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Sustainable Places

5 November 2012

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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan (left) and Griff Rhys Jones (right).

Broadcaster, writer, comedian and environmental advocate Griff Rhys Jones led a celebration of the work of Cardiff's flagship Sustainable Places Research Institute during the University's 2012 Sustainability Week.

Griff Rhys Jones, who became patron of the Institute in 2011, addressed guests at an event to mark the second anniversary of the Research Institute, along with Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan and Carole-Anne Davies, Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales.

Speaking about his role as patron, Griff said: "I am delighted to be in Cardiff supporting the Sustainable Places Research Institute. There are a lot of issues and even government policies that rest on the notion of sustainability. We all need to be aware of what this means for every industry, business and discipline."

Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones

Bringing together University academics and other leading figures involved in sustainability work in Wales and the UK, the event highlighted the Institute's pioneering work in the field of sustainability science.

Since its creation, the Institute has had a significant impact on research into sustainable place making, generating new ideas around the management and policy needs for integrated solutions to sustainable living.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: "The Sustainable Places Research Institute is a brilliant example of how our research is helping to create a sustainable future for communities around the world.  Across the University there are other such examples.

"Alongside our research, staff and students are working hard to ensure our day-to-day operations are generating less waste and are as efficient as possible. 

"What Cardiff has achieved to date is something to be proud of, but as a University we need to take the next step. Cardiff can be one of the greenest universities in the UK, one that sets the standard for other institutions and organisations - we mustn't be afraid to think bigger."