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Q&A: Dale Southerton, Sustainable Consumption Institute

Based at the University of Manchester, the Sustainable Consumption Institute aims to bring insight and clarity to the role of consumption in sustainability, often challenging orthodox thinking and methodologies. Clare Wiley speaks to SCI director, Professor Dale Southerton.

Greater Manchester Growing Schools Hub

Raichael Lock reports on the first Green Teach Meet as 30 teachers receive lessons in outdoor learning.

Richard Sharland

Environmental art meets Carbon Literacy

Artist Richard Sharland's new exhibition will support The Carbon Literacy Project, funding new bursaries for young people. He tells Clare Wiley how his career as an environmentalist influences his creative side.

Image from Flickr user Mikey - https://www.flickr.com/photos/fire_up_the_quattro/

Manchester hosts world symposium on Sustainable Universities

Ricki Unger on the forthcoming World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities taking place at Manchester Metropolitan Unversity in September.

Manchester Central Library - image by Morley Von Sternberg

Great cities need great libraries: a review

Phil Griffin reviews the re-opened Central Library in Manchester - a 'triumph' - and casts a glance at the parallel openings in Birmingham and Liverpool.

Platform: so what's that all about then?

Margaret Bennett explains the background to the platform that is Platform and how it came through a partnership of Creative Concern, the University of Salford and the Gothenburg-based Mistra Urban Futures.

Hooked on citizen science: Erinma Ochu

Bianca Manu interviews writer and Wellcome Trust public engagement fellow Dr Erinma Ochu to discuss alternative ways of achieving sustainable social engagement; citizen science and the benefits of partnerships between universities and community groups.

Carbon Literacy trainer Morwenna Lewis taking MACF group member (and CLP Director) Dave Coleman through his paces in a 'climate conversation' role play during the MACF CL training session.

Update: Manchester's Carbon Literacy project

Dave Coleman of Cooler Projects outlines the latest work being done under Manchester's carbon literacy project.

Energy Academy Pilot

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Energy Academy Pilot, a Greater Manchester pilot project to develop a volunteer network to engage with householders through energy advice and understanding of energy usage.

Knitting

The Alternative? Skills sharing and the Greeniversity

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Greeniversity as a new way of sharing skills for sustainability.

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