Leadership, Staff & Governance

Sustainability is key to institutional success over the long-term

As the business sector has shown, sustainability provides exciting opportunities for value creation, innovation and risk mitigation.
These opportunities are becoming increasingly apparent to education institutions, as they look for ways to increase financial resilience in a changing global market and policy landscape.

Now, more than ever, with adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, institutions that embrace sustainability can reap the benefits of balancing their financial health with wider social and environmental interests.

Students, staff and local communities are looking to universities and colleges to behave in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.

Here are some ways of how EAUC can help you:

The EAUC Scotland Office are funded by the Scottish Funding Council to deliver additional support to Universities and Colleges in Scotland, and many of the events and resources produced by the them are open to all EAUC Members. Find out more about their work on the Scotland webpage.‚Äč

For Institutional Leaders:

  • The Guide for Members of Governing Bodies highlights the institutional benefits available through making sustainability a ‘top team, top table issue’ and share it with your committee and council representatives. 
  • Discover the Business Case for Sustainability that provides critical opportunities for value creation and risk mitigation at a time when universities and colleges are looking for ways to become more resilient in an increasingly volatile environment.
  • Show your global institutional leadership by signing The SDG Accord. The SDG Accord is the international university and college sector’s collective response to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with signatories profiled annually at the United Nations. 
  • Gain national and international recognition at the Green Gown Awards. Are you the next Sustainability Institution of the Year? Now includes the International Green Gown Awards run in partnership with the United Nations.
  • Use the Climate Change Adaptation Guide to discover how to effectively embed considerations of climate change risk within your existing risk and business continuity procedures
  • We represent our members across the sector on education and sustainability and are part of leading groups such as the Aldersgate Group and UKSSD and the Global Alliance.  

For Sustainability Specialists:

  • Gain the skills you require to be a strategic sustainability leader by taking part in the Leadership Lab Programme to develop expertise and confidence. 
  • Engage your leaders to sign The SDG Accord and engage your student bodies to co-sign. The SDG Accord is the global university and college sector’s collective response to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) 
  • Join the private discussion network aimed specifically for leaders of sustainability and network with your peers. Contact us for more information.
  • Use the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard (SLS) to engage colleagues across your institution to coordinate a whole-institution approach to sustainability, providing you with valuable gap analysis to progress as well as mapping your activities across the SDGs. 
  • Gain senior management recognition as well as national and international recognition at the Green Gown Awards. Specific categories Sustainability Leadership Team of the Year. 
  • Need inspiration? Attend our conference to gain insight into the latest activities across the sector as well as specialist leadership workshops.
  • We have resources on Leadership and Staff Engagement and Human Resources
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