Farming post peak-oil

April 27, 2009

I found this a really interesting programme on one UK farmer’s investigations into how reliant we are on fossil fuels to maintain current food supplies, and what farming might look like after peak oil is reached.


PhD Studentship at the International Research Institute in Sustainability

November 7, 2008

IRIS offers annual PhD studentships as well as opportunities for research students to contribute, through participatory inquiry, critical action research and other innovative methodologies, to real change towards sustainability. IRIS is inviting applications for a studentship 2009-2011 of £12,940 per annum from national and international researchers who can make a contribution to one of the areas of listed below:


a) Leadership for change towards sustainable development
b) Professional practice and education for sustainable development
c) Monitoring and evaluation in education for sustainable development
d) Organisational learning and change for sustainable development

e) Wellbeing and sustainable development


The deadline for applications is 24 November 2008.


Further details are attached and are also available at


Applications must be submitted on a research degree application form available from: Postgraduate Research Centre, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4A   Tel: 01242 714157  Email: or downloaded

Ashden Awards

October 23, 2008

A scheme/award for sustainable energy projects and ideas here: Open to individuals, businesses, local authorities and schools. Looks like they do some interesting work.

Sustainability reporting by S&P 100 companies made major advances from 2005-2007

July 18, 2008

SIRAN/Social Investment Forum Report Finds Strong Growth in CSR Web Sites, CSR Reports and Use of Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines


WASHINGTON, D.C. July 17, 2008 —  More than half of the United States’ 100 largest publicly traded companies now report on their sustainability efforts, and more than a third now incorporate elements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting guidelines, according to a report released today by the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), a working group of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), and conducted by the independent investment research firm KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.


The 2008 S&P 100 Sustainability Report Comparison, which evaluates SIRAN data through the end of 2007, shows a marked increase in sustainability reporting and use of the GRI by the top U.S. companies since mid-2005.


Key findings include:


* 86 of the S&P 100 companies now have corporate sustainability websites, compared to 58 in mid-2005, an increase of 48 percent;


* 49 of the leading U.S. companies produced a sustainability report in 2007, an increase of 26 percent from 39 in 2005;


* 41 now include a reference or references to the GRI standards, up 71 percent from just 24 in 2005; and


* 34 companies now include a GRI Index in their report, an increase of 70 percent, up from 20 in 2005.


SIRAN’s third annual analysis of sustainability reporting by companies listed on the Standard & Poor U.S. 100 Index is available at

Food wastage is unsustainable – discuss…

May 8, 2008

Just reading the latest report from WRAP about food wastage (HERE)… 6.7 million tonnes of food a year in the UK dumped in the bin before consumption, that’s about a third of all food purchased in the UK. Quite staggering figures in the report… for example every day we throw away:

  • 5.1 million whole potatoes
  • 4.4 million whole apples
  • 2.8 million whole tomatoes
  • 7 million whole slices of bread
  • 1.3 million unopened yoghurts and yoghurt drinks
  • 1.2 million sausages
  • 1 million slices of ham
  • 0.7 million whole eggs
  • 0.7 million whole bars of chocolate and unwrapped sweets
  • 0.3 million unopened meat-based ready meals or takeaways
  • 0.3 million unopened packets of crisps

No wonder we’ve moved beyond a single planet economy. It’s a strange old world when there’s a food shortage resulting in riots in many countries (not helped by biofuels perhaps) and there’s this level of wastage here…  maybe organisations signing up to the Courtauld Commitment is a start?

Sustainable Energy Research Group – Soton

April 30, 2008

Here’s a link to the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton…