Philip Monaghan is a recognised and highly successful leader with 16 years of experience as a strategist, change manager, programme deliverer and fundraiser in the fields of economic development and environmental sustainability across the public, non-profit and private sectors. He has a degree in Economics and is presently reading an MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and in 2007 was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) in recognition of his work to date. Presently, Philip is Head of Environmental Sustainability for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, part of the Liverpool City Region in the UK. Prior to this he worked for the world renowned think-tank AccountAbility in numerous senior management roles. Before this he was with professional service providers WSP Group (a global engineering consultancy), The National Centre for Business and Sustainability, and PS EPEC (PS Economic, Planning & Environmental Consultants). This is in addition to assignments with North East Lincolnshire Council, Groundwork (an environmental charity) and Consumer Focus (a consumer advocacy body). During his career Philip has worked with an array of partners and clients across mainland Europe and in Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, Russia, South Africa, USA and Venezuela, including with the European Commission, the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), WWF, Gap Inc., Marks & Spencer and Vodafone.
A beautifully useful book. Professor Paul James, Director, UN Global Compact Cities Programme Beyond the gestures of the great and the good, Philip Monaghan has identified a treasure trove buried in the devilish details of the local, driven by unsung heroes, that will be the currency of sustainability in an era of austerity. Simon Zadek, Visiting Senior Fellow, Harvard's J F Kennedy School for Government, Senior Advisor on Sustainability to the World Economic Forum and author of the award-winning book The Civil Corporation Too often, the literature for strategies on how to address the complexities of ensuring the future sustainability of our communities is targeted towards our global leaders, the business world or the consumer. Very little research has been aimed at the local policy-makers and civil servants who face the on-the-ground challenges of delivering sustainable solutions for our future through policy, programmes and delivery. The author has now closed that gap with a well-written and thoughtful look at practical approaches from Kyoto to Knowsley which reflect the realities of public spending cuts, yet provide answers and case studies that local governments can learn from. Bill Boler, Director, Physical Regeneration, Business in the Community Developing economies in particular, have unique challenges in 'doing more with less'. Service delivery at local level where capacity and resource constraints are immanent, remains a crucial ingredient in developing sustainable future societies. Therefore, finding creative and workable solutions in dealing with this is urgently needed. This book indeed provides such solutions specifically for (responsible) leaders in local governments and will play a vital role in the drive towards sustainable future societies. A must-read! Professor Derick de Jongh, Director, Centre for Responsible Leadership, University of Pretoria Have we ever needed Philip Monaghan's invitation to experience the kaleidoscope of cost-neutral ways towards sustainability more than now? Worldwide we recognise the symptoms of a multifaceted crisis: Our ecosystems start to fail with the most obvious example being disasters due to floods, droughts, storm and intense precipitation. Our economies start to fail, producing unemployment, poverty, cutbacks in public budgets yet continue to ride the horse of fossil-based industry and uncontrolled financial speculation. Our societies start to fail, leaving us with less social cohesion and solidarity, unable to integrate. If this were not enough, our traditional governance systems are often unable to respond appropriately. Local managers and political leaders remain paralysed and unprepared, lacking inspiration about what is possible. Better not to move, than do something wrong! Cities are system-relevant and in their entirety too big to fail for our planet! Within the next two decades, 60% of the world's population is expected to live in cities. 70% of the global GDP is generated in cities. Cities globally consume 67% of energy and emit 70% of greenhouse gases. And the ecological footprint of Greater London alone equals the whole of Spain. Monaghan does not leave us any reason to fail to act. He clearly shows that it absolutely possible for local governments to battle for sustainable development at low cost or no cost while creating win-win situations. While looking at cities around the world, he has collected numerous practical examples from outside the box that can now serve as blueprints for local leaders. As our economies are on the mend, it might be easier to pick these up. The next depression is waiting around the corner, while climate change turns out to be progressively aggressive! An encouraging book and recommended reading for mayors and councillors. Holger Robrecht, Director, Sustainability Management Programme, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability A readable and inspiring book which will guide local councils around the world to do more with less and leave a better planet for our grandchildren. Professor Carol Adams, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Sustainability), La Trobe University, Melbourne This book is about smart solutions. Drawing on examples from across the world, it shows how those public sector organisations at the sharp end of delivery can get bigger sustainability outcomes with less money. Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future Inspiring and very readable, Sustainability in Austerity is the essential guide to the local solutions that work. Alex MacGillivray, Director, AccountAbility