University to launch centre for sustainable practice

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, is to launch its newly established Centre for Understanding Sustainable Practice (CUSP) with an event on Monday 14 September 2009 at its Faculty of Health and Social Care Building, Garthdee.

Members of the public are invited to attend the launch of the new Centre, which aims to educate and inspire people to embrace environmental sustainable practice in their daily lives. It will contribute to the University's ambition to develop its potential to be amongst the ‘greenest' universities in the UK, particularly through the development of its Garthdee campus which will see £140 million invested over the next decade.

The Centre's aim is to establish a benchmark on sustainable practice for other educational institutions and companies to follow, with the lessons learned being built into the courses delivered to students and disseminated to organisations, government and the public.

Speakers at the event will include leading local journalist, Jeremy Cresswell, as well as former Aberdeenshire councillor Martin Ford, whose strong opposition to the proposed Trump development in Aberdeen saw him hit the headlines last year.

In order to achieve its goal of changing the way people think, CUSP's remit involves influencing policy development, undertaking research and developing outreach programmes in partnership with the local community.

Professor Mike Pittilo, Principal the University said, "This initiative sends a very clear message that RGU is serious about changing the thinking, behaviour and practice of individuals, organisations and government by focusing on sustainable development. We are making a very public statement that Robert Gordon University has both the will and opportunity to become an international authority in sustainability."

Dr Alan Owen, who will lead the new Centre, added: "Sustainable development is not just about environmental issues but demands a balance of the environmental, social and political, as well as economics. Major re-thinking is required because the economic model that our entire society is based on assumes continual economic growth, and this is clearly unsustainable. Through CUSP we seek to bring together the people, ideas and practices that will build a better future."

To register for the event, and for more information about CUSP, please contact Sharon MacPherson, CUSP Coordinator, on 01224 262362 or via