“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.
Following energy management training with Scottish colleges, two guidance documents have been produced to help get to grips with Automatic Meter Readings and Building Control...
Transition University of St Andrews is part of the UK-based Transition Network, and a long-lasting example of a Transition University. Launched in 2009 by a group of...
On Thursday 10th December 2015, the EAUC-Scotland Sustainable Construction and Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education Topic Support Networks met at South...
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Royal Conservatoire of Scotland manage their waste and energy to ensure their facilities are excellent for staff and students.
Glasgow Caledonian University has set the wheels in motion for a project where bikes are transforming lives. reCYCLE has been recognised as contributing to a 2014 Games Legacy...
St Andrews have created Little Green Guides, all printed on recycled paper (naturally), updated for 2014, and ready for distribution over Freshers’ Week!
The University of Strathclyde have developed a highly segregated system for collecting food waste, paper, plastic packaging, metals and foils, and glass
A presentation from the 2014 Annual Conference about the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) model.
Open to staff, students or external individuals, the EAUC Scotland Team proudly presented the second EAUC Scotland Conference in Glasgow on 20 February 2014.
View the Carbon Trust's range of case studies covering public sector bodies including universities and colleges.
This case study demonstrates how d+b facades helped the University of Glasgow improve their library building
The results of University of Dundee's project to explore the ways in which awareness of sustainability issues is encouraged by, accommodated within, or obstructed by, the...
Presentation and postcard describing fair trade at University of Edinburgh created by EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice convenor, Liz Cooper for a workshop in October 2013
Liz Cooper, convenor of the EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice provides this insight into the University of Edinburgh's Fair Trade Strategy 2013-14
This is the University of Edinburgh policy and the proposed amendments to the Fair Trade Policy and Fair Trade Steering Group remit, April 2013
A case study of a Change Agent and how they helped achieve the ambitious goals set at Transition UWS.
A presentation by David Stutchfield, Energy Officer, University of Andrews about two new buildings: the Medical Sciences Building and Biomedical Sciences Annexe.
A presentation by David Somervell, Sustainability Adviser The University of Edinburgh about Sustainable Estate Development.
Education for Sustainable Development in the Scottish College Sector - resources from a Topic Support Network.
A job description and person specification for Dumfries and Galloway College's Research & Development Technician