• 20 April 2016

Training the next generation of environmental leaders

Training Better Leaders Workshop

From 20-22 April 2016, 60 bright young undergraduates, masters and DPhil students from across the University of Oxford will come together to participate in the Environmental Change Institute’s (ECI) innovative ‘TBL: Training Better Leaders’ workshop.

Part of the ECI’s Sustainability Internship Programme, the workshop aims to equip the leaders of tomorrow with a deep understanding of the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ (TBL) of Sustainability – its environmental, social and financial perspectives – as well as provide them with the skills, experience and networks with which they can make a positive impact to sustainability in the ‘real world’, throughout their future careers.

The TBL course is unique in its breadth of appeal, drawing students from a diverse range of subjects. A total of 13 departments from across the University of Oxford are represented; from the Saïd Business School to the Blavatnik School of Government; the Departments of Zoology and Plant Science, to the Faculties of Law and Music; as well as others, including the School of Geography and the Environment (home to the ECI).

DPhil student Claudia Comberti, explains why she applied to attend TBL: Training Better Leaders workshop. “What I see as critical in the current environmental crisis is creating and influencing positive change. I'm excited to learn more about what's being done and what works, and strategies for influencing positive and sustainable change across sectors.”

Bringing a wide range of experience and sustainability expertise to the course will be a diverse set of speakers from the private sector (including representatives from HSBC, Sainsbury’s and 2degrees), the public sector (with both Oxford’s City and County Councils represented and the UK department of Energy and Climate Change), charities (NGOs include The Nature Conservancy and Good Food Oxford), and academia. There will also be representatives from the University of Oxford’s Careers Service, to help give these leaders of the future the very best start in their careers.

Professor Jim Hall, ECI Director comments: “We regard the ECI’s Sustainability Internship Programme as an extremely important part of our institutes mission to research environmental change and explore sustainable ways of responding to those changes. Our institute is having a major impact by working with trusted partners in government and business, and by training the next generation of environmental leaders. The TBL: Training Better Leaders Workshop unites these objectives. The programme is open to all Oxford University students, providing them, whatever their discipline, with the opportunity to engage with the challenges of sustainability and explore the possibility of an internship in a sustainability role.”

This is the second workshop of its kind and scale run by the ECI and is quickly building a reputation for excellence. DPhil student and participant Jae-Young Lee explains: “This programme has been highly recommended to me by previous participants… [it will] be a great opportunity to re-think and embrace the broaden sense of sustainability embedded on ‘REAL’ - environmental, social and financial - world.”

From sustainable food for the mind to sustainable food for the belly – the ECI is proud to support local caterers and producers within its sustainable workshop’s holistic design. Charitable Family Centre ‘Donnington Doorstep’ and the Vaults and Garden will be providing the food for the three-day workshop, along with Shotover Brewing Co, Cotswold Cider Company, CheeseWorks Cheltenham.

"We regard the ECI’s Sustainability Internship Programme as an extremely important part of our institutes mission to research environmental change and explore sustainable ways of responding to those changes. Our institute is having a major impact by working with trusted partners in government and business, and by training the next generation of environmental leaders."

Professor Jim Hall, ECI Director

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