Global ESD conference to bring the focus back to education after COP26

Learning for Sustainability Scotland will virtually host the global conference for the UN-recognised Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 16th-18th November 2021. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to build capacity for education for sustaina...

Posted on 19 October 2021

Launch of the Countdown to COP26 Campaign

The COP26 summit (31 October – 12 November 2021) will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is an incredible opportunity for the Further and Higher Education sector to showcase the range of p...

Posted on 28 September 2021

SDG Accord Report 2021 Now Available

A global alliance of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks has launched the fourth annual SDG report; ‘Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector’ available here. The findings from the SDG Accord progress report this year show...

Posted on 27 September 2021

Platinum accreditation to deliver Carbon Literacy Training

Gaining momentum in 2019, when we started to see a rising interest from our members wishing to become Carbon Literate, two years down the line we are absolutely thrilled to announce that EAUC has met the requirements of the Carbon literate Organisation Standard and is now regarded as a Platinum leve...

Posted on 15 September 2021

Reflections on the latest EMR data

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has released the latest Estates Management Record (EMR) on 19th August. 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 emi...

Posted on 1 September 2021

Net Zero Estates

The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with a number of industry partners has published its report exploring ways in which to reach zero and low carbon targets through innovation in construction in Scottish Higher and Further Education.   The project has been funded by the Scottish Fu...

Posted on 12 August 2021

Evidence is irrefutable – collective action is needed now!

Evidence is irrefutable – collective action to stop the climate crisis is needed now!  Described as "a code red for humanity", the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that major changes due to global heating are inevitable and ...

Posted on 10 August 2021

20,000 UK Citizens now certified as Carbon Literate

As extreme weather events driven by climate change become increasingly severe, and their economic impacts increasingly obvious, the UK approaches its leadership and hosting of the COP26 United Nations climate change negotiations in Glasgow beginning on November 1st. 2021. In more positive news, T...

Posted on 6 August 2021

Climate change education rethink needed

Climate change education rethink needed to ‘avoid failing next generation’ Schoolchildren are being let down by poor climate education, despite being the generation that will feel the biggest impacts of climate change, experts have warned. In an open letter endorsed by EAUC sent ou...

Posted on 26 July 2021

University of Bristol's laboratories receive green status

The University of Bristol has become the first university in the world to achieve institutional Green Labs Certification. Each of their 990 laboratories have gained certification, through The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) Programme which...

Posted on 21 July 2021

Green Jobs Taskforce Report

The Green Jobs Taskforce published its report, issuing a call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with government, business and the education sector working together. Some of the key recommendations include: publishing a detailed Net Zero Strategy and using policy t...

Posted on 21 July 2021

A review of the EAUC Global Climate 2021

Following on the success of the first-ever fully virtual EAUC global conference conducted in 2020, we were delighted to welcome over 280 delegates and speakers from 29 countries worldwide to enjoy a range of inspiring sessions at the Virtual Global Climate 2021 ran in partnership with the UN Environ...

Posted on 14 July 2021

2021 UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards Finalists

Awarding Sustainability Excellence in Extraordinary Times 2021 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland   This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 862,219 students and 156,000 staff, are leading the way with their commitment to the global s...

Posted on 8 July 2021

2021 International Green Gown Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 International Green Gown Awards were announced on 7th July 2021 in an online bilingual ceremony hosted by Carina Mutshele, Youth & Education Officer from UNEP Kenya and Gloria Ordóñez Valenzuela from UNEP Environment Latin America and the Caribbean...

Posted on 7 July 2021

Join SocEnv Campaign to restore ecosystems

This year’s SocEnv World Environment Day theme is Ecosystem Restoration, a topic of urgent importance. Check out their website hub for resources and inspiration on actions everyone can take to help restore our ecosystems. In the UK and beyond, the Society for the Environment champions ...

Posted on 1 June 2021

WRAP’s first Food Waste Action Week conclusions

WRAP’s first Food Waste Action Week alerts UK citizens to the link between wasting food and climate change Nearly half of those who saw Food Waste Action Week 2021 messaging reported either doing something different to reduce food waste or planning to in future. Building on 2021’s ...

Posted on 18 May 2021

Scottish Climate Emergency College Statement

Scottish colleges have come together to support a new, ground-breaking statement of commitment on the Climate Emergency. The Scottish Colleges’ Statement of Commitment on the Climate Emergency highlights how college staff and students are working together to achieve a more sustainable futur...

