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University of Brighton opens world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant

University of Brighton opens world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant

Posted on 12 June 2018

The world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant has opened using technology components developed in partnership with the University of Brighton. The ‘5MW/15MWh’ LAES plant works by storing air as a liquid in above-ground tanks and when electricity is required...

Launching the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

Launching the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

Posted on 7 June 2018

Launching a Transformational Tool for the Education Sector - the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard At last we have a transformational ‘All in One’ tool which captures data and performance from many sources and builds one definitive picture of your institutions performance.   EA...

Introducing our 2018 Fellows

Introducing our 2018 Fellows

Posted on 5 June 2018

Last year, we saw a transformation in our member engagement as we launched the EAUC Fellows Programme. This put members firmly at the heart of the organisation, engaging and motivating them while recognising them for their expertise and input. We announced 18 fellows last year, and this year we...

Environmental Audit Committee publishes new Green Finance Report

Environmental Audit Committee publishes new Green Finance Report

Posted on 4 June 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee has today published their second report on Green Finance and how sustainability can and should be embedded in financial decision making. As a sustainability membership body working with post-16 education institutions to embed sustainability holistically into the ...

Nottingham Trent's state-of-the-art science facility wins construction award

Nottingham Trent's state-of-the-art science facility wins construction award

Posted on 1 June 2018

Nottingham Trent University’s state-of-the-art science facility wins construction award   Nottingham Trent University’s new science facility, the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre (ISTeC) has won a regional construction award. The building at the Clifton Campus wa...

Scotland's 90% carbon reduction target

Scotland's 90% carbon reduction target

Posted on 30 May 2018

The draft Climate Change Bill has been discussed within Scottish Parliament, with Ministers agreeing that the 90% reduction by 2050 target will be included. Sector representatives collated a response to the Climate Change Bill consultation which EAUC-Scotland submitted on the sectors behalf, we have...

Scottish Government Energy Efficient Route Map and Consultation

Scottish Government Energy Efficient Route Map and Consultation

Posted on 23 May 2018

On 2 May the Scottish Government released their latest publication ‘The Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map’. The 20-year plan outlines the vision of Scotland being energy efficient and ‘by 2040 our homes and buildings being warmer, greener and more efficient’. The Route Map...

London law school set to reap rewards from rainwater harvesting

London law school set to reap rewards from rainwater harvesting

Posted on 17 May 2018

City, University of London is set to install a rainwater harvesting system at its new £42m law school, in a move which could reduce its water costs by more than £4,500 each year. The standalone rainwater harvesting system, provided by water management firm Waterscan, will op...

Enactus Edinburgh

Enactus Edinburgh

Posted on 11 May 2018

Enactus UK look forward to Enactus Edinburgh, our 2018 National Champions, representing the UK at the Enactus World Cup event in San Jose in October.    Please be aware that Enactus Edinburgh have established their crowdfunding campaign to fund their expenses to travel to the World Cup. ...

Campuses and communities as test beds for applied research and learning

Campuses and communities as test beds for applied research and learning

Posted on 9 May 2018

EAUC are working with NUS to enhance our understanding of real-world learning and research approaches on UK and Irish campuses and communities. These are often referred to as Living Labs.   To better support the sector on applied academic learning and research of this kind we are conducting a...

Energy data for the University of Reading is now available online

Energy data for the University of Reading is now available online

Posted on 2 May 2018

The University of Reading has launched a new website which makes half hourly energy data available to the public. From https://reading.ac.uk/sustainability/ users can access maps of the University’s three main campuses and click on key buildings to view their energy consumption. Each bu...

TUCO launches innovative greenhouse gas footprint calculator

TUCO launches innovative greenhouse gas footprint calculator

Posted on 24 April 2018

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), has launched a ground-breaking greenhouse gas footprint calculator. The application is an exciting new tool which enables caterers to easily calculate the greenhouse gas footprint of their menus. The innovative calculator is available for free and online ...

