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Bournemouth University cut 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Bournemouth University cut 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Posted on 14 August 2018

Bournemouth University (BU) has seen improvements to sustainability and wellbeing at the University after introducing the Green Rewards behaviour change programme to all staff.   The programme was rolled out to all staff in January this year (2018), after a successful six month pilot in 2017 ...

Students and meat consumption - new research

Students and meat consumption - new research

Posted on 14 August 2018

The National Union of Students (NUS) has worked with Friends of the Earth to find out more about students' views on eating meat.  Commonly cited as one relatively easy way to reduce carbon emissions, reducing your meat consumption has long been a topical discussion point. NUS and F...

EAUC-Scotland Conference to Vision the Future of Sustainability in Universities and Colleges

EAUC-Scotland Conference to Vision the Future of Sustainability in Universities and Colleges

Posted on 13 August 2018

The EAUC Scotland team are delighted to have launched bookings for their 2018 Scotland Conference, A Decade of Progress, to coincide with the EAUC-Scotland office’s 10 year anniversary.   Since 2008 Scotland has reached 2020 carbon reduction targets 6 years early, became one of the firs...

High Profile Opportunity

High Profile Opportunity

Posted on 10 August 2018

Urgent call for sustainability case studies EAUC first published a Business Guide for University Governors in 2014, to make the case for embedding sustainability at the very highest level in universities. With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and other recent global trends, in p...

EAUC-S Launch Accelerator Programme for new Sustainability Professionals

EAUC-S Launch Accelerator Programme for new Sustainability Professionals

Posted on 7 August 2018

The EAUC-Scotland Office have launched an Accelerator Programme to help new sustainability staff and interns develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a sustainability engagement role. The Programme was developed in response to sector requests for basic skills training for new staff...

Zero Carbon Challenge

Zero Carbon Challenge

Posted on 7 August 2018

Carbon Reduction is currently a hot topic among sustainability professionals in the Higher Education Sector with many universities aiming to reach zero carbon in the next 20 years. Reaching these targets will require new and innovative approaches to both new build design and major renovations of exi...

University of Cambridge working on multi-million SDG research

University of Cambridge working on multi-million SDG research

Posted on 23 July 2018

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has recently launched The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, with the support of some of the UK’s leading companies. The programme will attract researchers from around the world to identify solution...

UN immediately accept first SDG Accord report recommendation at prestigious HLPF

UN immediately accept first SDG Accord report recommendation at prestigious HLPF

Posted on 18 July 2018

The SDG Accord report was launched at the on-going UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) last week and one of its recommendations for the UN was immediately recognised and accepted. This was a huge achievement, and it is reflective of the high-level influence and impact of the SDG Accord and its sign...

University of Bristol pilots sustainability behaviour change programme

University of Bristol pilots sustainability behaviour change programme

Posted on 18 July 2018

The University of Bristol has launched ‘Be the Change’, a behaviour change programme provided by employee engagement specialists, Green Rewards, to encourage members of staff to improve sustainability and wellbeing both on campus and in the home. The pilot will run for three months to...

New report shows post-16 education must shift up a gear in bid to tackle Global Goals

New report shows post-16 education must shift up a gear in bid to tackle Global Goals

Posted on 10 July 2018

The Global Alliance – a partnership of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks are today (Wednesday, 11th July) launching a new report at the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, exploring the global contribution of Further and Higher Education...

NACUE's Varsity Pitch Competition 2018

NACUE's Varsity Pitch Competition 2018

Posted on 6 July 2018

On behalf of NACUE We are delighted to have teamed up with Tata for another year, to find the best student and graduate businesses from a diverse bank of sectors, including; social, disruptive, innovation, technical, creative and raw ideas.     Our thr...

New Voluntary Emissions Target for England

New Voluntary Emissions Target for England

Posted on 6 July 2018

BEIS have announced a voluntary 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020/21 across public and higher education sectors in England.   PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES IN ENGLAND.   Full details of the notice is available at https://www.gov.uk/gov...

SDGs must drive a fairer society after UK leaves the EU says businesses & charities

SDGs must drive a fairer society after UK leaves the EU says businesses & charities

Posted on 3 July 2018

Urgent action is needed to prevent UK slipping behind other nations on poverty, equality and the environment   A new report released today (3 July 2018) has highlighted why the UK should place the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of its Brexit strategy to galvanise support...

EAUC Annual Conference Journal

EAUC Annual Conference Journal

Posted on 27 June 2018

Collaborations for Change: Integrating the SDGs in further and higher education through partnership This special issue of the IJSHE is linked to the EAUC 2018 Annual Conference which, inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 17, 'Partnerships for the Goals'  was themed ar...

The Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Survey

The Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Survey

Posted on 26 June 2018

The Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education survey explores the quality, indicators and standards of sustainability reporting in higher education. The survey is part of the PhD research of Katerina Kosta, a research intern with the EAUC in 2016. To take the survey, please c...

Ten Years of Sustainable Development Graduates from St Andrews

Ten Years of Sustainable Development Graduates from St Andrews

Posted on 22 June 2018

The University of St Andrews are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first graduates from their undergraduate Sustainable Development Degree Programme this summer, and share some examples of where the degree has taken alumni - so far! Set up shortly after the launch of the UN Decade of Educa...

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...