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Announcing the 2021 Green Gown Award Winners

Green Gown Awards inspiring and empowering our young people to visualise a better sustainable future Announcing the Green Gown Award Winners and Highly Commended Entries The Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland’s virtual Awards Ceremony celebrated the inspirational work and projects of 90 ...

Posted on 18 November 2021

Post COP26 - EAUC's Reflections

The COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow have finished (13th November 2021) and the gavel has come down on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries. If the 2015 Paris Agreement provided the framework for countries to tackle climate change then Glasgow, six years on, was the first ...

Posted on 17 November 2021

Fiji National University launches Sustainability Plan 2021-2026

We are glad to see that EAUC member, The Fiji National University recognises the adverse impacts of climate change experienced locally and globally. Our vulnerability to climate emergency is a wake-up call for all of us to commit to take bold climate change mitigation and adaptive actions. Therefore...

Posted on 17 November 2021

Celebrating the Gold Green Apple Award achieved by EAUC-Scotland!

We are extremely proud to announce that the EAUC-Scotland team have been awarded the Gold Scottish Green Apple Award for the PBCCD Support and Lowering Carbon Emissions in the FHE Sector Project. A special recognition in achieving this award goes to our colleague, Jill Burnett, our Carbon and Estate...

Posted on 16 November 2021

At last, climate change is at the heart of education

Young people will be empowered to take action on the environment as part of new measures designed to put climate change at the heart of education. Announcing a range of measures in a speech at COP26 on 5 November 2021, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi set out his vision for all children to be ta...

Posted on 11 November 2021

New Scottish Government Public Sector Guidance Launched

The Scottish Government has published guidance on public sector leadership for tackling the climate emergency, to accompany the changes to Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD) reporting that come in to effect from 2022. EAUC-Scotland was part of the working group that supported the developmen...

Posted on 10 November 2021

LSE becomes the first Carbon Neutral verified university in the UK

In a first for UK higher education, the London School of Economics and Political Science has been independently verified as carbon neutral for the academic year 2020/21, for all its measured emissions. The School was verified by global certification organisation BSI, against the internationally r...

Posted on 4 November 2021

EAUC is at COP26 - Daily Updates

NEW -Read EAUC's post COP26 Reflections here.  COP26 is in full swing with governments, the civil society, businesses, and international organisations are expected to agree on urgent action that will keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of heating, prote...

Posted on 2 November 2021

The Climate Action for University Chairs Guide

Following on from the Guide for Members of Governing Bodies (2018) and the Climate Action Toolkit for the Higher Education Sector (2020) that identified Higher Education specific critical elements that Vice-Chancellors and Governors should consider to advance sustainability and respond to the climat...

Posted on 28 October 2021

Climate Action ahead of COP26 from global institutions

Over 1050 universities and colleges from 68 countries have pledged to half their emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 at the very latest, impacting over 10 million students, was announced on 28th October at the Times Higher Education Climate Impact Forum, showing the education sector’s...

Posted on 27 October 2021

Global ESD conference to bring the focus back to education after COP26

Learning for Sustainability Scotland will virtually host the global conference for the UN-recognised Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 16th-18th November 2021. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to build capacity for education for sustaina...

Posted on 19 October 2021

EAUC's COP26 Campaign

The COP26 summit (31 October – 12 November 2021) will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is an incredible opportunity for the Further and Higher Education sector to showcase the range of p...

Posted on 28 September 2021

SDG Accord Report 2021 Now Available

A global alliance of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks has launched the fourth annual SDG report; ‘Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector’ available here. The findings from the SDG Accord progress report this year show...

Posted on 27 September 2021

Platinum accreditation to deliver Carbon Literacy Training

Gaining momentum in 2019, when we started to see a rising interest from our members wishing to become Carbon Literate, two years down the line we are absolutely thrilled to announce that EAUC has met the requirements of the Carbon literate Organisation Standard and is now regarded as a Platinum leve...

Posted on 15 September 2021

Reflections on the latest EMR data

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has released the latest Estates Management Record (EMR) on 19th August. These environment statistics are some of the most useful and telling when it comes to assessing where the Higher Education sector is with sustainable development and emi...

Posted on 1 September 2021

Net Zero Estates

The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with a number of industry partners has published its report exploring ways in which to reach zero and low carbon targets through innovation in construction in Scottish Higher and Further Education.   The project has been funded by the Scottish Fu...

Posted on 12 August 2021

Evidence is irrefutable – collective action is needed now!

Evidence is irrefutable – collective action to stop the climate crisis is needed now!  Described as "a code red for humanity", the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that major changes due to global heating are inevitable and ...