Climate Change Risk Project - April 2018 Update

Climate Change Risk Project - April 2018 Update

Posted on 17 April 2018

On Monday 9th April the EAUC and HEBCoN (Higher Education Business Continuity Network) Risk Project Working Group met for the first time at the AECOM Offices in Birmingham. The Risk Project aims to explore how environmental risks, and specifically climate change, might affect the critical functio...

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board

Posted on 11 April 2018

At this time of organisational ambition and transformation, we are seeking dedicated members to join our Board of Trustees to help us deliver our strategy. Our powerful 5 year strategy (2017-2021) was borne out of a collaboration with our 5000 education sector members. It demonstrates how we ca...

University of Winchester supporting local businesses to contribute to SDGs

University of Winchester supporting local businesses to contribute to SDGs

Posted on 9 April 2018

Many businesses today think about sustainability and their social responsibilities but how does this fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Booking is now open for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Roadshow, which is to make Winchester the first stop on its 2018 tour with...

The Society for the Environment Select World Environment Day for Annual Awards Event

The Society for the Environment Select World Environment Day for Annual Awards Event

Posted on 9 April 2018

The custodians of the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registers, the Society for the Environment, have selected World Environment Day as the day to celebrate the work of environmental professionals with its annual awards presentation.   The...

Brits want even tougher treatment for litterers, finds new poll

Brits want even tougher treatment for litterers, finds new poll

Posted on 9 April 2018

At the start of the month local authorities were given the go-ahead to double on-the-spot litter fines to a maximum penalty of £150. Results from a new poll have found that Brits support taking a significantly tougher stance on punishing those who litter, giving their backing to a range of ...

ClimateLaunchpad has launched

ClimateLaunchpad has launched

Posted on 6 April 2018

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is today opening the ClimateLaunchpad green business competition for applications.   With dedicated support to develop a rock-solid business plan and the chance to win up to €10,000 and a place on the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, Cl...

How can we cope with the UK's extreme weather?

How can we cope with the UK's extreme weather?

Posted on 6 April 2018

As the country reflects on a cold start to the year, scientists at the University of Brighton are looking to the summer and researching ways older people can avoid heat-related illnesses which claim 2,000 UK lives each year.   The University is appealing to healthy volunteers aged 65 and over...

Plastic deposit return scheme proposed and EA given more powers in fight against waste

Plastic deposit return scheme proposed and EA given more powers in fight against waste

Posted on 29 March 2018

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have been busy this week. Yesterday they announced a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste subject to consultation later this year and today new powers to stop waste crime have come into force. To tackle the ...

Residential for aspiring estates directors in higher education

Residential for aspiring estates directors in higher education

Posted on 29 March 2018

27-30 June 2018 | University of Nottingham The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) are launching a new programme to nurture emerging talent in higher education estates and facilities management. This residential programme for tomorrow’s senior estates profes...

The Fruit Route

The Fruit Route

Posted on 29 March 2018

The Fruit Route project involves planting, foraging, distributing, sharing and harvesting fruit, nuts and edible plants that are located along footpaths and cycle paths across the university campus. The Fruit Route book is a celebration of the last 5 years of the project at Loughborough, the proj...

Scottish Institutions Secure Climate Challenge Fund Funding

Scottish Institutions Secure Climate Challenge Fund Funding

Posted on 26 March 2018

On 16th March 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the award of £15.3 million for 110 community-led projects in the 24th round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.   The Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund encourages communities across ...

WWF's Earth Hour 2018 24th March

WWF's Earth Hour 2018 24th March

Posted on 19 March 2018

Millions of people across the world will be switching off their lights for an hour from 8.30pm on Saturday 24th March to celebrate Earth Hour. Last year 9 million people took part in the UK alone, joining national landmarks like Big Ben, Manchester Old Trafford and the Kelpies in the big switch off....

2018 Young Champions of the Earth Call for Applications

2018 Young Champions of the Earth Call for Applications

Posted on 19 March 2018

Do you want to change the world - or know someone who does? UN Environment is here to help. The Young Champions of the Earth initiative aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.    They ...

