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Green Scorecard Update

Green Scorecard Update

Posted on 25 July 2017

Following member feedback, the Green Scorecard tool has been updated. Please watch the short video to find out where the improvements and additions have been made to the functionality. Also available to download is a user guide document. All changes are now live on the Green Sco...

University of Winchester named Client of the Year in building excellence awards

University of Winchester named Client of the Year in building excellence awards

Posted on 24 July 2017

The University of Winchester has scooped the Client of the Year Award at the 2017 Constructing Excellence Awards in London and the South East.   The Awards recognise outstanding companies working in the built environment and projects that have delivered improvements in all-round performance...

Scottish Government Code of Practise on Litter and Refuse – Consultation on renewal

Scottish Government Code of Practise on Litter and Refuse – Consultation on renewal

Posted on 21 July 2017

Your institution has formal responsibilities around litter and refuse – have your say on the new Code of Practice. The Scottish government is in the process of updating the 2006 ‘Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse’ statutory guidance, issued under the Environmental Protecti...

Scottish Government Climate Change Bill - Consultation

Scottish Government Climate Change Bill - Consultation

Posted on 14 July 2017

On the 30 June 2017 the Scottish Government launched its most recent consultation to introduce a new Climate Change Bill in relation to the Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009.  The key changes being proposed include:   Greenhouse gas emission reduction target being changed from 80%...

Textiles technology to detect pilot stress levels at Nottingham Trent Uni

Textiles technology to detect pilot stress levels at Nottingham Trent Uni

Posted on 14 July 2017

Smart textiles will be used to monitor stress levels in aeroplane pilots as part of a major European research project involving Nottingham Trent University.   The university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group – led by Professor Tilak Dias of the School of Art & Design –w...

Turning Our Unconscious Competence into Conscious Competence

Turning Our Unconscious Competence into Conscious Competence

Posted on 13 July 2017

The power and value of sustainability leaders ratcheted up yet another gear at this year’s EAUC Leadership Lab at Cambridge.  Westminster College buzzed as a talented and experienced group of leaders grasped a new language of change and recognition of their pivotal role in driving it. ...

NUS celebrate successful Green Impact awards

NUS celebrate successful Green Impact awards

Posted on 13 July 2017

The National Union of Students celebrated their annual Green Impact Students' Unions awards last week.    This year they had redesigned their toolkit to include more social and holistic actions, for example about activism and campaigning, and training and research. Th...

Salix College Energy Fund accepting applications

Salix College Energy Fund accepting applications

Posted on 11 July 2017

Salix has announced the launch of a new round of funding for Further Education Colleges in England, in partnership with the EAUC and supported by the Association of Colleges. The funding ensures Further Education Colleges can invest in energy efficient technologies, resulting in both carbon and fina...

Post-16 education proving key to reaching Sustainable Development Goals

Post-16 education proving key to reaching Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on 6 July 2017

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time. Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Go...

Brite Green University Carbon Progress Report Data Review

Brite Green University Carbon Progress Report Data Review

Posted on 4 July 2017

Brite Green are currently in the process of preparing for their University Carbon Progress Report. The report uses the most recent figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). In order to ensure the findings accurately reflect the performance of universities, Br...

University of Cambridge publishes its first Environmental Sustainability Report

University of Cambridge publishes its first Environmental Sustainability Report

Posted on 3 July 2017

The University of Cambridge has published its first Environmental Sustainability Report. The report, titled 'Environmental Sustainability Report', details the university's progress towards meeting the goals set out in the University’s Environmental Sustainabi...

Salix Finance helps HE energy efficiency surge ahead

Salix Finance helps HE energy efficiency surge ahead

Posted on 29 June 2017

Almost half of all higher education institutions (HEIs) in England worked with Salix on energy efficiency projects in the last financial year, resulting in the completion of projects utilising over £20m from Salix managed programmes. As well as impressive carbon emissions savings, these pro...

Take part in Nottingham Trent University climate change survey

Take part in Nottingham Trent University climate change survey

Posted on 28 June 2017

The sustainability team at Nottingham Trent University’s Business School are looking for sustainability professionals to take part in a global online survey.   The study is looking at perceptions on how universities should deal with issues relating to climate change in operations and th...

