Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world and universities and colleges have a major role to play in tackling it through research, learning and teaching, knowledge transfer, the student experience, community engagement and business interface. Low carbon, 21st century campuses, delivered through effective utilities management are the foundation upon which institutions will realise this crucial role as global leaders in sustainable development. The built environment in which our researchers, educators and students engage with the social responsibility and sustainability agendas should reflect the ambitions of an institution and contribute to the aims and objectives of a Sustainable Development Strategy.
If you would like to connect with other EAUC members interested in utilities, join the EAUC's Energy & Water Community of Practice. This group is for EAUC members only. Find out more.
EAUC-Scotland's Energy Management Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
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.
A report from Somerset College which saw them complete a first assessment of a wide range of environmental indicators.
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!
Office of Government Commerce guides on using the best practice solutions for buying energy considering risk and procurement.
This report presents the key issues, evidence and proposal for action so that the UK has credible carbon reporting mechanisms.
A summary of the CRC text taken from the Chancellor's 2012 Autumn Statement.
The Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team’s first Annual Report (2011).
This book presents AISHE - a method to audit Higher Education on the implementation of sustainable subjects in the curricula.
The Government's Behavioural Insights Team has published a report setting out how they can use behavioural insights to help people save energy and money.
The Oxford Brooks environmental report 2005 which covers the entire university and draws together examples of good environmental practice/behaviour.
A chapter from the The Presidential Perspectives Series on how campuses can leverage sustainability for institutional gain in a competitive marketplace.
A compilation of responses from EAUC Members on their Environmental Management Systems
A case study from the University of East Anglia about their travel plan which has delivered a range of initiatives leading to car use being reduced by 12%.
A case study from Southampton University on meeting the sustainable needs in a new build.
This case study from the University of Leeds illustrates how to engage staff and students into strategic plans to reduce carbon.
Lauder College has built a unique construction workshop (ECOspace) and training centre for educating students in environmental best practice for the construction industry.
The University of Glasgow and the Carbon Trust worked together on a Carbon Management Programme which identified opportunities to reduce energy consumption and make the...
The EcoCampus encourages and rewards universities for moving towards environmental sustainability and therefore good operational and management practice.
A University of Bradford led project stimulating strategic change & operational improvements by working with estates & other departments with energy/environmental...
The Energy Consortium has led a partnership made up of Harper Adams University College and the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Surrey to develop additional...
Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford with 410 undergraduate and 235 graduate students. It was the wish of the founders in...
EAUC Member responses about heating policies which includes ots of examples of heating policies at universities and colleges which can be used to help create your own policy.
Lucideon's Quick Guide to ISO 50001: The New Energy Management System Standard - a reporting guide and a video.
A case study about Queen Margaret University’s Corstorphine Campus which was relocated and how it embraced the challenge to deliver the most sustainable campus in the UK.
Recycling and sustainability within rural further and higher education institutions can be difficult without the support and advice that is more readily available to those...
A case study on Oxford University reducing energy use from out-of-hours working in research buildings
A case study from The University of St Andrews getting to the next level and integrating sustainability into every part of the institution.
The University of St Andrews implemented a compulsory in-house recycling scheme for staff and students. Working closely with the local authority they undertook a rationalisation...
A case study from WRAP on the use of recycled paper at the University of Gloucestershire.
Steinel UK Limited shares a number of case studies from some work completed with three EAUC Members in the installation of sensor controlled lighting to reduce energy.
MITIE shares two case studies from some work completed with a school and a college in the installation of Ewgeco systems to monitor electricity.
After 10 years of research and development with Stafford-based company Talbott's Heating Ltd, the BG100 biomass generator began testing at Harper Adams in December 2005
In 2007 the University of Birmingham upgraded one of its computer clusters, replacing 70 traditional workstations with equivalent specification but lower energy TFT-PCs.
A case study from Jisc and the London Metropolitan Network (LMN)which provides a data back up solution to London institutions using the state-of-the-art technology.
Established in 2000, the Welsh Video Network supports videoconferencing studios in every university and college in Wales, and facilitated over 4,800 conferences in 2006-07....
Ave Maria University has integrated all its IT and facilities management, including air conditioning, lighting, security cameras, fire alarms, electrical and building-access...
Case study of the University of York cutting carbon in computing initiative
A case study from Jisc about how WEEE Regulations stimulated NTU to reduce the amount of waste generated and to manage the residue more effectively.
This case study explains how the University of Sheffield has undertaken a detailed estimate of the energy/carbon footprint of its ICT estate.
By investing in low energy PC and server systems, the research team has lowered the environmental impacts of their computational-intensive modelling
A case study from SUSTEIT about free cooling, avoidance of hot/cold air arrangements, and variable speed drives, which can save in energy costs, compared to older, unoptimised,...
At the University of Liverpool, the self-developed software powers down around 3,500 participating computers that are idle for over 10 hours daily, bringing numerous benefits.
When City of Bristol College encountered a growing number of servers with the related power and cooling requirements, it looked at virtualisation mainly for server...
This case study introduces "HECToR" (High End Computing Terascale Resources)
This case study explains how Jisc were able to provide Cardiff University with new technology allowing twice as many servers in less space and the total cost.
A case study, from Cardiff University, explaining how using Condor could help cut your electricity use.
In the Queen Margaret University campus a key feature is thin client IT infrastructure, which produces less heat and allows the building to be mostly naturally lit and ventilated.
Replacing 120 physical servers with 13 VMware ESX host servers has enabled Sheffield Hallam University to expand server capacity considerably, while reducing energy costs and...