Posted on 17 May 2021

Launch of the SECR Tool exclusively for FE Members

Following on the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) recommendation that colleges in England should submit their carbon reporting through the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), we are now delighted to bring to EAUC FE members a SECR tool developed in partner...

Posted on 11 May 2021

Results Announced: THE University Impact Rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) released today (21 April 2021) the third edition of the University Impact Rankings which uses metrics based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) measuring institutions’ social and economic impact. We are thrilled to see that The ...

Posted on 21 April 2021

EAUC-Scotland Annual Report

EAUC-Scotland are pleased to launch their annual report for 2020/21. This was the first year of a 3 year programme entitled: Accelerating action and leadership in Scotland’s universities and colleges in order to respond to the Climate Emergency, In a challenging year EAUC-Scotland has had r...

Posted on 21 April 2021

Universities and Colleges join the Race to Zero ahead of COP26

What is Race to Zero?  Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. Led by the...

Posted on 13 April 2021

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board 2021

The EAUC Board is made up of 12 volunteer Trustees and Director with experience in the Further or Higher Education sector.  Two long-standing Trustees reach the end of their tenure at the June 2021 AGM and so we will have TWO available Trustee positions. At the March meeting of the Board&rsq...

Posted on 13 April 2021

Green Jobs for Youth

New initiative - Global Guidance for Education on Green Jobs: Connecting Higher Education and Green Opportunities for Planetary Health from UNEP's Youth and Education Alliance is designed to increase demand for green jobs in the workforce and help create a stronger supply of necessary gree...

Posted on 1 April 2021

COP26 Universities Network - March Briefing

Net zero emissions targets have gained traction in the global effort to halt climate change. This new briefing from the COP26 Universities Network sets out the science behind net zero targets and the considerations that policymakers and industry leaders should take when adopting and implem...

Posted on 1 April 2021

New guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The launch of new guidance on Education for Sustainable Development in higher education, jointly published by QAA and Advance HE is intended to help UK higher education institutions to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within their curricula. The guidance comes at a time of ...

Posted on 1 April 2021

King's College London fully divests from fossil fuels

King’s College London has fully divested from all fossil fuels almost two years ahead of schedule. Since making a commitment to a full divestment target in 2017, King's College London have steadily reduced the exposure to fossil fuels from 7.3 per cent in 2017 to zero in 2021. Profess...

Posted on 1 April 2021

Green Gown Award Winners Announced

Green Gown Awards Celebrate Initiatives Playing Leading Roles in Addressing Climate Action In the first ever virtual ceremony, held on Wednesday 24th march 2021, the Green Gown Awards celebrated the inspirational work and projects of 74 Finalists in 12 different categories - showing the importanc...

Posted on 24 March 2021

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy - Summary

Following the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy on Wednesday 17 March, we welcome the summary of key announcements prepared by our partners Aldersgate Group.  The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy offers a positive direction and comprehensive take on the meas...

Posted on 19 March 2021

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Update

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme have released the grant recipients of Phase 1 of the Scheme. A total of £33,312,689 has been awarded to the further and higher education sector. This is 4% of the total fund awarded of £932,248,184. Details of Phase 2 have been announced w...

Posted on 17 March 2021

Nearly three quarters of teachers lack training on climate change

New research by Teach the Future, which EAUC is glad to be supporting, has revealed that 70% of UK teachers have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change, its implications for the environment and societies around the world, and how these implications can be addressed.*1&n...

Posted on 17 March 2021

EAUC is supporting the 2021 ENACTUS UK National Expo

On the 12th – 14th April, 65 Enactus teams from across the UK will participate in the Enactus UK National Expo, which will be held virtually. Enactus believe that investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. Enactus develops university ...

Posted on 9 March 2021

EAUC attended the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Green Jobs

On 3rd March (2021), Iain Patton, CEO at EAUC was invited alongside representatives from Education and Training Foundation (ETF), Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), Leicester City Council and Greener Jobs Alliance to look at how green jobs can help tackle the expected rise in unemploym...

Posted on 3 March 2021

Kickstart Scheme Placements Update

EAUC, Change Agents UK (CAUK) and SOS-UK are working together to support the Further and Higher Education sector create new and exciting fully-funded 6-month paid positions for 16-24 year old's this year through the government's Kickstart scheme. We are glad confirm that we can now ...

