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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,âįto 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...

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...

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...

Enactus World Cup

Enactus World Cup

Posted on 7 September 2017

26th-28th SEPTEMBER 2017, EXCEL, LONDON Every year a select group of 3,500 student, business and academic leaders from around the globe meet at Enactus World Cup to showcase the entrepreneurial action and shared innovation that transforms lives and creates a better future. This is your invitation...

Fife College win Kingdom FM Award for Green Salon

Fife College win Kingdom FM Award for Green Salon

Posted on 5 September 2017

We would like to congratulate Fife College and Christine Laing for their win as Best Green Initiative at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards held at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.   Christine Laing, Sustainability Advisor for the College, was nominated for the award by the C...

Ahead of the curve: what is UK post-16 education doing on the electricity front?

Ahead of the curve: what is UK post-16 education doing on the electricity front?

Posted on 5 September 2017

The UK government is bringing in huge electricity changes over the next year. This will make it easier for anyone to make, use, store and sell electricity – saving consumers a potential £17 – £40 billion by 2050.   This is undoubtedly an attempt to bring the energy ind...

University of Brighton scientist says Government is too slow on car pollution

University of Brighton scientist says Government is too slow on car pollution

Posted on 22 August 2017

A top Brighton scientist has criticised the Government’s plans to ban new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 as "just too long" a wait. Dr Kirsty Smallbone, head of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology and a lead researcher on air pollution, urged ...

Bidfood to host second plate2planet! Live summit

Bidfood to host second plate2planet! Live summit

Posted on 18 August 2017

Food waste, food poverty and sustainable menus are all on the agenda for this year’s plate2planet Live! summit, which will take place on Thursday, 2nd November. Hosted by Bidfood at one of the world’s most sustainable venues, The Crystal in London, the event will build on the success ...

University fossil fuel divestment total tips £80 billion globally

University fossil fuel divestment total tips £80 billion globally

Posted on 17 August 2017

We have a wealth of information available on the Sustainability Exchange in regards to divestment including articles and webinars. Click here to access. EAUC supports its Members wherever they are in their ethical investment journey and recognises that this is a very complex area for institutions...

Sustainability features highly in new TUCO food and drink report

Sustainability features highly in new TUCO food and drink report

Posted on 16 August 2017

Sustainability featured highly in this year's Global Food & Beverage Trends Report by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO). The report showed 72% of Generation Z students are willing to pay more for products and services from companies which are committed to positive social and ...

New NEUPC Furniture Reuse and Recycling Framework Now Live

New NEUPC Furniture Reuse and Recycling Framework Now Live

Posted on 16 August 2017

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) has recently launched a new national framework for Furniture Reuse and Recycling. Established to provide full end to end provision for furniture storage, reuse and recycling, the framework has sustainability at its core. The framework c...

Brighton Uni captures the sun

Brighton Uni captures the sun

Posted on 16 August 2017

The latest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation from the University of Brighton has been completed at its Eastbourne campus – at no cost to the university. The project builds on the success of working with Brighton Energy Co-operative (BEC), a Brighton-based collective which builds communit...

Dundee and Angus College trial visionary sustainability brand

Dundee and Angus College trial visionary sustainability brand

Posted on 16 August 2017

For Dundee and Angus College in Scotland, on-site composting provides an ideal solution to take control of their food waste, reduce packaging in canteens, and move away from plastics in food service.    The College chose Vegware as their packaging supplier to provide a sustainable, compo...

Better World Books Literacy Grants application close date 28 August 2017

Better World Books Literacy Grants application close date 28 August 2017

Posted on 10 August 2017

The EAUC  has a strong 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. You can find our more about our partnership here. This year Better World...

Welcome to our New Treasurer

Welcome to our New Treasurer

Posted on 9 August 2017

We welcome David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary at the University of Glasgow, to the Board of Trustees. David has been appointed as Treasurer by the Board. David has been co-opted by the Board of Trustees due to the resignation of Andrew Hewett (University of Dundee). Th...

TUCO Delivers Inspiring 2017 Conference Line Up

TUCO Delivers Inspiring 2017 Conference Line Up

Posted on 9 August 2017

Hundreds of caterers from the Further and Higher Education sector gathered at the University of Nottingham this week (24th-26th July) for the hotly anticipated TUCO Annual Conference.   Members of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) travelled from across the UK for the inspirational t...

Over £38 million of Salix funding to install CHP across the UK public sector

Over £38 million of Salix funding to install CHP across the UK public sector

Posted on 9 August 2017

Over £38 million of Salix interest-free loans have been used for the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) to provide high efficiency heat and power generation to UK public sector buildings, bringing estimated annual savings of over £10 million on energy bills. Last year saw a re...

Seeking Project Managers

Seeking Project Managers

Posted on 7 August 2017

EAUC has a number of key projects to design and deliver on an out-sourced basis for the next period. Projects include updating our resilience guide for institution governors, supporting a business case briefing development programme and developing and writing funding bids for the next phase of the L...

