The Suffolk Sustainability Institute has been launched by the University of Suffolk and Suffolk County Council.
The launch, which was combined with the first Suffolk Sustainability and Innovation Summit, brought together industry and academic Leaders, businesses, students and key stakeholders who reflected upon how innovation is unlocking the true value of incorporating sustainability into business strategy.
The Suffolk Sustainability Institute aims to provide consultancy and research, support innovation and enable knowledge transfer and skills development for business, community and policymakers in Suffolk and throughout the UK.
The Institute will provide a regional centre of excellence for transforming, and supporting a constant dynamic progression towards UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Keynote speakers included Nick Cliffe from Innovate UK, Professor Darryl Newport from the University of East London, Professor Mohammad Dastbaz from the University of Suffolk and Cllr Matthew Hicks from Suffolk County Council.
University of Suffolk Honorary Fellow Alan Ridealgh from Muntons also addressed the delegates at the event. He said “Muntons has had a sustainability pillar to our business for some time now, around 11 or 12 years, it differentiates us from other businesses and has been a very positive journey for us in lots of ways. Sustainability is growing and there is a danger that the fundamental background to the idea of sustainability is forgotten but nevertheless it is so important that people understand what it is and that we have this Institute. Education plays a key part.”
The Suffolk Sustainability Institute will cover the following areas:
- Sustainable Business Enterprise in a Green Growth Economy
- The Built Environment
- The Natural Environment and Communities
- Green Information Technology
Justine Oakes, Sustainability Officer for the University of Suffolk, said “Innovative solutions tested through quality academic research and the appropriate upscaling of proven technologies is critical to meeting the global challenges associated with environmental degradation and social inequalities. This process of innovation is rapidly taking place within increasingly networked economies and ecosystems, changing social values and growing resource pressures. Our new Institute will work towards understanding and capturing the tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that exists in these networks, generating enterprise and creating a lasting future value that places Sustainable Development at its heart.”
Sue Roper, Assistant Director of Strategic Development for Suffolk County Council said “Suffolk County Council is committed to enabling sustainable economic growth in our area and this significant collaboration with the University of Suffolk is a clear statement of our ambition to lead the agenda on behalf of our communities and businesses.”
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