Anglia Ruskin joins the Green Economy Coalition

Published: 26 August 2011 at 15:43

Global Sustainability Institute is latest member of influential group

Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute has joined the Green Economy Coalition, which brings together environment, development, trade union, consumer and business sectors from across the world.

The Coalition aims to accelerate a transition to a new green economy and its vision is ‘a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of one planet’.

The Coalition is currently developing a series of policy recommendations based on five areas: greening high impact sectors and services; investing in natural systems; improving societal wellbeing and investing in people; influencing financial flows; and improving governance and measurement.

These policies will be unveiled next month and the Coalition will then begin promoting them to governments and key decision makers ahead of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) was launched earlier this year and is a research institute based at Anglia Ruskin which encompasses a broad portfolio of areas and interests including environment, built environment, technology, tourism, business practice, education and health.

Dr Aled Jones, Director of the GSI, said:

“The Global Sustainability Institute is delighted to join the Coalition and to contribute its expertise in helping forge a coherent new economic vision that works for all.

“The GSI is keen to work with organisations and groups that want to share knowledge on the green economy and sustainability solutions. We aim to help these sustainability solutions become global solutions by building on the evidence base collected through research to support regional partnerships and knowledge transfer.

“The GSI has been set up to bring together the information needed to help inform decisions with the people capable of implementing action. The Green Economy Coalition offers a great platform to take this agenda forward.”

Members of the Green Economy Coalition include WWF International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ecologic Institute, Global Footprint Network, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The Coalition’s secretariat is housed at IIED’s London offices.  For more information about the Coalition, visit