre.

CEES is a leading centre for multi-disciplinary research, development and deployment of innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability for a low carbon future. CEES demonstrates the significance of Social Science to sustainable development, creating partnerships with Engineering and Science.

The Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) promotes collaboration between industry and academia to promote resource efficiency and sustainability across supply chains. AREC focusses on advanced materials and manufacturing, energy and nuclear; water; and agritech and food. It supports the development of resource sustainable supply chains by proposing new ways of reducing risk.





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