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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

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Intellectual Property rights, questions answered, at free workshop

Intellectual Property for Eco-innovators, 14th December 2011
Red Lion Hotel, Basingstoke, Hampshire – RG21 7LX

Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design

Strategic partners: Intellectual Property Office

Supported by  Sustainable Business Partnership

Background

The majority of eco-innovative firms own or create intellectual property (IP) in the form of trademarks, copyright, patents, database rights or registered/unregistered designs. In developing innovative environmental products and technologies, many smaller businesses are not fully aware of the opportunities to protect and exploit their IP. Knowledge of the range of protection and licensing options should complement each eco-innovator?s approach to competing effectively.

Customers and collaborators often seek clarity over the position on IP and around 10-20% of small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) may be involved in litigation related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Many SMEs therefore have questions, such as:

*Why would you apply for different types of IP protection? Is UK registration sufficient?
*Where do you check to clear use of a new business or product name?
*What is the cost/benefit of registering a trade mark?
*What is the difference in protection between a Patent, UK Design Right (automatic and free) and UK  Registered Design?
*Would a contractor own the copyright to commissioned work, if copyright is not assigned to the commissioning company?
*How should confidentiality be agreed?
*what forms of disclosure would invalidate a later patent application?
*How can the value of IP be assessed?
*Where do you apply for each type of IP protection, how do you apply and what does it cost? Where can I get further advice?

This Intellectual Property Workshop will tackle such questions through a series of practical scenarios, discussion and guidance from the Intellectual Property Office. This is based on a successful Intellectual Property Office workshop that has been delivered to SMEs, Business Link and UKTI advisors and a variety of professional bodies for more than 10 years.

Target Audiences

The workshop is aimed at eco-innovative companies with less than 250 employees based in the South East of England that produce low carbon, resource and water efficient products or technologies. Attendees from all roles with a basic to intermediate level of IP expertise are welcome.

Benefits of attending

*Gaining a good understanding of trade marks, patents, copyright, designs and confidentiality ? your questions answered
*Networking
*Access to a full suite of support materials from the Intellectual     Property Office

Agenda

13:00    Registration and Networking

13:30    Introduction and Overview
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts

13:45    Intellectual Property – How IP can impact a businesses?
Commercial Development. Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs.
David Hopkins, Events Manager, Intellectual Property
Office

15:30    Tea/Coffee and Networking

15:50    Intellectual Property – How IP can impact a businesses?
Commercial development
Patents, Confidentiality and Licensing In/Out
David Hopkins, Events Manager, Intellectual Property Office

16:30    Discussion & Q&A

17:00    Close

Fees and Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration
Form:

http://cfsd.org.uk/sids/suscin-events/ipo-workshop-booking-form.doc

Map & Directions

Please refer to the Map at redlionhotelbasingstoke.com/location/

SUSCIN

For information on free business support related to sustainable
products, services and technologies see cfsd.org.uk/sids or suscin.org.uk

Our Funders

SUSCIN has been 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.

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

August 8th 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 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

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The Centre for Sustainable Design – CfSD – to provide 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

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CfSD announces programme for its annual Conference on Sustainable Innovation & Design – October 24-25th 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


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SUSCIN announces free Meet The Buyer event – Bracknell, July 13th 2011 – to enable SMEs in the South East to meet regional and national buyers of sustainable products and services

June 13th  2011.  SUSCIN – Sustainable Supply Chains through Innovation – has announced a free Sustainable Supply Chains Meet the Buyer event in Bracknell, Berkshire, on July 13th, to enable SME suppliers of sustainable products and services in the South East to meet and sell to regional and national buyers.

Through pre-arranged private appointments on the day, the event will showcase the wide range of sustainable, eco-innovative products and services on offer in the region. Buyers will typically be looking to purchase a variety of items, from construction and building maintenance products and services to packaging, cleaning supplies and environmental consultancy.

A similar event in Crawley last year attracted some 20 buyers and 80 of the best sustainable suppliers from across the South East. Buyers included Balfour Beatty Workplace,  the Ministry of Defence,  Oxfam, Partners in Purchasing Ltd, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust and West Sussex Council.

SUSCIN is currently seeking suppliers who wish to meet buyers.  Suppliers will be able to conduct up to eight pre-arranged meetings with buyers of their choice, save time and money on research, marketing and cold calling, and benefit from networking with other suppliers on the day.

To reserve a free place and receive more information, suppliers should contact Kim Newton at Action Sustainability on kim@actionsustainability.com or 02476 236290.

There are three core partners in SUSCIN: The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD – University of the Creative Arts], Action Sustainability and Remade South East. Action Sustainability is an expert in sustainable procurement and is organising this, the third event in the SUSCIN “Meet the Buyer” series.

Martin Charter, SUSCIN Project Director, says  “Meet The Buyer is ideal for suppliers who have lessened the environmental impact of their products or services or have produced new, low impact products or services, and are committed to sustainability in their operations.  The event will deliver them face to face meetings with buyers and therefore save considerable research and marketing costs.”

More about SUSCIN at www.suscin.org.uk

SUSCIN’s Meet The Buyer events 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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Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Leanne Elliott, Project Manager, Action Sustainability   T: 0191 2815777 E: leanne@actionsustainability.com

Or Martin Charter,  SUSCIN Project Director, 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

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