EAUC launches new research on sustainability reporting tools

EAUC launches new research on sustainability reporting tools

Posted on 4 August 2017

The EAUC has released new mapping research today that looks at the wide ranging sustainability reporting tools available to UK post-16 education sector.   Navigating through the increasingly complex landscape of sustainability reporting tools often seems a daunting task. In response, the Envi...

Call for Hosts

Call for Hosts

Posted on 4 August 2017

Beyond COP21 University/College Symposium – Call for Hosts Peter Milne, Founder/Director of Target4Green, is currently looking for an EAUC Member  University or College to host a free pilot Beyond COP21 Symposium in the academic year 2017/18, as part of their engagement programme ...

Energy scheme officially opened at £330 million Northampton University campus

Energy scheme officially opened at £330 million Northampton University campus

Posted on 3 August 2017

Energy Scheme Officially Opened at £330m Waterside Campus £6.5m biomass energy project at The University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus is officially opened to mark the completion of the project. On August 1st 2017 members from The University of Northampton and sustainable e...

Sustainability in Education Survey 2017 Deadline Extension!

Sustainability in Education Survey 2017 Deadline Extension!

Posted on 1 August 2017

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. This sur...

Salix launches new round of funding for HEIs

Salix launches new round of funding for HEIs

Posted on 31 July 2017

Last year, almost half of all 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 projects will see annual en...

EAUC donates to 2017 Conference host carbon offset project

EAUC donates to 2017 Conference host carbon offset project

Posted on 31 July 2017

As part of our sustainable event strategy, each year, we make a carbon offset donation to the institution that hosted the EAUC Annual Conference. After the 2017 conference we provided Lancaster University with a donation which they are incorporating within their large scale tree planting project ...

University of Winchester to launch new sustainability and wellbeing behaviour change scheme

University of Winchester to launch new sustainability and wellbeing behaviour change scheme

Posted on 28 July 2017

The University of Winchester will be launching the JUMP behaviour change programme in September this year.   Winchester is the latest university to implement the JUMP programme, joining Swansea University, Bournemouth University, the University of Chichester and Brunel University. The program...

University scores top marks for its sustainable procurement

University scores top marks for its sustainable procurement

Posted on 27 July 2017

The University of Manchester has achieved Level 5 – the highest possible rating – in the Government’s flexible framework for sustainable procurement. The University is the first in the country to have its self-assessment independently verified, with Manchester’s practices ...

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 UHIs WEEE Centre

The Culture of Consumerism: Reduce, Reuse, Reculture by Perth College UHIs 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...

TUCO Launches First National Catering Recruitment Framework

TUCO Launches First National Catering Recruitment Framework

Posted on 23 February 2017

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has launched the first national catering recruitment framework for the Higher Education sector. Responding to demand from its members, the Recruitment Services Framework provides education caterers with a solution to the challenge of finding and retaining ...

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People

Posted on 23 February 2017

This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development. - Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation - Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; Japan Priv...

EAUC-Scotland Programme Awarded 3 Years of Funding from SFC

EAUC-Scotland Programme Awarded 3 Years of Funding from SFC

Posted on 21 February 2017

We are delighted to announce that the EAUC-Scotland Programme has been awarded three years of funding from the Scottish Funding Council! This funding goes part of the way to supporting the new Programme, which has been developed in response to needs identified in collaboration with sector represe...

The University of St Andrews named as a finalist at the H&V Awards

The University of St Andrews named as a finalist at the H&V Awards

Posted on 21 February 2017

The University of St Andrews’ £20m Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre has proven popular with awards judges in the energy sector recently and following on from its victory at the Scottish Green Energy Awards we are delighted to announce it has been named as a finalist at the H&V News ...

University of Leeds students tackle debate on a sustainable future

University of Leeds students tackle debate on a sustainable future

Posted on 16 February 2017

At the inaugural student Sustainable Futures conference in February over 100 University of Leeds students came together to debate and share future solutions to sustainability matters. The conference was the first of its kind to be held in Leeds and aimed to bring sustainability to the forefront o...

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: Monday 27 February - Sunday 12 March

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: Monday 27 February - Sunday 12 March

Posted on 14 February 2017

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme is ‘put Fairtrade back in your break’ to highlight the exploitation farmers and workers across the world face when growing and producing the food and drink we consume. Events will be taking place across the UK and you can find out how to get...

Cloud Sustainability Launch New Food Waste Module

Cloud Sustainability Launch New Food Waste Module

Posted on 9 February 2017

Cloud Sustainability has launched a new eLearning module in beta, developed in partnership with Veris. A beta version is available to buy at a special price of £20 + VAT through the Cloud Store here. Purchasing the beta between 1st and 28th Feb will secure you a free updated ...

