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Call for Contributions: University Alliance for Sustainability Spring Campus 2017 Conference

Call for Contributions: University Alliance for Sustainability Spring Campus 2017 Conference

Posted on 23 January 2017

The second Spring Campus conference is being organised in the framework of the ‘University Alliance for Sustainability’ from March 27-31 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin. Besides four different research workshops a workshop directed towards university staff working in the field o...

Sustainability Leadership in the UK and Uzbekistan

Sustainability Leadership in the UK and Uzbekistan

Posted on 19 January 2017

Next week sees EAUC delivering an important milestone in the development of sustainability across all universities in Uzbekistan in a partnership between EAUC, British Council, NUS and University College London. Representing EAUC, Professor Steve Martin and Quinn Runkle for NUS, with support from Ia...

Universities and Colleges in Scotland are first whole sector to join Electronics Watch

Universities and Colleges in Scotland are first whole sector to join Electronics Watch

Posted on 13 January 2017

For the first time in any country, a whole sector of public bodies has joined Electronics Watch in unity - and it's the FHE sector! Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation working to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry through sociall...

European Low Carbon Hospital Prize

European Low Carbon Hospital Prize

Posted on 13 January 2017

The European Commission has launched the Horizon prize for a Low Carbon Hospital to stimulate innovative thinking and find solutions to overcome technological problems linked to the use of 100% renewable energy sources in buildings for heat and power generation. A cash reward of €1...

TUCO extends a hand to hospices

TUCO extends a hand to hospices

Posted on 13 January 2017

The University Caterers Organisation and The Hospice Quality Partnership unite to deliver savings to hospices across the UK   TUCO has opened up its leading procurement frameworks for the very first time to the hospice sector, delivering instant savings of up to 15% to members of The Hospice ...

OBE awarded to Salix Chief Executive in the Queen's New Year's Honours List

OBE awarded to Salix Chief Executive in the Queen's New Year's Honours List

Posted on 11 January 2017

It is confirmed that Annie Shepperd will receive an OBE for her significant contribution to energy efficiency and child protection over her career. The Queen's New Year Honours Lists 2017 recognises the contribution of a wide range of people across the UK and was announced on the 30th December....

Transition Network launch Guide to doing Transition in your University or College

Transition Network launch Guide to doing Transition in your University or College

Posted on 9 January 2017

The Transition Network, which supports the movement of local communities coming together and developing local projects and solutions to reimagine and rebuild the world, have launched a guide aimed at universities and colleges.  The Transition movement has been growing since 20...

Huge Success for TEC at The Energy Awards

Huge Success for TEC at The Energy Awards

Posted on 9 January 2017

The Energy Consortium (TEC) has won the ‘Energy Buying Team of the Year Award' at The Energy Awards 2016. The achievement is noteworthy as TEC were entered in the larger team category, beating some notable private sector teams to secure this award. The result was announced at the Londo...

Churchill College, Cambridge furthers sustainability goals using a new Veolia CHP

Churchill College, Cambridge furthers sustainability goals using a new Veolia CHP

Posted on 4 January 2017

A new 15 year combined heat and power (CHP) contract is set to provide low carbon electricity and heat to Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. The contract will continue the energy services started in 1993 and see one of the latest generation of Veolia CHP units installed to provide the...

The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

Posted on 4 January 2017

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The Committee is calling on the Government to introdu...

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules

Posted on 3 January 2017

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules  * All modules CIBSE certified Tridonic, a leader in the provision of LED lighting control and technology, has announced the availability of three new CPD modules. This brings the total number of modules available to nine, all of which ...

EAUC Christmas Volunteering Day 2016

EAUC Christmas Volunteering Day 2016

Posted on 20 December 2016

On Monday 19th December, the EAUC team spent the day volunteering with Cheltenham based charity County Community Projects (CCP), taking part in their annual Hamper Scamper Appeal. EAUC supported this project by volunteering in 2014 and staff were delighted to have the opportunity to support such a w...

