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

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

University of Leeds commits to bold climate crisis action

The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis. The principles have been approved by the University’s governing body, its Council, and outline the ambitious st...

Posted on 17 September 2019

Scottish Circular Economy Bill much needed

A cross-sectoral coalition of organisations has been launched, calling for an ambitious and comprehensive Circular Economy Bill. The coalition of over 30 organisations is led by Scottish Environment LINK and includes Friends of the Earth Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Marine Conservation Soci...

Posted on 5 September 2019

EAUC calls on universities and colleges to support local authorities

This week, lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans. EAUC is calling on universities to lobby their local authoriti...

Posted on 3 September 2019

University of Sussex declares climate emergency

The University of Sussex has joined organisations around the world in declaring a climate emergency with Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell stating that "unless the higher education sector works together to address the problem at every possible juncture, we will be failing the young people who t...

Posted on 21 August 2019

Goldsmiths pledges action on climate emergency

Beef burgers and bottled water will be consigned to history on the Goldsmiths, University of London campus from the start of the new academic year next month. The changes come as part of a major drive to cut carbon use across Goldsmiths as the College joins other universities and institutions in ...

Posted on 14 August 2019

Christ Church Declares Climate Emergency

Around 7,000 other networks of higher and further education institutions from across six continents have signed a letter to take action against the growing threat of climate change.  The letter, organised by EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, which includes a thr...

Posted on 12 August 2019

Earth Overshoot Day - what can institutions do?

Today is Earth Overshoot Day – Today marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organisation that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint. T...

Posted on 29 July 2019

EAUC Board Member Eunice Simmons appointed Vice Chancellor at University of Chester

EAUC board member Eunice Simmons has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of University of Chester from January 2020.  Professor Simmons is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), where she leads the Academic and Student Affairs directorate, encompassing the stud...

Posted on 25 July 2019

Gove gives update on Environment Bill and plastics consultations

Michael Gove has today (Tuesday 23 July) provided an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill. In the online summer policy update, it says: "Faced with the unprecedented decline of our natural environment, science clearly shows that tackling biodiversit...

Posted on 23 July 2019

'If not now, when?' - Government urged to step up action against climate and environmental

EAUC CEO Iain Patton has signed a letter urging the next Prime Minister to push for a bigger and faster political response on the climate and environmental crises.   The letter was sent to Conservative Party leader contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, as well as the two Liberal Democrat ...

Posted on 16 July 2019

Governments Voluntary National Review casts doubt on its commitment to the SDGs

The International Development Committee (IDC) has identified serious failings in the preparation and presentation of UK’s first Voluntary National Review of progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. You can read the full report here. The UK VNR is being presented at the...

Posted on 16 July 2019

University of Plymouth declares a climate emergency

The University of Plymouth has declared a climate emergency, joining an international movement aimed at taking action on climate change. The move, supporting a call by EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, reaffirms the University’s position as a global leade...

Posted on 10 July 2019

Higher and Further Education Institutions across the globe declare Climate Emergency

New York, 10 July 2019 - Today, networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents announced that they are declaring a Climate Emergency, and agreed to undertake a three-point plan to address the crisis through their work with students. The three-poi...

Posted on 10 July 2019

SDG Accord Report 2019

A new SDG report finds student Climate Change protests are pushing Climate Action up the agenda of universities and colleges across the world. The second SDG Accord report, ‘Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector’, is being launched today (Wed...

Posted on 9 July 2019

EAUC Scotland Conference Launch

We are very excited to announce that the EAUC-Scotland Conference 2019 will take place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th November 2019. The theme will be the Elephants in the Room. This topic builds on our last conference where we set visions and actions for the decade ahead - view the...

Posted on 8 July 2019

Influence! 2019 - A conference to remember

This year, the EAUC 23rd Annual Conference was held at the University of Manchester on the 18th-20th June. Its theme, ‘Influence’, comes at a time when sustainability issues are increasingly at the forefront of mainstream media, following scientific research publications outlining immine...

Posted on 7 July 2019

Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2019 Finalists

We are proud to announce this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists. After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 101 finalists across 14 categories. This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 1 million ...

Posted on 4 July 2019

‘Trash fish’, gluten free rooms and shared accommodation found by TUCO at California’s top uni

Following a successful USA study tour, members of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) are set to implement a series of global learnings into UK universities. The TUCO ‘Residence Life at California’s Top Universities’ study tour was organised by the award-winning TUCO Acade...

Posted on 3 July 2019

Scottish Government launch Vision 2030 Plus Action Plan

A new Learning for Sustainability Action Plan sets out how the Scottish Government will implement the recommendations of the Vision 2030+ Report over the next 3-5 years.     The Action Plan ‘aims to act as a catalyst to support the increased prevalence of L...

