The University of Westminster’s School of Architecture + Cities has launched its Climate Action Task Force today in recognition of the urgent need to examine and take responsibility for the role of the built environment in the climate crisis.

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The newly-formed task force is comprised of staff and students from across the school and led by Director of Research Professor Lindsay Bremner, and is committed to bringing about the cultural shift in education necessary to fight climate change. The task force will build on the progress made within the School over the last two years to develop sustainability plans at course level, and will work closely with its student-led societies and initiatives, including WestCAN (Westminster Climate Action Network). 

Today, the task force was officially launched in an online ceremony involving staff and students from the School of Architecture and Cities.

In the first instance, it will aim to develop short, medium and long-term strategies for the School. These include addressing the climate crisis, building collaborative relations between staff and students to collectively develop a more climate conscious curriculum, establishing links between disciplines in the school around climate, raising levels of climate literacy in the school and promoting climate conscious practice externally.

Talking about the launch of the task force, Professor Bremner said: “This initiative will enable the School of Architecture + Cities to develop a co-ordinated approach to the climate crisis across all the disciplines in the School, including Transport, Tourism, Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, and Interior Architecture. As a collaboration between staff and students, we hope that the task force will have far-reaching impact on our research, teaching and knowledge exchange agendas and activities and I am excited to be leading it.” 

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