University of Reading has cut its carbon emissions by 35%

University of Reading has cut its carbon emissions by 35%

Posted on 8 February 2017

The University of Reading has cut its carbon emissions by 35%, producing a saving of £17 million over a five year period. The University has cut its annual carbon emissions from 44,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2008/09 to just over 28,500 tonnes per year. The total carbon saved over the five year pe...

Trigeneration scheme for Veterinary Campus

Trigeneration scheme for Veterinary Campus

Posted on 7 February 2017

£9 Million Trigeneration scheme for Veterinary Campus   The University of Edinburgh is set to harness the power of trigeneration in a new £9 million energy project which will revolutionise the way they produce heating, cooling and electricity at their Easter Bush Veterinary Campus...

Revolving Green Fund - Friday 10th February

Revolving Green Fund - Friday 10th February

Posted on 6 February 2017

Revolving Green Fund 2016/17 - Deadline Friday 10th February   This is a reminder that applications for the 2016/17 round of funding will close this Friday (10th February.) Salix will assess applications as they are received, so early submissions are encouraged to allow the maximum possi...

UK Living Labs Event

UK Living Labs Event

Posted on 2 February 2017

The EAUC Living Labs event brought together a diverse mix of academic staff and professional staff from 30 institutions to discuss the potential and future of the Living Labs in the tertiary education sector. The event was opened by a welcome and introduction by Iain Patton, EAUC Chief Executive. Th...

Energy in Education

Energy in Education

Posted on 2 February 2017

Shedding light on energy uncertainty   A new initiative launched on 1st February aims to shed light on the impact that political and market uncertainty is having on energy management in the education sector. The Energy in Education Survey is seeking to gather the views of managers in Higher a...

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Earth 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Earth 2017

Posted on 26 January 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Earth 2017 – A global forum for connecting research with action (29 and 30 June 2017, Plymouth University)   SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5th March 2017   Keynote speakers include:   Dr Ceri M Powell, Executive Vice President, Shell Professor Chris Ra...

Join our Board

Join our Board

Posted on 24 January 2017

We are seeking TWO dedicated members to join our Board of Trustees. 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 o...

Scottish Government launch draft of new Climate Change Plan

Scottish Government launch draft of new Climate Change Plan

Posted on 23 January 2017

The Scottish Government launched the draft of the new Climate Change Plan on 19th January 2017. This report on proposals and policies  (RPP3) outlines how Scottish greenhouse gas emission reduction targets are to met while also addressing the need for more ambitious targets ...

Call for Contributions: University Alliance for Sustainability Spring Campus 2017 Conference

Call for Contributions: University Alliance for Sustainability Spring Campus 2017 Conference

Posted on 23 January 2017

The second Spring Campus conference is being organised in the framework of the ‘University Alliance for Sustainability’ from March 27-31 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin. Besides four different research workshops a workshop directed towards university staff working in the field o...

Sustainability Leadership in the UK and Uzbekistan

Sustainability Leadership in the UK and Uzbekistan

Posted on 19 January 2017

Next week sees EAUC delivering an important milestone in the development of sustainability across all universities in Uzbekistan in a partnership between EAUC, British Council, NUS and University College London. Representing EAUC, Professor Steve Martin and Quinn Runkle for NUS, with support from Ia...

Universities and Colleges in Scotland are first whole sector to join Electronics Watch

Universities and Colleges in Scotland are first whole sector to join Electronics Watch

Posted on 13 January 2017

For the first time in any country, a whole sector of public bodies has joined Electronics Watch in unity - and it's the FHE sector! Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation working to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry through sociall...

European Low Carbon Hospital Prize

European Low Carbon Hospital Prize

Posted on 13 January 2017

The European Commission has launched the Horizon prize for a Low Carbon Hospital to stimulate innovative thinking and find solutions to overcome technological problems linked to the use of 100% renewable energy sources in buildings for heat and power generation. A cash reward of €1...

TUCO extends a hand to hospices

TUCO extends a hand to hospices

Posted on 13 January 2017

The University Caterers Organisation and The Hospice Quality Partnership unite to deliver savings to hospices across the UK   TUCO has opened up its leading procurement frameworks for the very first time to the hospice sector, delivering instant savings of up to 15% to members of The Hospice ...

OBE awarded to Salix Chief Executive in the Queen's New Year's Honours List

OBE awarded to Salix Chief Executive in the Queen's New Year's Honours List

Posted on 11 January 2017

It is confirmed that Annie Shepperd will receive an OBE for her significant contribution to energy efficiency and child protection over her career. The Queen's New Year Honours Lists 2017 recognises the contribution of a wide range of people across the UK and was announced on the 30th December....

Transition Network launch Guide to doing Transition in your University or College

Transition Network launch Guide to doing Transition in your University or College

Posted on 9 January 2017

The Transition Network, which supports the movement of local communities coming together and developing local projects and solutions to reimagine and rebuild the world, have launched a guide aimed at universities and colleges.  The Transition movement has been growing since 20...

