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Kickstart for Sustainability in Tertiary Education

​Change Agents UK and SOS-UK, supported by the EAUC, offer a supported Kickstart scheme designed for colleges and universities. The Government Kickstart Scheme will fund hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people deemed to be at risk of long term unempl...

Posted on 24 September 2020

Discussions for UNESCO'S Futures of Education

Education plays a key role in climate action. Current and future leaders, and communities in general, need education to understand the complex moving parts of climate crisis, whose consequences offer a myriad of social and environmental challenges. Fortunately, efforts are underway to reform educati...

Posted on 15 September 2020

The Little Book of Nudges Launched

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today (1st September 2020) launched a new publication, "The Little Book of Green Nudges", which aims to inspire up to 200 million students around the globe to adopt environmentally friendly habits and greener lifestyles. The book is UNEP&rsq...

Posted on 1 September 2020

New legally binding targets for Environment Bill announced

The Government has today (19th August) announced plans for new legally binding targets within the Environment Bill. They have outlined that there will be at least one long-term target in four priority areas to drive significant and lasting environmental improvements: cleaner air, cleaner water, l...

Posted on 19 August 2020

Vision for the future of colleges launched by Independent Commission

EAUC welcomes the Independent Commission on the College of the Future newly launched vision for the future of colleges across the UK: a new bold and ambitious strategic remit for colleges to empower people with opportunities for lifelong learning and support, to boost productivity, and to stren...

Posted on 22 July 2020

Rebuilding to last: UK must not go back to the old normal

The Aldersgate Group launched a new report, Rebuilding to Last - commissioned from James Rydge and Dimitri Zenghelis at the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. This report provides one of the most in-depth economic analyses to date on the current economic s...

Posted on 15 July 2020

Two new board members elected during EAUC AGM

Last week, EAUC held its annual AGM virtually, and it was a great success! If you missed it, you can find a video recording and other documentation including the AGM presentation, 2019 Annual Report and Summary, and other AGM papers here. We we...

Posted on 9 July 2020

International Green Gown Awards Winners

Announcing the 2020 International Green Gown Awards Winners The winners of the 2020 International Green Gown Awards were announced on 8th July 2020 in an online bilingual ceremony hosted by Sonya Peres, Climate Commission Officer from EAUC and Carina Mutschele, Youth & Education from United N...

Posted on 8 July 2020

The Time is Now

EAUC's CEO Iain Patton outlines civic principles for universities and colleges emerging from the lock-down to ensure they are better prepared for the Climate Crisis: While we recognise the misery and hardship that the pandemic has caused for many people, we also recognise that the recovery f...

Posted on 8 July 2020

Climate Commission: A clear and feasible path to climate action for UK colleges

The Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders is delighted to announce the launch of the Climate Action Roadmap for Further Education Colleges today.  Produced in partnership with award-winning management consultancy, Nous Group, the Roadmap outlines clear...

Posted on 3 July 2020

Retrofit all education buildings to net-zero

Today’s commitment made by the government to invest over £1bn into a ten-year school rebuilding programme has been welcomed by the students who have been calling for educational building retrofit to form a key part of the economic recovery from Covid-19. On 11 May 2020, Zamzam ...

Posted on 30 June 2020

Covid-19 recovery must drive net zero progress

An overwhelming majority of Climate Assembly UK members say Government, employers and others should support changes to the economy and lifestyles which help achieve the UK’s net zero emissions target.   The interim briefing from the assembly, Covid-19, recovery and the path to net ...

Posted on 24 June 2020

Leaders call on Prime Minister to create socially just and green recovery from Covid-19

Richard Curtis CBE, Paul Polman, Michael Izza and leaders of more than 100 renowned companies, charities, universities, and trade associations call on the UK Government to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of UK Covid-19 recovery plans   The Sustainabl...

Posted on 9 June 2020

Race to Zero launch

Today is World Environment Day which sees the official launch of Race to Zero, the global COP26 campaign, which EAUC through the work of the Global Climate Letter is endorsing. The campaign aims to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a Healthy, Resilient, ...

Posted on 5 June 2020

New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners, announced on Thursday 28th May the new dates for the COP26 UN climate conference, which will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 in Glasg...

Posted on 29 May 2020

Latest EMR data released

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has released the latest Estates Management Record (EMR) today (Thursday, 14th May). 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 e...

Posted on 14 May 2020

A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19

As the world emerges from the crisis of COVID-19, governments will introduce recovery packages to boost economic growth, including in the UK. These will have a highly significant impact on the UK’s future prosperity, including its potential to meet its legally mandated net-zero emissions oblig...

