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ustainability is a prominent and evocative subject that

influences almost every aspect of our interaction with the

environment. It can also be viewed as a pervasive global

challenge – one which is open to many different interpretations.

However, the overriding principle of sustainability is that of

satisfying today’s needs without compromising those of future

generations. This requires collective thinking to embrace conjoined

issues – using combined policies that encourage environmental

protection, resource preservation and continual social progress –

without detriment to economic growth or marginalisation.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) holds the

prestigious carbon reduction standard awarded by the Carbon

Trust. It achieved First Class in the People and Planet Green

League 2011 and continues to rank in the top ten within the

UK. The university also achieved ISO14001 certification for its

environmental management system. Sustainability is therefore

intrinsic throughout all of its core business, from strategic and

operational agendas through to procurement, research, teaching

and knowledge transfer. It delivers this doctrine through three

dedicated research centres (Centre for Sustainable

Development, Centre for Waste Management, and Centre for

Energy and Power Management) to synchronise with the global

sustainability agenda.

Centre for Sustainable Development

The Centre for Sustainable Development recognises that

sustainability is people focused and that successful sustainability

research and knowledge transfer requires an ‘inclusive

international stance’. It therefore engages a distinctive mix of

academic, industrial, business, commercial and societal

stakeholders as part of its inclusivity agenda. This agenda is

operationalised through three divergent themes:

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Environmental management, performance and politics:

environmental policy and management, ecology, stakeholder

engagement, planning, building services, sustainable

engineering, and sustainable energy solutions;

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Construction and civil engineering management: sustainable

construction, procurement, risk management, process

innovation, information technology/visualisation, facilities

management, health and safety, and climate change; and

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Sustainable architecture, planning and design: design, theory

and history, building technology and materials, low carbon

society, urban and landscape design, town planning, building

control, conservation, and regeneration.

Centre for Waste Management

The Centre for Waste Management specialises in waste

minimisation, reuse and recycling, energy efficiency,

implementation of legislation, construction waste, environmental

management systems, the Waste Electrical and Electronic

Equipment Directive, waste logistics, and carbon management.

Research and knowledge transfer covers three main themes:

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Waste;

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Environmental management; and

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Pollution control.

The centre provides a range of business services, consultancy and

training to improve efficiency, productivity and environmental

Promoting sustainable behaviour requires creative vision, professionalism and

integrated commitment

Construction and

engineering sustainability

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