Lafarge has entered into a new partnership with the Univerity of Hertfordshire's (UoH) Centre for Sustainable Communities.
This exciting new partnership, launched in October 2010, will inform and contribute to the important debate on how to shape sustainable communities in the future.
The partnership comes about from a desire to face up to the challenges of creating sustainable communities and will encourage a debate about sustainable living.
It will combine Lafarge & The University of Hertfordshire's individual practical & academic expertise, in order to inform and influence the agenda in three specific areas:
Joined-up thinking is required to design sustainable places to live.
Joined-up means linking the decisions people make about their lives: accommodation, travel, work, schools, shopping, health...it's not just about houses, factories, roads, hospitals - it's about planning whole ways of living.
Moving away from fossil-fuel dependence
The cost of fuel for heating and transport is rising rapidly. It will affect everything we buy, and will disproportionately affect vulnerable members of communities. Reducing demand for fossil fuels and increasing generation from renewable sources are essential steps in what must be our aim of energy self-sufficiency.
Transport choices are damaging our economy
Time spent in traffic is wasted time - it costs us billions of pounds and it's getting worse. We need alternatives which help people to choose to live closer to work, to travel less, to choose alternatives to cars, and to work at home.
What is the partnership interested in?
And, the UoH's areas of expertise:
The partnership will be led by a steering committe drawn from UoH, Lafarge and a small number of other public and private bodies.
Listen to the partners talking about the partnership
To find out more about the partnership, watch these brief videos of Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK Mineral Resources' Director, Stuart Wykes, and the University of Hertfordshire's Professor Andrew Starr talking about the partnership.
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