Research institutions are the main source of the innovation and discovery driving our global economy and social world. The integration of sustainability into research practices, at all stages, can hugely impact members of society whether they're directly engaged with a particular study or not.
For research-intensive institutions, sustainability can be integrated via two perspectives, as outlined below:
If you can provide a research paper to the Sustainability Exchange that can be listed as a resource, please get in touch.
Scotland’s universities and colleges have publicly declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change and reduce their carbon footprints by signing the...
The results of a EAUC CaSPr State of the Campus Survey which was sent to those responsible for Estates Management Statistics (EMS) and eMandate returns in each University and...
These guidance documents provide practical advice and information on how to make the business case for sustainable procurement, what the risks are and how a green team could help.
The EAUC lead a 3 year Defra Environmental Action Fund (EAF) project to provide support to universities and colleges wanting to integrate sustainability into their procurement...
The guide is designed to provide an overall strategy for water conservation through various stages of planning and using a building within colleges.
Handbook for faculty workshops on how to introduce cultural commons and ecojustice issues into their courses
Following on from the successful How to run a successful campaign event hosted by Kirsti Norris on 28 June 2012 at Imperial College London, presentation slides from the day
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...
A resource list on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from Geography, Earth and Environmental Science (GEES) Subject Centre
This fascinating website contains many useful tips and suggestions on how to recycle just about anything, from hanging files to plastic dustbins, and even old weather balloons!
This book contains the papers presented at the 1st European Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Greece, from 5 - 7 October 2007
EAUC Member responses about H&S and Environmental Sustainability policies and if others combine the two.
HEFCE, EAUC, Leeds Metropolitan University and Business in the Community worked together on an important sector benchmarking project between 2005 and 2006
Job description for the Carbon Reduction Officer at Coventry University
This is the job description for the Space Manager at Coventry University
The winners' brochure from the 2010 Green Gown Awards.
A university’s carbon brainprint of research, consultancy or teaching is an estimate of the change in carbon emissions from its known and predicted outcomes in practice.
With 240 applications in 2011, 25% up from 2010, the Green Gown Awards are firmly established as prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence in tertiary education.
Case studies from the winner and highly commended for the Colleges category from the 06/07 Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards 2007-8 - winners brochure from the annual awards, recognising excellence in sustainability within the further and higher education sector
Case studies from the Winner and Highly Commended for the Course Content category from the 06/07 Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards 2006-7 - winners' brochure from the annual awards, recognising excellence in sustainability within the further and higher education sector
The winners' brochure from the 2005-2006 Green Gown Awards
The winners' brochure from the 2004-2005 Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards 2011 - winners' brochure from the annual Awards, recognising excellence in sustainability within the further and higher education sector
This reuse implementation guide has been compiled as part of the HEFCE funded project “Moving Towards Zero-Waste”
In 2004 the European Commission published a handbook to give guidance to the Public Sector on procuring “green” products and services
James Gray Donald and David Selby, University of Plymouth, showcase the work and thinking of environmental educators concerned about the residual mechanism within their field
Materials from a four month ‘Graduate Challenge’ intern project undertaken by Lewis Barber, a Psychology graduate from the University of Gloucestershire
This book, edited by Carolyn Roberts and Jane Roberts, contains 37 chapters exploring different aspects of sustainability within the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum
Here is a link to find out about the Environmental Champions initiative at the University of Derby.
This resource consists of the environmental policy at the University of Bristol.
Here is a link to the environmental policy at Oxford Brookes University.
The job description here was created for the post of Environmental Officer at City University London. It includes both a role profile and a candidate specification.
This resource consists of the environmental legislation at the University of Bristol.
This resource gives you an insight into the internal Environmental Group's, terms of reference at the University of Bristol.
Written by senior managers for senior managers, this guide provides practical examples to support universities in learning from each other’s work in this crucial area
Development Education Association report - this thinkpiece seeks to trigger, inform and influence the debate about the future direction of lifelong learning
It has become fashionable in some parts of the UK media to portray the scientific evidence that has been collected about climate change and the impact of greenhouse gas emissions
The purpose of this paper is to test the validity of the curriculum auditing tool Sustainability Tool for Auditing University Curricula in Higher Education (STAUNCH).
Notes on DEFRA Workshop – 11th September 2007
Ethica -The Ethical Finance Game is an educational board and role-play game.
This expert review was commissioned as part of Phase II of the Global Monitoring and Evaluation effort for The United Nations Decade in Education for Sustainable Development...
In this resource you can download the ESD & Global Citizenship - A Strategy for Action (Wales).
Plymouth College of Art has developed an information sharing resource; The Sustainability Information Teaching Exchange.
The following presentations are taken from the ‘Equipping Students with the Skills for Our Changing World’ conference.
