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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.   The Workbooks have been produced through an ...

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...

PCBs on UK higher education providers' estates - do you need to take action?

PCBs on UK higher education providers' estates - do you need to take action?

Posted on 1 February 2018

The Environment Agency is alerting UK higher education sector to the need to ensure any Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) on their estates are known and dealt with correctly.    The 2000 PCB Regulations place strict requirements and prohibitions on equipment containing them. PCBs may still...

EAUC-Scotland sign open letter to Scottish Government calling for action on SDGs

EAUC-Scotland sign open letter to Scottish Government calling for action on SDGs

Posted on 30 January 2018

EAUC-Scotland has signed an open letter to Scottish Government bodies asking them to evidence their commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland. The letter was issued by a national network co-ordinated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), and is a...

ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at the World Economic Forum

ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at the World Economic Forum

Posted on 29 January 2018

Sustainable Development: Educating with Purpose ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at the World Economic Forum At the World Economic Forum, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in collaboration with the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) shared exemplary c...

Bournemouth University launches new health and wellbeing programme for all 2,000 employees

Bournemouth University launches new health and wellbeing programme for all 2,000 employees

Posted on 25 January 2018

Bournemouth University is rolling out its sustainability and wellbeing engagement programme to all of its employees this January. The new programme, known as Green Rewards, is launching to all 2,000 university staff as part of a drive to reduce carbon emissions and boost wellbeing at the universi...

Join the EAUC-Scotland Office Bearer Group!

Join the EAUC-Scotland Office Bearer Group!

Posted on 22 January 2018

EAUC-Scotland are seeking TWO dedicated EAUC Members from the Further Education sector in Scotland to join our Office Bearer Group (OBG).   The OBG consists of two representatives from the Further Education sector and two representatives from the Higher Education sector. The group meet approx...

New report: University and College leaders recognise sustainability as priority but fail to deliver

New report: University and College leaders recognise sustainability as priority but fail to deliver

Posted on 17 January 2018

The Further and Higher Education sector is making a collective call to Vice Chancellors and Principals to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility.    Today marks the release of the third annual ‘Sustainability in Education&rsqu...

Scotland's First Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

Scotland's First Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

Posted on 16 January 2018

The Scottish Government released their first Energy Strategy on 20 December 2017. The strategy focuses on Scotland by the year 2050 being a leading nation with a competitive energy sector delivering secure, affordable, clean energy options to Scottish businesses and communities.   The strateg...

Keele University and Siemens in landmark energy partnership

Keele University and Siemens in landmark energy partnership

Posted on 15 January 2018

Keele University has appointed engineering giant, Siemens, to turn the University campus into the largest single, integrated electricity, gas and heat Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND). It will be the first facility in Europe for at-scale living laboratory research, development and demonst...

Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Students and Graduates

Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Students and Graduates

Posted on 11 January 2018

Join NACUE’s Student Enterprise Conference 17-18 Feb at #SEC2018  See what they got up to at #SEC2017 here. Check out this year’s amazing line up of speakers here including 3 outstanding TEDx speakers.  The full schedule is available online h...

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

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

Posted on 5 January 2018

Do you know a young person with an interest in their local environment looking to develop their leadership skills?   Groundwork Youth is a Groundwork UK initiative empowering young people and community groups to work together to tackle the issues affecting the places where they live. To achie...

Call for sustainability-orientated New Year's resolutions

Call for sustainability-orientated New Year's resolutions

Posted on 19 December 2017

We want to inject a bit of fun into the wind down for Christmas by collecting some really good sustainability-orientated New Year’s resolutions that we can turn into graphics and suggest as simple changes for people to make in 2018 to help people, planet and prosperity.   Please send us...

NUS SDG Teach In

NUS SDG Teach In

Posted on 19 December 2017

On the 19-23 February 2018 the NUS are holding their first ever "SDG Teach In" to raise awareness of why the Sustainable Development Goals should be at the heart of further and higher education, and help catalyse the change needed to make this happen. They are asking lecturers and teach...