Aston University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Julia King has been named as one of the region’s Top 50 Green Leaders for her extensive regional, national and international work in sustainability.
Organised by Sustainability West Midlands, the competition addresses the leadership gap in the area by celebrating and promoting some of the most influential people currently driving the agenda to move to a low carbon economy and society by 2020.
Professor King, who was appointed by the Government to undertake the ‘King Review’ to examine and assess green and sustainable vehicle and fuel technologies, was also appointed by the former Prime Minister in December 2009 as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador. These extremely influential positions have already begun to shape UK policy towards reducing carbon emissions from road transport and, ultimately, tackle the global problem of climate change. She has also developed a hugely successful environmental sustainability strategy at Aston University and led a campaign to make Birmingham to be at the centre of driving new sustainability policies for the UK.
The Top 50 Green Leaders, who received their certificates from international campaigner Jonathon Porritt at a special event at Millennium Point, will now be invited to use this new platform to share and pass on their experiences, skills and knowledge to the next generation of professionals.
They will also be invited to develop new solutions and influence policy by contributing to research and new Government initiatives such as the Big Society.
“Our Top 50 Green Leaders features a diverse group of individuals, who have all helped to implement and run activities that have had a positive environmental impact with additional social or economic benefits,” explained Dr Simon Slater, Executive Director of Sustainability West Midlands.
“There have been some excellent examples of low carbon innovation, communities tackling key green issues successfully and major public services adjusting the way they work to be more eco-friendly.
“It proves the great ingenuity and spirit that was present when the West Midlands kicked off the high carbon revolution is still alive and well today as we invent the low carbon era. We are trying to capture this drive and passion and share it with up and coming leaders, who will be essential in picking up the agenda and running with it.”
Sustainability West Midlands, the sustainability adviser for the leaders of the West Midlands, shares a vision where business and communities thrive in a region that is environmentally sustainable and socially just.
It is private sector led, cross sector and not-for-profit organisation which acts as a catalyst for change through advice to leaders, developing practical solutions with members and sharing success through its communications and events programme.