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The Centre for Sustainable Design announces fully revamped website – second major redesign since launch in 1995

August 11th 2011. The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) – established in 1995 in Farnham, Surrey, UK, at what is now known as the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – has announced a full revamp of its website, live now at http://www.cfsd.org.uk

“The website marks the second major redesign of its original website, designed in 1995. That in itself was an early trailblazer, not only in promoting eco-design but in adopting the web based approach to collaboration and information dissemination,” says CfSD founder and director Martin Charter.

“It attracts millions of hits a year and has grown into one of the world’s biggest resources in sustainable innovation and product sustainability, including eco-design,” adds Charter. “Website visitors will recognise its ‘look and feel’ from the old design but notice that the layout has been improved and navigation made easier.”

Since 1995, and supported by the website, CfSD has led and participated in many high quality research projects and organised more than 100 conferences, workshops and training courses. This year sees its 16th annual conference on Sustainable Innovation & Design [October 24-25th, 2011] – http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16

CfSD is recognised worldwide for its knowledge and expertise, having worked closely with business, policy making and research communities for 16 years. CfSD offers six services focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability:

Research, Projects, Training, Events, Networks, and Resources. Content on the website includes an extensive number of research-based reports [http://cfsd.org.uk/research], videos and pages on eco-innovation, eco-design, marketing and sustainability [http://cfsd.org.uk/resources].

More information on CfSD at http://www.cfsd.org.uk

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Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts T: 01252-892772 E: mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
T: 01403 711177 E: paul@western-pr.com

The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] announces training for the new ISO 14006 eco design standard

July 22nd 2011  The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] in Farnham, Surrey [UK] has announced it is to provide training for ISO 14006, a new guidance standard designed to facilitate eco design. ISO 14006 was published on July 8th 2011, some two months ahead of schedule, and is expected by CfSD to be used by corporates and SMEs alike.

CfSD director Martin Charter, who was global convener of the ISO working group responsible for the standard and intimately involved with forming its content, says it will “provide practical guidance on how to manage eco design within existing management systems, speeding up opportunities to design, develop and produce profitable products with lower environmental impact.”

He adds, “With ISO 14006, manufacturers carrying out eco design can realise benefits in cost reduction, improved stakeholder and supply chain relationships, and improve image, employee motivation and innovation while maintaining the integrity of their EMS.

“But these benefits arise from changes in critical strategic planning and operational activities and can only be realised if they are anticipated, recognised and recorded as part of the overall corporate goals, objectives and targets.”

It is in these areas that CfSD will provide training, effective immediately.

Says Charter, “The standard is intimately linked to ISO 14001 and will help organisations establish a systematic and structured approach to the incorporation and implementation of eco design activities within an environmental management system such as ISO 14001:2004.

“ISO 14006 is a guidance standard, not a certification standard. It is intended to be applicable to all organisations, regardless of type, size and product provided, but is aimed primarily at those that have an environmental management system, such as ISO 14001:2004, in place.

“It will also be useful if combined with a quality management system in line with ISO 9001, and may be useful for those organisations that have no formalised environmental or quality management system but which are interested in reducing the adverse environmental impacts of their products.”

Charter adds that a guidance standard was needed “because no existing standard specifically covers and relates to the differing areas of knowledge and competencies required for the management of eco design within organisations.”

Enquiries about ISO 14006 training at CfSD should be directed to mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk More information at: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/training

About CfSD

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research, training, consultancy and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see:

http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16

More information about The Centre for Sustainable Design:

http://www.cfsd.org.uk

CfSD

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Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University
for the Creative Arts T: +44 (0)1252-892772 E: mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, T: +44 (0)1403 711177
http://www.western-pr.com E: paul@western-pr.com

OpenGreen Innovation Workshop to be held in Brighton on June 27th – free to SMEs and social enterprises to help them identify and market new income generating opportunities for low carbon and resource efficient products, technologies and services

May 30th 2011. The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] has announced an  Open Green Innovation Workshop to be held at The Lighthouse, Brighton, (9.00am – 5.00pm) on June 27th. It’s free to SMEs and social enterprises in the South East and is designed by CfSD to help them identify [and market] new income generating opportunities for products, technologies and services that have lower environmental impacts.

The workshop will utilise the GreenThink process that has been developed by Martin Charter, Director of Farnham (Surrey)-based CfSD.  GreenThink workshops are customised around SME needs and are designed to identify new business opportunities for low carbon and resource efficient products, technologies and services.

Martin, who has more than 20 years of green innovation experience through working  with both large and small companies in Europe, Asia and North America, will lead this workshop and answer questions.

Martin can be seen here talking about the OpenGreen concept

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiRE_UC-5iM

The workshop will include a presentation about sustainable innovation and design and look at identification of income generating opportunities, obstacles to  market success, a focus on specific opportunities, how to develop commercialisation plans, marketing and selling products and provides speed networking opportunities.

“The greening of the UK economy – now given a boost by active government encouragement – is creating hard, commercial opportunities for low carbon, resource efficient products, technologies and services across the industrial spectrum,” says Martin Charter.

“At the local level, the greening of Brighton and Hove through Green Party election victories and green businesses mean that Brighton and the surrounding area will continue to attract businesses and entrepreneurs and other like-minded people, who will drive the local green economy and strengthen it as a key green business hub in the South East.

“The OpenGreen Innovation Workshop provides timely advice from experienced experts on how to maximise opportunities.”

OpenGreen is free to companies or social enterprises that employ fewer than 250 employees that are based in West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Berkshire. A free lunch will be provided and the workshop registration form can be downloaded from:
http://www.cfsd.org.uk/sids/suscin-events/opengreen-booking-form-01.doc – or for registration contact Ros Carruthers on 01252-892772 or email rcarruthers.t1@ucreative.ac.uk

What companies say about OpenGreen workshops

“OpenGreen was a great day to meet like minded individuals and develop understanding and knowledge in the Green Design and Innovation sector” – Partner, Ecotomy http://www.ecotomy.com

“Thought provoking. Exposed me to a number of experts in their field and the way the day was organised helped me interact with them” – Director, Carey Ambrose Ltd. http://www.careyambrose.co.uk

Map & Directions: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/about/contact.htm

More information on The Centre for Sustainable Design
http://www.cfsd.org.uk

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The Centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research; training; consultancy; and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16

OpenGreen workshops are funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013, via the SUSCIN (Sustainable Supply Chains Through Innovation) project http://www.suscin.org.uk

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Media contacts: for further information please contact:
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts T: 01252-892772 E: mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
T: 01403 711177 E: paul@western-pr.com