Posted on 10 August 2021

20,000 UK Citizens now certified as Carbon Literate

As extreme weather events driven by climate change become increasingly severe, and their economic impacts increasingly obvious, the UK approaches its leadership and hosting of the COP26 United Nations climate change negotiations in Glasgow beginning on November 1st. 2021. In more positive news, T...

Posted on 6 August 2021

Climate change education rethink needed

Climate change education rethink needed to ‘avoid failing next generation’ Schoolchildren are being let down by poor climate education, despite being the generation that will feel the biggest impacts of climate change, experts have warned. In an open letter endorsed by EAUC sent ou...

Posted on 26 July 2021

University of Bristol's laboratories receive green status

The University of Bristol has become the first university in the world to achieve institutional Green Labs Certification. Each of their 990 laboratories have gained certification, through The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) Programme which...

Posted on 21 July 2021

Green Jobs Taskforce Report

The Green Jobs Taskforce published its report, issuing a call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with government, business and the education sector working together. Some of the key recommendations include: publishing a detailed Net Zero Strategy and using policy t...

Posted on 21 July 2021

A review of the EAUC Global Climate 2021

Following on the success of the first-ever fully virtual EAUC global conference conducted in 2020, we were delighted to welcome over 280 delegates and speakers from 29 countries worldwide to enjoy a range of inspiring sessions at the Virtual Global Climate 2021 ran in partnership with the UN Environ...

Posted on 14 July 2021

2021 UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards Finalists

Awarding Sustainability Excellence in Extraordinary Times 2021 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland   This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 862,219 students and 156,000 staff, are leading the way with their commitment to the global s...

Posted on 8 July 2021

2021 International Green Gown Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 International Green Gown Awards were announced on 7th July 2021 in an online bilingual ceremony hosted by Carina Mutshele, Youth & Education Officer from UNEP Kenya and Gloria Ordóñez Valenzuela from UNEP Environment Latin America and the Caribbean...

Posted on 7 July 2021

Join SocEnv Campaign to restore ecosystems

This year’s SocEnv World Environment Day theme is Ecosystem Restoration, a topic of urgent importance. Check out their website hub for resources and inspiration on actions everyone can take to help restore our ecosystems. In the UK and beyond, the Society for the Environment champions ...

Posted on 1 June 2021

WRAP’s first Food Waste Action Week conclusions

WRAP’s first Food Waste Action Week alerts UK citizens to the link between wasting food and climate change Nearly half of those who saw Food Waste Action Week 2021 messaging reported either doing something different to reduce food waste or planning to in future. Building on 2021’s ...

Posted on 18 May 2021

Scottish Climate Emergency College Statement

Scottish colleges have come together to support a new, ground-breaking statement of commitment on the Climate Emergency. The Scottish Colleges’ Statement of Commitment on the Climate Emergency highlights how college staff and students are working together to achieve a more sustainable futur...

Posted on 17 May 2021

Launch of the SECR Tool exclusively for FE Members

Following on the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) recommendation that colleges in England should submit their carbon reporting through the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), we are now delighted to bring to EAUC FE members a SECR tool developed in partner...

Posted on 11 May 2021

Results Announced: THE University Impact Rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) released today (21 April 2021) the third edition of the University Impact Rankings which uses metrics based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) measuring institutions’ social and economic impact. We are thrilled to see that The ...

Posted on 21 April 2021

EAUC-Scotland Annual Report

EAUC-Scotland are pleased to launch their annual report for 2020/21. This was the first year of a 3 year programme entitled: Accelerating action and leadership in Scotland’s universities and colleges in order to respond to the Climate Emergency, In a challenging year EAUC-Scotland has had r...

Posted on 21 April 2021

Universities and Colleges join the Race to Zero ahead of COP26

What is Race to Zero?  Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. Led by the...

Posted on 13 April 2021

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board 2021

The EAUC Board is made up of 12 volunteer Trustees and Director with experience in the Further or Higher Education sector.  Two long-standing Trustees reach the end of their tenure at the June 2021 AGM and so we will have TWO available Trustee positions. At the March meeting of the Board&rsq...

Posted on 13 April 2021

Green Jobs for Youth

New initiative - Global Guidance for Education on Green Jobs: Connecting Higher Education and Green Opportunities for Planetary Health from UNEP's Youth and Education Alliance is designed to increase demand for green jobs in the workforce and help create a stronger supply of necessary gree...

Posted on 1 April 2021

COP26 Universities Network - March Briefing

Net zero emissions targets have gained traction in the global effort to halt climate change. This new briefing from the COP26 Universities Network sets out the science behind net zero targets and the considerations that policymakers and industry leaders should take when adopting and implem...

