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“Scotland’s universities and colleges are making a valuable contribution to tackling climate change. Building on these achievements will be key in helping Scotland meet its climate change targets and in creating a more resilient, low-carbon society. The choices we make in the places we live, work and learn have an impact on climate change both now and in the future and it is important that we all make a positive contribution”. Michael Russell, former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (2014).

On 1 November 2011, 100% Scotland’s universities and colleges publicly declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change and reduce their carbon footprints by signing the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) - this programme is delivered by the EAUC and funded by the Scottish Funding Council. Signatories produce and publish a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) which will be incorporated into established improvement processes, with the aim to achieve a significant reduction in emissions.

As the initial CCAPs come to an end in 2014/2015, we are in the process of having all universities and colleges recommit to the UCCCfS. See the new certificate template here. The commitment shows a continuation of the targets to improve Scotland's natural and built environment:

• through their primary role as educators, skills trainers and researchers

• as owners and operators of large and complex estates

• as the focus of many local communities.

Underpinning the UCCCfS is a package of support facilitated by the EAUC, which includes our ongoing Continual Professional Development programme, our Sustainability Leaders Programme and our Topic Support Networks, all of which provide opportunities for sharing best practice and networking.

For further information please contact Sarah Lee, Scotland Manager & UCCCfS Programme Manager Email: slee@eauc.org.uk Tel: 0131 474 0000. www.eauc.org.uk/scotland

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