Pioneering Leadership Lab back for a second round

Pioneering Leadership Lab back for a second round

Posted on 20 June 2017

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is bringing the second Leadership Lab to Cambridge University this July in partnership with PwC.  The two day event has an impressive line-up, including experts from Harvard University, PwC and the UK HE sector. This unique o...

UWE Leads the Way with Green Initiatives

UWE Leads the Way with Green Initiatives

Posted on 16 June 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE) has recently been involved with a number of green initiatives both within the city of Bristol and across the UK.  On 23 May, UWE Bristol hosted an exciting and stimulating Roadshow event on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)...

The ENACTUS World Cup is Coming to London!

The ENACTUS World Cup is Coming to London!

Posted on 16 June 2017

If you have not heard of it, you need to find out about the student Enactus World Cup.   From September 26th to 28th, 2017 a select group of 3,500 students, business, academic and government leaders from around the globe will gather in London for a very special event that includes three unfor...

Groundwork Youth recruiting young green leaders across the UK - applications open!

Groundwork Youth recruiting young green leaders across the UK - applications open!

Posted on 14 June 2017

Do you know a young person with an interest in environmental issues or looking to develop their leadership skills? Are you part of a local community group looking to increase your membership but need help recruiting local young people?  Groundwork Youth is here to help! Groundwork Youth is a...

Old bike parts turn the cogs of new wave energy harvester at NTU

Old bike parts turn the cogs of new wave energy harvester at NTU

Posted on 13 June 2017

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University used old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker to create a wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone.   BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering sys...

The Culture of Consumerism: Reduce, Reuse, Reculture by Perth College UHI’s WEEE Centre

The Culture of Consumerism: Reduce, Reuse, Reculture by Perth College UHI’s WEEE Centre

Posted on 12 June 2017

The Culture of Consumerism: Reduce, Reuse, Reculture event held by Perth College UHI’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Centre on Friday 19th May brought together a range of people interested in sustainability, technology and the arts for a day of thinking about e-waste, reuse ...

University lecturer raising money for environmental charity

University lecturer raising money for environmental charity

Posted on 8 June 2017

Jonathan Horner, part time Lecturer in Environmental Geography at St Mary’s University in Twickenham is taking part in the 140 mile UK Coast to Coast cycle ride in July. He is aiming to raise awareness of the importance of environmental issues throughout the ride. He will also be raising mo...

EAUC and Better World Books Announce Partnership

EAUC and Better World Books Announce Partnership

Posted on 6 June 2017

EAUC is excited to announce a new partnership with Better World Books, the award-winning, socially minded global bookseller, to drive sustainability and book reuse at university and college campuses across the UK and Ireland. The EAUC and Better World Books will work together to locate book banks...

Launch of the EAUC's Living Lab Research

Launch of the EAUC's Living Lab Research

Posted on 5 June 2017

It is time for collective action.  If we are going to reduce the ever-increasing pressure on university and college academics, researchers, students and professional staff, we need a better way to collaborate together.   Today, on World Environment Day (5th June 2017), EAUC launches its...

University greets World Environment Day with fully compostable crockery

University greets World Environment Day with fully compostable crockery

Posted on 5 June 2017

The University of Dundee has launched its ‘greenest’ cutlery and crockery to date, coinciding with World Environment Day on Monday, 3rd June. The move to new, fully compostable plates, glasses and coffee/tea cups and lids is a first for any university in Scotland. Plates, glasses, cup...

Mushroom Speakers Created by Nottingham Trent University

Mushroom Speakers Created by Nottingham Trent University

Posted on 5 June 2017

Speakers made from the roots of mushrooms have been designed by a Nottingham Trent University student to create a new sound.   Bertie Ford, who created FungiSound as part of his BSc Product Design degree, says his project also sends out an environmental message about the imaginative use of na...

New Sulitest Module on the Sustainable Development Goals

New Sulitest Module on the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on 1 June 2017

In September 2015, the 193 UN member states adopted the roadmap for 2030: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the next 15 years, organizations and citizens have been called upon to "mobilize their efforts to end all forms of poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change, whil...

HEPA to run a national working group on Responsible Procurement

HEPA to run a national working group on Responsible Procurement

Posted on 1 June 2017

HEPA would like to invite interested persons to join a national (UK) working group addressing the issues surrounding Responsible Procurement and moving the agenda forward. Topics covered will include, but will not be limited to, Modern Slavery, Workers Rights, Sustainable and Ethical Procurement ...

