Jane Davidson to head university sustainability body

Jane Davidson
Image caption Environment Minister Jane Davidson has promoted sustainability during her term in government

Environment Minster Jane Davidson is to head a university sector institute on sustainability after she leaves her assembly government post in May.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David said she is to head its new sustainability body, Inspire.

The Pontyprdd AM, who lives on a west Wales smallholding, said in 2008 that she would not stand for re-election to the assembly in 2011.

She said: "Sustainability needs to be at the heart of how we do business."

She added: "We cannot continue to use more resources than our one planet can support."

Inspire is the Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Efficiency.

In a statement, the university said Ms Davidson had made sustainable development the assembly government's "central organising principle" while in office.

Former teacher

It added: "She is passionate about the environment and resource efficiency and has been given a number of accolades for her work.

"A former teacher and youth worker, she was also Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills who was responsible for developing the Welsh Baccalaureate in Wales, foundation phase, statutory school councils, Children and Young People's Assembly (Funky Dragon) and assembly learning grants."

Ms Davidson is to lead Inspire in partnership with Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures in Wales, who is a professor of Professional Practice at the university, and Andy Middleton, managing director of the Pembrokeshire-based TYF group.

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