Huge Success for TEC at The Energy Awards

Huge Success for TEC at The Energy Awards

Posted on 9 January 2017

The Energy Consortium (TEC) has won the ‘Energy Buying Team of the Year Award' at The Energy Awards 2016. The achievement is noteworthy as TEC were entered in the larger team category, beating some notable private sector teams to secure this award. The result was announced at the Londo...

Churchill College, Cambridge furthers sustainability goals using a new Veolia CHP

Churchill College, Cambridge furthers sustainability goals using a new Veolia CHP

Posted on 4 January 2017

A new 15 year combined heat and power (CHP) contract is set to provide low carbon electricity and heat to Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. The contract will continue the energy services started in 1993 and see one of the latest generation of Veolia CHP units installed to provide the...

The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

Posted on 4 January 2017

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The Committee is calling on the Government to introdu...

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules

Posted on 3 January 2017

Tridonic extends CPD offering with three new modules  * All modules CIBSE certified Tridonic, a leader in the provision of LED lighting control and technology, has announced the availability of three new CPD modules. This brings the total number of modules available to nine, all of which ...

EAUC Christmas Volunteering Day 2016

EAUC Christmas Volunteering Day 2016

Posted on 20 December 2016

On Monday 19th December, the EAUC team spent the day volunteering with Cheltenham based charity County Community Projects (CCP), taking part in their annual Hamper Scamper Appeal. EAUC supported this project by volunteering in 2014 and staff were delighted to have the opportunity to support such a w...

EAUC announces new partnership with Love to Ride

EAUC announces new partnership with Love to Ride

Posted on 16 December 2016

EAUC are inviting all member UK and Ireland Universities and Colleges to take part in this new national behaviour change programme, designed to monitor and grow cycling amongst your staff and student communities.  Uni~Cycle is launching in early 2017 and is part of a big push to grow cycling...

Scottish Climate Change Reporting Update

Scottish Climate Change Reporting Update

Posted on 15 December 2016

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) team announced on 14 December 2016 an excellent return rate on the first mandatory year of Public Sector Climate Change Reporting. Colleges and Universities had a 95% response rate, with 145 of the 150 eligible public sector organisations submitting a return. ...

New TUCO Chair Named 'Top 20 Influencer'

New TUCO Chair Named 'Top 20 Influencer'

Posted on 14 December 2016

The Chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), Matt White, has been named in the annual Top 20 Public Sector Influencers for the first time, just three months after taking up his new position at the Organisation. The list, which is put together by the leading Industry title, Cost Secto...

Revolving Green Fund 2016/17 - Now Accepting Applications for Funding

Revolving Green Fund 2016/17 - Now Accepting Applications for Funding

Posted on 14 December 2016

Salix are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Revolving Green Fund 16/17. The funding is available for over 120 energy-efficiency technologies and is repaid through the savings made on energy bills. If you would like to apply, please download an application here. Proj...

EAUC Partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

EAUC Partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

Posted on 13 December 2016

The EAUC is delighted to announce that it is now a partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD).   The UKSSD network supports organisations who are working to advance sustainable development in the UK. Its focus and strategy is informed by the expertise of its partners. UKSS...

Manchester is first carbon literate university and museum in the world

Manchester is first carbon literate university and museum in the world

Posted on 9 December 2016

Manchester is celebrating after being named the first carbon literate university and museum in the world. The University has been awarded a bronze Carbon Literate Organisation award for its 10,000 Actionsproject, which asks every member of staff to take part in collective, measurab...

New Blog Post from Iain Patton

New Blog Post from Iain Patton

Posted on 9 December 2016

"In 2017 as part of a new forward thinking and far-reaching strategic plan, the EAUC will launch an Advocacy Programme to give the EAUC Community a greater voice at the sector and societal policy levels.  In advance of this yesterday, I met with Mary Creagh Chair of the UK Parliame...

Carbon Credentials Hosts Science-Based Targets Event

Carbon Credentials Hosts Science-Based Targets Event

Posted on 7 December 2016

Carbon Credentials have recently run two Science-Based Targets Events Science-based targets are all about translating the commitments made in the Paris Agreement into action in the business world. They have published a series of four blog posts to provide more insight into science-based t...

UK university income grows by 2bn pounds in one year reaching a record 30bn pounds

UK university income grows by 2bn pounds in one year reaching a record 30bn pounds

Posted on 7 December 2016

Universities increase turnover via efficiency effectiveness agenda and business driven developments  Key stats University sector maintenance costs amount to £2bn a year   Capital expenditure reaches a record high of £2.75bn per annum  Student nu...

Leading a new  chapter of change and decision-making agility

Leading a new chapter of change and decision-making agility

Posted on 7 December 2016

Sustainability as the problem to solve your university and college issues!   The EAUC Harvard Driving Sustainability Leadership project has taken an exciting new turn. Last week, three university leadership groups were each exposed to a new intense version of the programme which we launc...

CALL FOR PAPERS - 9th WEEC 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - 9th WEEC 2017

Posted on 6 December 2016

The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation...

