We have established a partnership between Newcastle City Council and researchers at ESAG to address the sustainability challenge complementing the Building Schools for the Future and Science City programmes.

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Building future schools

Example projects

We have developed a number of action oriented projects building on the Enviroschools programme across 90 city schools.

  • Waste and enterprise: A wide ranging demonstration project which will introduce reverse vending facilities with commercial and public sector partners across the city.
  • Ecofootprinting: build on existing ecofootrpinting activities to create an ecofootprinting resource for schools. Developing resources for all stages supported by action oriented projects.
  • Art and international links: developing links to bring North Western Native Americans to Newcastle to educate children about approaches to sustainability from other cultures.
  • Renewable technologies - curriculum materials: development of materials covering a range of renewable energy technologies and the environment. Materials being developed through local partnerships.
  • Renewable energy installations: proposal to develop a network of weather stations and renewable energy facilities across the city’s schools. Supporting funding bids for schools to install renewable energy technologies.
  • Mobile resource: units with renewable device to demonstrate renewable energy and generation of electricity in an interactive and entertaining way.
  • Gardens and food production: The Energy Systems Analysis Group have supported bid submission by pilot schools for the Food for Life project and will be integrating food initiatives with projects in other areas of the ecofootprint including energy, waste and transport.
  • Imagineering Clubs: to encourage young people to become skilled engineers and scientists for the future. A pilot programme of activity clubs has been established where pupils build practical kits such as windturbines while supported by a trained engineer.
  • World Environment Day: seven schools will visit our University to share knowledge of current projects and explore opportunities to develop international links.
  • Eldon Square Shopping Centre: initiated a number of corporate social responsibility projects in different areas of sustainability including waste and energy.

Contact the EDC

For further details of the EDC's activities please get in touch with us through our contact page.

Commercial Research at Newcastle University

A full list of commercially available research facilities for Newcastle University can be found on the Services for Business web pages.

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Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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Upcoming seminars

The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

These seminars (often in association with an engineering institute) are always open to students and staff at the university and often to the public.

Upcoming events will be listed on this website in the future. Please check back from time to time for updates.