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Anthony Dixon

Founder & Chairman

The Alliance for Sustainable Schools

Anthony Dixon is the founder and Chairman of The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS), a non-profit network of schools working together for a sustainable future. He is also the CEO of Metanoia, a sustainability consultancy focussed on schools, and Helios Renewable Energy Ltd., a solar energy company. During his diverse career in sustainability, he has worked in low-carbon housing in the UK, built and managed a biodiesel factory in Hong Kong, designed and installed solar projects for schools, and served on several boards including a solar company in Vietnam and India, a NYSE-listed hydroelectric power company in China, and a renewable energy and resources company in Bougainville, PNG. He was also previously a Managing Director of Citigroup Global Markets. He holds undergraduate degrees in physics and philosophy, a master's in renewable energy engineering (Sustainable Energy Futures) from Imperial College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Anthony has four children, one of whom is a teacher and the other three are attending international schools in Hong Kong. He is a passionate advocate of the important role of schools in the transition to our sustainable future.


31 October, 2023 | 11:10 to 11:30
Sustainability in Schools – A Collaborative Systems Change Approach

This session will answer the following questions: what does sustainability in schools look like, and how can we work together to catalyse systems change whilst engaging students to advocate for sustainable alternatives? 90% of a school’s environmental impact comes from four areas – transport, buildings, food, and uniforms. Making these sustainable requires a problem-solving approach at the systems level. Schools can have a significant influence and are much more likely to achieve change in these areas by working together rather than by acting individually.

As an agent of change, The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS) harnesses the collective influence of its members, engages with their students, and partners with innovative organisations in their local communities to catalyse systems change in five focus areas – school food, school buses, school uniforms, school buildings and education for sustainability.

31 October, 2023 | 15:20 to 16:05
Panel Session: Designing, building, maintaining and operating a sustainable school building
01 November, 2023 | 12:30 to 13:15
Biodiesel and Sustainable School Buses
Sustainable school buses are one of TASS’s five areas of focus for systems change. This workshop will explore the practicalities of implementing low-carbon fuel (biodiesel) in school buses in the UAE, drawing on the experience of our member schools, their students, and our partners.
The session discussion will cover the following:
• Introduction to biodiesel as an ultra-low carbon fuel
• Case studies of biodiesel in school buses
• Discussion of systems-level challenges for biodiesel in the UAE and how to overcome them
• Opportunities for schools and their bus companies to innovate and lead the way