EAUC announces new partnership with Love to Ride

EAUC announces new partnership with Love to Ride

Posted on 16 December 2016

EAUC are inviting all member UK and Ireland Universities and Colleges to take part in this new national behaviour change programme, designed to monitor and grow cycling amongst your staff and student communities.  Uni~Cycle is launching in early 2017 and is part of a big push to grow cycling...

Scottish Climate Change Reporting Update

Scottish Climate Change Reporting Update

Posted on 15 December 2016

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) team announced on 14 December 2016 an excellent return rate on the first mandatory year of Public Sector Climate Change Reporting. Colleges and Universities had a 95% response rate, with 145 of the 150 eligible public sector organisations submitting a return. ...

New TUCO Chair Named 'Top 20 Influencer'

New TUCO Chair Named 'Top 20 Influencer'

Posted on 14 December 2016

The Chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), Matt White, has been named in the annual Top 20 Public Sector Influencers for the first time, just three months after taking up his new position at the Organisation. The list, which is put together by the leading Industry title, Cost Secto...

Revolving Green Fund 2016/17 - Now Accepting Applications for Funding

Revolving Green Fund 2016/17 - Now Accepting Applications for Funding

Posted on 14 December 2016

Salix are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Revolving Green Fund 16/17. The funding is available for over 120 energy-efficiency technologies and is repaid through the savings made on energy bills. If you would like to apply, please download an application here. Proj...

EAUC Partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

EAUC Partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

Posted on 13 December 2016

The EAUC is delighted to announce that it is now a partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD).   The UKSSD network supports organisations who are working to advance sustainable development in the UK. Its focus and strategy is informed by the expertise of its partners. UKSS...

Manchester is first carbon literate university and museum in the world

Manchester is first carbon literate university and museum in the world

Posted on 9 December 2016

Manchester is celebrating after being named the first carbon literate university and museum in the world. The University has been awarded a bronze Carbon Literate Organisation award for its 10,000 Actionsproject, which asks every member of staff to take part in collective, measurab...

New Blog Post from Iain Patton

New Blog Post from Iain Patton

Posted on 9 December 2016

"In 2017 as part of a new forward thinking and far-reaching strategic plan, the EAUC will launch an Advocacy Programme to give the EAUC Community a greater voice at the sector and societal policy levels.  In advance of this yesterday, I met with Mary Creagh Chair of the UK Parliame...

Carbon Credentials Hosts Science-Based Targets Event

Carbon Credentials Hosts Science-Based Targets Event

Posted on 7 December 2016

Carbon Credentials have recently run two Science-Based Targets Events Science-based targets are all about translating the commitments made in the Paris Agreement into action in the business world. They have published a series of four blog posts to provide more insight into science-based t...

UK university income grows by 2bn pounds in one year reaching a record 30bn pounds

UK university income grows by 2bn pounds in one year reaching a record 30bn pounds

Posted on 7 December 2016

Universities increase turnover via efficiency effectiveness agenda and business driven developments  Key stats University sector maintenance costs amount to £2bn a year   Capital expenditure reaches a record high of £2.75bn per annum  Student nu...

Leading a new  chapter of change and decision-making agility

Leading a new chapter of change and decision-making agility

Posted on 7 December 2016

Sustainability as the problem to solve your university and college issues!   The EAUC Harvard Driving Sustainability Leadership project has taken an exciting new turn. Last week, three university leadership groups were each exposed to a new intense version of the programme which we launc...

CALL FOR PAPERS - 9th WEEC 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - 9th WEEC 2017

Posted on 6 December 2016

The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation...

St Andrews win Scottish Green Energy Award

St Andrews win Scottish Green Energy Award

Posted on 5 December 2016

The University of St Andrews and partners Vital Energi have won a major national award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016 for the biomass energy centre at the University’s new Eden Campus at Guardbridge. The £25 million energy centre on the east side of the former paper mil...

IUSDRP will soon have reached 100 members!

IUSDRP will soon have reached 100 members!

Posted on 1 December 2016

Founded in 2016, the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) provides a concrete contribution towards the efforts of member universities to consolidate their initiatives in the field of sustainable development in many ways. For instance:   a) by increasing th...

