Published: 04 March 2020

Sustainability, with Richard Murphy

From research in West Africa to local projects like the Surrey Climate Commission, which promotes the net-zero carbon initiative.

‘This is the most exciting time in my career for sustainability research!’ asserts Richard. ‘The public mood is completely behind doing whatever it takes to save the planet.’ Richard is director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), which investigates ‘living sustainably’ now and in the future. This comprises areas like our carbon footprint, materials consumption, economics, our livelihoods and our wellbeing: they all come together in the concept of Sustainability and its three pillars – Environmental, Economic and Social. And CES’ collaborations – with the likes of Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Guildford Environmental Forum, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Hills AONB -- make it a real powerhouse of new thinking, formidable partnerships and innovative approaches.

As Richard explains, ‘Here at the University, we are at the forefront of finding solutions for a sustainable planet; we rely on our supporters and partners to help us accelerate the ideas into practice, and to make a difference.  We play an integral role in this community, and we are proud to have a unique position of responsibility to Surrey and its citizens.’

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