Posted on 5 May 2020

Oxford University announces fossil fuel divestment

University of Oxford has announced landmark plans to divest formally from the fossil fuel industry.   As well as divesting its endowment from fossil fuel companies, the University has also asked its endowment office, Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) to engage with fun...

Posted on 4 May 2020

Times Higher release SDG rankings

SDG rankings – who, what, when, where, why? Times Higher Education (THE) released their Global Impact rankings on Wednesday, 22nd April, timed well with Earth Day. This is the second year of reporting for these relatively new rankings, and the findings are always interesting for the sector....

Posted on 23 April 2020

University of Nottingham crowned ENACTUS UK 2020 National Champion

On the 6th and 7th April, the top 27 Enactus teams of Next Generation Leaders from Universities across the UK competed virtually in the 2020 Enactus UK National Expo.  The dynamic, energy-filled online event brought together virtually over 1,000 university students, academics, and senior UK ...

Posted on 17 April 2020

Plastics ban in England delayed

The Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Agriculture (DEFRA) have announced the plastics ban on straws, stirrers, and ear buds will not take place this month. The ban was due to come in at the end of April, but has now been pushed back until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. A ...

Posted on 17 April 2020

Net zero and nature-based intervention - new advice released

The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has released advice on using nature-based interventions to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The NCC advises the government on natural capital, such as forests, rivers, minerals and oceans. Set up in 2012, with a brief hiatus in 2015, the Co...

Posted on 16 April 2020

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board

We have TWO available trustee positions for election ahead of our 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Only Educational Members can apply.   This year we’re looking for motivated and dynamic Trustees and are seeking applications that are:   Sustainability Professional / Practiti...

Posted on 14 April 2020

Ministers urged to remember Climate Crisis commitments

With COP26 postponed until 2021, the extra time gives the UK an opportunity to deliver greater success in the talks, says the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Chair Philip Dunne. However, they warn that it is vital the delay does not lead to the climate crisis slipping down the list of priorities...

Posted on 8 April 2020

Government announces COP26 postponed due to COVID-19

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. This decision has been taken by representatives of the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners. Dates ...

Posted on 2 April 2020

100% Green Lab accreditation at the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has a strong track record of sustainability action and became the first university to declare a 'Climate Emergency' in April. With sustainability high on the agenda, there is increasing pressure to demonstrate our commitment to reducing the university&rs...

Posted on 1 April 2020

EAUC-Scotland Funding Renewed by SFC!

Funding confirmed to accelerate response to climate emergency We are pleased to announce that EAUC’s bid for funding for the next phase of its work has been approved by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). We will deliver our new outcome agreement ‘Accelerating action and leadership in...

Posted on 31 March 2020

2020 Green Gown Awards Applications Deadline Extended

We appreciate these are unprecedented times and we have carefully considered the options for this year’s Green Gown Awards ahead of launching our call for applications. Upon reflection, we believe that institutions should still have the chance to be recognised for their excellent efforts an...

Posted on 31 March 2020

EAUC Update and response to COVID-19

Across the world, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is moving rapidly and the pandemic is also at the top of the Further and Higher Education sector’s agenda where it is likely to stay for some time. Despite the social and economic disturbance caused, we often see reports on how the planet ha...

Posted on 18 March 2020

New EAUC-Scotland Resources to Support the Sector in Addressing Business Air Travel

On March 12th, 2020, EAUC-Scotland is releasing the Travel Better Package to support universities and colleges in addressing business air travel to reduce carbon emissions and the environmental impact from flying. The package has been developed with funding and support from the University of Edinbur...

Posted on 12 March 2020

New EU Circular Economy Action Plan launched

Yesterday, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make the E...

Posted on 12 March 2020

Circular Economy essential to fight against plastic

In response to public pressure, the government is tackling plastic pollution by addressing individual uses of plastic, like some plastic bags and microbeads. While bans on items likely to damage the environment are necessary, this approach completely fails to deal with the root of the problem and, w...

Posted on 10 March 2020

Chancellor announces tampon tax scrapped

The Chancellor has today announced in the first Budget of 2020, among other measures, that the tampon tax has been scrapped. This is overdue, and we would like for institutions to take this opportunity to renew efforts in the fight against Period Poverty and ensure they are providing free sanitar...

Posted on 10 March 2020

COP26 President discusses priorities

COP26 president Alok Sharma gave his first speech in post to the UN last week. He outlined his priority actions areas for COP26 and 2020. Adaptation and resilience. ‘Helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.’ Nature. ‘S...