Green message stems from plant clothing range

Green message stems from plant clothing range

Posted on 25 May 2017

Clothes with plants growing or pressed inside them – which can be planted into the ground once the garments have been worn out by the wearer – have been designed to deliver an important message about sustainability.   Ellie Oldacre, 22, designed Live Wear to combat the culture of ...

Startup costs and mentoring for student led social enterprises based on local food

Startup costs and mentoring for student led social enterprises based on local food

Posted on 24 May 2017

Student Eats has been embedding sustainable food into student life for years. We started by helping students set up food growing sites on campuses across the UK and now we’re helping students create 67 social enterprises, starting with small projects right the way to fully fledged businesses b...

EAUC chairs successful construction performance gap event

EAUC chairs successful construction performance gap event

Posted on 23 May 2017

Organised by the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, the EAUC chaired an event exploring approaches to capital project delivery last week. Proving popular, the event saw almost 100 attendees from across the post-16 education sector and the construction industry.   EAUC CEO Iai...

General Election: who is saying what on sustainability?

General Election: who is saying what on sustainability?

Posted on 23 May 2017

The General Election is looming (Thursday, 8 June) and we want to take the time to encourage all of our members to vote. This is your chance to have a say on our future. Last week the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats published their General Electi...

Ground-breaking new EAUC Future Business Council starts to bridge graduate skills gap

Ground-breaking new EAUC Future Business Council starts to bridge graduate skills gap

Posted on 23 May 2017

Executives from leading businesses and universities met for the first time last week (Thursday, 18 May) to tackle the worsening issue of the graduate skills gap.   The inaugural meeting of the EAUC Future Business Council saw 34 attendees from universities and global companies come toget...

University of Birmingham signs up to pioneering coffee recycling programme

University of Birmingham signs up to pioneering coffee recycling programme

Posted on 22 May 2017

University of Birmingham has signed up to an innovative new ground coffee recycling programme with bio-bean. In the first expansion of its collection route outside of London, waste coffee recycling company bio-bean has begun recycling spent coffee grounds from catering outlets across the Uni...

Aldersgate Group release new manifesto

Aldersgate Group release new manifesto

Posted on 16 May 2017

Today the Aldersgate Group publishes a manifesto report, ‘A healthy environment, a competitive economy’, setting out policy priorities for the new government. The report highlights the growing importance of the low carbon economy to the UK’s competitiveness and urges the new govern...

Green Gown Awards launched for 2017

Green Gown Awards launched for 2017

Posted on 15 May 2017

Applications are now open for the Green Gown Awards in the UK and Ireland, as well as Australasia and French speaking Europe and Canada.   Since 2004, the Green Gown Awards have been recognising the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across th...

EAUC gets Voice on SDGs Heard Ahead of the General Election

EAUC gets Voice on SDGs Heard Ahead of the General Election

Posted on 11 May 2017

EAUC is a co-signatory to the below letter, drafted by English Learning for Sustainability Alliance (ELSA). It is being sent to press and each political party outlining the sector's concern that the Government's Agenda 2030 fails to recognise the importance of the role of education in impl...

Next Generation Sustainability Strategy and Structure Launch

Next Generation Sustainability Strategy and Structure Launch

Posted on 28 April 2017

New research from the EAUC has this week firmly dispelled the myth that there is a one size fits all approach to embedding sustainability in post-16 education.   As universities and colleges reflect on how they can contribute towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and question h...

Sustainability at the heart of the University of Leeds

Sustainability at the heart of the University of Leeds

Posted on 28 April 2017

From Recycling to Research, Labs to Local Community Sustainability is at the heart of the University of Leeds.   How are Leeds progressing? Find out in their First Annual Sustainability Report    Taking environmental, social, economic and cultural responsibilities seriously is cor...

Piloting a new University and College Fairtrade Standard

Piloting a new University and College Fairtrade Standard

Posted on 26 April 2017

At the 2017 EAUC Conference, the Fairtrade Foundation and NUS ran a workshop on their plans to redevelop and relaunch the Fairtrade University and College Standard. EAUC is participating on the steering group to develop the standard, working closely with our member fair trade community of practice. ...

