EAUC-UNEP Agreement | UK higher education to enrich North-South collaboration on developing sustainable graduates

SML-EAUC-UNEPThe Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the sustainability champion representing the UK higher and further education, entered in July 2014 into a three-year agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to advance sustainable innovation among future generations.


This partnership will bring together the EAUC’s member organisations (over 230 UK universities and colleges) and the UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) network (over 430 universities and regional partners/focal points from five different continents) around three key pillars, namely education, training and networking. In this partnership which will strive to link and support tertiary education institutions worldwide in sustainability, UK universities and colleges will lead as well as learn from other leaders, especially from the Global South.


Iain Patton, CEO of EAUC, says, “The EAUC view is that our Member UK universities and colleges, have to take the lead on a global scale to ensure our students have the skills and knowledge to ensure a social, economic and environmentally responsible future for us all. We are excited to be putting our Members on the map and working together with UNEP to bring this change.”


Mahesh Pradhan, Head of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EEUT), says, “UNEP seeks to enhance engagement with the higher education community, in empowering the next generation of sustainability leaders across the planet. This partnership with EAUC complements current efforts of the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), whereby new opportunities for exchange of sustainability knowledge, experiences and networking are created.”


The Green Gown Awards: This partnership with UNEP will help the EAUC to expand the Green Gown Awards further across the globe with an emphasis on profiling and learning from the Global South. Administered by the EAUC and governed by a cross agency steering group, the Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives of universities and colleges across the UK, covering all aspects, including teaching, research, leadership, buildings, food and communities. The UK and Australasia Green Gown Awards are now in their 10th and 5th year, respectively, while the French speaking Awards is a new addition this year.


Measurement of institutional sustainability performance: This partnership will also encourage universities and colleges worldwide to measure their sustainability performance, particularly using the Platform for Sustainability Performance in Education. This platform, supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UNEP, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the Global Compact, brings together organisations which have created sustainability assessment tools designed to support universities and colleges around the world. It is also designed to assist commitments of Higher Education Sustainable Initiative (HESI) signatories and can also support complimentary Rio+20 initiatives (e.g. the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education).


The GUPES: The Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which seeks to foster closer linkages between UNEP’s policy domain and universities across the globe, is one of the flagship programmes of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU). The GUPES was the result of a consultative forum organised by the UNEP and its partners in Nairobi in 2010 on ways of escalating UNEP’s engagement with universities. It builds on the successes of the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA), the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in the Caribbean Universities (MESCA) and the Asia-Pacific Regional University Consortium (RUC).


Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena | Logos of the EAUC and the UNEP from their websites






Media contact | Fiona Goodwin, Environmental Association for University and Colleges (EAUC) fgoodwin@eauc.org.uk


News post on the EAUC website | Universities and colleges in the UK have signed a unique agreement with UNEP http://www.eauc.org.uk/universities_and_colleges_in_the_uk_have_signed


News post on Edie.net | UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability http://www.edie.net/news/5/British-universities-unite-with-UN-to-bring-sustainability-to-global-audience/


The Environmental Association for University and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/:


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/:


The Platform for Sustainability Performance http://www.sustainabilityperformance.org




Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website (this website)


Green Gown Awards 2014 | Over 100 finalist projects from 62 UK institutions are in fray https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/green-gown-awards-2014-over-100-finalist-projects-from-62-uk-institutions-are-in-fray/


Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/


UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/


UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/unesco-world-conference-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/


New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance to complement UK Quality Code for Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/new-esd-guidance-to-complement-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education/


Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/


Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/


Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/


Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/


Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/


ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/


Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/


HEFCE London event: NHS Sustainable Development jab to higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/hefce-london-event-nhs-sustainable-development-jab-to-higher-education/


NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/


House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/


University of Bath’s free online course | Make an impact: Sustainability for Professionals https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/university-of-baths-free-online-course-make-an-impact-sustainability-for-professionals/


Nottingham’s free online course: Sustainability, Society and You https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/nottinghams-free-online-course-sustainability-society-and-you/


New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/


HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/


London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/london-south-bank-university-lsbu-in-africa-education-for-sustainability-efs-residential-2013/


New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/


Three years of innovation in sustainability in higher education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/three-years-of-innovation-in-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-esd-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/




ESD posts on LinkedIn (#asiLI)


Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons


A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham


A visual celebration of good practice in sustainability | 40 photos from 18 UK universities http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140709082957-101066234-a-visual-celebration-of-good-practice-in-sustainability-40-photos-from-18-uk-universities


LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective


A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom?


Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them


Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions


Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson


Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein




Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog


Education’s role in addressing sustainability and ESD http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/educations-role-in-addressing.html


Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html


Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html


EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html


Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html


University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html


Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html


Will it work? – The University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 5 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/will-it-work-university-of-planetshire.html




Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections)


The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/


Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/





The Sustainable University One-stop Shop  www.sustainableuni.kk5.org

Its satellite websites:  News & Info www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com | Research www.suresearch1.wordpress.com | Good Practice www.sugoodpractice.wordpress.com | Quotes www.suquotesfacts.wordpress.com | Blog www.su-notes.blogspot.co.uk | Reflective Diary www.esddiary.wordpress.com | Twitter www.twitter.com/sustainableuni1


Project PROPOSAL for universities | Sustainability as an enhancer of reputation and financial position | The Planetshire University (PU) model https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/proposal/


LinkedIn GROUP | Sustainability, Education and Engagement | ESD at Planetshire University http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240


LinkedIn POSTS | Posts on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) & Sustainability in Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/author/101066234-Asitha-Jayawardena


Profile & Portfolio | Asitha Jayawardena | Strengths, Accomplishments & Recognition http://issuu.com/aij3/docs/profile-asitha


Online Shelf | Examples of past work (PDFs, booklets, press articles, logos, etc) http://issuu.com/aij3


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.