Uzbek and British students sharing in sustainability education

Uzbek and British students sharing in sustainability education

Posted on 19 March 2018

The National Union of Students and the Environmental Association for Univeristies and Colleges (EAUC) were invited to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January 2017 by the British Council in Uzbekistan to deliver training on sustainability in higher education. This training engaged rectors a...

SDG student opinion research now available

SDG student opinion research now available

Posted on 19 March 2018

NUS have now collected opinion on issues related to goals 1 to 6 of the SDGS (poverty, hunger, health and wellbeing, education, gender equality and water), and the report is available online here. 

Brighton Uni artist sailing to Arctic to highlight climate change

Brighton Uni artist sailing to Arctic to highlight climate change

Posted on 15 March 2018

An artist has won a place on an Arctic expedition which aims to highlight how human activity has influenced changes to the climate and environment.   Adele Gibson, 59, was awarded an MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton earlier this year and took up the challenge "to witness thes...

Launch of College Education for Sustainable Development Workbooks

Launch of College Education for Sustainable Development Workbooks

Posted on 14 March 2018

EAUC-Scotland are delighted to be launching the last of our Workbooks to support colleges to embed sustainability within vocational courses at our Education for Sustainable Development Topic Support Network meeting on the 17th April in Edinburgh. Resources from this meeting are now available here. ...

Scottish Government publish New Climate Change Plan 2018-2032

Scottish Government publish New Climate Change Plan 2018-2032

Posted on 13 March 2018

The Scottish Government have published their new Climate Change Plan - The Third Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP3) - for 2018-2032. The plan, which is partnered with the Energy Strategy, is to be used as a roadmap for Scotland to transition to a low carbon economy, outlinin...

Spring Statement promises big money for universities that help solve plastic blight

Spring Statement promises big money for universities that help solve plastic blight

Posted on 13 March 2018

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Spring Statement today – promising a call for evidence on single use plastics and a downpayment of £20m to businesses and universities that think of solutions to the issue.   In his speech he praised ‘our world-class univer...

Remain Within REACH, Says Environmental Policy Forum

Remain Within REACH, Says Environmental Policy Forum

Posted on 12 March 2018

The effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection, the economy and animal welfare and ending the UK’s involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) could have seriou...

WRAP's Make Toast Not Waste Campaign starts today!

WRAP's Make Toast Not Waste Campaign starts today!

Posted on 12 March 2018

The next Love Food Hate Waste campaign  has started on and will be focus on bread – top of the list of the most wasted foods in the UK.  The 4-week  ‘Make Toast Not Waste’ campaign will be targeted at a) students & young people new to work (18-24 years) and yo...

Salix Accepting Applications for University Energy-Efficiency Project Financing

Salix Accepting Applications for University Energy-Efficiency Project Financing

Posted on 12 March 2018

Salix has interest-free financing for available for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England. If you are in the position to apply before March, please contact Salix to discuss funding opportunities. Salix also welcomes early submissions and are happy to have discussions about pipeline projec...

Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research

Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research

Posted on 6 March 2018

Meliora: International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research – 13 April 2018 – University of Southampton   Come and join us at the third annual ‘Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research’, held at the University of Southampton ...

AUDE Briefing Paper March 2018

AUDE Briefing Paper March 2018

Posted on 6 March 2018

The EAUC provide the AUDE Sustainability Group with an update on current and future activities taking place within the sector relating to sustainability and estates. Read the briefing paper here. 

 The UniCycle Challenge is here

The UniCycle Challenge is here

Posted on 5 March 2018

UniCycle is a collaboration between NUS Sustainability, Love to Ride and the EAUC to get more students and staff on bikes. Funded by the Department for Transport, the pilot year has seen eight universities delivering behaviour change interventions to help achieve the government's target of d...

How are NUS pilot Fairtrade universities and colleges are getting on?

How are NUS pilot Fairtrade universities and colleges are getting on?

Posted on 27 February 2018

Last year, in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and with support from the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, NUS launched a Fairtrade award for universities and colleges in 12 pilot institutions. Their research shows that the ethical standards of products matter to 8...

