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‚ÄčThe hunt is on for the best student business ideas

The hunt for the best student and graduate business ideas has officially launched, with £10,000 and other money can’t buy opportunities to get your hands on. NACUE has partnered with Tata for another year to fuel fantastic ideas with their national business pitching competition. Th...

Posted on 30 August 2018

Edinburgh Napier University support Turing Trust project in Malawi

We're always delighted to hear about new partnerships that are making positive change. Read below about the recent partnership to reuse PCs from Edinburgh Napier University. In an initiative also involving input from Procurement, Information Services and Environmental Sustainability, the Sch...

Posted on 27 August 2018

University of Leeds Annual Sustainability Report highlights major progress

Huge strides have been taken towards further embedding sustainability in schools, faculties and services at the University. The University’s Annual Sustainability Report highlights the many success stories achieved during the past 12 months. This year, Leeds has linked its appr...

Posted on 21 August 2018

University warns of long-term effects of UK heatwave

Dr Nicola Cannon, Principal Lecturer in Agronomy at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) explains why the 2018 heatwave will have long-term consequences for crops and livestock nutrition with farmers having to reach into winter reserves of food and forage:   "The extreme heat and very...

Posted on 20 August 2018

Bournemouth University cut 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Bournemouth University (BU) has seen improvements to sustainability and wellbeing at the University after introducing the Green Rewards behaviour change programme to all staff.   The programme was rolled out to all staff in January this year (2018), after a successful six month pilot in 2017 ...

Posted on 14 August 2018

Students and meat consumption - new research

The National Union of Students (NUS) has worked with Friends of the Earth to find out more about students' views on eating meat.  Commonly cited as one relatively easy way to reduce carbon emissions, reducing your meat consumption has long been a topical discussion point. NUS and F...

Posted on 14 August 2018

EAUC-Scotland Conference to Vision the Future of Sustainability in Universities and Colleges

The EAUC Scotland team are delighted to have launched bookings for their 2018 Scotland Conference, A Decade of Progress, to coincide with the EAUC-Scotland office’s 10 year anniversary.   Since 2008 Scotland has reached 2020 carbon reduction targets 6 years early, became one of the firs...

Posted on 13 August 2018

High Profile Opportunity

Urgent call for sustainability case studies EAUC first published a Business Guide for University Governors in 2014, to make the case for embedding sustainability at the very highest level in universities. With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and other recent global trends, in p...

Posted on 10 August 2018

EAUC-S Launch Accelerator Programme for new Sustainability Professionals

The EAUC-Scotland Office have launched an Accelerator Programme to help new sustainability staff and interns develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a sustainability engagement role. The Programme was developed in response to sector requests for basic skills training for new staff...

Posted on 7 August 2018

Zero Carbon Challenge

Carbon Reduction is currently a hot topic among sustainability professionals in the Higher Education Sector with many universities aiming to reach zero carbon in the next 20 years. Reaching these targets will require new and innovative approaches to both new build design and major renovations of exi...

Posted on 7 August 2018

University of Cambridge working on multi-million SDG research

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has recently launched The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, with the support of some of the UK’s leading companies. The programme will attract researchers from around the world to identify solution...

Posted on 23 July 2018

UN immediately accept first SDG Accord report recommendation at prestigious HLPF

The SDG Accord report was launched at the on-going UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) last week and one of its recommendations for the UN was immediately recognised and accepted. This was a huge achievement, and it is reflective of the high-level influence and impact of the SDG Accord and its sign...

Posted on 18 July 2018

University of Bristol pilots sustainability behaviour change programme

The University of Bristol has launched ‘Be the Change’, a behaviour change programme provided by employee engagement specialists, Green Rewards, to encourage members of staff to improve sustainability and wellbeing both on campus and in the home. The pilot will run for three months to...

Posted on 18 July 2018

New report shows post-16 education must shift up a gear in bid to tackle Global Goals

The Global Alliance – a partnership of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks are today (Wednesday, 11th July) launching a new report at the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, exploring the global contribution of Further and Higher Education...

Posted on 10 July 2018

NACUE's Varsity Pitch Competition 2018

On behalf of NACUE We are delighted to have teamed up with Tata for another year,âįto find the best student and graduate businesses from a diverse bank of sectors, including; social, disruptive, innovation, technical, creative and raw ideas.     Our thr...

Posted on 6 July 2018

New Voluntary Emissions Target for England

BEIS have announced a voluntary 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020/21 across public and higher education sectors in England.   PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES IN ENGLAND.   Full details of the notice is available at https://www.gov.uk/gov...

