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Sustainability in Education Survey 2016 Launched

Sustainability in Education Survey 2016 Launched

Posted on 21 June 2016

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), National Union of Students (NUS), University and College Union (UCU), College Development Network (CDN) and Association of Colleges (AoC) have again launched a joint survey on perceptions of sustainability in the sector. The surv...

The EAUC invites tenders for the event management of the Annual Conference 2017, 2018 and 2019

The EAUC invites tenders for the event management of the Annual Conference 2017, 2018 and 2019

Posted on 20 June 2016

This tender has now closed. The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (the EAUC) invites tenders for the event management and delivery of the Annual Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Now in its 21st year, the EAUC Annual Conference is the sustainability event of the year for...

Blog Post - Interface: Bringing Positive Thinking To Business

Blog Post - Interface: Bringing Positive Thinking To Business

Posted on 20 June 2016

Blog Post from Erin Meezan, Interface: The business world is undergoing a powerful shift. It’s a shift beyond "responsible business" to optimism. A shift to expecting more of businesses than profitability and stakeholder engagement. It’s a way of thinking of business as a me...

Members Going Green to be Seen in University Business Article

Members Going Green to be Seen in University Business Article

Posted on 20 June 2016

From innovative new-builds and refurbs to the most successful 'green' initiatives, in this month's issue, University Business looks at some of the ways universities are boosting their sustainability credentials and its great to see some of the fantastic green projects and initiatives ...

Awards celebrate commitment to making the University of Chester greener

Awards celebrate commitment to making the University of Chester greener

Posted on 20 June 2016

An awards event has been held to celebrate the commitment of University of Chester employees to sustainability in the workplace and mark the start of a new era in renewable energy. Sixteen teams of employees received awards at the University’s Sustainability Unit’s fourth annual Green...

Transforming UCL buildings sustainably - new assessment scheme launched at UCL

Transforming UCL buildings sustainably - new assessment scheme launched at UCL

Posted on 16 June 2016

Over the past year UCL has been helping to develop a new sustainability assessment scheme for higher education building refurbishment projects. This week that scheme, RICS Ska for higher education, has been launched here at UCL.   Good news for UCL staff and students:   Maintaining a su...

First Book Bank in England Launched at UCLan

First Book Bank in England Launched at UCLan

Posted on 8 June 2016

Better World Books has launched its first book bank in England at the University of Central Lancashire. The book bank is located at the Preston City Campus on Adelphi Street next to the library building. It provides university staff, students and the public with a convenient way to drop off the book...

Nottingham Trent University student designs innovative moss wall panels to reduce air pollution

Nottingham Trent University student designs innovative moss wall panels to reduce air pollution

Posted on 6 June 2016

A unique wall panel designed by Jack Johnson, a BA (Hons) Product Design student who is graduating from Nottingham Trent University this summer, uses moss as a natural solution of reducing air pollution in offices. The moss contained in the innovative panels removes gases such as carbon dioxide, ...

Call for Contributions, COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, September 14-16th

Call for Contributions, COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, September 14-16th

Posted on 6 June 2016

The 2016 COPERNICUS Alliance Conference focuses on the sustainability transformation of institutional, national and international science systems. It will reflect on policies and practices that support or hinder researchers and educators of higher education institutions to practice inter- and transd...

University of Aberdeen's Rocking Horse Nursery presented Passive House Certification

University of Aberdeen's Rocking Horse Nursery presented Passive House Certification

Posted on 3 June 2016

The Rocking Horse Nursery at the University of Aberdeen has been formally recognised as the first Passive House nursery in Scotland and the first building of its kind in the Scottish higher education sector. Professor Wolfgang Feist, co-founder of the Passive House concept and Director of th...

University of Dundee pedaling forward with new Cycle Friendly Campus Award

University of Dundee pedaling forward with new Cycle Friendly Campus Award

Posted on 3 June 2016

Cyclists from the University of Dundee community, including its Rector, the world-renowned adventurer, Mark Beaumont, will receive Cycling Scotland's Cycle Friendly Campus Award with Distinction on Friday 3rd June, recognising the institution’s efforts to promote sustainabl...

Elyx helps launch world’s first Sustainability Literacy test at the UN Environment Assembly

Elyx helps launch world’s first Sustainability Literacy test at the UN Environment Assembly

Posted on 1 June 2016

The world’s first online test of sustainability literacy, Sulitest.org, was launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya on May 26. Sulitest.org, a tangible implementation of HESI, aims to create and nurture an awareness of both global and local sustainability c...