St Andrews win Scottish Green Energy Award

St Andrews win Scottish Green Energy Award

Posted on 5 December 2016

The University of St Andrews and partners Vital Energi have won a major national award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016 for the biomass energy centre at the University’s new Eden Campus at Guardbridge. The £25 million energy centre on the east side of the former paper mil...

IUSDRP will soon have reached 100 members!

IUSDRP will soon have reached 100 members!

Posted on 1 December 2016

Founded in 2016, the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) provides a concrete contribution towards the efforts of member universities to consolidate their initiatives in the field of sustainable development in many ways. For instance:   a) by increasing th...

Sustainable Small Fleet Award for the University of Cambridge

Sustainable Small Fleet Award for the University of Cambridge

Posted on 1 December 2016

Estates Facilities have taken a number of steps in recent years to make the University of Cambridge fleet sustainable. These steps include; reducing fleet size, tracking vehicle use, driver training, the development of the Sustainable Fleet Management Policy and the introduction of electric vehicles...

TUCO works with its members to achieve a more sustainable future for the British Dairy Industry

TUCO works with its members to achieve a more sustainable future for the British Dairy Industry

Posted on 30 November 2016

TUCO (The University Caterers’ Organisation) has become the first procurement network to guarantee a fixed minimum payment to UK farmers for their milk.   The fairly-traded pricing structure assures farmers a minimum price of 30p per litre for standard milk across the life of a contract...

Plymouth University earns new national award in recognition of sustainable commitments

Plymouth University earns new national award in recognition of sustainable commitments

Posted on 29 November 2016

The University of Plymouth has won a second award in less than a month in recognition of its commitment to sustainable practices. Just weeks after winning a fifth Green Gown Award since 2011, the University has triumphed in the Sustainability Reporting (Public Sector) category of the Building Pub...

Take Part in our Food Waste Survey

Take Part in our Food Waste Survey

Posted on 29 November 2016

We have created a short survey with Cloud Sustainability to gain a better understanding of how universities and colleges deal with food waste. We are doing this to improve the levels of support that we offer to members. We would be grateful if you could take part in this piece of research. T...

University of Liverpool Invest in Sustainable Energy Centre

University of Liverpool Invest in Sustainable Energy Centre

Posted on 28 November 2016

Installation works have commenced on site, as Vital Energi begin the installation of a new £1.5m Energy Centre, for the new Greenbank halls of residence at the University of Liverpool. Vital Energi have a longstanding relationship with the University of Liverpool and have previously installed ...

Join Share Action in Petition to USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Landmines

Join Share Action in Petition to USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Landmines

Posted on 25 November 2016

Despite two years of engagement in good faith, USS are ignoring the views and concerns of members, and are investing members' money in businesses that contradict the world we try to create as scholars, teachers and supporters of learning. Join in asking the scheme to step away from companies...

The University of Edinburgh Commits to Zero Carbon by 2040

The University of Edinburgh Commits to Zero Carbon by 2040

Posted on 24 November 2016

The University of Edinburgh has committed to become zero carbon by 2040 with the release of its new Climate Strategy, which aims for the institution to halve its relative carbon footprint by 2025 and be zero carbon by 2040. In a pilot of the Sustainable Campus Fund, eight projects are already in ...

NUS Sustainability Skills Survey

NUS Sustainability Skills Survey

Posted on 22 November 2016

This year, NUS is repeating its research into student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development. They’re repeating the updated survey questions, and continuing to research students in further education along with those in higher education. NUS is looking for institutions...

The 2016 People and Planet University League released

The 2016 People and Planet University League released

Posted on 22 November 2016

The 2016 People and Planet University League has been released today (22 November 2016). The League was topped by Nottingham Trent University, followed by the University of Brighton and Manchester Metropolitan University. You can access the results and methodology on People and Planet’s web...

Salix Revolving Green Fund 2016/2017 - Energy Efficiency Funding for Higher Education Institutes

Salix Revolving Green Fund 2016/2017 - Energy Efficiency Funding for Higher Education Institutes

Posted on 10 November 2016

Building on the successes of the previous years, Salix is proud to announce the launch of the latest Revolving Green Fund. From its first round in 2008, the funding has acted as a catalyst for investment in energy-efficiency technologies which will reduce carbon emissions and create vital financi...

New resources to help publicise your Dissertations for Good membership

New resources to help publicise your Dissertations for Good membership

Posted on 8 November 2016

If you have signed up for Dissertations for Good using you EAUC member discount, there are a range of new resources designed to help you. These resources can help you  to encourage colleagues to come up with ideas for projects, to let them know that your organisation is a part of this exciti...

Heat Networks Investment Project Consultation Response

Heat Networks Investment Project Consultation Response

Posted on 8 November 2016

Earlier in the year and after consultation with members, the EAUC responded to the Government's consultation on the Heat Networks Investment Project. Heat networks are useful in creating more efficient and self-reliant campuses, so it was essential that the post-16 Education Sect...

