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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...

EAUC calls for mandatory carbon reduction targets 

EAUC calls for mandatory carbon reduction targets 

Posted on 12 December 2017

Last week the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) submitted a response to the Government consultation 'Leading by example: cutting energy bills and carbon emissions in the public and higher education sectors'.  The response was informed by polling of our ...

We now invite you to submit 2018 Annual Conference workshop proposals

We now invite you to submit 2018 Annual Conference workshop proposals

Posted on 8 December 2017

Share your ideas and good practice by submitting either a campus or academic workshop proposal! We’re currently in the planning stages for the 22nd EAUC Annual Conference on the 19 - 21 June 2018 at Keele University. Workshops/sessions will run on 20 - 21 June 2018 only. We invite abstra...

QAA Quality Code for Higher Education Consultation

QAA Quality Code for Higher Education Consultation

Posted on 6 December 2017

Sector response required EAUC are developing a sector response to the consultation on the review of the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education [http://www.qaa.ac.uk/newsroom/consultations/consultation-on-the-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education]. We believe more focus should be given to le...

Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment

Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment

Posted on 4 December 2017

The Society for the Environment recognises Environmental Science Professor for "contributions of the highest level". University of the West of England (UWE) Professor, James Longhurst CEnv, joins an exclusive group of environmental professionals and advocates as an Honorary Fellow of th...

University of East Anglia Commits £1m to lowering CO2 Emissions

University of East Anglia Commits £1m to lowering CO2 Emissions

Posted on 1 December 2017

University of East Anglia (UEA) have committed to achieving a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and as part of this process have appointed leading energy firm Vital Energi to deliver a range of energy saving measures.   The £1million contract will see Vital Energi deliver a range o...

Lincoln College Group making substantial saving through LED lighting upgrade

Lincoln College Group making substantial saving through LED lighting upgrade

Posted on 1 December 2017

The college group used £704,849 of Salix interest free funding to replace 7,000 inefficient light fittings throughout their estate, resulting in significant carbon and financial savings. The major lighting upgrades were carried out in 23 buildings across the College Group’s 3 campuses...

University of Reading fume cupboard ventilation result in impressive carbon & financial savings

University of Reading fume cupboard ventilation result in impressive carbon & financial savings

Posted on 1 December 2017

The University of Reading identified fume cupboards that had been running 24/7 since they were installed, and by investing a total of £1,010,000, they undertook a programme of works to improve the efficiency of these fume cupboards. Funding for the project included £187,000 of interest-f...

The University of Strathclyde becomes first university in Scotland to adopt JUMP

The University of Strathclyde becomes first university in Scotland to adopt JUMP

Posted on 29 November 2017

The University of Strathclyde will become the first Scottish university to implement the JUMP sustainability and wellbeing employee engagement programme.   The University will launch a 5 month pilot of the JUMP programme for 250 employees from January 2018.  JUMP will form part of the Un...

Leadership in Sustainability now embedded within Scottish Outcome Agreement Guidance from SFC

Leadership in Sustainability now embedded within Scottish Outcome Agreement Guidance from SFC

Posted on 21 November 2017

Building upon the strong partnership between the EAUC and Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the EAUC-Scotland team have been working with the Outcome Agreement team at SFC to further commitment to sustainability at a senior level. This activity is now reflected in the Outcome Agreement ...

Loughborough University study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children's development

Loughborough University study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children's development

Posted on 20 November 2017

Study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children’s development 18 October 2017Forest Schools are a growing phenomenon in the UK, but what impact does getting children outside of the classroom have on their overall development? Researchers at Loughborough University hope to find out. Th...

EAUC heads to Kyoto to give keynote speech

EAUC heads to Kyoto to give keynote speech

Posted on 20 November 2017

EAUC CEO Iain Patton will be the keynote speaker at a prestigious conference in Kyoto, Japan next month. Iain will be the only speaker from Europe in attendance at the Asian Conference on Campus Sustainability and Kyoto University’s fifth International Symposium for the Establishment of Sustai...

