Walking the Sustainable Talk - EAUC-Scotland Conference 2015 Morning Plenary

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This presentation on 'Walking the Sustainable Talk' was given as the opening keynote at the EAUC-Scotland Conference 2015 by Professor Dave Reay, Professor of Carbon Management and Assistant Principal Global Environment & Society, University of Edinburgh.

Session Outline

'Sustainability' is a word that now litters institutional strategies, corporate business plans and even football managers' post-match interviews. In our Universities and Colleges it appears both as an  area of academic study and as a watch-word for resilience planning and  future-proofing. Edinburgh is no different in this and in recent years we have been trying to better quantify the sustainability of our activities. Most importantly, we have questioned the extent to which 'sustainability' is truly embedded as a graduate attribute across the institution. Here I present some examples of how we might enhance the environmental sustainability of our teaching and how, for students, alumni and staff alike, we might better walk the talk on sustainability.


EAUC-Scotland held their third conference on the 17th November 2015, sharing examples, ideas and opportunities for Colleges and Universities working to develop and promote sustainability within their institution.

The conference theme, A Shared Responsibility, highlighted that for effective change sustainability action is not only needed by estates teams, but also academic and support staff, senior management and students, and requires engagement with local and national partners and other further and higher education institutions.

Find all resources from the Conference using the tag EAUCS2015.