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APGDI Newsletter: April 09
18/05/09 APGDI Newsletter: April 09
BSF Seminar: ‘Greening Schools for the Future: Building Sustainability’
The fifth event in the APGDI’s Forward Look Programme, which assesses the progress of Building Schools for the Future (BSF), focused on sustainability. Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the Children’s, Schools and Families Select Committee chaired a panel of speakers that included Tim Byles, CEO of Partnerships for Schools, Dr Stewart Davies, from the Sustainable Development Commission, Robin Nicholson of the Zero Carbon Schools Task Force, and Sunand Prasad, RIBA President. To read more about the event click here.
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Procuring Design Research Project: Navigational Seminar with the DBA
On 13th May we will be hosting a roundtable discussion with senior level figures from the design industry to help inform the direction of our upcoming research project. Read more here.
Procuring Design Research Project: Call for Witnesses
If you are interested in being involved please contact Oliver Coppard
Design and Innovation News
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- Reflections on the biggest global design fair, which took place in Milan last month
- Be Bold: London Design Festival launches its programme
- DBA calls for entries for Design Effectiveness Awards ‘09
- Media furore ahead of Prince Charles’ speech to RIBA
- Designers’ reactions to the budget
- NESTA launches new programme for an ageing society and calls for ideas
- ‘Objectified’: a documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects
For more about the film click here and showing times click here
- RDA spending on Science and Innovation has increased steadily since 2001-2
- How the NHS Rapid Review Panel judges the suitability of new products
- Government support for research and development of environmentally-friendly car technologies
- New hospital furniture design with the Design Council and Helen Hamlyn Centre
- Science and Innovation in Sedgefield
- Thermal efficiency in the Home Department
- Independence of the Science Museum
- British design heritage: retaining the Minton archive
- The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme
- Cost of the Digital Britain summit
- Shape of the employment market after the recession
- Creative Scotland
21st April 2009
Parliamentary Seminar sponsored by:
The fifth event in the APGDI’s Forward Look programme, which assesses the progress of Building Schools for the Future (BSF), focused on sustainability.
Building Schools for the Future is the government's 15 year plan to rebuild or upgrade all public sector schools in England.
These schools, whilst only responsible for 2% of national CO2 emissions, account for 15% of public sector emissions. So in terms of the government's responsibility, schools represent a significant opportunity for reductions.
Clearly the issue of sustainability is currently high on the political agenda meaing the event attarcted a lot of interest.
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools – the organisation responsible for the roll-out of BSF – began his presentation by admitting that sustainability wasn’t a priority at the conception of BSF.
Now, however, only six years later, it is at the heart of the programme.
He was followed by Dr Stewart Davies of the Sustainable Development Commission, Robin Nicholson of the Zero Carbon Schools Task Force, and Sunand Prasad of Penoyre & Prasad architects, who have had significant experience in rethinking the way we build and use schools.
The panellists' presentations were followed by a healthy and lively discussion between the panel and the floor, chaired by Barry Sheerman MP of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.
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