Posted on 18 February 2021

HE Climate Action Toolkit launched

Climate Commission launch Climate Action Toolkit to help Vice-Chancellors, Governors and Senior Leadership Teams in universities in tackling the climate emergency The Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders is delighted to announce the launch of the Higher Ed...

Posted on 4 February 2021

What an online Go Green Week can look like?

While no formal date and theme on what Go Green Week should focus on have not been announced yet, we know that some EAUC members have plans to hold a series of virtual events either in line with Go Green Week or alternatives of it. Based on members' plans and other events taking place this year...

Posted on 29 January 2021

Universities and Colleges consider carbon offsetting in move to net-zero

How can Carbon Offsetting help UK Further and Higher Education Institutions achieve net-zero emissions? The EAUC and the COP26 Universities Network are pleased to launch the new guidance on offsetting to support the development of further and higher education offsetting policies. T...

Posted on 26 January 2021

Revised Scope 3 tool launched

We are pleased to announce that the Scope 3 emissions tool for the education sector - called the HESCET Tool - has been updated and is now available for use via your HEPA account. We encourage all member institutions to use the tool and look at the updated figures for input into the EMR (Estate Mana...

Posted on 19 January 2021

Launch of the Global Goals Teach In Campaign

The fourth annual Global Goals Teach In has launched and will take place 22nd February – 5th March 2021!   The annual campaign calls on educators to pledge to include the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) in their teaching and learning...

Posted on 15 January 2021

New EMR report and statement from AUDE and partners

AUDE has released it's Higher Education Estates Management Report 2020 and a statement alongside other key organisations on the necessity of the EMR data.  This report represents the hard facts and accurate data for big choices in estates management and future investment. By bench ...

Posted on 6 January 2021

Global SDG Accord report paints promising picture of SDGs

The SDG Accord Report 2020, endorsed by UN Environment, paints a promising picture of the embedding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in universities and colleges across the world, despite the global pandemic. The findings from the third SDG Accord annual progress report show awarene...

Posted on 11 December 2020

Higher education in the era of climate change

New report urges universities to have zero carbon emissions by 2035 and to rethink knowledge and teaching practices for the era of climate change The Higher Education Policy Institute (http://www.hepi.ac.uk) has published a new report, Beyond business as usual: Higher education in the era of clim...

Posted on 10 December 2020

Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Annual Report 2020

Universities and colleges picking up the pace on sustainability, but must address curriculum reform  More universities and colleges than ever from across the UK and Ireland have shown their commitment to sustainability over the last year. The 2020 Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Annual R...

Posted on 10 December 2020

EAUC Members reflect on the impact of Covid19

The Covid-19 pandemic caused unprecedented challenges for the entire world and the Further & Higher education sector was not spared the mayhem of disruption. We at EAUC wanted to better understand how the pandemic impacted the sustainability community and how we can better support members dur...

Posted on 8 December 2020

​Disappointment at misguided Ofsted comments

Last week, at the launch of Ofsted’s 2019-2020 annual report, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, said: "And increasingly we see efforts to commandeer schools and the curriculum in support of worthy social issues and campaigns. In the last year, many of these calls have been ...

Posted on 8 December 2020

UK sets new climate target ahead of UN Summit

The Prime Minister has today (Friday 4 December) announced a new ambitious target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This is an increase of 15% from the previous target of 53%, and is in line with the recommendations made by the Climate Change Commit...

Posted on 4 December 2020

Sustainability Ambition in Education Week

It’s coming to the end of a tumultuous year and never has it never been clearer that we need to address the global challenges the world faces, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, justice and of course, health and well-being. So at the end of 2020...

Posted on 1 December 2020

University of Glasgow sets 2030 carbon neutral target

The University of Glasgow has pledged to go ‘further and faster’ in its response to the climate emergency with a raft of new commitments, including a target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.   The ambitious aim is one of a series of actions set out in a new stra...

Posted on 30 November 2020

Become a net-zero college by using the FE Climate Action Roadmap

What can colleges do to tackle climate change? The recent plan to reach net-zero emissions unveiled by PM Boris Johnson last week comes as a confirmation that many colleges are leading the way. The FE Climate Action Roadmap for FE Colleges provides colleges with practical steps they can take...

Posted on 26 November 2020

Aston University named Guardian's University of the Year

Aston University has been crowned university of the year in the Guardian’s annual awards for its work eradicating the gap in grades between black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and their white peers, as well as its emphasis on sustainability. In a year during which UK ...

