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June 2009

New SDC Chair Keen to Work in Partnership With Executive
The Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland is delighted to congratulate Will Day following his appointment as new UK Chair of the Commission. Mr Day will take over from Jonathon Porritt on 27th July 2009.

SDC Gives Evidence to Climate Change Inquiry
On Thursday 7th May the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland was called to give evidence to the Assembly Environment Committee Inquiry into Climate Change.

Commission Welcomes Minister to Dinner
On Wednesday 10th June the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland hosted a dinner in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. The purpose of the event was to bring together a number of figures tasked with promoting sustainability inside and outside of Government in Northern Ireland.

Aviation and the Challenges of Island Living
Air travel has been heralded as one of the great successes of the modern world, creating wealth and employment, enabling worldwide economic and cultural interaction, and enriching our lives.

Who's Up For A Low Carb Diet?
In many ways, the success of the farming industry in the last fifty years has been astonishing, its productivity underpinned by ingenuity, technology and sheer hard work. But also by cheap oil.

Key Business and Political Leaders Meet to Map out Steps to Economic Recovery
Key figures from the world of politics, business, the community and voluntary sector came together in Parliament Buildings today to develop a platform for economic recovery in Northern Ireland. The event, hosted by the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland, was attended by members of the Northern Ireland Green New Deal Group, Sustainable Development Commissioners, experts from across the UK and Ireland, and members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

April 2009

Executive Should Embrace a 'Sustainable New Deal'
The Sustainable Development Commission today launched ‘A Sustainable New Deal’ - the Commission’s recommendations on how government should tackle the current economic downturn, creating jobs and tackling inequalities, whilst at the same time moving toward the low carbon economy of the future.

March 2009

Alan Knight Accepts The Green Challenge!
Sustainable Development Commissioner Dr Alan Knight was a guest speaker at the Greenmount Agricultural College’s ‘Green Challenge’ Conference in early February. Alan addressed the assembled audience on the future of the horticultural industry in a sustainable world.

Sustainable Energy Sources 'Flowing, Blowing and Growing All Around Us'
On February 24th, Head of the SDC in Northern Ireland, Jim Kitchen, spoke at a roundtable discussion on 'Sustainable Energy Futures' at Queens University. Also taking part were key stakeholders from the energy, community and nuclear power sectors.

Sustainable Housing - Creating An Insulated Economy
In Northern Ireland today, almost half of our per capita carbon footprint is generated by our homes or, more specifically, the way we live in our homes. That includes fuel use and electricity, as well as the carbon embedded in the construction and the repair, maintenance and improvement of our homes.

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