Day: December 6, 2018

Cynnal Cymru are looking for new board members

[:en]Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, with over 16 years’ experience of supporting change for a sustainable future. It is constituted as a not-for-profit charity with a small, creative and dedicated team of four staff.

We work closely with the private sector and have attracted over 100 new and active members; including many iconic organisations and in 2016 we became the Living Wage Accrediting Body for Wales.

We are looking for Trustees with specific skills and experience in strategy, vision and leadership with a commitment to sustainability.

We are particularly interested in those who have expertise in the fields of law, grants and funding, or ICT, digital infrastructure.

Board membership is an unpaid voluntary role and is based on a three year term with four meetings a year. We welcome applications from a variety of people with a range of experiences from across Wales.

For more information download the Cynnal Cymru Board of Trustees Recruitment Paper 2018

Closing date Friday 25th January 2019.[:]

Departing Chair Derek Osborn Wins Prestigious Award

[:en]At the Cynnal Cymru Board Meeting on 20th November 2018, Derek Osborn, stepped down from his role as Chair after supporting the charity for five years during which he steered the organisation through a period of change to their current position as a financially independent charity. Gary Brace was nominated as his successor and Mr Osborn was pleased that the role was passed on to someone with the experience and passion to lead Cynnal Cymru through their new and exciting chapter.

Derek Osborn was given the Special Recognition Award at this years’ Sustainable Academy Awards, which was presented to him by his successor. The Award is given to individuals who have dedicated their professional life to furthering the agenda and the embedding of Sustainable Development. The award was to recognise more than his unfailing commitment to Cynnal Cymru; it was also in recognition of decades of tireless work towards making sustainable development part of every nation.  It was an honour for Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to celebrate Mr Osborn’s far reaching achievements which were well illustrated by Gary Brace in his speech: ‘His footprint in the sand of sustainability is that of a giant’.

In the early 1990s, Derek Osborn was the top civil servant in the Department of the Environment, where he was responsible for Sustainable Development (SD) policy, for the negotiations that led to the adoption of Agenda 21 and the Climate Change Convention at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and for the creation of the UK’s Sustainable Development Strategy which was a global first. He was co-Chairman of the negotiations for the UN General Assembly Special Session held five years after the Rio Earth Summit.

A decade ago, he was spending part of his week in Brussels as the UK’s appointed member to the European Economic and Social Committee and was the first Chairman of their newly created European SD Observatory. He was an expert adviser to that Committee on Sustainable Development issues including the preparation of the Rio Plus 20 Earth Summit in 2012 and its follow-up.

In the business sector, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Severn Trent plc and a member of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’ Glas Cymru board and has been a member of Tarmac PLC’s Environment Advisory Panel.

In the voluntary sector he has been President of the Stakeholder Forum; an NGO which is the liaison point between international bodies in the environment and development fields. He was one time President of the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, and has been an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a visiting fellow at Green College Oxford and visiting Professor at University College London.

Gary Brace, the new Chair of Cynnal Cymru said:

“It was a brilliant occasion to pay a public tribute to Derek Osborn who has chaired Cynnal Cymru for the last five years, guiding us to become the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales. It is no exaggeration to say that Derek’s footprint in the sand of sustainability is that of a giant. His contribution to sustainable development at the highest level both internationally and nationally stretches back many decades. It was huge honour for me to present Derek with the Special Recognition Award.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

“We have been fortunate at Cynnal to have a Chair of such calibre, experience and passion. Derek has believed in us where many wouldn’t and has seen Cynnal through a difficult time of transition from a wholly funded charity, to one that generates its own income and then through a new partnership with WCVA.

That Cynnal Cymru is still here and contributing to sustainable development projects throughout Wales is largely due to Derek’s leadership. I would like to personally thank our whole Board and Derek’s stewardship in particular, without which our small charity would not now be having such a big impact on making Wales a sustainable nation.

Derek has been an inclusive Chair and has become a good friend of the whole team.”[:]

07 & 21 February | Opportunities for Ultra Low Emission Transport & Local Mobility

[:en]The objective of these Welsh Government funded events is to enable and motivate public sector professionals to speed up the transition to a low carbon, low emission transport system in Wales, with a particular focus on road transport and alternatives to private car ownership.

