Local charity, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is delighted that Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, is to be its first ever patron.

The appointment was announced at the Annual General Meeting of WinACC on 6 October 2012 at 10.30 in St Lawrence Parish Room, Colebrook St, Winchester SO23 9LH. 

Professor Carter has a background in the field of Environmental Geochemistry with a particular interest in environmental pollution and their impacts on health. She has published over 100 articles and has edited or contributed to several books and editorials.

Professor Joy Carter said “WinACC is a professional, well managed organisation which is working tirelessly in an area of huge importance to human kind. It inspires and facilitates organisations and citizens in Winchester and District to work together creatively to accelerate the move to a low carbon society.” 

WinACC was founded in October 2007 with the aim of cutting the yearly carbon footprint of Winchester District by 30 per cent between 2004 and the end of 2015. The University is one of WinACC’s founding members. Since the start, it has given the group office space at the University. Working together, the two organisations have put on a number of important events on climate change, most recently a conference on Renewable Energy in Winchester District which attracted 100 bookings, and set the scene for the expansion of renewable energy generation in Winchester District.

Chris Holloway, WinACC Director, says “So far, the footprint of Winchester District has gone down by about 10% so there is still another 20% to go. Having the support of an important local figure in Professor Joy Carter will help us raise awareness of climate change, probably the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.”