UK's biggest university solar project switched on at University of Sussex

UK's biggest university solar project switched on at University of Sussex

Posted on 20 November 2017

Caroline Lucas MP, was joined by staff member Jolyon Western and PhD student Anna Watson to officially flick the switch on 3,000 solar panels at the University of Sussex; the biggest solar project in UK higher education. More than 3,000 solar panels were switched on at the University of Sussex to...

Time Running Out to Effectively Transpose EU Environmental Acquis into UK Law

Time Running Out to Effectively Transpose EU Environmental Acquis into UK Law

Posted on 20 November 2017

The Society for the Environment, alongside six other professional bodies within the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), warn that time is running out to effectively transpose EU environmental acquis into UK law. The EPF is a network of UK environmental professional bodies and learned societies prom...

Universities and Colleges set their sights on Global Goals at sector-leading Awards

Universities and Colleges set their sights on Global Goals at sector-leading Awards

Posted on 20 November 2017

Colleges and universities alike won big at the prestigious Green Gown Awards held on Wednesday 15th November. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the ceremony was held at Manchester’s magical The Monastery, in conjunction with the University of Manc...

Official Opening of £14.8m Oxford Energy Project

Official Opening of £14.8m Oxford Energy Project

Posted on 17 November 2017

The £14.8m Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Energy Project was officially opened on Friday 10th November by Oxford East MP, Anneliese Dodds.  OUH Chairman, Dame Fiona Caldicott, CEO, Dr Bruno Holthof and Vital Energi’s Ashley Malin were also in attendance.   I...

NUS project canvassing the views of student on issues relating to each SDG launches

NUS project canvassing the views of student on issues relating to each SDG launches

Posted on 7 November 2017

Over the next 17 months NUS will be asking students for their views related to each of the SDGs.   There are 17 Goals that are an internationally agreed set of goals focusing on elements of sustainable development. Each government has signed up to, and are responsible for, taki...

EAUC-Scotland launch UK-wide workshop series to engage Professional Departments

EAUC-Scotland launch UK-wide workshop series to engage Professional Departments

Posted on 7 November 2017

EAUC-Scotland have launched a UK-wide series of workshop webinars to engage professional departments in sustainability as part of a larger project. They are also offering to write case studies for institutions with any relevant projects. This project aims to understand and encourage e...

EAUC announces 3 new key projects

EAUC announces 3 new key projects

Posted on 25 October 2017

The EAUC today announces three exciting new projects to be delivered in collaboration with sector partners. The projects are designed to provide inspiration, guidance and support to a wide range of EAUC members in leadership, campus, academic and research positions. This is further to our request fo...

New Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

New Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

Posted on 23 October 2017

Sir John Peace has today been announced as the new Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.   Sir John is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and has had a long and distinguished career across the technology, financial services and retail sectors.   He is currently Chairman of gl...

The Last Straw: sign the pledge

The Last Straw: sign the pledge

Posted on 23 October 2017

NUS has launched #TheLastStraw – a campaign to stop the use of single-use plastic straws in students’ unions and beyond and here’s how you can help… https://www.nus.org.uk/thelaststraw  

Garbage Guzzler Trial Success at Mansfield College

Garbage Guzzler Trial Success at Mansfield College

Posted on 23 October 2017

Mansfield College, Oxford, produces more than 500 meals a day for its staff, students and visitors. Its kitchen produces food for breakfasts, lunches and dinners in its main hall and for other more intimate dining areas, including a new cafe.   In early 2017, the College took a Garbage Guzzle...

Is this small printing company in Oxford the greenest in the world?

Is this small printing company in Oxford the greenest in the world?

Posted on 23 October 2017

Oxford green printing company Seacourt is a world-renowned sustainable, triple Queens Award winner using waterless printing technology. Recognised by EMAS as a leader within the circular economy. Find out more here in inews' article. 

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail

Posted on 13 October 2017

The University of Manchester launches a new interactive Tree Trail to encourage staff, students and the local community to get outside and discover more about the trees around them. The Tree Trail is a project led by the Environmental Sustainability team, who have worked closely with Urban Green ...

Government launch Clean Growth Strategy

Government launch Clean Growth Strategy

Posted on 13 October 2017

Yesterday, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released the much anticipated Clean Growth Strategy. Some of the key policies and proposals in the strategy are listed below. One of the main elements for the public sector is the introduction of a volu...

