Raising the political profile of sustainability

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Raising the political profile of sustainability

Dr Jo Patterson, a Research Fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, has been invited to be a board member of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF).

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) is a high-level coalition of key UK businesses, government agencies and parliamentarians, which seeks to promote effective sustainability policy in the UK. It aims to maximise business opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy, and foster a shared a belief in the need to operate in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way.  It is part of Policy Connect, a cross-party, non-profit think tank which delivers new policy ideas to the government, using facts and data to recommend the best approach to policy decisions and law-making.

Dr Patterson has over 20 years of research experience and has been involved in a broad range of multidisciplinary, international projects in the area of sustainability in the built environment with a particular focus on energy. She is currently leading a £3million ERDF project combining renewable energy supply, storage and demand technologies into housing and communities following the successful construction of Wales’ first energy positive ‘Solcer’ House.

In her WSBF advisory role, she will work alongside fellow board members which include academics, politicians and company directors with expertise in environmental matters.

Dr Patterson has recently participated in a WSBF Parliamentary Inquiry into water and housing, which is investigating how the Government’s ambition of building millions of new homes can be realised by building the sustainable, resilient communities of the future. The Board discussed the security of water supply and resilience to future floods and drought in the context of the Government’s new housing developments, which should provide the template for a more sustainable use of water in the future.