Advocacy updates

April 2019
  • We published our first Advocacy Report - available here. This highlights some of our key advocacy achievements from 2018, and features the results of the survey we sent to members asking for feedback on the impact of our advocacy work. The results were very positive and will now enable us to benchmark and make new targets.
  • We set up a new FE support package to ensure colleges had a support network specifically for them, that provided the resources and tools they needed. Find out more here.
  • We submitted 4 consultation responses. These included topics such as the KEF, TEF, and Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework. Scotland submitted a response to the Scottish Government on the proposed Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-2024. We have plans to take part in at least another 3 consultations over the coming month. These will be on plastic and EMR data.
  • We attended a high-profile DEFRA roundtable, chaired by Secretary of State Michael Gove on the Environment Bill. Following on from this, we submitted further evidence to DEFRA on the scope for new environmental targets within the Environment Bill.
  • We attended a Broadway Initiative taskforce meeting titled 'Shaping the future: Setting the Environmental Objectives for the Environment Bill' in February.
  • EAUC was the only university and college sustainability body invited to speak at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. EAUC CEO Iain Patton gave an overview of the work EAUC and its members do, as well as providing a wider perspective from its role as founder of the Global Alliance, SDG Accord and the International Green Gown Awards.
  • We attended a virtual meeting with the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (run by the UN) to discuss the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum and the involvement of the SDG Accord as represented by EAUC.
  • We attended a Department for International Development engagement event on the SDG VNR. We provided input and started to build an ongoing relationship.
  • Attended an Aldersgate Group members' meeting with Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and former Secretary of State for the Environment. We have plans to develop our relationship with Aldersgate Group on several topics.
  • We facilitated the SDG Accord reporting process. This closed on the 1st April, and we will begin to collate all information, analyse and evaluate the data, and create a report that outlines a global landscape of the SDGs in Higher and Further Education.

February 2019
  • We issued an advocacy survey to key contacts at all educational institutions and strategic partners. We received 43 responses and this has enabled us to benchmark our advocacy work and set new targets. The resulting report will be available shortly. We will also use this information to update the advocacy plans for 2019.
  • We will be supporting Go Green Week which is on the 11th - 15th February. We are currently collating blogs from those running large initiatives on this. If you would like to send us information on what you are doing for Go Green Week - email us.
  • We will also be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight (25th February - 10th March). You can find a toolkit here on the fairtrade website to help with promotion. We are looking for case studies so please let us know about your fairtrade achievements.
  • We submitted an Inquiry response to the International Development Committee on the UK's progress on the SDGs in January 2019. You can read it here.
  • We have discussed the Year of Green Action with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We will be supporting this initiative throughout the year.
  • We became a member of the Healthy Universities Network.

December 2018

  • We facilitated a high-profile event at the Office for Students, alongside NUS and BEIS, that saw 4 Vice-Chancellors sign the Government’s Emissions Reduction Pledge. We are looking at how we can further support members to commit to ambitious carbon reduction targets.
  • We responded to the Government's consultation to ban straws, drink stirrers and plastic cotton buds after liaising with members. All members were invited to input their thought on a survey, which we then collated the results from and turned into a response. This was also further discussed with the EAUC Fellows.
  • We responded to the Government's call for evidence on the UK SDG Voluntary National Review. We submitted the SDG Accord as a pioneering initiative in this space - with UK institutions as examples of best practice.
  • We attended UKSSD meetings to ensure members’ voices were heard on the SDGs in the work they are doing and at a parliamentary level.
  • We published the new Governance Guide titled ‘Sustainability is Key to Institutional Success: A Guide for Members of University Boards’. This helps members advocate for sustainability at an executive level.
  • We held a webinar with Times Higher Education on their new SDG ranking metric to ensure members understood it, how it aligns with the SDG Accord, and could ask questions. We have further ensured the SDG Accord forms part of the evidence that can be submitted.
  • In a bid to further international relationships and gain and share insight on sustainability best practice in the Further and Higher Education sector worldwide, EAUC CEO attended the 4th annual Asian Conference on Campus Sustainability, and gave the keynote speech alongside Bank Ki-Moon.
  • We are finalising plans for next year's advocacy work. It will include more resources on how to build a business case for sustainability in your institution, more partnership work with Government departments and key strategic partners, and more webinars providing topical information to help members use current trends to help encourage sustainability within institutions.

October 2018
  • We successfully ran a webinar with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy about plans for Carbon Reduction in Public and Higher Education - including a lengthy Q&A. It is available to members only. Find it here.
  • We ran a webinar series called 'A Cup of Tea and an SDG' - these 5 short webinars celebrated Global Goals Week and featured presentations from institutions outlining initiatives they have undertaken that contribute to one or more of the SDGs. Find them here.
  • Collaborated with Times Higher Education to ensure the SDG Accord aligns with their new SDG rankings. We have also organised a webinar with them so that members can find out more and ask questions. You can book that here.
  • ubmitted an Inquiry response to the Environmental Audit Committee on the SDGs. Read it here.
  • Liaised with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Green GB Week and have sent plans to members via the EAUC member jisc. Sign up to it if you haven't already.
  • Produced guides to support members in selling sustainability to other departments in their institution.
  • We will be taking part in an Aldersgate Group roundtable this week with Guy Newey, recent former Energy and Climate Adviser to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark. This will allow EAUC to find out next steps for the department and ensure this information shapes our working to benefit members.
  • (This is just some of our work - if you'd like to find out more, please email us.)

August 2018
  • We have organised a webinar for members to gain more information from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy about plans for Carbon Reduction in Public and Higher Education. Find out about it here.
  • The EAUC has submitted a response to the Environmental Principles and Governance consultation following discussion with members. You can read it here.
  • The EAUC has been in discussion with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how members can get involved with Green Great Britain Week which is being held 15th - 19th October 2018. We will update members when we have more information.
  • Global Goals Week is 22nd-29th September. The EAUC will be holding 5 short webinars on the SDGs. You can find out more about them and book here.
  • We have been sourcing case studies for the new EAUC Governance Guide. If you can supply a case study, or for more information - click here. 
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