Sustainable Small Fleet Award for the University of Cambridge

Sustainable Small Fleet Award for the University of Cambridge

Posted on 1 December 2016

Estates Facilities have taken a number of steps in recent years to make the University of Cambridge fleet sustainable. These steps include; reducing fleet size, tracking vehicle use, driver training, the development of the Sustainable Fleet Management Policy and the introduction of electric vehicles...

TUCO works with its members to achieve a more sustainable future for the British Dairy Industry

TUCO works with its members to achieve a more sustainable future for the British Dairy Industry

Posted on 30 November 2016

TUCO (The University Caterers’ Organisation) has become the first procurement network to guarantee a fixed minimum payment to UK farmers for their milk.   The fairly-traded pricing structure assures farmers a minimum price of 30p per litre for standard milk across the life of a contract...

Plymouth University earns new national award in recognition of sustainable commitments

Plymouth University earns new national award in recognition of sustainable commitments

Posted on 29 November 2016

The University of Plymouth has won a second award in less than a month in recognition of its commitment to sustainable practices. Just weeks after winning a fifth Green Gown Award since 2011, the University has triumphed in the Sustainability Reporting (Public Sector) category of the Building Pub...

Take Part in our Food Waste Survey

Take Part in our Food Waste Survey

Posted on 29 November 2016

We have created a short survey with Cloud Sustainability to gain a better understanding of how universities and colleges deal with food waste. We are doing this to improve the levels of support that we offer to members. We would be grateful if you could take part in this piece of research. T...

University of Liverpool Invest in Sustainable Energy Centre

University of Liverpool Invest in Sustainable Energy Centre

Posted on 28 November 2016

Installation works have commenced on site, as Vital Energi begin the installation of a new £1.5m Energy Centre, for the new Greenbank halls of residence at the University of Liverpool. Vital Energi have a longstanding relationship with the University of Liverpool and have previously installed ...

Join Share Action in Petition to USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Landmines

Join Share Action in Petition to USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Landmines

Posted on 25 November 2016

Despite two years of engagement in good faith, USS are ignoring the views and concerns of members, and are investing members' money in businesses that contradict the world we try to create as scholars, teachers and supporters of learning. Join in asking the scheme to step away from companies...

The University of Edinburgh Commits to Zero Carbon by 2040

The University of Edinburgh Commits to Zero Carbon by 2040

Posted on 24 November 2016

The University of Edinburgh has committed to become zero carbon by 2040 with the release of its new Climate Strategy, which aims for the institution to halve its relative carbon footprint by 2025 and be zero carbon by 2040. In a pilot of the Sustainable Campus Fund, eight projects are already in ...

NUS Sustainability Skills Survey

NUS Sustainability Skills Survey

Posted on 22 November 2016

This year, NUS is repeating its research into student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development. They’re repeating the updated survey questions, and continuing to research students in further education along with those in higher education. NUS is looking for institutions...

The 2016 People and Planet University League released

The 2016 People and Planet University League released

Posted on 22 November 2016

The 2016 People and Planet University League has been released today (22 November 2016). The League was topped by Nottingham Trent University, followed by the University of Brighton and Manchester Metropolitan University. You can access the results and methodology on People and Planet’s web...

Salix Revolving Green Fund 2016/2017 - Energy Efficiency Funding for Higher Education Institutes

Salix Revolving Green Fund 2016/2017 - Energy Efficiency Funding for Higher Education Institutes

Posted on 10 November 2016

Building on the successes of the previous years, Salix is proud to announce the launch of the latest Revolving Green Fund. From its first round in 2008, the funding has acted as a catalyst for investment in energy-efficiency technologies which will reduce carbon emissions and create vital financi...

New resources to help publicise your Dissertations for Good membership

New resources to help publicise your Dissertations for Good membership

Posted on 8 November 2016

If you have signed up for Dissertations for Good using you EAUC member discount, there are a range of new resources designed to help you. These resources can help you  to encourage colleagues to come up with ideas for projects, to let them know that your organisation is a part of this exciti...

Heat Networks Investment Project Consultation Response

Heat Networks Investment Project Consultation Response

Posted on 8 November 2016

Earlier in the year and after consultation with members, the EAUC responded to the Government's consultation on the Heat Networks Investment Project. Heat networks are useful in creating more efficient and self-reliant campuses, so it was essential that the post-16 Education Sect...