Posted on 26 November 2020

Finnish universities commit to 12 principles of Sustainable Development

Carbon neutrality by 2030, sustainable development at the heart of strategies, and strong support for the Finnish Government’s climate and biodiversity goals. All of the above is included in the plans of Finnish universities through 12 mutual principles on sustainable development and respo...

Posted on 24 November 2020

Global Climate Conference - Day 5: Wild times and nature-based solutions

It was the final day of the conference today, and what a week it has been! We have been amazed and inspired by the range of plenaries and workshops from across the globe that we have been privileged to facilitate. Over the course of the week, we have seen over 1000 attendees from 18 countries (in...

Posted on 23 November 2020

Global Climate Conference - Day 4: Net Zero and Global Research

Today was the penultimate day of the extraordinary five-day conference ‘Global Climate 2020’, and there was no sign of let up, with four plenary sessions and the live launch of Mock COP26.   The morning started with the sustainability topic on everyone’s lips this year; ...

Posted on 20 November 2020

UK PM outlines 10-point plan for green industrial revolution

The Prime Minister has set out his ten point plan for a green industrial revolution this week, which Government predicts will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.   The plan – which is part of the PM’s mission to level up across the country - will mobilise £12 bi...

Posted on 19 November 2020

Global Climate Conference - Day 3: Student engagement and climate justice

Another day of thought-provoking content at the week long EAUC virtual conference Global Climate 2020.   The morning plenary started with an in-depth look at student engagement on sustainability issues and the power this has for transformation within institutions. Liliia Akatova, a studen...

Posted on 18 November 2020

Global Climate Conference - Day 2: The roles of community and the economy

Day 2 of the EAUC virtual conference ‘Global Climate’ was a continued success with a really strong international flavour to the day.   The first plenary saw Magda Núñez, a student at USIL (Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola) in Peru, chair a session based ...

Posted on 17 November 2020

Invitation for Tender - Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and the EAUC - the alliance for sustainability leadership in education, are inviting tenders for the supply of the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard (SLS) tool, associated services and consultancy. See further details attached. Intereste...

Posted on 17 November 2020

Global Climate Conference - Day 1: Hope and Solutions

The EAUC Global Climate Conference in Education started today, with over 1000 delegates enjoying the huge range of workshops and inspiring global plenary speakers.   This year, students were offered the opportunity to attend for free, a hugely positive step to make sure they are gett...

Posted on 16 November 2020

Government infrastructure policy isn't fit for net zero, says report

The UK’s National Infrastructure Strategy is due to be published very soon which will set the UK’s priorities and provide visibility for investors. But significant shortfalls in the government’s approach to infrastructure policy and investment risk holding back efforts to shift the...

Posted on 12 November 2020

New student marketplace tackles waste on campus

Third year economics student Harriet Noy is determined to tackle single-use plastic and waste on university campuses. The entrepreneurial University of Birmingham student has launched a zero-waste student marketplace called Hazaar.   Harriet is in the process of creating a tailored app to run...

Posted on 11 November 2020

The Climate Commission - One Year On

Thursday 5th November (2020) marked one year since the launch of The Climate Commission for UK Further and Higher Education Students and Leaders – the cross organisational initiative led by the Association of Colleges, EAUC (Secretariat), GuildHE and Universities UK. The event attended by...

Posted on 10 November 2020

New reports on role of universities in levelling up agenda

The UPP Foundation has released two reports on the role of universities in the ‘levelling up’ agenda, and on addressing the forthcoming employment crisis   Key findings of the two reports (‘Levelling Up Towns Report’ and ‘Covid-19 Jobs Report’) : The Go...

Posted on 5 November 2020

Courtauld Commitment provides annual progress update

A new report released this week is demonstrating good progress being made in the food sector in the UK across all three Courtauld Commitment targets – food waste, carbon and water – in a challenging year for food and drink. The Courtauld Commitments are a series of voluntary agreement...

Posted on 5 November 2020

University of Strathclyde celebrate 15,000 sustainability actions

The University of Strathclyde is paving the way for sustainable institutions with a programme that has engaged thousands of students and staff to take positive actions.    Since launching in 2019, Sustainable Strathclyde’s Jump programme has avoided nearly 16,000kg C02 emissions wi...

Posted on 5 November 2020

University of Edinburgh sustainable lab scheme cuts plastic waste and costs

A new approach could reduce plastic waste in a laboratory by more than 500kg a year and result in considerable savings, scientists at the Roslin Institute at University of Edinburgh found.  A scheme based on plastic reduction and reuse has resulted in savings of more than £400 over a t...

