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New sustainability institute to be launched at Leeds Met University

8 March 2012 No Comment

A new sustainability institute is to be launched at Leeds Metropolitan University, as part of the city’s plans to improve its carbon footprint.

According to edie.net, the Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) will use the building to further examine ways the city can create more sustainable buildings and develop a more energy-efficient society.

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Impact of new buildings on the environment

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The centre will focus on land management, water management, climate change and creating a low carbon economy; as well as the impact that new buildings have on the environment. This could involve studies into how external and internal wall cladding can create further reductions in the running costs – as well as the emissions – released by local buildings.

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Potential to make global impact

Speaking to leedsmet.ac.uk, LSI director Professor Chris Goose explained how the new facility could help make a huge global impact. He said:

“Our aim is to develop research and enterprise that makes a positive difference. The Institute will provide a clear path to those that want to engage and a more responsive unit that can develop and connect enterprise.

“Whilst our reach extends around the world, the economic and environmental challenge requires positive local and global impact, something that we aspire to.”

The former director of Friends of the Earth Jonathon Porritt will attend the launch party for the institute on March 29th.

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