This course introduces and critiques three approaches to improving sustainability: ecosystem services, the circular economy, and per capita energy use.  It examines their application to resolve real-world problems and create commercial opportunities.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,400 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to….

  • Critique terms liked “sustainability”, “ecosystem services”, and “circular economy”
  • Explain how an ecosystem service approach can help society to identify and make decisions regarding the use of ecological resources, with a focus on biodiversity, greenhouse gases, nutrient loss, and water use
  • Explain how we can enhance the stability, resistance and resilience of natural systems
  • Explain how the “circular economy” provides commercial opportunities, and the role of design and manufacturing
  • Use a per capita approach to explore the synergies between food, feed, wood, and renewable energy production to guide decision making and identify opportunities in the context of a case-study.

Core content

  • Moving from an “Empty World” to a “Full World”
  • The Ecosystem Service Approach (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UK National Ecosystem Assessment)
  • Ecosystem processes and succession; the role of energy; feedback systems; biodiversity and system restoration
  • Using an ecosystem approach: quantifying trade-offs and synergies; improving water and nutrient management, reducing greenhouse gases emissions, enhancing stability, resistance and resilience
  • Introduction to the circular economy: opportunities for businesses; opportunities for consumers
  • How design, manufacturing practice and management can contribute to a circular economy
  • Case study: trade-offs, synergies, and opportunities to enhance well-being and ecosystem service provision in terms of energy, food, feed and wood for a case study area.

Timetable

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Theme

Ecosystem services – principles and practice

Circular economy – principles and practice

Workshop

09:00-10:00

Introduction;
Sustainability
Definition & Principles

The role of biodiversity

Introducing the circular economy and the opportunities

Principles of design for a Circular Economy

Synergies and trade-offs: energy, food, feed and wood workshop

10:00-10:15

Break

Break

Break

Break

10:15-11:15

Resource management in a “full world”

Stability, Resistance and Resilience

Case studies and emerging trends

Design for a circular economy

11:15-11:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

11:30-12:30

Well-being & the ecosystem approach

How can we reduce greenhouse gases?

Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship and the Circular Economy

Enhancing resource efficiency: sludge

Workshop -
continued

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Energy, ecosystem processes & succession

Using an ecosystem approach for food production

Private study

Resources & manufacturing

Workshop -
continued

15:00-15:15

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

15:15-16:15

Feedback systems & Gaia

Water for food

Private study

Sustainable manufacturing

Workshop -
continued

16:15-16:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

16:30-17:30

Introduction to assignment

Private study

Private study

Private study

Close of workshop


Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Speakers

Dr Paul Burgess

Concessions

20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni
£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount
£1,280 - Multiple bookings*
* Minimum of 5 delegates.

Up to 50% of the funding for the tuition fee could be made available to you through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership for courses running in 2016 (subject to funding availability)

Up to 50% of the funding for the tuition fee could be made available to you through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership for courses running in 2016 (subject to funding availability).

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.