EAUC Conference and David Orr

EAUC Conference and David Orr

Posted on 27 May 2016

EAUC apologises on behalf of David Orr for a comment he made during his keynote session at the EAUC Annual Conference. This is in no way a reflection of EAUC values. Racial and religious stereotyping has no place in the sustainable and socially just world we seek. Perhaps this is a perfect opport...

Green Scorecard Launched

Green Scorecard Launched

Posted on 13 May 2016

The Green Scorecard has been officialy launched. See the official press release below:  The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) has launched its first ever Green Scorecard in partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). The Green Sc...

EAUC supports Latin American Universities for Fair Trade initiative

EAUC supports Latin American Universities for Fair Trade initiative

Posted on 10 May 2016

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has provided a letter of support for the Latin American Universities for Fair Trade initiative.   The Latin American Universities for Fair Trade scheme hopes to create a network of Latin American and Caribbean Universities tha...

Summary of 28 April 2016 District Heating Network seminar

Summary of 28 April 2016 District Heating Network seminar

Posted on 6 May 2016

District heating networks could be the low carbon energy supply solution that helps universities to cut their energy bills and meet their carbon targets. Over twenty universities and colleges from all over Britain attended the district heating networks seminar for universities and colleges organ...

New round of funding launched for colleges in England

New round of funding launched for colleges in England

Posted on 5 May 2016

The EAUC and Salix are proud to announce the launch of an additional round of funding for further education Colleges in England. The College Energy Fund was launched in 2014 by Salix in partnership with the EAUC and supported by the AoC. Since then, Colleges have completed 70 energy-efficiency p...

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability

Posted on 13 April 2016

Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour ch...

Reduce the Juice - Bring a new sustainability engagement programme into your halls of residence!

Reduce the Juice - Bring a new sustainability engagement programme into your halls of residence!

Posted on 12 April 2016

Bring a new sustainability engagement programme into your halls of residence! For the past year, the University of London has developed Reduce the Juice, a student accommodation sustainability engagement programme, achieving some great results:  halls with recycling rates of over 80% and ene...

South West College hosts EAUC Ireland meeting

South West College hosts EAUC Ireland meeting

Posted on 30 March 2016

South West College (SWC) recently hosted the second meeting of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Ireland Group at the College’s CREST pavilion in Enniskillen. The EAUC Ireland Group – a sub-Group of the broader EAUC international network was set up lat...

City College Plymouth named best Fairtrade college at South West Fairtrade Business Awards

City College Plymouth named best Fairtrade college at South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Posted on 29 March 2016

City College Plymouth has been announced as winners of the Best Fairtrade College/University category at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2016 on Friday 11th March. The event was opened by Molly Scott Cato MEP and the ceremony was hosted by ethical beauty and wellbeing expert, Liz Earle M...

RAU named sustainability champion at Guardian University Award 2016

RAU named sustainability champion at Guardian University Award 2016

Posted on 29 March 2016

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was thrilled to be announced the winner in the sustainability category at the prestigious The Guardian University Award 2016 on Wednesday (16 March). The Sustainability Project award recognised ‘an outstanding initiative that creates and champions a m...

Join our Board

Join our Board

Posted on 23 March 2016

Our continued success will draw on the strength and diverse skills of our Board of Trustees: maintaining its balance of knowledge and experience from across the university, college and learning and skills sector is essential to our future success. We now have a vacancy for three new Board members. ...

Top marks for Plymouth and Manchester universities at Food Made Good Awards

Top marks for Plymouth and Manchester universities at Food Made Good Awards

Posted on 23 March 2016

Plymouth University and The University of Manchester both triumphed at the Food Made Good Awards on 22 March, in recognition of their outstandingly sustainable catering. Raymond Blanc OBE presented Plymouth University with the Food Made Good University Champion award (sponsored by TUCO) at a gala...

Innovative EcoHack event calls for Sustainability Mentors and Speakers

Innovative EcoHack event calls for Sustainability Mentors and Speakers

Posted on 17 March 2016

While there are various technological solutions available to those who strive to reduce energy consumption and live their lives more sustainably, influencing behavioural change still remains a challenge. This is what inspired the creators of Eco Hack. This project is a ten-week programme that will h...