Posted on 27 June 2019

UK’s Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals

The UK’s Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals has been published, and features an assessment of how well the UK has done so far in tackling the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals are part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. All...

Posted on 27 June 2019

Share your views on the merits of accreditation programs for sustainability

Some institutions choose to join programs such as EcoCampus to provide a level of recognition for their sustainability work. This student survey is being used for a dissertation project to capture what motivates some to take this route – and as interestingly, why others do not. Members of...

Posted on 27 June 2019

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Report

Sustainability: our sector’s current best chance of responding to the urgent demands of climate science – new report  A cross-sector partnership advocating for a more urgent and more co-ordinated approach to sustainability in our universities and colleges is today reporting on th...

Posted on 26 June 2019

Scientists show how discarded cola bottles can create purified drinking water

Contaminated water can be purified for drinking using just three empty plastic bottles thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University.   A project led by Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh – an expert in intelligent engineering systems - will allow people in developing countries to clean...

Posted on 25 June 2019

How do people feel about sustainability?

The Survey We want to find out how people are feeling about sustainability, both as a wider subject, and in relation to their personal lives. So we’ve brought out a survey that asks children, young people, and adults what they think. We ask that you please take the time to fill out this sur...

Posted on 13 June 2019

EAUC signs world-leading government pledge to help halve food waste

EAUC, alongside big-hitters from the world of food and sustainability including Aldi, Asda, Café Nero, Co-op, Costa, FDF, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, Tesco, M&S, Morrisons, Nestlé, Ocado, UK Hospitality, Unilever, WWF and Waitrose have signed a pledge committing to help hal...

Posted on 13 June 2019

New funding for local climate change projects announced

Funding of up to £75,000 to support local climate action in the UK has been announced by the Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). Proposals are invited for the first round of the PCAN Fund, backed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which will support up to six project...

Posted on 12 June 2019

Key leadership skills that advance the career of sustainability professionals

A new cohort of sustainability professionals have developed skills and knowledge they need to deliver change in their organisations through the Emerging Leaders Programme 2018 - 2019 that was concluded this month. The five day sessions provided the chance for delegates to share experien...

Posted on 12 June 2019

Climate Change Letter: Raising a flag for the Climate Emergency

In advance of the Secretary General’s Climate Summit on September 23, networks and institutions working in further and higher education are coming together to add their support to this letter and raise the flag of concern around the "climate emergency" which is being r...

Posted on 10 June 2019

Announcing the 2019 International Green Gown Awards Finalists

We are delighted to reveal the finalists of the 2019 International Green Gown Awards. The winners will be announced on 10th July 2019 in New York as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum. Find out more about the Awards Ceremony. The International Green Gown Awards are endo...

Posted on 31 May 2019

EAUC Pledge to Step Up To The Plate

In May 2019 Ben Elliot, the Government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion hosted a major symposium - ‘Step up to the Plate’ - at London’s prestigious V&A Museum.  Major players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and wel...

Posted on 30 May 2019

World Environment Day 2019

For this year’s World Environment Day, UN Environment will be calling on everyone, everywhere to come together to Beat Air Pollution, which is now the biggest public health crisis on the planet. We want to work with our partners in education and youth to take this message into the classroom...

Posted on 30 May 2019

Step-by-step Guide for Sustainability Leaders

We released today the Making the Business Case for Sustainability - A Guide for Sustainability Leaders. This Guide is designed to help sustainability leaders to make a successful case for sustainability in a Further and Higher Education context, to embed sustainability at the top...

Posted on 29 May 2019

EMR data shows a fall in carbon emissions in HE, but more commitment needed

Environmental statistics (EMR data) released last week revealed an 8% fall in carbon emissions by HE providers despite a 4% increase in energy consumption.   In 2017/18 HE providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland consumed 6.7 Terawatt hours of energy, compared to 6.5 Terawatt hours in...

Posted on 13 May 2019

Bridgend College declares its commitment to address the climate emergency

Following both the UK and Welsh Government’s declaration of a climate change emergency, Bridgend College is reaffirming its strong and positive corporate commitment to take action on climate change, to become the first College in the UK to declare a climate emergency. This statement has bee...

Posted on 2 May 2019

Phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to end UK contribution to global warming

The UK can end its contribution to global warming within 30 years by setting an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today. Ten years after the Climate Change Act became law, now is the right moment to set a m...

Posted on 2 May 2019

Government must seize business opportunity presented by net zero target

Welcoming the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s advice today [1], the Aldersgate Group urges the government to press ahead with setting a net zero target. This must be underpinned by a comprehensive policy package to deliver net zero emissions and support business investment and...

