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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

Academic papers launched

We have partnered with Emerald Publishing and are now delighted to announce that the academic sessions which have been selected for the EAUC Annual Conference 2018 have been included in a special edition of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Educati...

Posted on 13 December 2019

EAUC listens to members

EAUC listens to its members and is a powerful voice within the wider sustainability sector Now at a time when EAUC has embarked on its most ambitious and significant initiative – the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders, it is our core objective to con...

Posted on 12 December 2019

We welcome Russell Group's support on the sustainability agenda

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities published a joint statement on Monday 9th December on environmental sustainability, setting out its commitment to tackling climate change through research, teaching and more sustainable practices. As home to world leading climate rese...

Posted on 10 December 2019

University of Suffolk joins fight to fix unsustainable food system

A pioneering roadmap to transform the UK’s food sector is being developed by UKSSD (of which EAUC are a member). Their new Food Systems programme brings together cross-sector organisations to work on fixing problems throughout the system. Building on the recommendation in their landmar...

Posted on 10 December 2019

University Mental Health Charter launched

The University Mental Health Charter was launched this week (Monday, 9th December 2019), co-created with staff and students from over 200 higher education organisations across the UK. It provides a set of principles of good practice that challenge universities to go beyond baseline requirements and ...

Posted on 10 December 2019

Learning for Sustainability Champions Training Opportunity

Learning for Sustainability Scotland and EAUC-Scotland have developed the College Learning for Sustainability Champions programme to help college teaching staff address sustainability in their learning and teaching. As part of the programme, one ‘Learning for Sustainability (LfS) Champion&rsqu...

Posted on 6 December 2019

Submit your workshop proposal for CLIMATE 2020

Submit a workshop proposal for the EAUC Annual Conference - CLIMATE2020 taking place on 23 - 24 June 2020 at University of Bath! We have a responsibility as educators, as community pillars and hubs for research to proactively adapt, limit risks and seek solution to this c...

Posted on 6 December 2019

Green Gown Awards 2019

Green Gown Awards celebrate initiatives that ensure a better tomorrow for young people As the Climate Crisis is increasingly recognised as the most pressing issue our world faces, the Green Gown Awards put a spotlight on the innovative and inspiring sustainability work taking place in universities ...

Posted on 26 November 2019

Next government must deliver on climate and the environment

Today the Aldersgate Group publishes its manifesto report, Time for action: building a competitive and inclusive green economy, setting out key priorities for the new government following the General Election. The report – which received significant input from business and civil society organi...

Posted on 21 November 2019

EAUC announces launch of new Climate Commission

UPDATE: READ MORE ABOUT THE LAUNCH EVENT HERE.  Together with Association of Colleges, GuildHE and Universities UK, we have partnered to establish a Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders. EAUC is the initiator and secretariat of the Climate Commission and as a mem...

Posted on 21 October 2019

The Environment Bill - progress and loopholes

The Environment Bill landed for its first reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 15th October. The first reading is a formal stage that takes place without any debate. The next step is a second reading in which MPs debate the overall principles of the Bill. The date for this has not yet been se...

Posted on 17 October 2019

Boosting sustainability and wellbeing

It has been a record-breaking year for the higher education sector with 238,000 positive actions recorded across Jump’s university programmes. Jump is the leading supplier of sustainability and wellbeing engagement programmes in the UK, providing universities with the means to turn intent i...

Posted on 16 October 2019

Discover Teach the Future

SOS, NUS’s new sustainability charity, and UKSCN, the school strikers organisation, have launched a new campaign to repurpose the entire education system, from primary through to adult education, around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. You can read more about the six demands on the...

Posted on 16 October 2019

Government outlines review of education emissions reduction targets

The UK government has responded to the reports from the Committee for Climate Change (CCC) today. The government acknowledged the CCC’s point that the UK is on track to miss current required projections for the fourth and fifth carbon budgets (2023-32). They responded to this by stating &ls...

Posted on 15 October 2019

The Environment Bill - what are we looking for?

DEFRA will today present the finalised Environment Bill to Parliament, following on from its announcement in the Queen’s Speech yesterday. You can read the Government’s press release about it below. EAUC will be looking to see if the finalised Bill contains solutions to the concerns outl...