Could you host a future EAUC Annual Conference?

Could you host a future EAUC Annual Conference?

Posted on 15 March 2016

As part of our annual conference planning process, we want to ensure we have a current list of venues (both educational and non-educational) that are able to offer the required space to host this exciting event. Below is an outline of the space/requirements that we need in order to successfully host...

Launching the GUPES Green Gown Awards

Launching the GUPES Green Gown Awards

Posted on 15 March 2016

The GUPES Green Gown Awards is a joint initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC),that expands the Green Gown Awards further across the globe with an emphasis on profiling and learning from the Southe...

Salix College Energy Fund - over £3.8m of energy-efficiency projects completed to date

Salix College Energy Fund - over £3.8m of energy-efficiency projects completed to date

Posted on 15 March 2016

A reflection on the progress of the Salix College Energy Fund has seen the completion of over £3.8m of projects, including its largest to date by City of Liverpool College. The project, completed by the City of Liverpool College, incorporates a number of energy efficiency measures including ...

EAUC member offer - RootAbility student engagement training in Bonn, Germany.

EAUC member offer - RootAbility student engagement training in Bonn, Germany.

Posted on 15 March 2016

The EAUC has been working with RootAbility, pioneers of the green office model in Europe, to create an exciting opportunity for three EAUC educational members to travel to Bonn, Germany to take part in an international training course on how to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they n...

Royal Agricultural University celebrates two nominations for The Guardian University Awards

Royal Agricultural University celebrates two nominations for The Guardian University Awards

Posted on 15 March 2016

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been shortlisted for two Guardian University Awards 2016, for ‘Entrepreneurship’ and the ‘Sustainability Project’. The Sustainability Project category recognises ‘an outstanding initiative that creates and champions a more ...

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 to transform UK food and drink

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 to transform UK food and drink

Posted on 15 March 2016

The UK’s resource efficiency charity WRAP, on behalf of the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, has unveiled a pioneering commitment, signed by the EAUC, which brings together organisations from across the food system for the first time to make food and drink production and consumpti...

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

Posted on 14 March 2016

The University of Edinburgh has put pressure on its electronic suppliers, after it became the first higher education institution in the UK to ban the purchasing of supplies that contain controversial 'conflict minerals'. The policy – primarily aimed at supply chains associated wit...

University of Winchester recognised as global leader in responsible business education

University of Winchester recognised as global leader in responsible business education

Posted on 11 March 2016

Winchester Business School has become one of only three Business Schools in the UK to be invited to become a PRME Champion, for its dedication to the United Nations’ backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) to inspire and champion responsible management education, research...

Cranfield launches world’s first MSc in the Circular Economy

Cranfield launches world’s first MSc in the Circular Economy

Posted on 9 March 2016

Cranfield University has launched the world’s first MSc course in the Circular Economy. The new part-time executive MSc course, Technology, Innovation and Management for a Circular Economy, was launched at Resource, the leading resource efficiency event, in London this week. The course comb...

Manchester Met Becomes First UK University To Achieve New International Environmental Standard

Manchester Met Becomes First UK University To Achieve New International Environmental Standard

Posted on 2 March 2016

Manchester Metropolitan is the first UK University to achieve the newly revised and more challenging international Environmental Management System (EMS) standard- ISO14001:2015, demonstrating a clear commitment to managing and improving its environmental performance. Over the last three years, th...

Call out for Ethical Investment, Divestment, or Ethical Procurement Policies

Call out for Ethical Investment, Divestment, or Ethical Procurement Policies

Posted on 1 March 2016

The issues of divestment and ethical investment/procurement are high on the agenda for many of our members. In order to support you on your journey towards ethical investment, the EAUC will pull together a bank of existing policies to act as a guidance resource on the Sustainability Exchange. If ...

Ska Rating for Higher Education Consultation

Ska Rating for Higher Education Consultation

Posted on 1 March 2016

The deadline for the Ska Rating for Higher Education Consultation is this Friday 4 March. he EAUC would like to respond to this on behalf of our members and would value your feedback. The consultation takes the form of comments on each section of the document, which are labelled with a letter and...

Update on the Green Scorecard

Update on the Green Scorecard

Posted on 16 February 2016

The final methodology for the Green Scorecard was approved on Thursday 11 February. In order to implement the scorecard, Aude have agreed that a short pilot phase will be undertaken, commencing shortlyThe Universities that will be piloting this scheme are as follows: - Edinburgh - QMC - Swan...