Posted on 2 May 2019

EAUC is launching the Living Lab Guide

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all approach in tertiary education. At EAUC we recognise these particularities and have partnered with National Union of Students - NUS, to develop a Guide that highlights different approaches to learning and research through pa...

Posted on 1 May 2019

EAUC Declares a Climate Emergency

EAUC are today declaring a Climate Emergency We are calling for all post-16 education institutions and support bodies in the UK and Ireland to declare a Climate Emergency and to commit to the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to adopt as a minimum a 2050 net zero emissions target...

Posted on 1 May 2019

‘Put climate change on our curriculum': The outraged teens confronting Ofsted

We are four 15-year-old school students who are deeply concerned about the damage we’re doing to our planet and how it will affect our futures. Climate change is the biggest issue of our time, and it must be a part of our education if our generation is to understand it and help us to combat...

Posted on 30 April 2019

Newcastle University second to declare a climate emergency in UK

Newcastle University has signalled its commitment to climate change action by joining a number of organisations in the UK and all over the world to declare a climate emergency. Following Newcastle University’s Environment and Sustainability Committee meeting on 10 April, the University has ...

Posted on 30 April 2019

Sun in the oven! A solar cooker for INSIDE the home

A solar cooker that heats food by concentrating the sun’s rays can be used inside the home thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University.   The project aims to allow people in hot, arid countries with sun all year round to cook indoors without the need for gas, electricity or bu...

Posted on 25 April 2019

University of Bristol declares a climate emergency

The University of Bristol is joining with other organisations and institutions across the country and the world to become the first UK university to declare a climate emergency, reaffirming our strong and positive commitment to take action on climate change. Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-...

Posted on 17 April 2019

Oxford University donates computers to IT Schools Africa to enable quality education for students

Oxford University donated obsolete, working IT equipment to IT Schools Africa for sustainable reuse to help provide increased access to e-Learning technology for African students. This will offer life enhancing knowledge and skills, access to further education and improved employment opportunities. ...

Posted on 15 April 2019

NERC invests £1.3M to engage the UK public on big issues in environmental science

An innovative project that will see researchers collaborate with diverse communities on issues in environmental science has been awarded £1.3M through NERC’s Engaging Environments programme. The award is NERC’s largest single investment in public engagement, with project partners p...

Posted on 15 April 2019

Inspire Fund - Public Engagement Funding

A new public engagement funding scheme part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work to tackle misconceptions around dementia and promote the importance of dementia research is now available. This is to support new perspectives, talent and expertise to shed a spotlight on this important issue, ...

Posted on 15 April 2019

University of Nottingham crowned Enactus UK 2019 national champion

On the 8th and 9th April, the top 32 Enactus teams from across the UK competed in the 2019 Enactus UK National Expo at the ExCeL, London. The dynamic, energy-filled event brought together 650 university students, 70 academics, and over 300 senior UK business leaders across two days in celebration...

Posted on 15 April 2019

University and college leaders must wake up to the demands of students on climate action

The Further and Higher Education sector is calling on sector leaders and governments across the UK to wake up to the rally cries of students and staff on sustainability issues like Climate Change. The increasingly urgent call for climate action by students and staff in the form of Youth Strikes i...

Posted on 12 April 2019

​New UK reports show opportunity in net zero emissions targets

The Aldersgate Group – a membership organisation that drives action for a sustainable economy – have released two new reports on net zero emissions targets. EAUC are proud members of Aldersgate Group, and we welcome the reports that argue that a net zero emissions target cou...

Posted on 10 April 2019

Gender Pay Gap in Universities - one year on

Times Higher Education (THE) reports slow progress on closing the gender pay gap in UK Universities. The Government Equalities Office published the data for the second year last week (Friday, 5 April). Gender Pay Gap data submission is a legal requirement for every employer with 250 or more emplo...

Posted on 8 April 2019

Results Announced: THE University Impact Rankings 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) released their first University Impact Rankings today, tracking the impact of universities on 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Topping the overall table is the University of Auckland, followed closely by  McMaster Univers...

Posted on 3 April 2019

EAUC supports Climate Action Strikes

As the alliance for sustainability leadership in education, the EAUC are excited to see students from the UK’s universities and colleges joining the Strikes for Climate movement, and adding their voices to the call from school children and academics for more action on climate change and sustai...

Posted on 1 April 2019

University signs up to help Manchester go zero carbon and plastic free

The University of Manchester has announced its participation in ambitious regional initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and plastic use. Along with other universities and colleges in Greater Manchester, The University of Manchester and its Students’ Union will work to eradicate avoidable ...