Posted on 15 October 2019

Environmenstrual week highlights sanitary plastic issue

The second annual Environmenstrual Week is being held 12th-19th October, and is highlighting the issues that period plastic has on the environment, human health and period justice. Organised by Wen (Women’s Environmental Network), the initiative advocates #PeriodAction, by leading a revolut...

Posted on 14 October 2019

New report outlines behaviour change needed for Net Zero

Imperial College London published a new report last week titled ‘Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero’. The report outlines the potential for people to make choices that can contribute to reducing emissions. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) appointed Imperial College ...

Posted on 14 October 2019

Implementing the SDGs at Higher Education Institutions Challenges and Responses

The second meeting of the GUNi Group of Experts on SDGs and Higher Education and presentation of its last publication was celebrated on the 3rd and 4th of October 2019 and gathered over 85 people at the Ateneu Barcelonès in Barcelona.  This publication focuses on the obstacles that ...

Posted on 10 October 2019

Enter the EAUC Annual Conference 2020 Climate Image Competition

We are inviting students from a visual arts background or who have a hobby in this direction to join EAUC's Annual Conference 2020 Climate Image Competition. This is a great opportunity for students to have their work exposed on a variety of media platforms, enrich their portfolio and&nb...

Posted on 8 October 2019

£50m green energy net zero deal from UK universities

The Energy Consortium (TEC) has established for twenty pioneering universities including Newcastle, Exeter and Aberystwyth; a UK first – an aggregated power purchase agreement (PPA) delivering renewable power. This ground breaking deal means the parties lock-in a proportion of their power at a...

Posted on 7 October 2019

Advice for students - how to become food savvy at uni

Starting uni? We all know you need your pots and pans, and a few key recipes to keep you well fed. But what about some savvy habits to protect the planet? Well, you can start with reducing what food you waste – if everyone in the UK did this, we could do as much good for the environment as tak...

Posted on 7 October 2019

​Climate Crisis is the Mega Challenge and Opportunity facing the Education Sector

Climate change was the clear mega trend UK universities and colleges need to better recognise - so say judges of the 2019 Green Gown Awards. A judging alumni of over 90 national and international judges – a who’s who of leading names from the education, business and sustainability wor...

Posted on 2 October 2019

University of Warwick Climate Emergency Declaration

Recognising that the next ten years will be crucial to limit global temperature rise the University of Warwick has declared a state of Climate Emergency on 20th September 2019. Commitments: We have a responsibility as a community and organisation to help combat climate change through our indi...

Posted on 30 September 2019

Adapting to a Changing Climate - New Resources Launched

EAUC and HEBCoN (the Higher Education Business Continuity Network) are delighted to launch a new set of guides and resources on Adapting universities and colleges to a changing climate: Making the case and taking action. Climate change is not only a risk in itself to operational, teaching and res...

Posted on 30 September 2019

University of Winchester declares climate emergency

The University of Winchester declared a climate emergency last Friday, 20th September, to coincide with the Global Climate Strikes. "We have declared a climate emergency as future generations face a significantly different world," said Professor Joy Carter CBE, DL, Vice-Chancellor of th...

Posted on 24 September 2019

University of St Andrews signs SDG Accord and commits to slashing carbon footprint

The University of St Andrews has made huge strides in its sustainability work this month. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sally Mapstone has signed the SDG Accord, and the institution has embarked on a £3.75m energy conservation overhaul to reduce its carbon footprint by 950 tonnes a year and sa...

Posted on 24 September 2019

UKSSD publishes Scorecard of UK Voluntary National Review

UKSSD’s SDG Scorecard was published last week, it assesses the UK Voluntary National Review (VNR) based on UN Voluntary Reporting guidelines and best practice. EAUC fed into this work through its membership with UKSSD. Although there are positive signs of progress, of the eleven areas consi...

Posted on 23 September 2019

EAUC calls on universities and colleges to let staff and students strike

In advance of the Global Climate Strike on Friday, 20th September, EAUC are calling on its members in the higher and further education sector to support the strikes and sign the Global Climate Letter. Iain Patton, CEO at EAUC, said: "As the alliance for sustainability leadership in education...

Posted on 19 September 2019

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