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Win a bike – what does sustainability mean to you?

Insite with civil engineering consultancy Buro Happold is launching a competition to find the best description of Sustainability.

We’re constantly reminded of how fragile our planet is and how the things we do can harm it. Most of us do as much as we can to limit our impact by sorting our paper glass and tin for recycling or deciding to walk to school or college instead of catching lift in a car.

In each situation, we’re thinking what is best for the planet. If we choose to walk, then we’re reducing pollution caused by car fumes. It takes a little more effort, but the upshot is that the land we live on and air we breathe is better off.

So if we take the view that our planet needs our help to survive, then we should try and bear it in mind in everything we do. Civil engineers do this all the time because their job is to build things. This can have the effect of changing the natural landscape. But good engineering improves the environment. This is sustainability. It’s about keeping in harmony with people, nature, wildlife and cultures and trying to predict the needs of future generations.

Sustainability means something different to everyone – so what does it mean to you? What do you do which could be described as sustainable?

Insite with civil engineering consultancy Buro Happold is launching a competition to find the best description of Sustainability in 100 -150 words. Editor of Insite’s parent magazine New Civil Engineer, Antony Oliver will judge the entries and the best one will win a brand new bicycle - a very sustainable form of transport - and have their description printed in Insite!
Send your entries to:
Insite Sustainability competition, New Civil Engineer, 1st Floor, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7EJ

Or email them to
Ruby Kitching at
You must be a school or college student under 18
to enter and entries must
be received by Insite by
June 13 2008

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