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Queen University Belfast was awarded Gold Standard in the Cycle Friendly Employer Accreditation

Queen's University Belfast became the first employer in the UK to achieve the Cycle Friendly Employer Accreditation and the first to achieve Gold Standard. To gain this accreditation, the University had to demonstrate what measures are in place to show long-term commitment, support and ...

Posted on 19 November 2018

UK religious leaders call on the Prime Minister to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals

‘We believe that by working together we can build a future that is fair and just for all people, and a resilient and sustainable UK’ To mark the end of UK Inter Faith Week, religious leaders and faith-based organisations have come together in a letter to the Prime Minister to urge gre...

Posted on 19 November 2018

New study confirms sustainability skills are key to employability

The Global University Employability Ranking, published by Times Higher Education (THE), has this week revealed that institutions promoting sustainability skills are much more likely to produce employable graduates. This is a concept that the EAUC has espoused for a long-time, and has begun to tac...

Posted on 15 November 2018

University pledge to be single-use plastic-free by 2023

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023. Single-use plastic items are designed to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. The campaign, Single Out: 2023PlasticFree, crucially commits the University an...

Posted on 7 November 2018

WWF released a groundbreaking report on the current state of planetary natural capital

WWF launched an alarming report- Living Planet- looking at how exploding human consumption is the driving force behind the unprecedented planetary change we are witnessing, through the increased demand for energy, land and water.  The products we consume, the supply chains behind them, the m...

Posted on 5 November 2018

£2 million donation boosts agriculture and food security research at RAU

PhD research into topics such as growing soybean as a profitable, low-carbon crop will continue to thrive at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) following a donation of £2 million.   The RAU has received this research investment thanks to the John Oldacre Foundation, which supports ...

Posted on 1 November 2018

Government announces new plastic tax, but scraps latte levy

The Government announced yesterday in the Budget plans for a new tax on plastic packaging which contains less than 30% recycled plastic, subject to consultation.    What was announced? To reduce the problem of excessive and environmentally harmful plastic packaging, and incentivise m...

Posted on 30 October 2018

Keele University launched The Institute for Sustainable Futures

On the 3rd October, Keele University launched its new major sustainability initiative, a cross-university research institute- the Institute for Sustainability Futures, structured around the SDGs and aiming to catalyse interdisciplinary research focused on contributing to a more sustainable futu...

Posted on 30 October 2018

Universities today face unprecedented levels of risk and uncertainty – but there is a solution

The EAUC is today launching a new Guide that highlights the business benefits of sustainability and explains why it is key to the success of higher education institutions. The Guide - ‘Sustainability: Key to Long-term Institutional Success’ - was developed by EAUC and the University o...

Posted on 24 October 2018

Update to SFC Outcome Agreement Guidance on Leadership in Environmental and Social Sustainability

New Scottish Funding Council Outcome Agreement Guidance requires all universities and colleges to develop individual 'creative and innovative' approaches to demonstrate leadership in embedding environmental and social sustainability across the whole institution In October...

Posted on 23 October 2018

New plans to ban sale and distribution of single-use plastics announced

The EAUC welcomes the Government plans, announced today (22 October), to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds. Subject to a consultation, also launched today, the Government is looking to ban the distribution and sale of these single-use plastic items b...

Posted on 22 October 2018

University Vice-Chancellors join forces with Government to tackle Carbon Emissions

Vice-Chancellors from five UK universities and Students’ Union representatives met with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Director General Julian Critchlow, and Office for Students CEO Nicola Dandridge to officially sign the Government’s Emissions R...

Posted on 18 October 2018

Grants for Good

The Change Agents UK Charity is launching Grants for Good; funding of £100 to £500 is available to support University Societies and Departments delivering sustainability projects. Beginning this month they hope to capture the creativity of students and staff alike, so find out if your...

Posted on 17 October 2018

​2018-2019 International Green Gown Awards Launched

The first stage of the 2018-2019 International Green Gown Awards are now open for applications. Do you want to inspire and motivate your team, management and students to do more? The International Green Gown Awards, supported by UN Environment, recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives bei...

Posted on 16 October 2018

Jobs for Good

More and more candidates want to use their career to make a positive difference in the world. They want to work with organisations who think differently, operate responsibly and are forward-looking; employers with strong values that match their own. Jobs for Good enables you to access these candidat...

Posted on 12 October 2018

Diversity in Sustainability

Do you know that the environmental profession is the second least diverse profession in the UK, after farming?  This was revealed in a Policy Exchange report.  EAUC are contributing to research being undertake by NUS, IEMA and the Equality Trust to investigate the racial diversity ...

Posted on 3 October 2018

Name Change Update

Here is an update following the AGM. As you may be aware we went to the AGM asking for members to vote on a name change. In order for this to be successful we required, by Company Law, to achieve 75% of those voting. The result was 72% so this was not passed.   The Board needed time to reflec...

Posted on 3 October 2018

Scottish Government: Climate Change Plan Update and Progress Report

In September 2018 two updates were issued on Scottish Government action on climate change. A report from The Committee on Climate Change gives us an insight into progress so far and the Scottish Government have released a Climate Change Plan summary that gives us an insight into the future of g...

Posted on 1 October 2018

New guides show how to talk to different institutional departments about sustainability

We know that all too often, sustainability sits in a Facilities and Estates silo on campuses and it can be hard to engage with other departments in UK Further and Higher Education institutions. We also know that for sustainability to flourish, it needs to be embedded holistically and everyone needs ...

Posted on 1 October 2018

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