Plymouth University sustainability expert contributes to UNESCO global education report

Plymouth University sustainability expert contributes to UNESCO global education report

Posted on 8 November 2016

Work by Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at Plymouth University, has featured in the new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016, entitled 'Education for people and planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All'. Stephen’s work summarises the contributi...

Call for USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Land Mines

Call for USS to Stop Investing Money in Cluster Munitions and Land Mines

Posted on 8 November 2016

Two years ago, Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd (USS) trustees and executives accepted a call by over 3,000 scheme members to take members’ views into account when making investment decisions - decisions like whether members' money would be invested in controversial weapons suc...

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year

Posted on 8 November 2016

The University of Dundee has been named Cycle Friendly Campus of the Year, an award recognising the institution’s efforts to promote sustainable travel. The award was presented by Cycling Scotland and praises the university's 5 year strategy to become a sustainable transport hub. ...

The University of Manchester Launches 10,000 Actions Initiative

The University of Manchester Launches 10,000 Actions Initiative

Posted on 7 November 2016

The University of Manchester has recently launched 10,000 Actions which aims to provide all 10,000+ members of University staff with the opportunity to engage in a programme of learning and positive action on sustainability. The University of Manchester is embarking on the biggest environmen...

Nottingham Trent University awarded for commitment to sustainability

Nottingham Trent University awarded for commitment to sustainability

Posted on 4 November 2016

Independent auditors have awarded Nottingham Trent University a gold award for sustainability – making it the only University in the country to receive the honour. Auditors for The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index carried out a thorough inspection across all aspects of universit...

2016: The State of Sustainability in Tertiary Education

2016: The State of Sustainability in Tertiary Education

Posted on 4 November 2016

The second annual report on sustainability in tertiary education has been released today, 4th November 2016, by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), National Union of Students (NUS), University and College Union (UCU), Association of Colleges (AoC) and the College Deve...

Success so far: The Salix College Energy Fund

Success so far: The Salix College Energy Fund

Posted on 2 November 2016

The first round of the Salix College Energy Fund, in partnership with the EAUC and supported by the AoC, was launched in 2014. Two years on, 4 rounds have taken place which have provided funding for over 105 energy efficiency projects in Further Education Colleges with over £5.2million of thes...

University and College Trial Programme - Access new products and systems for free

University and College Trial Programme - Access new products and systems for free

Posted on 2 November 2016

The EAUC is working with a select number of our Company Members to let universities and colleges evaluate and test their products, as part of a drive to provide ‘free stuff to test’ for our educational members. There is no obligation involved and we hope it will help provide honest feedb...

AASHE Releases the North American 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE Releases the North American 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

Posted on 26 October 2016

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication by the North America based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognises top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Track...

How NUS is changing lives in India

How NUS is changing lives in India

Posted on 20 October 2016

NUS has a history of commercial activity to lead market change. They founded the first student travel company (NUS Travel) to help students travel, the first student insurer (Endsleigh) when students couldn't get insured, and established their own purchasing consortium (NUS Services) through wh...

University of St Andrews Biomass Project Named as Finalist at Scottish Green Energy Award

University of St Andrews Biomass Project Named as Finalist at Scottish Green Energy Award

Posted on 17 October 2016

The University of St Andrews and partners Vital Energi have been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Scottish Green Awards 2016 for the biomass energy centre at Guardbridge. The £25 million energy centre on the east side of the former paper mill site at Guardbridge will produce ho...

University of Exeter pedals to victory in national cycle challenge

University of Exeter pedals to victory in national cycle challenge

Posted on 13 October 2016

Intrepid staff from the University of Exeter have pedal-powered their way to victory in a national competition designed to encourage people to cycle, whether that be for fun, exercise or to work. The near 300-strong peloton from the University beat off competition from more than 2,000 organisatio...

NUS (UK) awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability

NUS (UK) awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability

Posted on 13 October 2016

NUS (UK) have been awarded a prize by UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability, through the Green Impact programme. Green Impact is celebrating ten years of ESD and behaviour change across students’ unions, universities, colleges, and a huge range off-campus organisations. N...

Aston University successfully achieves ISO 50001 certification

Aston University successfully achieves ISO 50001 certification

Posted on 12 October 2016

Aston University successfully achieved ISO 50001 certification this summer. Alongside their ISO 14001 and EcoCampus certifications, this latest success confirms the University’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency. The Energy, Environment and Sustainabili...

Schneider Electric receives top ranking in BEMS

Schneider Electric receives top ranking in BEMS

Posted on 12 October 2016

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced that it has been named a leader in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). For the second year in a row, Schneider Electric has received the highest overal...

New Midlands network launched to improve sustainability

New Midlands network launched to improve sustainability

Posted on 11 October 2016

Businesses and communities in the Midlands have come together to launch a new network at the University of Worcester which aims to improve sustainability in the area. Launched during a conference at the university's city campus, the Midlands Sustainability Network for Further and H...