Delegates will receive information on SMART and vehicle technology, sources of funding, and examples that show how action can be taken that benefits the organisation, citizens, the local economy, and the environment.

A mixture of presentations, displays, demonstrations and surgeries will enable public sector professionals to learn from peers, industry, advisory organisations, government, and social enterprises. The events will begin to provide answers to these questions;

  • What actions can we take – what has been proven to work?
  • What funding is available?
  • What is the best/most appropriate technology?
  • How can we integrate effective alternatives to private car ownership – shared mobility, mobility as a service, electric bikes – with public transport?
  • How can we work in effective partnership with other public bodies, industry, and the community to accelerate the transition to a low emission transport system?
  • How will SMART technology help us achieve this?

Who is this event for?

Public sector and mobility specialists from community and industry

Where and when

Thursday 7th February 2019 – Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham

Thursday 21st February 2019 –SWALEC cricket stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Register your interest

To attend the Wrexham conference on the 7th February 2019, book online here.

To attend the Cardiff conference on the 21st February 2019, book online here.

Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates on all of our events and opportunities.[:cy]Cyfleoedd o Gludiant Allyriadau Carbon Isel Iawn a Mudoledd Lleol

Ar gyfer bwy yw’r Digwyddiad?

Pobl broffesiynol o’r sector cludiant cyhoeddus a phobl sydd yn darparu datrysiadau cludiant mewn partneriaeth a’r sector cyhoeddus.

Nodau’r Digwyddiad

Nodau’r digwyddiadau yw galluogi ac ysgogi gweithwyr proffesiynol yn y sector cyhoeddus i gyflymu’r proses trawsnewid i sustem cludiant carbon isel, allyriadau isel yng Nghymru, gyda ffocws penodol ar gludiant ffordd ac opsiynau eraill i berchenogaeth cerbydau preifat.

Bydd cynrychiolwyr yn derbyn gwybodaeth ar dechnoleg SMART a cherbyd, ffynonellau arian ac enghreifftiau o ddangos sut gall gweithredu bod o fudd i’ch sefydliad, dinasyddion, yr economi lleol a’r amgylchedd.

Bydd cymysgedd o gyflwyniadau, arddangosiadau a gweithdai yn galluogi gweithwyr proffesiynol o’r sector cyhoeddus i ddysgu o gyfoed, diwydiant, sefydliadau cynghorol, llywodraeth a mentrau cymdeithasol. Bydd y digwyddiadau yn dechrau darparu atebion i’r cwestiynau isod;

  • Pa weithgareddau gallen ni wneud? – beth sy wedi cael ei brofi i weithio?
  • Pa arian sydd ar gael?
  • Beth yw’r dechnoleg gorau/addasaf?
  • Sut gollen ni integreiddio opsiynau eraill effeithiol i berchen ar gar preifat – mudoledd rhannwyd, mudoledd fel gwasanaeth, beiciau trydan – gyda chludiant cyhoeddus
  • Sut gallen ni weithio fel partneriaid yn dda gyda chyrff cyhoeddus eraill, diwydiant a’r gymuned i gyflymu’r proses trawsnewid i sustem cludiant allyriadau isel
  • Sut fydd technoleg SMART yn ein helpu ni i gyflawni hyn?

Ble a phryd?

Os dych chi eisiau mynychu’r gynhadledd yn Wrecsam (Canolfan Catrin Finch) ar y 7fed o Chwefror 2019, Archebwch yma.

Os dych chi eisiau mynychu’r gynhadledd yng Nghaerdydd (Gerddi Soffia) ar y 21ain o Chwefror 2019, Archebwch yma.[:]

23 January | Green Space in NHS Wales

[:en]Natural Resources Wales and Public Health Wales invite you to take part in a seminar to explore the opportunities for increasing access to green space on or near to NHS Wales land, to improve the sustainable health and well-being of staff, patients and communities. The event is aimed at NHS Wales Directors of Planning, Directors of Estates, and staff leading on green initiatives, together with policy-makers and other stakeholders.

Register for a place>>[:]

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