Let's talk energy storage

Let's talk energy storage

Posted on 11 October 2017

The growth in sustainable energy technologies will come under the spotlight at a University of Brighton ‘Energy Storage’ evening. The event, on 19 October in Cooksbridge, near Lewes, is being organised by the University’s Green Growth Platform. Its aim is to promote best practic...

Unlock the secret to a sustainable energy future

Unlock the secret to a sustainable energy future

Posted on 3 October 2017

As the UK government focuses on moving away from unsustainable power sources, how ready are we for a renewable energy future? University of Winchester, in partnership with Winchester Action on Climate Change, welcomes Chris Miles, Green Energy Business Leader, for a thought-provoking enterprise l...

Call for Environmental and Sustainability Risk Think-Tank Volunteers

Call for Environmental and Sustainability Risk Think-Tank Volunteers

Posted on 2 October 2017

Unique opportunity to join a 6-month cross-sector Task and Finish Group to path-find and develop guidance on opportunities and resilience in environmental and sustainability risk management Task and Finish Group including EAUC, HE Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN), and HE Risk Network EAUC...

Brite Green reveal HE carbon reduction may not be enough

Brite Green reveal HE carbon reduction may not be enough

Posted on 2 October 2017

Research published by sustainability consultancy Brite Green shows universities in England have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although the sector is still not on track to meet the 2020 HEFCE target.   Key findings of the report: Total emissions fo...

TUCO Launches dedicated waste management framework

TUCO Launches dedicated waste management framework

Posted on 29 September 2017

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has launched a dedicated Sustainable Food Waste Management contract for the higher education and public sector. The contract has been developed in response to in-depth research conducted with Footprint which revealed that food waste costs the education sec...

Recycling - what is it good for?

Recycling - what is it good for?

Posted on 28 September 2017

It’s currently Recycle Week – run by Recycle Now the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities.   This is the 13th year of the campaign, and the theme for 2017 Recycle Week is &l...

New Leadership Foundation project

New Leadership Foundation project

Posted on 25 September 2017

The Leadership Foundation are looking for 8 Higher Education Institutions from England, Wales or Northern Ireland to take part in their Integrated Thinking and Reporting project. Funded by HEFCE and HEFCW, the project will explore integrated thinking and reporting in a collaborative environment with...

Hard Rain Project wins prestigious award

Hard Rain Project wins prestigious award

Posted on 25 September 2017

UK-based Hard Rain Project wins prestigious international sustainable development award The Hard Rain Project, a UK-based education for sustainable development programme, has been selected as one of the three winners of the international UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development...

Countdown to Climathon is on

Countdown to Climathon is on

Posted on 22 September 2017

Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017. It brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Climathon attracts innovat...

The countdown is on to the Enactus World Cup

The countdown is on to the Enactus World Cup

Posted on 21 September 2017

72,000 young social change makers compete to make the world a better place A GLOBAL community of aspiring young social entrepreneurs converge on London later this month to take part in the international finals of the prestigious 2017 Enactus World Cup. The event is the culmination of 12 months of...

Close of Salix Funding Round for Higher and Further Education Institutions

Close of Salix Funding Round for Higher and Further Education Institutions

Posted on 21 September 2017

This is a reminder that applications for the 2017/18 funding round will close on 27th October 2017.   Salix Finance has interest free funding available for energy efficiency projects in Further and Higher Education Institutions. Salix funding is available for over 100 energy-efficiency techno...

Have your say on disposable packaging

Have your say on disposable packaging

Posted on 18 September 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee is relaunching the inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and Government to reduce waste generated by coffee cups and plastic bottles, and investigate possible solutions. ...

SDG Accord Launches in Vancouver

SDG Accord Launches in Vancouver

Posted on 9 September 2017

Iain Patton, CEO of the EAUC, has today launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord in Vancouver, Canada.  This global initiative is to ensure the SDGs are embedded throughout across post-16 education.  This initiative was born from members' ideas at the EAUC Confe...

RELX Group Sustainable Development Goals Resource Centre

RELX Group Sustainable Development Goals Resource Centre

Posted on 7 September 2017

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of our company and from key partners as well. The aim is to support the UN in implementing the SDGs and to broaden awareness and unde...