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Environmental credentials grow at SUMS

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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As part of its commitment to environmental behaviour, the Management School has been awarded a Green Impact Bronze award.

Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme, run in over 50 universities across the UK. It involves both staff and students, bringing them together to green their institutions and create positive change. Dr Sonal Choudhary, lecturer in sustainable management (pictured above), founded the Management School departmental team in 2015 and it has grown quickly, both in size and visibility.

Aligning neatly with the School’s dedication to socially-responsible behaviour, Sonal has led the team to great success – not only securing the bronze accreditation, but also raising awareness of opportunities to save energy and recycle around the school.

She has been nominated for the Community Action Award at the Green Impact awards ceremony on 20 May 2016 for her work on a first-year module, Business Challenges. In 2015, Sonal set the Eco Challenge (linked to the NUS’s Switch Off campaign) to six teams of undergraduates who were tasked with reducing energy and water consumption in student housing, as well as increasing recycling activity. The teams worked closely with the NUS’s environmental advisor and saw great success in particular flats – in fact, their efforts led to a five per cent reduction in energy usage and more awareness around sustainable ways to recycle.

A student member of the Management School’s Green Impact team, Jad Soubra, has also been nominated for the Best Team Member award for his contribution as Green Impact auditor. Taking on the role in a voluntary capacity, the BA International Business Management third-year was inspired by Sonal’s Corporate Social Responsibility module.

Jad said: “The module, which involved analysing the detrimental effects of corporations on the environment and discussing what is being done to lead the business world towards socially responsible future, furthered my existing passion for sustainable development and the climate change movement, so when the opportunity to take part in Green Impact presented itself I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I was also both very excited and proud to hear that this was the first year of the Management School’s involvement in the scheme and requested to work with the School’s Green Impact Team.

“The training was enjoyable and informative. Initially we were introduced to the Green Impact scheme and how it operates. To prepare us for the year ahead, we were divided in teams and asked to complete some situational tasks which we were likely to come across when working with our Green Impact Teams. We also had skills building sessions on Team Management and Behaviour Change. Since the majority of my other teamwork experiences have been with my peers, I have found it very interesting working directly with Management School staff. I also found it motivating to be given the platform to help generate positive change within my department. I have come out of this role with far more knowledge, skills and competencies that I am certain will help me in the future.

“Firms all over the globe are increasingly concerned with the environment and how to minimise their harmful impact and many seek to employ those who share these values. My work with Green Impact has proven my interest in and dedication to this cause and will continue to do so in the future.”

Watch this space for news from the awards.

Heightened awareness of NEX-GIFT project in India

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Dr Alok Choudhary’s continued work on a project to change the future of freight transportation efficiency and sustainability is gaining momentum in India.The Statesman (All Editions), 5th November

The Next Generation Sustainable Freight Transportation (NEX-GIFT) project is being run by Dr Choudhary from Sheffield University Management School, in collaboration with esteemed academics from the USA and the Indian Institute of Technology. It is hoped that once the team has researched new and existing methodologies, identified best practices and created a knowledge framework for establishing practices to reduce the environmental impact caused by the freight industry in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and India, the sector will take findings on board.

The latest significant media coverage (pictured right – click to view larger) appears in India’s leading newspaper, The Statesman.

For more information on the NEX-GIFT project, read previous blog posts here, and here.

India and Chicago await Dr Choudhary

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Alok_linkedInA highly-acclaimed academic from Sheffield University Management School is visiting Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to continue vital work on a research project that could change the future of freight transportation efficiency and sustainability.

Dr Alok Choudhary (pictured), Programme Director of the school’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, alongside colleagues Andrea Genovese and Adrian Solomon, is travelling to Delhi to attend a workshop aimed at continuing the team’s international collaboration with three other prestigious academic institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Rutgers School of Business–Camden (USA) and Fox School of Business, Temple University (USA) as part of a research project funded by the British Council’s UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Representatives from several leading industries across India have confirmed their participation in this workshop.

Throughout the project, named Next Generation Sustainable Freight Transportation (NEX-GIFT), the team will research new and existing methodologies, identify best practices and create a knowledge framework for establishing practices to reduce the environmental impact caused by the freight industry in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and India.

Dr Choudhary’s research project is complemented by his established programme at Sheffield University Management School, which continues to go from strength to strength. The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management has recently been honoured with prestigious accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), which ensure the highest quality of learning, teaching and career development post-graduation. It boasts unrivalled links with industry and integrates these into course material so students have an excellent foundation in best-practice prior to graduation, as well as the academic know-how and rigorous knowledge base demanded by a Russell Group institution such as the University of Sheffield.

Together with Professor Alok Baveja from the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and their Indian collaborators, Dr Choudhary believes that substantial changes can be made through his pioneering research. He said: “Moving freight creates traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise and consumes fuel. Growing worldwide trade and intense pressure to reduce cost and environmental impact of this aging system will have serious and irreversible consequences. Therefore, there is a growing need for a coherent approach for freight transportation and logistics offering an opportunity for reinforced co-operation between freight transportation researches in three continents.”

“The environmental impacts are global and to establish efficient and environmental friendly global logistics network, collaborative studies are needed to understand and identify problems specific to each region. It is critical that the developed improvement strategies should not only consider the requirement of three different continents but also consider industrial and national competitiveness, consumers, shippers, logistics provides and governmental regulations of each region. Therefore, this trilateral research in partnership for innovation is invaluable”.

Cementing Dr Choudhary’s esteemed reputation in the field of sustainability and green issues; he has recently been selected as an international Climate Leader by former United States Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who is leading and running The Climate Reality Project. Mr Gore has identified a select group of academics, NGOs, independent practitioners in the sector and entrepreneurs from across the world to attend a Chicago-based workshop where he will train the delegates to become Climate Leaders. Dr Choudhary’s responsibilities will then include raising awareness of the global climate crisis to stakeholders, including those on NEX-GIFT.

Relevant links:

Sheffield University Management School: www.sheffield.ac.uk/management

The Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org/