University of Northampton and Vital Energi to deliver sustainable energy for new campus

University of Northampton and Vital Energi to deliver sustainable energy for new campus

Posted on 11 October 2016

The University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus will use sustainable technology for heat while dramatically reducing its CO2 output. The University has employed sustainable energy experts Vital Energi to deliver the energy solutions for its new campus, opening in 2018. The contract ...

Environmental Audit Committee Examines the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

Environmental Audit Committee Examines the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

Posted on 7 October 2016

The Environmental Audit Committee is examining the potential impact of Brexit on the environment. The Environmental Audit Committee examines the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum. The inquiry has a particular focus on the future of agro-environment funding and schemes outs...

Making an Impact: Carbon Offset Donation from the 2016 EAUC Annual Conference

Making an Impact: Carbon Offset Donation from the 2016 EAUC Annual Conference

Posted on 30 September 2016

As part of our sustainable event strategy, each year, we make a carbon offset donation to the institution that hosted the EAUC Annual Conference. After the 2016 conference a joint donation from EAUC and the conference hosts, University of the West of England (UWE), was made to The Conve...

Veolia delivers more power to the Bradford: 50@50 programme

Veolia delivers more power to the Bradford: 50@50 programme

Posted on 30 September 2016

Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, has now increased low carbon generation for the University of Bradford (UoB) by over a third by designing and installing an additional 525kWe combined heat and power, (CHP), unit. This new CHP adds to the existing 1.4MWe capacity, estimated...

EAUC joins the Aldersgate Group

EAUC joins the Aldersgate Group

Posted on 27 September 2016

The EAUC has become the newest member of the Aldersgate Group. This is a fantastic opportunity for EAUC members as it gives us access to contacts and resources from leading industry, public sector and government organisations who are driving for a sustainable economy. We will share all resources and...

Brite Green Launches its latest Carbon Emissions in Higher Education Report

Brite Green Launches its latest Carbon Emissions in Higher Education Report

Posted on 23 September 2016

Brite Green has launched its latest report into carbon emissions in the HE sector. Based on data from the 2014/15 academic year, the report looks at how the sector is doing overall and specifically, how institutions are performing against their 2020 carbon reduction targets. The published report ...

Greener Cleaning Guide - Take Part in the InnuScience Survey

Greener Cleaning Guide - Take Part in the InnuScience Survey

Posted on 22 September 2016

The EAUC are working to create a guide to greener cleaning that will be free for our members to access. We are working with Innuscience on this new resource to take advantage of their expertise in biological and environmentally friendly cleaning products. This new guide will include ideas for cle...

Edible Garden opening at Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire

Edible Garden opening at Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire

Posted on 14 September 2016

The Edible Garden at Francis Close Hall will be open on Sunday 18th September as part of the National Gardens Scheme.   The garden is a joint venture between the University of Gloucestershire and St Pauls Residents' Association. The garden contains fruit trees, vegetable beds and wildlif...

Salix Finance Annual Regional Meetings

Salix Finance Annual Regional Meetings

Posted on 12 September 2016

Salix Finance are pleased to invite you to the next round of regional meetings which are being held around the country. The meetings provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and share knowledge with peers on energy efficient technologies and project experiences. A number of topics w...

How can universities respond to climate change?

How can universities respond to climate change?

Posted on 12 September 2016

Friends of the Earth have published their latest report on how universities can respond to climate change. This briefing summarises what some of the UK universities are doing about climate change and the Paris Climate Agreement. It also includes top ten ways a university can look to tackle climate c...

Double CHP Arrival at Imperial College London

Double CHP Arrival at Imperial College London

Posted on 2 September 2016

The £32 million in energy savings set to be made by Imperial College London moved a step closer recently when the project team, led by Vital Energi, took delivery of the two 4.5MWe combined heat and power engines which will be installed at the heart of the new energy centre. The engines com...

BASIS Sustainable Sport Conference 2016

BASIS Sustainable Sport Conference 2016

Posted on 30 August 2016

2016 is a momentous year for sport, both in the UK and internationally – capped off with the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Brazil this summer. In recognition of how far sustainability and sport has progressed in the previous four years BASIS look forward to welcoming you back...

National environment awards for Nottingham Trent University's green spaces

National environment awards for Nottingham Trent University's green spaces

Posted on 17 August 2016

Three national environment awards have been won by Nottingham Trent University for the quality of its green spaces at the Green Apple Awards 2016. The environment team collected two ‘golden trowels’, and a bronze award for green projects across the university. Celebrating built env...

Take Part in the UniGreenScheme Survey

Take Part in the UniGreenScheme Survey

Posted on 15 August 2016

We have created a short survey with UniGreenScheme to gain a better understanding of how universities and colleges deal with surplus or unwanted laboratory equipment. We are doing this to improve the levels of support that we offer to members. We would be grateful if you could take part in this pie...