The second Forum for the Future and UCAS Future Leaders Survey of university and college applicants, exploring their hopes and expectations for the future (2007/8)
Circular Economy video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation - a mad professor (comedian Steve Punt) questions whether the way we do things now makes sense and asks us to Get loopy!
Forum for the Future and UCAS invited students aged 21 and under, resident in the UK and applying to universities and colleges in 2006, to complete a survey.
Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland - A Guidance Note on Obligations for Universities & Colleges
Here is the Energy Management Policies at the University of Manchester, these can be replicated in other HE institutions.
BioenergyWM website: provides an overview of bioenergy, a document library, regional case studies, upcoming events and links to further information.
Government provided guides and case studies in response to the publication 'Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy: government and business working together'.
Here are template documents from Wiltshire College, to support to 2012 Annual Conference workshop, "The road to excellent operations is paved with internal environmental...
Here is a resource created by Bedford College and LSIS that gives examples of best ways to embed sustainable development into the FE curriculum.
A link to the Elmwood Campus page on the SRUC website, this is a great example of the working EMS in the sector.
This paper presents a snapshot of the current position of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) in the Higher Education (HE) sector in Wales.
A video presentation by Ellen MacArthur, keynote for the EAUC Annual Conference 2011.
A presentation about behaviour change in practice covering outputs, outcomes and future opportunities including degrees cooler, green impact and two case studies
Here are a selection of useful links to help you embed Education for Sustainability within your institution.
The EAUC Annual Conference 2011 Day 1 - keynote address, Sara Parkin Positive deviance: a strategy for our times concerning action for a sustainable world
The Ecotube website has a range of interesting and informative video material on the environment and sustainability
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 the University of Gloucestershire has a distinguished track record in promoting sustainability thinking and practice.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Bradford's Ecoversity current and past achievements as well as future goals.
A presentation from EAUC annual conference 2012 on the science of climate change and contributions to ESD.
‘Green Academy: Curricula for Tomorrow’ is a development of the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) original Change Academy with a specific developmental focus on...
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 about activist learning using examples at Keele University and Leicester College
A video from the 2012 Conference of the day 3 keynote address: Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence
A video and presentation from Richard Jackson, Head of Environmental Sustainability, University College London about what the sector might learn from the Olympics.
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2012 which helps you to continue the learning and inspiration. Held at the University of York between 27-29 March 2012...
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see Keele University's commitment ‘to develop an environmentally aware and sustainable outward-facing campus community’.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight see how Lancaster University identified the need and constructed new build residences on campus that met four sustainability objectives.
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.
A list of current Master courses in Sustainable Development in the UK
A Practical Guide to Employing an Environmental Manager/Sustainability Officer for Universities & Colleges.
An EAUC Insight Guide on Display Energy Certificates, which came into effect on 1 October 2008.
Here are a collection of the Defra publications on biodiversity.
An explanation of the regulations that came into force on 6 April 2008 making Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) compulsory for all construction projects in England costing...
This report examines the public procurement process across central and local government.
UNESCO has made available the e-version of a compilation of articles on "Drivers and Barriers for Implementing Sustainable Development in Pre-School through Upper Secondary...
Job description for the Sustainability Manager at the University of East London
The Carbon Trust CO2 conversion factors which link in with the Defra values.
Intute Environment provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
A set of accident/incident report forms collected from a number of EAUC Members.
A report from the study commissioned by the Australian Government to support the work of the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy (SFLA).
Student videos which were created as part of the Environmental Sustainability module of their extracurricular Nottingham Advantage Award.
A HEEPI Report on the European Union Emission Trading Scheme, EU Environmental Performance of Buildings Directive and the proposed Carbon Reduction Commitment.
A presentation given to senior managers at the University of Southampton as part of the Carbon Management Programme run by the Carbon Trust.
This publication helps businesses and organisations establish their carbon impact and introduces some of the key issues faced in the calculation of a carbon footprint.
The EAUC has published this abridged version of our forthcoming Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Insight Guide to inform institutions about the CRC.
Links to information about the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which is the most widely used international accounting tool to understand, quantify and manage emissions.
An office guide to calculate carbon emissions for colleges/ universities. An easier to read interpretation of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol!
A study by Bicicleta Club de Catalunya (BACC) on bike use and cycling promotion in universities in Spain and Britain in May 2007.
Two videos from Ellen MacArthur Foundation about the biologist and ecologist at the design table. Products and processes which use nature as mentor, model and measure.
This report identifies the pioneering U.S. business schools and faculty dedicated to training future managers to handle complex social issues and provide stewardship of fragile...
The Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team’s first Annual Report (2011).
Two posters about assessment for sustainability by Arran Stibbe, University of Gloucestershire.