Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The blog of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey.

Lost in Translation: sustainability down the construction supply chain

by: Luke Deamer, Erica Russell and Jacquetta Lee, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey Introduction We all know the issues of multiple industry PQQs; often irrelevant, time consuming, repetitive and with requests for similar, but slightly different, standards and accreditations. With such barriers, is sustainability being addressed in PQQs? If so, do they […]


Community Engagement Sprint by the UK Green Building Council

“A built environment that enables people & planet to thrive” is the UK Green Building Council mission. Recently, doctoral practitioners Rocio Martinez and Luke Deamer contributed towards this mission through a challenging, innovative and fun sprint on the topic of community engagement . But first, what do we mean by “sprint”? An Innovation Sprint is […]


PhD students exploring sustainability challenges

Nicola Andreij Rieg, Doctoral Practitioner with the Sustainability and Energy Team at Surrey and Professor Angela Druckman (CES) obtained funding through the Doctoral College’s Building Research Communities competition to organise a two-day workshop for post-graduate researchers. The workshop aimed to create a thriving community while at the same time providing PhD students with a better […]


Planes, trains and automobiles… Can polymer composites help in the quest to secure a sustainable future for these modes of transport?

Planes, trains and automobiles… Can polymer composites help in the quest to secure a sustainable future for these modes of transport? The universally recommended method to decide with scientific certainty is with a life cycle assessment (LCA), collecting all possible material and energy inputs and outputs, throughout a product’s life, from raw materials mining to […]


Can volunteering help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

By Lia Papazoglou, MSc student at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, March 2019 In June 2018, I attended a conference where Sue Stephenson, Co-founder and Interim CEO of IMPACT2030, presented on designing employee engagement programs that align with the Sustainable Development Goals.  As a newly accepted graduate student, in pursuit of an MSc in […]


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