Study on HEI networks and their link to urban planning

Study on HEI networks and their link to urban planning

Posted on 16 February 2016

Mathieu Garnier from Tetragora in France who is conducting a study for "la Caisse des Dépôts" on HEI networks and their link to urban planning. How HEIs are taking in account networks and grids (electricity, water, waste, mobility, ICT, heat...) during their planning operation...

Opportunity - Advanced Level Workshop on Overcoming Barriers to Better Building Performance

Opportunity - Advanced Level Workshop on Overcoming Barriers to Better Building Performance

Posted on 16 February 2016

Building on feedback from the EAUC, numerous building performance evaluations (BPEs) and interviews with HE Environment and Sustainability Managers, AHR’s R&D Group will host an advanced level workshop on Wednesday 13th April to discuss some of the most common issues encountered on higher ...

Salix funding creates £50 million of investment into energy efficiency projects

Salix funding creates £50 million of investment into energy efficiency projects

Posted on 16 February 2016

£25 million of funding creates over £50 million of investment into energy efficiency projects for the higher education sector A reflection on the success of the Salix/HEFCE Revolving Green Fund 1 (RGF1), which demonstrates that Government funding has led to projects that are estimated t...

Pedal Power: Could you cycle 300 miles for charity?

Pedal Power: Could you cycle 300 miles for charity?

Posted on 16 February 2016

Fancy the challenge of cycling 300 miles in four days for charity?  If so, The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) invites you to join its members and directors in July 2016, as they take to the highway from Manchester to Exeter in the name of raising thousands of pounds for good causes. ...

Statement on EAUC Annual Conference sponsorship policy.

Statement on EAUC Annual Conference sponsorship policy.

Posted on 16 February 2016

The EAUC Senior Management Team has taken the decision not to accept Annual Conference sponsorship or exhibition fees from companies where their main activities are fossil fuel related. The decision paves the way for a discussion on how and where we engage with fossil fuel companies in the future...

Sustainability in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities

Sustainability in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on 16 February 2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Thursday 7th July 2016; Hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University Futures Initiative It is ten years since Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) first started exploring sustainability and its implications for Higher Education.  Since then much has been achieved...

Two courses of sustainability training on the menu for university caterers

Two courses of sustainability training on the menu for university caterers

Posted on 16 February 2016

Universities committed to putting sustainability at the heart of their catering operation can now embed these principles and practicalities throughout their workforce with a new set of training courses being run by the hospitality industry’s leading sustainability organisation. The Sustaina...

Glasgow Caledonian University become Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus

Glasgow Caledonian University become Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus

Posted on 8 February 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University has become Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus, gaining the Cycle Friendly Award with Distinction from Cycling Scotland Scottish Trail Bike Champion, Aaron Duke, was on hand on Friday (5th February) to help students and staff at Glasgow Caledonian University...

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development: Call for nominations 2016

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development: Call for nominations 2016

Posted on 2 February 2016

The 2016 call for nominations for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), endowed with USD 150,000 for three laureates, was launched last week. Eligible for the Prize are individuals, institutions and organizations with a specific ESD project or programme having bee...

#WearTheLove National Campaign - Scotland

#WearTheLove National Campaign - Scotland

Posted on 2 February 2016

#WearTheLove National Campaign Fashion / Textile Degree Course Brief/Opportunity for Scotland   This February, Love Your Clothes wants everyone to celebrate the clothes we already have and fall in love again with our wardrobes.  So we’re running a national campaign and competition...

Fairtrade Fortnight offer

Fairtrade Fortnight offer

Posted on 2 February 2016

What is Fairtrade? Fairtrade is an ethical standards label which provides a guarantee, via audits carried out by an independent certification body, that developing world producers have been paid a fair price, and had decent working conditions, for products carrying the Fairtrade mark. Fairtrade....

EAUC Energy Seminar - navigating barriers to energy cost control and storage

EAUC Energy Seminar - navigating barriers to energy cost control and storage

Posted on 1 February 2016

On 28 January, the EAUC with support from Clean Power Solutions held an energy seminar at the Chimneys Hotel and Conference Centre, Cheshire. This seminar looked to explore and share solutions and expertise from other institutions in areas, such as energy cost control and storage, key energy technol...