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SUSTAINABILITY SUB-GROUPS

Sub-groups are one of the key ways the Sustainability Network can take action on specific issues. The sub-groups are out-come focused, so each group aims to produce a physical output such as an event, a report, a think piece, an industry resource, a webpage etc. Because the Network is largely coordinated by volunteers, the aim is that sub-groups will be self-driven. Several sub-groups networks have been created so far and more are forming you can find out more about these and how you can get involved below.

Sustainable Households

Sustainable Households

Sustainable behaviour: this group seeks to incentivise households to be more sustainable by offering tools and techniques to assess, compare and reduce their consumption. In this context sustainability is defined as the reduction of energy, water and waste impacts on the environment. We conducted a survey of members on household sustainability to find out what households are currently doing and what they think the biggest problems are. The results are summarised here. Next we will develop solutions to address the issues identified. The group lead are Tanuja Pandit and Ian Dodds.

If you're interested in joining this sub-group or finding out more, please complete this quick form.

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Production: this sub-group is looking at how the fashion industry can further embrace sustainable design. The scope and out-put(s) will be formally decided by the group, but the first output is a Sustainable Fashion Innovation Showcase and Symposium on 18 September 2017. This event gives an opportunity for designers, brands, industry practitioners, higher education professionals, and researchers to present their work, along with a research stream looking at the key themes of sustainable design, ethical production, retail and consumption, and education. The group lead is Debbie Moorhouse

If you are interested in joining or finding out more, please complete this quick form

Sustainable department store

Sustainable department store

Sustainable Commerce: the Sustainable Department Store project aims to bring together a wide range of products that have a compelling story about local production, positive labour practices, recycling or raw materials usage. We want to bring sustainability to the high street, by creating a familiar department store experience. Initially, we’ll be aiming for a temporary store in a major shopping area, for up to a month in autumn 2018.

If you're interested in joining this sub-group or finding out more, please complete this quick form and we will be in touch. The group lead is Talia Hussain. 

Students and Recent Graduates

Students and Recent Graduates

The main group activity is to implement a mentor scheme for young people, particularly students and recent graduates entering the sustainability space, with the view to holding an event for mentors and students in 2018. A follow-on mentoring scheme could encompass: One to one mentoring sessions between experienced practioners and students/graduates; Advice and assistance with specific sustainability related projects; A formal arrangement between the RSA (or Sustainability Network members' employers) and academic institutions relating to research projects. Paul Coverdale and Krista Lankela are the group leads.  

If you are interested in being a mentor or joining the group please complete this form

 Health and Wellbeing Videos

Health and Wellbeing Videos

Sustainable behaviours: the Sustainability Health & Wellbeing group’s aim is to educate people on the necessity for well-being to be recognised as a key part of sustainability and will do this through producing a series of short informative videos on various topics related to sustainability and health and well-being.

If you are interested in getting involved please complete this quick form. The group lead is Tabi Jane. 

Hackathons

Hackathons

The purpose of this group is to organise hackathons on key sustainability issues. The topics may vary but the group will coordinate and run the Hackathons. There has been interest from several members in an initial hackathon with Leeds Council, Forum for the Future and the Open Data Institute on a topic around infrastructure and climate change (yet to be fully mapped out).

If you want to get involved or find out more, please complete this short form. The group lead is Umesh Kumar. 

Creativity and Sustainability

Creativity and Sustainability

The creativity & sustainability sub-group will develop conversations, ideas and actions to take forward around the themes of creative responses to sustainability, specifically looking across creative making and arts practices linked to sustainability. The first outcome of the sub-group will be to research previous work done by the RSA, for example the Arts & Ecology programme 2005-2010, and write blog post/article about this for the RSA website/magazine indicating how the sub-group can build on this. The sub-group actively invites innovators within the fields to get involved. The group lead is Anna Sexton. 

If you are interested in participating of finding out more, please complete this short form

Corporate governance for sustainability

Corporate governance for sustainability

Sustainable Commerce: focusing on how to practically implement sustainability and the SDGs in all business operations and the day-to-day running as well as the Board – beyond CSR. We need experienced investors, company directors, consultants as well as professionals working in the CSR/sustainability departments of their companies. This is to gain insights into what mechanisms are in place, what works and what doesn’t. The goal is to build a model of corporate governance that puts sustainability at its core, for both SMEs as well as bigger corporations. 

If you’d like to get involved, please complete this quick form. The group lead is Lea Hurlin

Consultation responses

Consultation responses

The purpose of this group is to prepare responses to government consultations in relation to sustainability on behalf of the RSA/RSA Sustainability Network. Members will keep an eye out for consultations on relevant topics and circulate information to the wider network inviting them to contribute to the Network’s response. The subgroup members will then coordinate and prepare the response, with input from the RSA Board if necessary.

Interested in joining or leading this sub-group? Please complete this short form and the Network Chair Susan Harris will be in touch. 

Circular manufacturing

Circular manufacturing

Sustainable Production: focused around the potential for improvement in quality associated with the adoption of a circular manufacturing this group has identified two possible outcomes to focus on: The RSA medal for leading adopters and Key products.

Interested in joining this sub-group? Please complete this short form. The group lead is Clive Hall. 

C2C Buildings

C2C Buildings

Sustainable Production: understanding Circular economy and cradle-to-cradle are at the forefront of development in the built environment globally.  As this group builds its understanding of where the RSA can contribute, it is keen to help promote what's already going on, and perhaps disseminate more about CE and C2C to the fellowship. 

If you're interested in joining the subgroup of finding out more please complete this short form. The group lead is John Routledge. 

Other sub-groups

Several other sub-groups are currently in the early stages of development. These are listed below – please get in touch with the lead contact if you are interested in getting involved in these themes and might be interested in getting involved in a developing a subgroup.

Sustainable Behaviours:

Sustainable Production:

  • Quality manufacturing; the RSA Medal; Key Products; Infrastructure; RSA Quality Mark -  Clive Hall cjh@eventuremedia.co.uk

Sustainable Commerce:

 Other Sustainability:

FORMING SUBGROUPS AND THEMES

In line with the full title of the RSA: The Royal Society of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, the Sustainability Network has identified 3 core themes to underpin the formation of new Sub Groups, together with a fourth all encompassing theme of ‘Other Sustainability’.

 

SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR

 

 

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

 

SUSTAINABLE

COMMERCE

 

OTHER

SUSTAINABILITY

 

So, for example, new Sub group outcomes might be related to:  Sustainable Towns; Resource efficient manufacturing; Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Food; Sustainable Land management; Anti-corruption; Social enterprises or anything else that you believe to be important.

If you have an idea for another sub-group and are happy to lead it: please let us know by emailing the Chair, Susan Harris at susan@srssustainablebusiness.co.uk and RSA London Manager, Charlotte Bayley at charlotte.bayley@rsa.org.uk briefly giving the topic, the outcome, and your contact details. We will then circulate this information to the network calling for expressions of interest. If others are interested, we’ll put you in touch so that you can form a sub-group and take things forward.