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Spring Statement promises big money for universities that help solve plastic blight

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Spring Statement today – promising a call for evidence on single use plastics and a downpayment of £20m to businesses and universities that think of solutions to the issue.   In his speech he praised ‘our world-class univer...

Posted on 13 March 2018

Remain Within REACH, Says Environmental Policy Forum

The effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection, the economy and animal welfare and ending the UK’s involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) could have seriou...

Posted on 12 March 2018

WRAP's Make Toast Not Waste Campaign starts today!

The next Love Food Hate Waste campaign  has started on and will be focus on bread – top of the list of the most wasted foods in the UK.  The 4-week  ‘Make Toast Not Waste’ campaign will be targeted at a) students & young people new to work (18-24 years) and yo...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Salix Accepting Applications for University Energy-Efficiency Project Financing

Salix has interest-free financing for available for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England. If you are in the position to apply before March, please contact Salix to discuss funding opportunities. Salix also welcomes early submissions and are happy to have discussions about pipeline projec...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research

Meliora: International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research – 13 April 2018 – University of Southampton   Come and join us at the third annual ‘Meliora International Symposium of Student Sustainability Research’, held at the University of Southampton ...

Posted on 6 March 2018

AUDE Briefing Paper March 2018

The EAUC provide the AUDE Sustainability Group with an update on current and future activities taking place within the sector relating to sustainability and estates. Read the briefing paper here. 

Posted on 6 March 2018

The UniCycle Challenge is here

UniCycle is a collaboration between NUS Sustainability, Love to Ride and the EAUC to get more students and staff on bikes. Funded by the Department for Transport, the pilot year has seen eight universities delivering behaviour change interventions to help achieve the government's target of d...

Posted on 5 March 2018

How are NUS pilot Fairtrade universities and colleges are getting on?

Last year, in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and with support from the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, NUS launched a Fairtrade award for universities and colleges in 12 pilot institutions. Their research shows that the ethical standards of products matter to 8...

Posted on 27 February 2018

Portsmouth-led sustainable city project wins 1.6 million euro funding

An international project, led by the University of Portsmouth’s Cluster for Sustainable Cities, has won 1.6 million euros to help cities solve the increasing challenges of food, water and energy management. Increasing demands for food, water and energy often exceed the capabilities of any o...

Posted on 27 February 2018

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

EAUC is delighted to confirm that, with the generous support from HEFCE, we are working with AUDE to further develop the Green Scorecard to cover sustainability issues beyond the estates function.   We are working very closely with AUDE, who lead on the Green Scorecard, and ARUP, who designe...

Posted on 21 February 2018

Lincoln College set to save thousands thanks to green lighting upgrade

  For public sector organisations across the country, energy consumption is an important consideration as they look ahead to reduce their outgoing spend and minimise their environmental impact in an increasingly energy conscious environment. With this in mind, identifying affordable energy-...

Posted on 20 February 2018

EAUC Featured in Environmental Scientist

While University Living Labs are not unique to sustainability, those of us leading next generation sustainability for next generation learning unashamedly embrace their promise: applied learning and employability skills for students, problem-solving for campus managers, a rich and real-world learnin...

Posted on 19 February 2018

SSN Analysis Report - Scottish Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) have published their 2016/2017 Analysis Report based on the annual submissions from the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD) reports, which were submitted for the deadline of 30 November 2017. The analysis report covers all 180 Scottish Public Bo...

Posted on 13 February 2018

University for the Creative Arts reduces carbon emissions by more than a third

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reduced its carbon footprint from energy consumption by more than a third since 2010, saving 2,286 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The 37 percent reduction means that UCA has achieved its 2020 target emissions rate three years early, made p...

Posted on 6 February 2018

University of Bristol and University of Edinburgh latest to announce fossil fuel divestment

Two UK universities have joined the growing number of institutions that have committed to divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The University of Bristol announced last week it has divested all investments in companies that derive more than five per cent of their income from the most carbon in...

Posted on 6 February 2018

Environmental Audit Committee launches inquiry into 25-year Environment Plan

Update Read our consultation response here.   The Government published its long-awaited 25-Year Plan for the Environment on 11 January 2018. The Plan sets out a number of 25-year goals and a combination of new and existing strategies, targets, mechanisms and commitments in order to meet ...

Posted on 5 February 2018

Climate solutions programme for EAUC members

Engage your students in cutting edge climate work by hosting a Drawdown INNOVATE workshop.  Deadline of March 8.  The climate solutions participants will tackle in these workshops have been meticulously researched and ranked by Project Drawdown, and have received internat...

Posted on 2 February 2018

A win for sustainability as it's added to NSS

Following half a decade of lobbying from organisations and individuals, mostly spearheaded by the National Union of Students (NUS), the National Student Survey (NSS) will now include questions on sustainability. The NSS is a survey conducted by independent researchers Ipsos MORI, commissioned by ...

