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University to host global sustainability conference

March 19th, 2013. Business leaders from around the world will gather at  the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Epsom, UK, November 2013, to  explore solutions to current environmental threats and challenges.

Sustainable Innovation 2013, a conference hosted by the university’s Centre for Sustainable Design, will provide a forum for new thinking, ideas and concepts.

Conference organiser and Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design, Martin Charter said, “Companies are being forced to rethink business models to adapt to the economic imperative, changing weather patterns, natural disasters and resource scarcity. In times of crisis there are often opportunities and there is a growing interest in creating new business models that deliver economic value whilst reducing negative  environmental and social impacts.

“Sustainable Innovation provides an ideal opportunity to take a strategic look at these challenges and to bring leaders from all sectors together to create solutions.”

Now in its 18th year, Sustainable Innovation has brought together 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries, representing a wide range of industry sectors and areas.

The 2013 conference has attracted a diverse range of speakers, including Tanya Bisgaard, founder of Novartis Innovation (Denmark); Lars Mortenson of the European Environment Agency (Denmark); Taru Aalto, Chief Operating Officer of Globe Hope (Finland); Mark Barthel, WRAP (UK); Tracey Rawling Church, Kyocera Document Solutions (UK); and Andy Baynes, Nest Labs (US).

The Centre for Sustainable Design is a research unit based at UCA, which has a leading-edge track record in knowledge transfer related to sustainable innovation and product sustainability. The Centre has a global reach, working with policy-makers, companies and academia worldwide.

For further information about Sustainable Innovation and the wider work of The Centre for Sustainable Design, visit: www.cfsd.org.uk or email Martin Charter mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

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Note to the press; for further information please contact Martin
Charter, The Centre for Sustainable Design, mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk
00 44 1252 892772

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, paul@western-pr.com
00 44 1403 711177

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

CfSD announces programme for its annual Conference on Sustainable Innovation & Design – October 24-25 2011 and now in its 16th year

June 13th 2011, Farnham, Surrey, UK. The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD], founded in 1995 under the stewardship of internationally renowned “green” innovationconsultant, author and speaker Martin Charter, has announced its 16th annual conference in the Sustainable Innovation series – “Sustainable Innovation & Design” – and the chair for day one is the BBC World News presenter David Eades.

The conference runs from October 24-25 2011, at Farnham Castle, Farnham, Surrey, UK, and also lined up is Oliver Heath, the “green” specialist on BBC TV’s Changing Rooms. Oliver, who is also the Founder of EcoCentric and Director of Heath Design Ltd, opens the first day’s proceedings and will be a keynote speaker.

Other keynote speakers on day one are Dr Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Professor Fred Steward, Policy Studies Institute.

In addition Tomoo Machiba, Senior Consultant, Organisation of Economic, Cooperation & Development (OECD), France Michal Miedzinski, Senior Consultant, Technopolis, Belgium, will separately discuss eco-innovation. Jacquie Ottman, Founder and CEO, J. Ottman Consulting, US, will look at “Marketing and Sustainable Innovation” and will also be signing copies of her new book – “The New Rules of Green Marketing” – at the conference. Michael Kuhndt, Head of Centre, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Germany, will focus on “Niche to Mass Market: Strategies for Sustainable Consumption”.

Day one also sees the presentation of two case studies – “Belu water”, by Reed Paget, CEO, One Earth Innovation, and “Tesco – Re-use New Business Model”, by Mark Griffiths, Partner, SecondNature. In addition, there will be a panel on “Sustainable Innovation and Design I: Planning and Implementation”.

Day two will be chaired by Lawrence Bloom, Chairman, B.e Energy, UK/Canada and will look at (i) “Doing More With Less: Linking Design for Sustainability with Corporate Competitiveness in a Smaller World”, with Bruce Piasecki, President & Founder, AHG Group Inc, US (ii) “Sustainability, Innovation and Supply Chains”, with Shaun McCarthy, Director, Action Sustainability, UK (iii) “Social (sustainable) Innovation”, with Trudy Thompson, Founder, Bricks and Bread, UK.

There will also be a panel discussion on “Sustainable Innovation & Design II: Tools and Techniques”.

Full details of each days’ panel and itineraries are at

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

“CfSD’s “Sustainable Innovation” series of annual conferences has run unbroken since the first in 1995,” says Charter, CfSD’s director. “It is still the only one of its kind and this year we again have a great line up of speakers, panel members and other participators and subject matter. Booking early for a place is advisable.”

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 on The Centre for Sustainable Design

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 http://www.western-pr.com T: 01403 711177 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