Within the context of a university or college, biodiversity can make the world of difference to the environment in which we teach, learn and work. There are the obvious health benefits and often psychological benefits. It may also be a determining factor in the retention of staff and recruitment for students. Biodiversity, meaning biological diversity, encompasses the variation of life on earth and in its simplest form, it is measured by the number and variety of species in an area.
On a world scale the rate of loss is now recognised to be a cause for serious concern, requiring concerted international action to prevent continued loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity may appear an abstract term but it has an effect on us in many ways and on a variety of levels. Biodiversity can contribute to many aspects of human wellbeing, from providing us with raw materials to contributing to our health.
If you would like to learn more about managing biodiversity at your institution then why not view our Biodiversity Guide. This practical guide is supported by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).
If you would like to connect with other EAUC members interested in biodiversity, join the EAUC's Biodiversity Community of Practice. This group is for EAUC members only. Find out more.
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. September 2014 issue.
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. May 2014 issue.
A link to the Staffordshire University Green Wall Centre website where you can find out more about green façades,
A new, open-access journal “Visions for Sustainability” published by the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability has been launched. The journal covers...
An EAUC 2014 presentation which creatively explores ways of engaging staff and students with sustainability using examples from Canterbury Christ Church University's...
A presentation from the 2014 Conference where the University of Cambridge is used a case study to provide guidance and best practice on how to set up and implement a Living Lab.
The Biodiversity Index is an interactive web-based tool that enables people with little knowledge of ecology to do a rapid but scientific assessment of the level of plant...
Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) estate comprises over 240 hectares of land across its three campuses, ranging from city centre to farmland.
The vision of Eat Your Campus is to plant fruit and nut trees along cycle paths and footpaths planted by people who live, work and pass through these places.
This is the plan for the University of Sheffield's wildflowers on campus for 2014.
EAUC Member responses collating information on creating wildflower meadows. Includes a case study from University of Sheffield on their proposed areas for wildflowers.
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. November 2013 issue.
The Sustainable Garden at the University of Leeds has now officially opened. Founded through a partnership between the Sustainability Team, the Grounds and Garden team and Leeds...
A book for purchase about resilience and how it may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world.
The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) highlights the fact that education is central to UNEP’s mandate of “inspiring,...
Eat your campus - a project to develop Loughborough University as an edible landscape as a presentation from Day 2 of the 17th EAUC Annual Conference 2013.
Biodiversity is the one area that has often been left out of the spotlight in sustainability plans. The SEED project has changed this with the creation of a new, interactive...
Details of the NUS HQ, a demonstrator of an eco-office with a range of pioneering sustainability initiatives, including a pay as you go light scheme.
Three links to useful website that can help anyone looking to start composting.
Handbook for faculty workshops on how to introduce cultural commons and ecojustice issues into their courses
The Centre for Bioscience was awarded project funding by the HEA ESD group to produce a series of short information sheets to support bioscience teaching staff with...
The winners' brochure from the 2010 Green Gown Awards.
Green Gown Awards 2011 - winners' brochure from the annual Awards, recognising excellence in sustainability within the further and higher education sector
EAUC Member responses about sharing experience of installing a green wall on campus.
A leaflet from the Green Task Force at the University of Essex, this document highlights some of the University's activities and achievements in sustainability
This resource gives you an insight into the internal Environmental Group's, terms of reference at the University of Bristol.
Plymouth College of Art has developed an information sharing resource; The Sustainability Information Teaching Exchange.
This resource takes you to the intranet pages of the University of Birmingham in which they explain the environment and sustainability strategies and policies in place.
Two presentations from the EAUC Annual Conference 2011, on enhancing biodiversity and what you can do about it.
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2011 on enhancing biodiversity and how you can do it.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Nottingham Trent University is an organisation making positive efforts to reduce the effect its activities have on the environment.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Newcastle University are making the commitment to environmental sustainability through a variety of initiatives.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Sheffield College is one of the city's greenest major developments to date.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see why Roehampton University is voted ‘number one in London for its environment on and around campus’.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College is implementing sustainability into their buildings through student engagement.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Bristol has had success in reducing its environmental impact over the last ten years.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Bradford's Ecoversity current and past achievements as well as future goals.
How to engage staff & students in stimulating projects and monitoring schemes that have real meaning and can be used to change building and estates policies to include...
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2012 which shares the University of Sheffield and Royal Northern College of Music’s bids to champion greener living
A video from the 2012 Conference of the day 3 keynote address: Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Coleg Gwent has made a pledge to embed sustainable development as a core principle of the college.
This is a letter by the Department of Communities and Local Government on the implementation of Display Energy Certificates.
An EAUC guide on the primary areas of impact and influence in relation to the contributing factors and intervention measures regarding climate change.
Here are a collection of the Defra publications on biodiversity.
A presentation and links to reports from CIMA identifying their work on role of accountants in embedding sustainability.
City College Plymouth took a bold new step in erecting two wind turbines on the roof of their innovation centre.
A short study about selected Korean Universities who are using solar energy experimentally for only a few buildings.
An office guide to calculate carbon emissions for colleges/ universities. An easier to read interpretation of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol!
Example policy from Queen's University Belfast on how the bulk delivery of oil should be completed.
Carbon offsetting is recommended at Loughborough University where a donation is given and the money goes to planting trees to offset travel related carbon emissions.