Posted on 9 March 2020

Nottingham Trent University records 63,000 positive sustainability and wellbeing actions

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has completed over 63,000 positive actions as the University celebrates a successful first year of Green Rewards. Since the launch of the Green Rewards programme in January 2019, NTU has avoided over 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions, completed 90,000 miles of active tr...

Posted on 5 March 2020

New OfS paper shows move towards sustainability

Since HEFCE was disbanded in 2018 and replaced by the Office for Students (OfS), there has been a gap in formal policy oversight and regulation for the Higher Education sector on sustainability and emissions reduction. In particular, EAUC has been a vocal opponent of the decision to remove the manda...

Posted on 25 February 2020

English Climate Emergency Education Bill launched

On Wednesday 26 February 2020, fifty students will be entering parliament on a mission to engage MPs and Peers in the need to repurpose the education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.   The group, who are mostly under 18, ranging from 13-26, created the Teach the Futu...

Posted on 24 February 2020

Cabinet reshuffle and COP26 president (re)announced

There were big changes in Westminster last week – and you would be forgiven for finding it hard to keep up. Many of the ministers replaced had only been in post for 6 months, after Boris’ reshuffle in July last year. While the biggest news of the day was Sajid Javid’s resignatio...

Posted on 17 February 2020

EAUC backs Teach the Future campaign

EAUC has announced its support for the SOS-UK and UKSCN campaign ‘Teach the Future’ which calls for the whole education system to be repurposed around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Already active in this field, EAUC has added its voice to the call for an education revol...

Posted on 6 February 2020

Apply to pilot the Charter Award Scheme at your university

The UK Healthy Universities Network has been working closely with Student Minds as they lead the development of the University Mental Health Charter.  Student Minds has opened a call for three universities to pilot and test out the first stage of the Charter Award Scheme, a voluntary scheme ...

Posted on 4 February 2020

Sustainable Strathclyde release new Guidelines for Climate Change Communication

Through collaborating with a series of academic experts, environmental organisations and communications specialists, Sustainable Strathclyde have released a set of six guidelines which aim to inspire more effective communication of climate change in the Scottish environmental sector.    ...

Posted on 3 February 2020

Deadline to submit your Sustainability Leadership Scorecard data

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Report 2020 – Submit your data by Friday 28th February   Undoubtedly, the multi-dimensioned thing we call sustainability can be confusing, not to mention the ever-increasing performance improvement tools, quality standards and reporting accreditatio...

Posted on 30 January 2020

Environment Bill and food waste funding updates from Government

DEFRA announced the speedy return of the Environment Bill to Parliament today (30th January) following the General Election. This, they say, underlines the government’s commitment to tackling climate change and to protecting and restoring our natural environment for future generations. They...

Posted on 30 January 2020

The University of Worcester named recycling champions

Students collect more than 900 tonnes of recycling as part of campus clean-up RecycleLeague competition engages over 39,000 students across 10 UK universities The University of Worcester named recycling champions winning £15,000 to invest in sustainability initiatives Students across 1...

Posted on 30 January 2020

Organisations demand action from PM on SDGs

Organisations have demanded commitment from the UK Prime Minister to accelerate progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   A group of organisations spearheaded by UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), delivered a resolute brief to PM Boris Johnson this week. It ...

Posted on 30 January 2020

2020 International Green Gown Awards Open

The International Green Gown Awards, supported by UN Environment, recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the globe and are now open for the 2020 Awards cycle. The Awards are the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best prac...

Posted on 28 January 2020

C2025 Milestone Progress Report - WRAP

The UK is making significant steps in reducing its food waste, with total food waste levels falling by 480,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2018 – a 7% reduction per person and equivalent of filling London’s Royal Albert Hall ten times.  The new data comes from sustainability not-fo...

Posted on 24 January 2020

EAUC-S Office Bearers Group seek University Rep

Do you know someone with the interest and capacity to help the EAUC-Scotland team develop their support for sustainability in Scotland’s Universities? EAUC-Scotland are seeking a dedicated EAUC Member from the Higher Education Sector to join our Office Bearers Group (OBG), following the ste...

Posted on 16 January 2020

CCC urges UK to prioritise Climate Change action in 2020

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) wrote to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, after his General Election win at the end of 2019, urging him to prioritise action on Climate Change for 2020. Reminding the Prime Minister that the world will be looking to the UK as an example of best practice in ...

Posted on 6 January 2020

General Election: now or never for the environment and climate change

Following the success of the Conservative Party at the General Election, the Aldersgate Group urges the new Government to press ahead with a meaningful and ambitious climate and environmental agenda. Nick Molho, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "The Government’s policy...

Posted on 17 December 2019

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