Posted on 1 April 2021

New guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The launch of new guidance on Education for Sustainable Development in higher education, jointly published by QAA and Advance HE is intended to help UK higher education institutions to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within their curricula. The guidance comes at a time of ...

Posted on 1 April 2021

King's College London fully divests from fossil fuels

King’s College London has fully divested from all fossil fuels almost two years ahead of schedule. Since making a commitment to a full divestment target in 2017, King's College London have steadily reduced the exposure to fossil fuels from 7.3 per cent in 2017 to zero in 2021. Profess...

Posted on 1 April 2021

Green Gown Award Winners Announced

Green Gown Awards Celebrate Initiatives Playing Leading Roles in Addressing Climate Action In the first ever virtual ceremony, held on Wednesday 24th march 2021, the Green Gown Awards celebrated the inspirational work and projects of 74 Finalists in 12 different categories - showing the importanc...

Posted on 24 March 2021

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy - Summary

Following the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy on Wednesday 17 March, we welcome the summary of key announcements prepared by our partners Aldersgate Group.  The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy offers a positive direction and comprehensive take on the meas...

Posted on 19 March 2021

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Update

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme have released the grant recipients of Phase 1 of the Scheme. A total of £33,312,689 has been awarded to the further and higher education sector. This is 4% of the total fund awarded of £932,248,184. Details of Phase 2 have been announced w...

Posted on 17 March 2021

Nearly three quarters of teachers lack training on climate change

New research by Teach the Future, which EAUC is glad to be supporting, has revealed that 70% of UK teachers have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change, its implications for the environment and societies around the world, and how these implications can be addressed.*1&n...

Posted on 17 March 2021

EAUC is supporting the 2021 ENACTUS UK National Expo

On the 12th – 14th April, 65 Enactus teams from across the UK will participate in the Enactus UK National Expo, which will be held virtually. Enactus believe that investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. Enactus develops university ...

Posted on 9 March 2021

EAUC attended the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Green Jobs

On 3rd March (2021), Iain Patton, CEO at EAUC was invited alongside representatives from Education and Training Foundation (ETF), Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), Leicester City Council and Greener Jobs Alliance to look at how green jobs can help tackle the expected rise in unemploym...

Posted on 3 March 2021

Kickstart Scheme Placements Update

EAUC, Change Agents UK (CAUK) and SOS-UK are working together to support the Further and Higher Education sector create new and exciting fully-funded 6-month paid positions for 16-24 year old's this year through the government's Kickstart scheme. We are glad confirm that we can now ...

Posted on 18 February 2021

HE Climate Action Toolkit launched

Climate Commission launch Climate Action Toolkit to help Vice-Chancellors, Governors and Senior Leadership Teams in universities in tackling the climate emergency The Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders is delighted to announce the launch of the Higher Ed...

Posted on 4 February 2021

What an online Go Green Week can look like?

While no formal date and theme on what Go Green Week should focus on have not been announced yet, we know that some EAUC members have plans to hold a series of virtual events either in line with Go Green Week or alternatives of it. Based on members' plans and other events taking place this year...

Posted on 29 January 2021

Universities and Colleges consider carbon offsetting in move to net-zero

How can Carbon Offsetting help UK Further and Higher Education Institutions achieve net-zero emissions? The EAUC and the COP26 Universities Network are pleased to launch the new guidance on offsetting to support the development of further and higher education offsetting policies. T...

Posted on 26 January 2021

Revised Scope 3 tool launched

We are pleased to announce that the Scope 3 emissions tool for the education sector - called the HESCET Tool - has been updated and is now available for use via your HEPA account. We encourage all member institutions to use the tool and look at the updated figures for input into the EMR (Estate Mana...

Posted on 19 January 2021

Launch of the Global Goals Teach In Campaign

The fourth annual Global Goals Teach In has launched and will take place 22nd February – 5th March 2021!   The annual campaign calls on educators to pledge to include the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) in their teaching and learning...

Posted on 15 January 2021

New EMR report and statement from AUDE and partners

AUDE has released it's Higher Education Estates Management Report 2020 and a statement alongside other key organisations on the necessity of the EMR data.  This report represents the hard facts and accurate data for big choices in estates management and future investment. By bench ...

Posted on 6 January 2021

Global SDG Accord report paints promising picture of SDGs

The SDG Accord Report 2020, endorsed by UN Environment, paints a promising picture of the embedding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in universities and colleges across the world, despite the global pandemic. The findings from the third SDG Accord annual progress report show awarene...

Posted on 11 December 2020

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