Posted on 6 July 2018

SDGs must drive a fairer society after UK leaves the EU says businesses & charities

Urgent action is needed to prevent UK slipping behind other nations on poverty, equality and the environment   A new report released today (3 July 2018) has highlighted why the UK should place the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of its Brexit strategy to galvanise support...

Posted on 3 July 2018

EAUC Annual Conference Journal

Collaborations for Change: Integrating the SDGs in further and higher education through partnership This special issue of the IJSHE is linked to the EAUC 2018 Annual Conference which, inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 17, 'Partnerships for the Goals'  was themed ar...

Posted on 27 June 2018

The Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Survey

The Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education survey explores the quality, indicators and standards of sustainability reporting in higher education. The survey is part of the PhD research of Katerina Kosta, a research intern with the EAUC in 2016. To take the survey, please c...

Posted on 26 June 2018

Ten Years of Sustainable Development Graduates from St Andrews

The University of St Andrews are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first graduates from their undergraduate Sustainable Development Degree Programme this summer, and share some examples of where the degree has taken alumni - so far! Set up shortly after the launch of the UN Decade of Educa...

Posted on 22 June 2018

University of Brighton opens world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant

The world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant has opened using technology components developed in partnership with the University of Brighton. The ‘5MW/15MWh’ LAES plant works by storing air as a liquid in above-ground tanks and when electricity is required...

Posted on 12 June 2018

Launching the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

Launching a Transformational Tool for the Education Sector - the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard At last we have a transformational ‘All in One’ tool which captures data and performance from many sources and builds one definitive picture of your institutions performance.   EA...

Posted on 7 June 2018

Introducing our 2018 Fellows

Last year, we saw a transformation in our member engagement as we launched the EAUC Fellows Programme. This put members firmly at the heart of the organisation, engaging and motivating them while recognising them for their expertise and input. We announced 18 fellows last year, and this year we...

Posted on 5 June 2018

Environmental Audit Committee publishes new Green Finance Report

The Environmental Audit Committee has today published their second report on Green Finance and how sustainability can and should be embedded in financial decision making. As a sustainability membership body working with post-16 education institutions to embed sustainability holistically into the ...

Posted on 4 June 2018

Nottingham Trent's state-of-the-art science facility wins construction award

Nottingham Trent University’s state-of-the-art science facility wins construction award   Nottingham Trent University’s new science facility, the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre (ISTeC) has won a regional construction award. The building at the Clifton Campus wa...

Posted on 1 June 2018

Scotland's 90% carbon reduction target

The draft Climate Change Bill has been discussed within Scottish Parliament, with Ministers agreeing that the 90% reduction by 2050 target will be included. Sector representatives collated a response to the Climate Change Bill consultation which EAUC-Scotland submitted on the sectors behalf, we have...

Posted on 30 May 2018

Scottish Government Energy Efficient Route Map and Consultation

On 2 May the Scottish Government released their latest publication ‘The Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map’. The 20-year plan outlines the vision of Scotland being energy efficient and ‘by 2040 our homes and buildings being warmer, greener and more efficient’. The Route Map...

Posted on 23 May 2018

London law school set to reap rewards from rainwater harvesting

City, University of London is set to install a rainwater harvesting system at its new £42m law school, in a move which could reduce its water costs by more than £4,500 each year. The standalone rainwater harvesting system, provided by water management firm Waterscan, will op...

Posted on 17 May 2018

Enactus Edinburgh

Enactus UK look forward to Enactus Edinburgh, our 2018 National Champions, representing the UK at the Enactus World Cup event in San Jose in October.    Please be aware that Enactus Edinburgh have established their crowdfunding campaign to fund their expenses to travel to the World Cup. ...

Posted on 11 May 2018

Campuses and communities as test beds for applied research and learning

EAUC are working with NUS to enhance our understanding of real-world learning and research approaches on UK and Irish campuses and communities. These are often referred to as Living Labs.   To better support the sector on applied academic learning and research of this kind we are conducting a...

Posted on 9 May 2018

Energy data for the University of Reading is now available online

The University of Reading has launched a new website which makes half hourly energy data available to the public. From https://reading.ac.uk/sustainability/ users can access maps of the University’s three main campuses and click on key buildings to view their energy consumption. Each bu...

Posted on 2 May 2018

TUCO launches innovative greenhouse gas footprint calculator

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), has launched a ground-breaking greenhouse gas footprint calculator. The application is an exciting new tool which enables caterers to easily calculate the greenhouse gas footprint of their menus. The innovative calculator is available for free and online ...

Posted on 24 April 2018

Climate Change Risk Project - April 2018 Update

On Monday 9th April the EAUC and HEBCoN (Higher Education Business Continuity Network) Risk Project Working Group met for the first time at the AECOM Offices in Birmingham. The Risk Project aims to explore how environmental risks, and specifically climate change, might affect the critical functio...

