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.
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.