Plymouth University sustainability expert contributes to UNESCO global education report

Plymouth University sustainability expert contributes to UNESCO global education report

Posted on 8 November 2016

Work by Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at Plymouth University, has featured in the new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016, entitled 'Education for people and planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All'. Stephen’s work summarises the contributi...

Call for USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Land Mines

Call for USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Land Mines

Posted on 8 November 2016

Two years ago, Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd (USS) trustees and executives accepted a call by over 3,000 scheme members to take members’ views into account when making investment decisions - decisions like whether members' money would be invested in controversial weapons suc...

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year

Posted on 8 November 2016

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year, an award recognising the institution’s efforts to promote sustainable travel. The award was presented by Cycling Scotland and praises the university's 5 year strategy to become a sustainable transport hub. ...

The University of Manchester Launches 10,000 Actions Initiative

The University of Manchester Launches 10,000 Actions Initiative

Posted on 7 November 2016

The University of Manchester has recently launched 10,000 Actions which aims to provide all 10,000+ members of University staff with the opportunity to engage in a programme of learning and positive action on sustainability. The University of Manchester is embarking on the biggest environmen...

Nottingham Trent University awarded for commitment to sustainability

Nottingham Trent University awarded for commitment to sustainability

Posted on 4 November 2016

Independent auditors have awarded Nottingham Trent University a gold award for sustainability – making it the only University in the country to receive the honour. Auditors for The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index carried out a thorough inspection across all aspects of universit...

2016: The State of Sustainability in Tertiary Education

2016: The State of Sustainability in Tertiary Education

Posted on 4 November 2016

The second annual report on sustainability in tertiary education has been released today, 4th November 2016, by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), National Union of Students (NUS), University and College Union (UCU), Association of Colleges (AoC) and the College Deve...

Success so far: The Salix College Energy Fund

Success so far: The Salix College Energy Fund

Posted on 2 November 2016

The first round of the Salix College Energy Fund, in partnership with the EAUC and supported by the AoC, was launched in 2014. Two years on, 4 rounds have taken place which have provided funding for over 105 energy efficiency projects in Further Education Colleges with over £5.2million of thes...

University and College Trial Programme - Access new products and systems for free

University and College Trial Programme - Access new products and systems for free

Posted on 2 November 2016

The EAUC is working with a select number of our Company Members to let universities and colleges evaluate and test their products, as part of a drive to provide ‘free stuff to test’ for our educational members. There is no obligation involved and we hope it will help provide honest feedb...

AASHE Releases the North American 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE Releases the North American 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

Posted on 26 October 2016

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication by the North America based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognises top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Track...

How NUS is changing lives in India

How NUS is changing lives in India

Posted on 20 October 2016

NUS has a history of commercial activity to lead market change. They founded the first student travel company (NUS Travel) to help students travel, the first student insurer (Endsleigh) when students couldn't get insured, and established their own purchasing consortium (NUS Services) through wh...

University of St Andrews Biomass Project Named as Finalist at Scottish Green Energy Award

University of St Andrews Biomass Project Named as Finalist at Scottish Green Energy Award

Posted on 17 October 2016

The University of St Andrews and partners Vital Energi have been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Scottish Green Awards 2016 for the biomass energy centre at Guardbridge. The £25 million energy centre on the east side of the former paper mill site at Guardbridge will produce ho...

University of Exeter pedals to victory in national cycle challenge

University of Exeter pedals to victory in national cycle challenge

Posted on 13 October 2016

Intrepid staff from the University of Exeter have pedal-powered their way to victory in a national competition designed to encourage people to cycle, whether that be for fun, exercise or to work. The near 300-strong peloton from the University beat off competition from more than 2,000 organisatio...

NUS (UK) awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability

NUS (UK) awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability

Posted on 13 October 2016

NUS (UK) have been awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability, through the Green Impact programme. Green Impact is celebrating ten years of ESD and behaviour change across students’ unions, universities, colleges, and a huge range off-campus organisations. N...