My World, My Home - organising and empowering FE students

My World, My Home - organising and empowering FE students

Posted on 26 April 2017

In June 2017 NUS and Friends of the Earth will launch an exciting student engagement programme in in 12 colleges in England and Wales.   My World, My Home is funded by the Big Lottery through NUS's Our Bright Future fund. The programme will work with colleges across three distinct geogra...

UniCycle - Using behaviour change to double cycling

UniCycle - Using behaviour change to double cycling

Posted on 26 April 2017

The NUS, EAUC and Love to Ride have been awarded funding from the Department for Transport’s Innovation Challenge Fund to pilot a new initiative in the sector to get more students and staff cycling.   The UniCycle project will adapt Love to Ride’s successful model, which uses smar...

EAUC says Government setting graduates up to fail employers

EAUC says Government setting graduates up to fail employers

Posted on 21 April 2017

The EAUC is disappointed that the current Industrial Strategy draft does not make provisions to ensure today's graduates are ready for tomorrow's work. Despite the draft Strategy recognising sustainability is key for a future fit economy, there is no attempt to address the issue that gr...

Call for Papers: Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress

Call for Papers: Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress

Posted on 11 April 2017

The organizing committee of the Healthy City Design 2017 (HCD 2017) International Congress & Exhibition is excited to announce the launch of the Call for Papers.   Healthy City Design 2017 (HCD 2017) International Congress & Exhibition, which will take place at the Royal College of Ph...

Best practice advice for your ESD project

Best practice advice for your ESD project

Posted on 5 April 2017

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has published a series of case studies showcasing best practice examples of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from across the UK. The case studies were launched at the Four Nations Education for Sustainability Conference in Manchester on 20 March 2017....

Learning for Sustainability in Uzbekistan - a joint EAUC and NUS programme with the British Council

Learning for Sustainability in Uzbekistan - a joint EAUC and NUS programme with the British Council

Posted on 5 April 2017

A recent and vibrantly colourful book about Uzbekistan-called 10 Reasons to visit Uzbekistan-begins thus: "A Trip to Uzbekistan is a trip to magnificent Samarkand, along the royal road to Bukhara, reliving the Silk Road..." Well, why not visit the largest country in Asia, with a history...

Blocked Pipes: A Drain on Resources

Blocked Pipes: A Drain on Resources

Posted on 4 April 2017

With University maintenance costs at £2bn a year and with the uncertainties of Brexit looming - the last thing our seats of learning need are massive bills due to flooding, blocked sewers and blocked toilets in Halls of Residence.   It costs £66 to £200 for a plumber to...

Manchester Metropolitan University Environmental Sustainability Statement 2015-16

Manchester Metropolitan University Environmental Sustainability Statement 2015-16

Posted on 24 March 2017

Manchester Metropolitan University have recently published their Environmental Sustainability Statement 2015-16.  At Manchester Metropolitan University, their vision is to become one of the most sustainable universities in the world. In 2014, the development of a new Environmental Sustainabilit...

EAUC Launches New Strategy

EAUC Launches New Strategy

Posted on 22 March 2017

EAUC unleashes a new chapter to lead and empower the post-16 education sector to make sustainability 'just good business'. Launched today, 22nd March 2017, the new EAUC Strategic Plan reflects a commitment in the organisation to taking sustainability to the university and college execut...

University of Leeds achieves ISO 14001: 2015 accreditation

University of Leeds achieves ISO 14001: 2015 accreditation

Posted on 21 March 2017

The University of Leeds is celebrating achieving accreditation to the new ISO14001: 2015 standard following a successful external audit by AJA Registrars. The Environmental Management System is at the heart of embedding sustainability at the University of Leeds.  It offers a systematic and t...

Consultation on the Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland

Consultation on the Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland

Posted on 10 March 2017

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on their strategy to take the country forward through a full energy transition towards 2050. The Energy Strategy is independent to but alongside the Climate Change Plan, using the targets from the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The Scottish Ene...

Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation - Have your say

Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation - Have your say

Posted on 8 March 2017

The EAUC is a Member-led organisation. We represent you, and ensure that your views on topical issues are conveyed to the rest of the sector and to the Government. One important way we can do this is by responding to consultations from the Government and other organisations.   The Scotla...