Posted on 1 April 2019

2019 UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards Open for Stage 1 Applications

Stage 1 Applications Now Open for the 2019 Green Gown Awards What's new and updated for 2019? Two exciting new categories - relevant to today's agenda Revised categories - making the Awards more relevant for you And maintaining the recognition of those with limite...

Posted on 1 April 2019

SSN Release PBCCD Analysis Report 2017/18

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) have published their 2017/18 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 2018. The analysis report covers all 180 Scottish Public...

Posted on 20 March 2019

EAUC launches new FE support package

Recognising the challenges that Further Education (FE) has faced for some time, EAUC has launched a new FE support package to foster knowledge exchange and provide additional support.   We support the #loveourcolleges campaign, and want to see the Government prioritising investment in FE to e...

Posted on 12 March 2019

BAFTA and albert partner with UK universities to tackle environmental impact of screen industries

EAUC is incredibly proud to see Bournemouth University's 2017 Green Gown Awards initiative - ‘Greening the Screen’ - launched in collaboration with BAFTA and 10 universities. The initiative will provide students, staff and graduates with the opportunity to learn about environment...

Posted on 5 March 2019

UN requests EAUC support at UN Environment Assembly

EAUC has been requested to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) next week in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 - 15 March 2019. The theme of the Assembly is ‘Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production’. At UNEA, the ...

Posted on 5 March 2019

SDG Accord reporting open for 2019

SDG Accord reporting is now open for 2019, and you can see the new and improved reporting requirements. The SDG Accord is a global initiative that brings together universities and colleges to help tackle the most pressing challenges of our time. Input forms a key educational update to the UN and ...

Posted on 4 March 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight - Cocoa farmers deserve a living wage

Each year for two weeks over February and March (25th February - 10th March 2019), Fairtrade Foundation puts a spotlight on trade through their Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. This year the focus is on ensuring cocoa farmers earn a living income by 2030 in line with the UN’s Global Goals to end ...

Posted on 4 March 2019

The Cup Movement in Glasgow

Almost 500 million single-use cups are used in Scotland each year. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of retailers and national recycling schemes, best estimates show that only 4% of these are currently recycled. With approximately 95 million single-use cups bought in the greater Glasgow area each y...

Posted on 27 February 2019

Call for evidence on SDGs progress in Scotland

In 2015, the First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government would be one of the first anywhere in the world to commit to meeting the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, both at home and overseas. Since then, all 193 UN member states have signed up to the 17 goals that seek to end pov...

Posted on 18 February 2019

UK institutions as places of civic good

The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission have released a new report this week, highlighting the role of universities as 'places of good'. The report makes some key recommendations, including a 'Civic University Agreement' - which 30 institutions committed to sustainabilit...

Posted on 13 February 2019

Go Green Week - What is happening?

This week (11th-15th February 2019) is Go Green Week and we are celebrating all of the initiatives being held to raise awareness of sustainability across the UK and Ireland. Aston University, University College Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Metropolitan College, suppo...

Posted on 11 February 2019

EAUC-S Office Bearers Group seek University Rep

Do you know anyone 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 reti...

Posted on 7 February 2019

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Deadline

At the best of times the multi-dimensioned thing we call sustainability can be confusing. Not least the myriad of ever increasing performance improvement tools, quality standards and reporting accreditations, which aim to help, but often leave sustainability leaders feeling overwhelmed, and our coll...

Posted on 7 February 2019

​2019 International Green Gown Awards

Gain International Recognition - Make a Global Impact Is your institution delivering world-class leadership in sustainability? Deadline 28 February. Is it influencing and developing society and empowering its students to be agents of global change? The UN Environment endorsed Intern...

Posted on 6 February 2019

Go Green Week

Let's promote your Go Green Week activities! Go Green Week (11th – 15th February) is next week and EAUC want to know what you are doing to celebrate! We will be promoting Climate Action (SDG 13) with examples of best practice and resources to support you in the mission to reduce c...

Posted on 6 February 2019

Solar panels in clothes to charge a mobile phone

Nottingham Trent University has developed a way to embed miniaturised solar cells into yarn that can then be knitted and woven into textiles. Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea can allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and sm...

Posted on 8 January 2019

Key priorities for education in Brussels Declaration

Ministers and  representatives of more than 60 countries, multilateral organisations, civil society, teaching, youth and the private sector alongside UNESCO as the UN lead Agency for education in the 2030 Agenda gathered in Brussels early this month, to seek consensus and strengthen the collect...

