Announcing the 2022 International Green Gown Award Finalists

We are delighted to reveal the Finalists of the 2022 International Green Gown Awards, in association with Allianz Global Investors - with 56 Finalists from 19 countries from across the world. The winners will be announced on 6th July 2022 as part of the United Nation...

Posted on 16 June 2022

EAUC-Scotland publishes PBCCD 2020/21 Analysis Reports

EAUC-Scotland has today published its latest PBCCD Analysis Reports for the Scottish FHE sector. With individual reports for FE and HE, as well as one for FHE, these reports analyse the sector's emissions reporting data to Scottish Government for the 2020/21 academic year. The key headline f...

Posted on 15 June 2022

How going green can save your college or university money

Author bio: Russell Burton is the Director of Hillside Environmental Services, the sponsor of the 2021 Green Gown Awards ‘Reporting with Influence’ category. With a history in corporate sustainability and property management, he has developed CSR agendas for FTSE 100 businesses and Pu...

Posted on 14 June 2022

University and College Land for Carbon Project Funding Announced

EAUC has been awarded funding by the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF) by the Environment Agency to pilot a project to create carbon credits using university and college land.   The University and College Land for Carbon project aims to leverage the land held within instit...

Posted on 31 May 2022

UK to Lead the Way in Climate and Sustainability Education

The Department of Education have launched a Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for the education and children’s services systems today. This Strategy impacts all education providers, including colleges and universities in England. The overarching aim is for the UK education sector to l...

Posted on 21 April 2022

Seeking New Trustees - Join our Board

The EAUC Board is made up of 12 volunteer Trustees and Directors with experience in the Further or Higher Education sector. We have one long-standing Trustee reach the end of their tenure at the June 2022 AGM and a further trustee has retired from the Board so we will have TWO available Tr...

Posted on 13 April 2022

EAUC teams up with Storegga for Carbon Capture Development

Storegga, the independent UK decarbonisation developer, has recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with The EAUC, to support a Direct Air Capture development in Aberdeenshire. The Carbon Coalition, which is part of the EAUC, is a consortium of higher and further education institution...

Posted on 13 April 2022

UK & Ireland Green Awards 2022 Open

We are pleased to announce that the UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards 2022, in association with UKRI, are now open for applications. The Awards provide an opportunity for institutions across the UK and Ireland to be recognised for their excellent efforts in undertaking innovative and...

Posted on 31 March 2022

Calling for Sustainability Speakers

We are looking for sustainability speakers from the education sector to help diversify the range of speakers at events and conferences - both within the sector and beyond. We are particularly interested in female and protected characteristics.  EAUC are committed to equity and inclusion a...

Posted on 17 March 2022

Supporting Staff and Students

Universities and colleges around the world are supporting students and those that work in education that are being affected by the war go to these links: #ScienceForUkraine scienceforukraine.eu @Sci_for_Ukraine @Ukr_Institute ukrainianinstitute.org.uk Universities UK have released a sta...

Posted on 17 March 2022

Applications open for joining EAUC-Scotland's Office Bearers Group

EAUC-Scotland are seeking two dedicated EAUC Members to join our Office Bearers Group (OBG) at our AGM on 31st March 2022. We are looking for: A representative working on the carbon and estates side of a further education institution A representative working on the education or engagement s...

Posted on 23 February 2022

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge launched to help the sector hit carbon net zero

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge launched to help UK tertiary education sector hit carbon net zero An innovative new scheme has been launched by the Royal Anniversary Trust to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, asking leading UK universities and further education colleges to...

Posted on 22 February 2022

2022 International Green Gown Awards New Partner

AllianzGI partners with International Green Gown Awards to promote exceptional sustainability initiatives at world’s universities and colleges Awards' focus on encouraging the next generation to take action on sustainability aligned with AllianzGI’s commitment to shaping a susta...

Posted on 21 February 2022

DofE Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy

The Department of Education has launched a draft Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy. They have a survey to provide feedback on the draft Strategy.  In the survey they will ask you which actions set out in the strategy are the most important to you, your opinions of the overall s...

