You might be thinking...what does governance have to do with sustainability?
Developing a sustainable community, institution or society must address environmental, social, political, economic and cultural aspects. 'Governance' relates to the way in which we manage people, structures within insitutions, so in order to achieve this we must integrate 'good' governance practices.
The University of Brighton set up the Sustainable Development Policy Management Group in 2006-07, a high level group which is in the position to embed sustainable development in University governance, policy and beyond. The group delivers the University’s Sustainable Development Policy, is chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stuart Laing, and feeds into the university's Management Group.
The recent change in name to the Sustainable Development Management Group denotes a change from having an advisory to an actual management role, setting targets and monitoring progress in different areas.
Grassroots activities and opinions from staff and students can feed directly into the SDMG through the Sustainable Action Network. This is a powerful tool for marrying bottom-up and top-down change.