HEPA Launches Sustainable Procurement e-learning Module

HEPA Launches Sustainable Procurement e-learning Module

Posted on 15 August 2016

HEPA has launched its 6th e-learning module which focuses on sustainable procurement. This is an introductory module which is aimed at those responsible for the procurement of products and services at all levels, including those who call off from framework agreements, have delegated purchasing auth...

UWE Bristol opts for 100% green electricity consumption

UWE Bristol opts for 100% green electricity consumption

Posted on 15 August 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will be opting for a 100% green electricity tariff with EDF from October 2016 under a new framework from The Energy Consortia (TEC). UWE Bristol spends circa £3m/year on electricity and for an uplift of less than 0.3% has chosen to secure 10...

Cranfield University wins wildlife award in new biodiversity initiative

Cranfield University wins wildlife award in new biodiversity initiative

Posted on 15 August 2016

Cranfield University has won the Best Newcomer Wildlife Garden award for its various plants and flowers and biodiversity across the campus. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s (BCN) Wildlife Trust were impressed by Cranfield’s wildflower plots and the increasing number...

TUCO Pedals for Pounds

TUCO Pedals for Pounds

Posted on 10 August 2016

Members, directors and suppliers of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) geared up last week and pedaled from Manchester to Exeter to raise thousands of pounds for the charity, Hospitality Action, and mark the start of the 2016 TUCO Conference Over 100 donators sponsored the team of 18 rid...

EAUC-Scotland Conference 2017 - Save the date!

EAUC-Scotland Conference 2017 - Save the date!

Posted on 5 August 2016

The EAUC-Scotland Team are delighted to announce that we now have a date and venue confirmed for our 2017 Conference! The event will take place at the University of Stirling on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - please add the date to your diaries. The Scotland Team and Conference Steering Group ...

ACTS Launches Annual Photo Competition

ACTS Launches Annual Photo Competition

Posted on 4 August 2016

The ACTS Sustainability Photography Competition was first launched in 2012 with the aim to raise awareness of sustainability and sustainability concepts through a fun and artistic medium; and we’re delighted to announce that the popular competition is back in 2016…and going global! Staf...

University of Swansea Launches New Biodiversity Action Plan

University of Swansea Launches New Biodiversity Action Plan

Posted on 2 August 2016

Swansea University is blessed with a wealth of habitats, from the beach and dunes of the Bay to the woodland and gardens of Singleton. These habitats are home to a rich variety of wildlife and provide the University with a wonderful resource, whether for teaching the next generation of ecologists vi...

EAUC Driving Sustainability Leadership Lab

EAUC Driving Sustainability Leadership Lab

Posted on 2 August 2016

The beautiful Selwyn College in Cambridge was the venue for the inaugural EAUC Driving Sustainability Leadership Lab, which took place on 20-22 July 2016. Run as a two day, two night residential, the Lab brought together 21 sustainability leaders from across the UK Tertiary Education sector, along ...

SKA HE Update

SKA HE Update

Posted on 2 August 2016

SKA HE Update   After the recent SKA HE event at Aston University on 21 July, RICS have confirmed that there will be a series of roadshow events being run around the UK to ensure that HE institutions have the chance to learn about the new standard. The roadshow dates confirmed so far ar...

Call for Papers: The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Call for Papers: The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Posted on 1 August 2016

Editors: 1. Carole Parkes, Professor of Management Global Issues & Responsible Management, Winchester Business School, UK 2. Anthony F. Buono, Professor of Management & Sociolog, Bentley University, USA 3. Ghada Howaidy, Executive Director, Office of ...

UWE to install largest single roof-mounted solar panel array in UK HEI Sector

UWE to install largest single roof-mounted solar panel array in UK HEI Sector

Posted on 1 August 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) plans to quadruple its solar generating capacity this summer with an impressive 450kWp roof-mounted array at Frenchay Campus. This array is set to be the largest single roof-mounted array in the UK University sector. UWE Bristol recognises the i...

University of Winchester releases original climate change album

University of Winchester releases original climate change album

Posted on 1 August 2016

'This changes everything' is a conceptual album of original music on climate change, released by Splendid Fred, The University of Winchester’s own record label. To reinforce the University of Winchester’s ongoing dedication to creating a dialogue about climate change, all proce...

New SRA CEO challenges industry to become best in the world

New SRA CEO challenges industry to become best in the world

Posted on 1 August 2016

The new Chief Executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) starts work today with a threefold mission: to challenge its members to be even bolder; inspire diners to turn their passion for good food into action and lead the whole UK hospitality sector to be the most sustainable in the wo...

TUCO Appoints New Vice-Chair

TUCO Appoints New Vice-Chair

Posted on 29 July 2016

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has recently announced the appointment of Phil Rees-Jones as the Vice-Chair of the Board, as it continues to strengthen its national leadership team.   Phil Rees-Jones, Director of Commercial Services at Exeter University, moves into his new position ...