Posted on 28 October 2020

New EAUC-Scotland Office Bearer Group Vacancies

Are you is interested in helping the EAUC-Scotland team develop their support for sustainability in Scotland’s Universities and Colleges? Do you know someone who might be? EAUC-Scotland are seeking two dedicated EAUC Members, one from the Higher Education Sector and one from the...

Posted on 28 October 2020

LSE launches ambitious plan to embed environmental sustainability across its operations

Share your Sustainability Commitments LSE has today (21 October) launched its plan to tackle the climate crisis and announced it will be the first UK university to become carbon neutral, for all the emissions it currently measures. This status will be achieved through ongoing ...

Posted on 21 October 2020

Skills deficit needs to be urgently tackled to get to net zero

In its latest briefing out today, 'Upskilling the UK workforce for the 21st century', the Aldersgate Group calls for urgent action to plug the deficit in skills that currently undermines the growth of low carbon supply chains across the UK economy. The Group calls in particular for a new l...

Posted on 15 October 2020

NTU study shows air quality danger for cyclists on busy roads

Cyclists are right to wear face masks to protect against pollution and bus passengers and pedestrians should consider them too, new research by Nottingham Trent University shows.   A study led by Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh found that cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers are the most expos...

Posted on 15 October 2020

EAUC launches Future Graduate Skills Study

New EAUC and Change Agents UK Future Graduate Skills Study examined what ‘sustainability skills’ are, which of those are important for employability prospects, and how they could be best instilled in students and young people. This piece of research is particularly relevant as it comes ...

Posted on 15 October 2020

2020 Green Gown Award Finalists Announced

We are proud to announce this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists, in association with UKRI After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 74 Finalists across 12 categories. This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, repr...

Posted on 12 October 2020

SUEZ lifts the lid on trends in student recycling

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s Lifting the Lid Higher report published today (28 September 2020) offers unique insight into trends in student recycling habits, showing steady progress with opportunities to raise future performance and encourage greater sustainability throughout the higher ed...

Posted on 5 October 2020

New Centre for Sustainability launched at University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde has launched a new Centre for Sustainable Development in support of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   The new Centre, launched on 1st October, brings together all of the University’s education, research and knowledge exc...

Posted on 5 October 2020

New Aldersgate Report calls for urgent policy decisions regarding net zero emissions

Following extensive cross-industry and civil society engagement, the Aldersgate Group launched a new report today, Monday 5 October, setting out some of the key policy decisions that need to be taken in this parliamentary term to put the UK on a credible pathway to building a competitive, net zero e...

Posted on 5 October 2020

Salix announces the launch of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Salix Finance to deliver Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to tackle carbon emissions The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme as par...

Posted on 2 October 2020

Cambridge to divest from fossil fuels with "net zero" plan

University plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2038. We welcome The University of Cambridge's aims to divest from all direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2030 as part of the University’s plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2038, more than a d...

Posted on 1 October 2020

Kickstart for Sustainability in Tertiary Education

âChange Agents UK and SOS-UK, supported by the EAUC, offer a supported Kickstart scheme designed for colleges and universities. The Government Kickstart Scheme will fund hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people deemed to be at risk of long term unempl...

Posted on 24 September 2020

Discussions for UNESCO'S Futures of Education

Education plays a key role in climate action. Current and future leaders, and communities in general, need education to understand the complex moving parts of climate crisis, whose consequences offer a myriad of social and environmental challenges. Fortunately, efforts are underway to reform educati...

Posted on 15 September 2020

The Little Book of Nudges Launched

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today (1st September 2020) launched a new publication, "The Little Book of Green Nudges", which aims to inspire up to 200 million students around the globe to adopt environmentally friendly habits and greener lifestyles. The book is UNEP&rsq...

Posted on 1 September 2020

New legally binding targets for Environment Bill announced

The Government has today (19th August) announced plans for new legally binding targets within the Environment Bill. They have outlined that there will be at least one long-term target in four priority areas to drive significant and lasting environmental improvements: cleaner air, cleaner water, l...

Posted on 19 August 2020

Vision for the future of colleges launched by Independent Commission

EAUC welcomes the Independent Commission on the College of the Future newly launched vision for the future of colleges across the UK: a new bold and ambitious strategic remit for colleges to empower people with opportunities for lifelong learning and support, to boost productivity, and to stren...

Posted on 22 July 2020

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

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