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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: or email Martin Charter


Note to the press; for further information please contact Martin
Charter, The Centre for Sustainable Design,
00 44 1252 892772

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
00 44 1403 711177


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