Posted on 16 February 2022

EAUC Receives ECOSOC Status

EAUC has received Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This means EAUC will have formal passes to attend the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). We present the SDG Accord Annual Report at this event, ensuring that t...

Posted on 20 January 2022

Embedding Sustainability in Scottish Apprenticeships – New Report

Apprenticeships are vital in upskilling the workforce to meet goals to tackle the climate emergency. However, there are several challenges in adapting apprenticeships to allow a system level approach to net zero transition. A collaboration between Skills Development Scotland, The Scottish Apprentice...

Posted on 15 December 2021

New Partnership with SUMS to Support the Sector

The SUMS Group Partners with EAUC to Deliver In-Depth Expertise in Sustainability to the Education Sector Higher Education specialist, the SUMS Group (SUMS), is partnering with sector leader in sustainability, EAUC, to deliver expert sustainability support to colleges and universities across the ...

Posted on 9 December 2021

Announcing the 2021 Green Gown Award Winners

Green Gown Awards inspiring and empowering our young people to visualise a better sustainable future Announcing the Green Gown Award Winners and Highly Commended Entries The Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland’s virtual Awards Ceremony celebrated the inspirational work and projects of 90 ...

Posted on 18 November 2021

Post COP26 - EAUC's Reflections

The COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow have finished (13th November 2021) and the gavel has come down on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries. If the 2015 Paris Agreement provided the framework for countries to tackle climate change then Glasgow, six years on, was the first ...

Posted on 17 November 2021

Fiji National University launches Sustainability Plan 2021-2026

We are glad to see that EAUC member, The Fiji National University recognises the adverse impacts of climate change experienced locally and globally. Our vulnerability to climate emergency is a wake-up call for all of us to commit to take bold climate change mitigation and adaptive actions. Therefore...

Posted on 17 November 2021

Celebrating the Gold Green Apple Award achieved by EAUC-Scotland!

We are extremely proud to announce that the EAUC-Scotland team have been awarded the Gold Scottish Green Apple Award for the PBCCD Support and Lowering Carbon Emissions in the FHE Sector Project. A special recognition in achieving this award goes to our colleague, Jill Burnett, our Carbon and Estate...

Posted on 16 November 2021

At last, climate change is at the heart of education

Young people will be empowered to take action on the environment as part of new measures designed to put climate change at the heart of education. Announcing a range of measures in a speech at COP26 on 5 November 2021, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi set out his vision for all children to be ta...

Posted on 11 November 2021

New Scottish Government Public Sector Guidance Launched

The Scottish Government has published guidance on public sector leadership for tackling the climate emergency, to accompany the changes to Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD) reporting that come in to effect from 2022. EAUC-Scotland was part of the working group that supported the developmen...

Posted on 10 November 2021

LSE becomes the first Carbon Neutral verified university in the UK

In a first for UK higher education, the London School of Economics and Political Science has been independently verified as carbon neutral for the academic year 2020/21, for all its measured emissions. The School was verified by global certification organisation BSI, against the internationally r...

Posted on 4 November 2021

EAUC is at COP26 - Daily Updates

NEW -Read EAUC's post COP26 Reflections here.  COP26 is in full swing with governments, the civil society, businesses, and international organisations are expected to agree on urgent action that will keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of heating, prote...

Posted on 2 November 2021

The Climate Action for University Chairs Guide

Following on from the Guide for Members of Governing Bodies (2018) and the Climate Action Toolkit for the Higher Education Sector (2020) that identified Higher Education specific critical elements that Vice-Chancellors and Governors should consider to advance sustainability and respond to the climat...

Posted on 28 October 2021

Climate Action ahead of COP26 from global institutions

Over 1050 universities and colleges from 68 countries have pledged to half their emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 at the very latest, impacting over 10 million students, was announced on 28th October at the Times Higher Education Climate Impact Forum, showing the education sector’s...

Posted on 27 October 2021

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

EAUC's 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

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