My Thoughts

Biosphere 2 – getting along sustainably

Remember those odd news stories in early 1990s, about four men and four women who sealed themselves into a 3.15 acres greenhouse in Arizona desert for two years? Their mission – to see if it was possible to build a self sufficient habitat to make living on Mars  possible. And also to learn about the Read More…

First Chair for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership appointed Alan Knight as its first Chair in June 2013. It takes Alan back to his academic and first career roots as Alan’s PhD centred on looking at the impact of china clay waste off the coast of Cornwall and his first job was as a marine Read More…

Taking on a proper job

After five years I am going back to what my Mum would say, “a proper job”. Mums have a way of saying things, don’t they? For her it is putting my feet safely back on the ground with true accountabilities and responsibilities, but those who know me fear it is clipping my wings. Both points Read More…

Oil sands revisited

Since February 2008 I have visited Calgary to gain insights to the oil sand industry seven times, the latest time this month. I have witnessed the creation and growth of the Oil Sand Leadership Initative (OSLI). The members have given me private access to their meetings and I am OSLI’s first official “critical ally”. The Read More…

Alan Knight announces Virgin Earth Challenge shortlist

Alan Knight, speaking as the Virgin Earth Challenge Director, recently announced the details of the 11 shortlisted organisations hoping to win the coveted VEC $25 million prize at the Global Clean Energy Congress in Calgary. http://www.virgin.com/people-and-planet/blog/virgin-earth-challenge-announces-leading-organisations

WRAP appointment

WRAP, (www.wrap.org.uk), has recently announced the appointment of Alan Knight as a non executive director. Alan will support WRAP’s aim of increasing resource efficiency in the UK to deliver economic and environmental benefits.

Alan Knight chosen as one of Top 100 Thought Leaders

Alan has recently been chosen as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business Behaviour in Europe and the Middle East by Trust across America. Research for the Top 100 Thought Leaders was undertaken by Trust Across America and the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence. Read more on 2011 Top 100 Thought Leaders Read More…

Southampton City Lecture 2011

I have lived in Southampton for over 20 years and not far from where I live is the dock side from which the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. Captain Smith ignored several warning of icebergs and continued full speed ahead. We know the rest. Only yards away from that historic dock side is the Read More…

Alan Knight appointed Chair of DEFRA’s Peat Task Force

Alan Knight has recently (8 June 2011) been appointed Chair of DEFRA’s Peat Task Force along with 12 invited representatives from retailers, growing media manufacturers, growers and environmental organisations. The role of the Task Force will be to identify and address supply chain issues across both the amateur and professional markets and explore measures to Read More…

Independent Panel on Forestry

I have recently been appointed to the new Independent Panel on Forestry Policy in England, recently launched by DEFRA.  I, along with other panel members and chair, the Right Reverend James Jones, will be advising DEFRA on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England and on the role of the Forestry Commission.  Read More…