As many of you may be aware DeMontfort University is making sustainability one of its main commitments and concerns. DMU has been taking various steps to become a more sustainable place to work and study; some of them are physical improvements to the electrical and heating systems, others are concerned with the way we behave, for example by encouraging staff and students in taking part in the Green Impact and Student Switch Off projects, or being one of our Environmental Champions.
But we would like all students and staff to become involved and share their ideas on how to make DMU a much more sustainable university. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas!
We cannot guarantee that you will see your ideas put in place, but we do promise that we will carefully evaluate all the suggested ideas and we really want to hear what you think of DMU as a sustainable university.
Do you want to join the conversation? Then follow us on twitter (@SustainableDMU), like our Facebook page, and follow our blog. If you`d like you can also subscribe to the blog post by email so you`ll know when something new has been added and if you don`t feel like tweeting or posting to Facebook you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we`ll put you`re comment on the blog ourselves.
The project is conducted by one of our PhD students: Monica Pianosi.
If you`d like to get in contact with her follow these links:
Follow her on Twitter
Send her an email: email@example.com
Check her blog about the project http://thelivinglabiesd.wordpress.com
You can also `physically` find her in the Queens Building, room 1.05.
*Do you know what a participatory process is?
‘Public participation’ means to involve those who are affected by a decision in the decision-making process. It promotes sustainable decisions by providing participants with the information they need to be involved in a meaningful way, and it communicates to participants how their input affects the decision.
[Definition by the iap2, the International Association for Public Participation]
1. Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.
2. Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers, facilitating the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision.
3. Public participation provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.
4. Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.
Do you wish to read more about public participation? Here there are some papers:
Hobson, K. and S. Niemeyer (2011). “Public responses to climate change: The role of deliberation in building capacity for adaptive action.” Global Environmental Change 21(3): 957-971.
Few, R., K. Brown, et al. (2006). Public participation and climate change adaptation. Tyndall Cnetre Working Paper. T. C. f. C. C. Research. 95: 17.
Petts, J. (2006). “Managing Public Engagement to Optimize Learning: Reflections from Urban River Restoration.” Human Ecology Review 13(2): 172-181.
Webler, T., S. Tuler, et al. (2001). “What is a good public participation process? Five perspectives from the public.” Environmental Management 27(3): 435-450.
Owens, S. (2000). “‘Engaging the public’: information and deliberation in environmental policy.” Environment and Planning A 32(7): 1141-1148.
Webler, T. and S. Tuler (2000). “Fairness and competence in citizen participation: Theoretical reflections from a case study.” Administration & Society 32(5): 566.
Arnstein, S. R. (1969). “A ladder of citizen participation.” Journal of the American Planning Association 35(4): 216.