Portsmouth-led sustainable city project wins 1.6 million euro funding

Portsmouth-led sustainable city project wins 1.6 million euro funding

Posted on 27 February 2018

An international project, led by the University of Portsmouth’s Cluster for Sustainable Cities, has won 1.6 million euros to help cities solve the increasing challenges of food, water and energy management. Increasing demands for food, water and energy often exceed the capabilities of any o...

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

Posted on 21 February 2018

EAUC is delighted to confirm that, with the generous support from HEFCE, we are working with AUDE to further develop the Green Scorecard to cover sustainability issues beyond the estates function.   We are working very closely with AUDE, who lead on the Green Scorecard, and ARUP, who designe...

Lincoln College set to save thousands thanks to green lighting upgrade

Lincoln College set to save thousands thanks to green lighting upgrade

Posted on 20 February 2018

  For public sector organisations across the country, energy consumption is an important consideration as they look ahead to reduce their outgoing spend and minimise their environmental impact in an increasingly energy conscious environment. With this in mind, identifying affordable energy-...

EAUC Featured in Environmental Scientist

EAUC Featured in Environmental Scientist

Posted on 19 February 2018

While University Living Labs are not unique to sustainability, those of us leading next generation sustainability for next generation learning unashamedly embrace their promise: applied learning and employability skills for students, problem-solving for campus managers, a rich and real-world learnin...

SSN Analysis Report - Scottish Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting

SSN Analysis Report - Scottish Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting

Posted on 13 February 2018

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) have published their 2016/2017 Analysis Report based on the annual submissions from the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD) reports, which were submitted for the deadline of 30 November 2017. The analysis report covers all 180 Scottish Public Bo...

University for the Creative Arts reduces carbon emissions by more than a third

University for the Creative Arts reduces carbon emissions by more than a third

Posted on 6 February 2018

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reduced its carbon footprint from energy consumption by more than a third since 2010, saving 2,286 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The 37 percent reduction means that UCA has achieved its 2020 target emissions rate three years early, made p...

University of Bristol and University of Edinburgh latest to announce fossil fuel divestment

University of Bristol and University of Edinburgh latest to announce fossil fuel divestment

Posted on 6 February 2018

Two UK universities have joined the growing number of institutions that have committed to divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The University of Bristol announced last week it has divested all investments in companies that derive more than five per cent of their income from the most carbon in...

Environmental Audit Committee launches inquiry into 25-year Environment Plan

Environmental Audit Committee launches inquiry into 25-year Environment Plan

Posted on 5 February 2018

Update Read our consultation response here.   The Government published its long-awaited 25-Year Plan for the Environment on 11 January 2018. The Plan sets out a number of 25-year goals and a combination of new and existing strategies, targets, mechanisms and commitments in order to meet ...

Climate solutions programme for EAUC members

Climate solutions programme for EAUC members

Posted on 2 February 2018

Engage your students in cutting edge climate work by hosting a Drawdown INNOVATE workshop.  Deadline of March 8.  The climate solutions participants will tackle in these workshops have been meticulously researched and ranked by Project Drawdown, and have received internat...

A win for sustainability as it's added to NSS

A win for sustainability as it's added to NSS

Posted on 1 February 2018

Following half a decade of lobbying from organisations and individuals, mostly spearheaded by the National Union of Students (NUS), the National Student Survey (NSS) will now include questions on sustainability. The NSS is a survey conducted by independent researchers Ipsos MORI, commissioned by ...

How do I set up a sustainability hub?

How do I set up a sustainability hub?

Posted on 1 February 2018

Students and staff are invited to apply for an online course that rootAbility and Leuphana University Lüneburg are running for students and staff who want to establish a sustainability hub, based on the Green Office Model.   A Green Office (GO) informs, connects and supports students (an...

Salix College Energy Fund - Currently accepting applications

Salix College Energy Fund - Currently accepting applications

Posted on 1 February 2018

Salix has further interest-free funding still available for Further Education Colleges in England. The funding is intended to act as a catalyst for investment in energy efficiency technologies which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create financial savings. If you are in the position to app...