Posted on 12 December 2018

New Pan-Asia sustainability network and EAUC partnership announced at South Korean conference

‘There is no Planet B, so there can be no Plan B’ – that was the message from Ban Ki-Moon last week at the 4th annual Asian Conference on Campus Sustainability. Alongside the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, EAUC CEO Iain Patton gave the key note speech for the secon...

Posted on 4 December 2018

Embedding Sustainability in Teaching Courses Project

EAUC-Scotland are running a new project to support institutions to embed sustainability within teaching courses, and we need your help!   Starting with four initial subject areas - economics, fine art, psychology and computer science - the project will consider the opportunitie...

Posted on 27 November 2018

 UK Climate Projections 2018 Released

The UK Climate Projections 2018 study has been released by the Met Office, providing the most up to date information on how the climate of the UK may change in the period up to the end of the 21st Century.   In the highest emissions scenario, which are looking likely based on current emission...

Posted on 27 November 2018

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

Anglia Ruskin University launches pilot programme to engage staff in sustainability and wellbeing

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has just launched a new sustainability and wellbeing behaviour change programme, known as ARUgreen. Operated by Green Rewards through its JUMP engagement platform, the ARUgreen pilot is for six months and covers 700 employees initially of ARU’s total 18,000 emplo...

Posted on 25 September 2018

UCC launch plastic-free cafe and gain prestigious accolade

University College Cork (UCC) has had a hugely impressive sustainability start to the new academic year already. This week they have opened Ireland's first plastic-free café and been announced as the first and only institution awarded a gold rating under the of t...

Posted on 25 September 2018

New Green Guide for laboratories launched

The University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) has released a new Green Guide for laboratories. Laboratories should be on the frontline of cutting-edge technology related to energy saving and reduced use of resources - and so this guide has been formulated to help ...

Posted on 25 September 2018

A world first: UK food industry commits to a landmark roadmap to halve food waste

Businesses take the lead to drive down UK’s annual £20 billion food waste bill, equivalent to more than £300 per UK citizen. All major retailers and 50% of larger food businesses to Target-Measure-Act and report on food waste by September 2019. 90 organisations&nbs...

Posted on 25 September 2018

Salix Finance announces dates and locations for 2018 Colleges workshops

Salix Finance are pleased to announce the dates and venues for the 2018 Colleges workshops. The workshops will run from late October to November at locations across England. Thursday 25th October - Lewisham Southwark College Friday 2nd November - Leeds City College    &n...

Posted on 24 September 2018

University College Cork Plastic Free Restaurant

University College Cork's Bio Green Cafe is Ireland's first plastic-free restaurant. Plastic drink bottles have been removed from the café, replaced with glass bottles and cans.  Plastic sachets have been removed and replaced with reusable crockery containers.  Chocolat...

Posted on 19 September 2018

EAUC launches new SDG webinar series

EAUC are launching a new webinar series to celebrate Global Goals Week! 'A cup of tea and an SDG' will be 5 webinars, one a day at 11am between 24th - 28th September. They will be 15 minutes in length and presenters will have just 2 minutes to outline an initiative they have undertaken ...

Posted on 18 September 2018

UK must accelerate transition to zero emission vehicles

Coinciding with the global Zero Emission Vehicles Summit held in Birmingham on Tuesday, the Aldersgate Group has launched a new briefing, 'Driving ambition: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles',  setting out key business recommendations for rapidly cutting ...

Posted on 13 September 2018

Rootability launches new online Green Office course

Rootability have launched a new, free Green Office Model Online Course. The course is for students and staff who want to establish a sustainability office - based on the Green Office Model - in less time and in a more effective way. Unlike establishing your Green Office alone, you learn from...

Posted on 10 September 2018

Universities adding value to society, economy and environment

Adding value to society, the economy and the environment - are you aware of just how much universities contribute? This excellent video from BUFDG shares some really important information. The aim of the video is to help the sector communicate to those beyond about what universities are, what ...

Posted on 4 September 2018

Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence 2018 delivered by Advance HE. The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the sc...

Posted on 3 September 2018

Two news reports from NUS reveal continued student demand for sustainability

The National Union of Students (NUS) have published their 8th annual Sustainability Skills research report. This includes perspectives on sustainability in education from students studying in the UK in both higher and further education.    This year’s research shows student expecta...

Posted on 3 September 2018

Impressive increase in sustainable and wellbeing behaviours at University of Strathclyde

After a successful pilot, the University of Strathclyde is rolling out its sustainability and wellbeing engagement programme to all of its employees this October. The programme, known as JUMP, was launched in February 2018 to a pilot audience of 250 employees at the University. JUMP is an interac...

Posted on 30 August 2018

​The 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

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