Posted on 1 February 2018

How do I set up a sustainability hub?

Students and staff are invited to apply for an online course that rootAbility and Leuphana University Lüneburg are running for students and staff who want to establish a sustainability hub, based on the Green Office Model.   A Green Office (GO) informs, connects and supports students (an...

Posted on 1 February 2018

Salix College Energy Fund - Currently accepting applications

Salix has further interest-free funding still available for Further Education Colleges in England. The funding is intended to act as a catalyst for investment in energy efficiency technologies which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create financial savings. If you are in the position to app...

Posted on 1 February 2018

PCBs on UK higher education providers' estates - do you need to take action?

The Environment Agency is alerting UK higher education sector to the need to ensure any Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) on their estates are known and dealt with correctly.    The 2000 PCB Regulations place strict requirements and prohibitions on equipment containing them. PCBs may still...

Posted on 1 February 2018

EAUC-Scotland sign open letter to Scottish Government calling for action on SDGs

EAUC-Scotland has signed an open letter to Scottish Government bodies asking them to evidence their commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland. The letter was issued by a national network co-ordinated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), and is a...

Posted on 30 January 2018

ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at the World Economic Forum

Sustainable Development: Educating with Purpose ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at the World Economic Forum At the World Economic Forum, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in collaboration with the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) shared exemplary c...

Posted on 29 January 2018

Bournemouth University launches new health and wellbeing programme for all 2,000 employees

Bournemouth University is rolling out its sustainability and wellbeing engagement programme to all of its employees this January. The new programme, known as Green Rewards, is launching to all 2,000 university staff as part of a drive to reduce carbon emissions and boost wellbeing at the universi...

Posted on 25 January 2018

Join the EAUC-Scotland Office Bearer Group!

EAUC-Scotland are seeking TWO dedicated EAUC Members from the Further Education sector in Scotland to join our Office Bearer Group (OBG).   The OBG consists of two representatives from the Further Education sector and two representatives from the Higher Education sector. The group meet approx...

Posted on 22 January 2018

New report: University and College leaders recognise sustainability as priority but fail to deliver

The Further and Higher Education sector is making a collective call to Vice Chancellors and Principals to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility.    Today marks the release of the third annual ‘Sustainability in Education&rsqu...

Posted on 17 January 2018

Scotland's First Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

The Scottish Government released their first Energy Strategy on 20 December 2017. The strategy focuses on Scotland by the year 2050 being a leading nation with a competitive energy sector delivering secure, affordable, clean energy options to Scottish businesses and communities.   The strateg...

Posted on 16 January 2018

Keele University and Siemens in landmark energy partnership

Keele University has appointed engineering giant, Siemens, to turn the University campus into the largest single, integrated electricity, gas and heat Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND). It will be the first facility in Europe for at-scale living laboratory research, development and demonst...

Posted on 15 January 2018

Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Students and Graduates

Join NACUE’s Student Enterprise Conference 17-18 Feb at #SEC2018  See what they got up to at #SEC2017 here. Check out this year’s amazing line up of speakers here including 3 outstanding TEDx speakers.  The full schedule is available online h...

Posted on 11 January 2018

Groundwork Youth recruiting young green leaders across the UK - applications open!

Do you know a young person with an interest in their local environment looking to develop their leadership skills?   Groundwork Youth is a Groundwork UK initiative empowering young people and community groups to work together to tackle the issues affecting the places where they live. To achie...

Posted on 5 January 2018

Call for sustainability-orientated New Year's resolutions

We want to inject a bit of fun into the wind down for Christmas by collecting some really good sustainability-orientated New Year’s resolutions that we can turn into graphics and suggest as simple changes for people to make in 2018 to help people, planet and prosperity.   Please send us...

Posted on 19 December 2017

NUS SDG Teach In

On the 19-23 February 2018 the NUS are holding their first ever "SDG Teach In" to raise awareness of why the Sustainable Development Goals should be at the heart of further and higher education, and help catalyse the change needed to make this happen. They are asking lecturers and teach...

Posted on 19 December 2017

EAUC calls for mandatory carbon reduction targets 

Last week the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) submitted a response to the Government consultation 'Leading by example: cutting energy bills and carbon emissions in the public and higher education sectors'.  The response was informed by polling of our ...

Posted on 12 December 2017

We now invite you to submit 2018 Annual Conference workshop proposals

Share your ideas and good practice by submitting either a campus or academic workshop proposal! We’re currently in the planning stages for the 22nd EAUC Annual Conference on the 19 - 21 June 2018 at Keele University. Workshops/sessions will run on 20 - 21 June 2018 only. We invite abstra...

Posted on 8 December 2017

QAA Quality Code for Higher Education Consultation

Sector response required EAUC are developing a sector response to the consultation on the review of the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education [http://www.qaa.ac.uk/newsroom/consultations/consultation-on-the-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education]. We believe more focus should be given to le...

