|Dr. Cheryl Desha, co-author of Factor Five, gave a lecture on Global Sustainability
October 2, 2014, The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the
third lecture of the 2014 public lecture series, “The Path Toward a
Global Civilization” at Nippon Seinen-Kan Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
In the lecture titled “Factor Five—Toward global Sustainability through
doing much more with much less,” Dr. Cheryl Desha, co-author of Factor Five,
touched upon global environmental problems facing the 21st century and
introduced a prioritized “to-do list” to tackle the complexities of
population growth, aging profiles, consumption patterns, and the
impacts of pollution from past waves of innovation. According to Dr.
Desha, Factor Five means for example achieving the same result using
only one fifth of the intended resources, or achieving five times more
with the intended resources. She said the purpose of Factor Five is to
inspire hope through holistically reforming systems of technologies,
infrastructures, legal rules, education, and cultural habits
interacting and to present practical examples to produce economic
progress while conserving a healthy environment.
Dr. Cheryl Desha is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development,
Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
and Principal Researcher, The Natural Edge Project Research Group
(TNEP). Together with the TNEP research group, Dr Desha has developed a
range of projects focused on education and training for sustainable
development, including working with universities, professional bodies,
government agencies, companies, and schools and touring international
keynote speakers. She is a contributing author to The Natural Advantage of Nations (2005), a co-author of Whole System Design (2008), Factor Five (2009), Cents and Sustainability (2010) and the lead author on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (2014).
In 2005, she was selected as the Institution of Engineers Australia ‘Young Professional Engineer of the Year.’