Posted on 17 April 2018

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board

At this time of organisational ambition and transformation, we are seeking dedicated members to join our Board of Trustees to help us deliver our strategy. Our powerful 5 year strategy (2017-2021) was borne out of a collaboration with our 5000 education sector members. It demonstrates how we ca...

Posted on 11 April 2018

University of Winchester supporting local businesses to contribute to SDGs

Many businesses today think about sustainability and their social responsibilities but how does this fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Booking is now open for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Roadshow, which is to make Winchester the first stop on its 2018 tour with...

Posted on 9 April 2018

The Society for the Environment Select World Environment Day for Annual Awards Event

The custodians of the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registers, the Society for the Environment, have selected World Environment Day as the day to celebrate the work of environmental professionals with its annual awards presentation.   The...

Posted on 9 April 2018

Brits want even tougher treatment for litterers, finds new poll

At the start of the month local authorities were given the go-ahead to double on-the-spot litter fines to a maximum penalty of £150. Results from a new poll have found that Brits support taking a significantly tougher stance on punishing those who litter, giving their backing to a range of ...

Posted on 9 April 2018

ClimateLaunchpad has launched

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is today opening the ClimateLaunchpad green business competition for applications.   With dedicated support to develop a rock-solid business plan and the chance to win up to €10,000 and a place on the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, Cl...

Posted on 6 April 2018

How can we cope with the UK's extreme weather?

As the country reflects on a cold start to the year, scientists at the University of Brighton are looking to the summer and researching ways older people can avoid heat-related illnesses which claim 2,000 UK lives each year.   The University is appealing to healthy volunteers aged 65 and over...

Posted on 6 April 2018

Plastic deposit return scheme proposed and EA given more powers in fight against waste

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have been busy this week. Yesterday they announced a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste subject to consultation later this year and today new powers to stop waste crime have come into force. To tackle the ...

Posted on 29 March 2018

Residential for aspiring estates directors in higher education

27-30 June 2018 | University of Nottingham The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) are launching a new programme to nurture emerging talent in higher education estates and facilities management. This residential programme for tomorrow’s senior estates profes...

Posted on 29 March 2018

The Fruit Route

The Fruit Route project involves planting, foraging, distributing, sharing and harvesting fruit, nuts and edible plants that are located along footpaths and cycle paths across the university campus. The Fruit Route book is a celebration of the last 5 years of the project at Loughborough, the proj...

Posted on 29 March 2018

Scottish Institutions Secure Climate Challenge Fund Funding

On 16th March 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the award of £15.3 million for 110 community-led projects in the 24th round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.   The Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund encourages communities across ...

Posted on 26 March 2018

WWF's Earth Hour 2018 24th March

Millions of people across the world will be switching off their lights for an hour from 8.30pm on Saturday 24th March to celebrate Earth Hour. Last year 9 million people took part in the UK alone, joining national landmarks like Big Ben, Manchester Old Trafford and the Kelpies in the big switch off....

Posted on 19 March 2018

2018 Young Champions of the Earth Call for Applications

Do you want to change the world - or know someone who does? UN Environment is here to help. The Young Champions of the Earth initiative aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.    They ...

Posted on 19 March 2018

Uzbek and British students sharing in sustainability education

The National Union of Students and the Environmental Association for Univeristies and Colleges (EAUC) were invited to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January 2017 by the British Council in Uzbekistan to deliver training on sustainability in higher education. This training engaged rectors a...

Posted on 19 March 2018

SDG student opinion research now available

NUS have now collected opinion on issues related to goals 1 to 6 of the SDGS (poverty, hunger, health and wellbeing, education, gender equality and water), and the report is available online here. 

Posted on 19 March 2018

Brighton Uni artist sailing to Arctic to highlight climate change

An artist has won a place on an Arctic expedition which aims to highlight how human activity has influenced changes to the climate and environment.   Adele Gibson, 59, was awarded an MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton earlier this year and took up the challenge "to witness thes...

Posted on 15 March 2018

Launch of College Education for Sustainable Development Workbooks

EAUC-Scotland are delighted to be launching the last of our Workbooks to support colleges to embed sustainability within vocational courses at our Education for Sustainable Development Topic Support Network meeting on the 17th April in Edinburgh. Resources from this meeting are now available here. ...

Posted on 14 March 2018

Scottish Government publish New Climate Change Plan 2018-2032

The Scottish Government have published their new Climate Change Plan - The Third Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP3) - for 2018-2032. The plan, which is partnered with the Energy Strategy, is to be used as a roadmap for Scotland to transition to a low carbon economy, outlinin...

Posted on 13 March 2018

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