Posted on 6 December 2017

Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment

The Society for the Environment recognises Environmental Science Professor for "contributions of the highest level". University of the West of England (UWE) Professor, James Longhurst CEnv, joins an exclusive group of environmental professionals and advocates as an Honorary Fellow of th...

Posted on 4 December 2017

University of East Anglia Commits £1m to lowering CO2 Emissions

University of East Anglia (UEA) have committed to achieving a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and as part of this process have appointed leading energy firm Vital Energi to deliver a range of energy saving measures.   The £1million contract will see Vital Energi deliver a range o...

Posted on 1 December 2017

Lincoln College Group making substantial saving through LED lighting upgrade

The college group used £704,849 of Salix interest free funding to replace 7,000 inefficient light fittings throughout their estate, resulting in significant carbon and financial savings. The major lighting upgrades were carried out in 23 buildings across the College Group’s 3 campuses...

Posted on 1 December 2017

University of Reading fume cupboard ventilation result in impressive carbon & financial savings

The University of Reading identified fume cupboards that had been running 24/7 since they were installed, and by investing a total of £1,010,000, they undertook a programme of works to improve the efficiency of these fume cupboards. Funding for the project included £187,000 of interest-f...

Posted on 1 December 2017

The University of Strathclyde becomes first university in Scotland to adopt JUMP

The University of Strathclyde will become the first Scottish university to implement the JUMP sustainability and wellbeing employee engagement programme.   The University will launch a 5 month pilot of the JUMP programme for 250 employees from January 2018.  JUMP will form part of the Un...

Posted on 29 November 2017

Leadership in Sustainability now embedded within Scottish Outcome Agreement Guidance from SFC

Building upon the strong partnership between the EAUC and Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the EAUC-Scotland team have been working with the Outcome Agreement team at SFC to further commitment to sustainability at a senior level. This activity is now reflected in the Outcome Agreement ...

Posted on 21 November 2017

Loughborough University study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children's development

Study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children’s development 18 October 2017Forest Schools are a growing phenomenon in the UK, but what impact does getting children outside of the classroom have on their overall development? Researchers at Loughborough University hope to find out. Th...

Posted on 20 November 2017

EAUC heads to Kyoto to give keynote speech

EAUC CEO Iain Patton will be the keynote speaker at a prestigious conference in Kyoto, Japan next month. Iain will be the only speaker from Europe in attendance at the Asian Conference on Campus Sustainability and Kyoto University’s fifth International Symposium for the Establishment of Sustai...

Posted on 20 November 2017

UK's biggest university solar project switched on at University of Sussex

Caroline Lucas MP, was joined by staff member Jolyon Western and PhD student Anna Watson to officially flick the switch on 3,000 solar panels at the University of Sussex; the biggest solar project in UK higher education. More than 3,000 solar panels were switched on at the University of Sussex to...

Posted on 20 November 2017

Time Running Out to Effectively Transpose EU Environmental Acquis into UK Law

The Society for the Environment, alongside six other professional bodies within the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), warn that time is running out to effectively transpose EU environmental acquis into UK law. The EPF is a network of UK environmental professional bodies and learned societies prom...

Posted on 20 November 2017

Universities and Colleges set their sights on Global Goals at sector-leading Awards

Colleges and universities alike won big at the prestigious Green Gown Awards held on Wednesday 15th November. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the ceremony was held at Manchester’s magical The Monastery, in conjunction with the University of Manc...

Posted on 20 November 2017

Official Opening of £14.8m Oxford Energy Project

The £14.8m Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Energy Project was officially opened on Friday 10th November by Oxford East MP, Anneliese Dodds.  OUH Chairman, Dame Fiona Caldicott, CEO, Dr Bruno Holthof and Vital Energi’s Ashley Malin were also in attendance.   I...

Posted on 17 November 2017

NUS project canvassing the views of student on issues relating to each SDG launches

Over the next 17 months NUS will be asking students for their views related to each of the SDGs.   There are 17 Goals that are an internationally agreed set of goals focusing on elements of sustainable development. Each government has signed up to, and are responsible for, taki...

Posted on 7 November 2017

EAUC-Scotland launch UK-wide workshop series to engage Professional Departments

EAUC-Scotland have launched a UK-wide series of workshop webinars to engage professional departments in sustainability as part of a larger project. They are also offering to write case studies for institutions with any relevant projects. This project aims to understand and encourage e...

Posted on 7 November 2017

EAUC announces 3 new key projects

The EAUC today announces three exciting new projects to be delivered in collaboration with sector partners. The projects are designed to provide inspiration, guidance and support to a wide range of EAUC members in leadership, campus, academic and research positions. This is further to our request fo...

Posted on 25 October 2017

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