EAUC Conference 2016 at UWE in May | Role of education in creating healthier, happier cities


The 20th annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) will take place at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol on 25-26 May 2016.


Taking into account the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the conference focuses on one goal, namely SDG11, which calls upon countries to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The event will provide the delegates with an opportunity to explore the legacy of the host city Bristol’s European Green Capital Award 2015.


Titled ‘Learning and Legacy: The Role of Education in Creating Healthier, Happier Cities,’ the conference will explore the important role that universities and colleges can play in encouraging community cohesion, connecting stakeholders, driving social and business innovation and acting as a catalyst for change for building sustainable cities.


The conference will bring together delegates from the further and higher education sector, including those responsible for environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students. It will comprise plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and facilitated networking events, a gala dinner and an exhibition.


The programme will feature a keynote panel session and three keynote addresses:

Keynote Panel Session | Bristol 2015

Chair: Professor Jim Longhurst (UWE) and Chris Willmore (University of Bristol)

Panellists (from Bristol 2015 European Green Capital and local businesses): Andrew Garrad, Gary Topp, Alan Bailey, Gem Heywood and Dr Georgina Gough

Keynote | A Challenging Journey: Driving Change for Tomorrow’s Leaders?

Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer M&S)

Keynote | Community Connections: Striving for Full-Spectrum Sustainability in our Cities

David Orr (Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics EMERITUS and Counsellor to the President, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA)

Keynote | A Bed-time Story

Mac Macartney (Founder, Embercombe)


The sessions are structured around the framework for Learning in Future Environments (LiFE), falling into four main ‘priority areas’:

  • Estates and Operations | Biodiversity, sustainable ICT, utilities, travel, transport, construction and renovation, resource efficiency and waste
  • Leadership and Governance | Leadership, staff engagement and human resources
  • Learning, Teaching and Research | Learning, teaching, student engagement, research (both sustainable research and research into sustainability)
  • Partnership and Engagement | Business and industry interface, community and public engagement and procurement and suppliers


The programme will also feature a number of case studies in the sessions and most of them are winners or highly commended entries in Green Gown Awards.


In partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), the conference will hold a number of workshops that will be particularly relevant to students and students’ union representatives.


The event will also facilitate networking in a number of ways, including a pre-conference social the night before the main conference, an exhibition and a gala dinner.


EAUC AGM 2016 will also be held during the conference. The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 215 universities and colleges, supporting sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.


Parts of the graphic (including logos) are from respective websites





EAUC Annual Conference 2016 website https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=42694&ef_sel_menu=1240&eventID=104&eventID=104 | #EAUCConf2016


EAUC Annual Conference 2016 on the EAUC website http://www.eauc.org.uk/annual_conference | @TheEAUC


The conference programme https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/tOtherPage.csp?pageID=42983&ef_sel_menu=1244&eventID=104&eventID=104


Host | University of the West of England (UWE) http://www.uwe.ac.uk/ | @UWEBristol


Headline sponsor | Carbon Credentials http://www.carboncredentials.com/ | @CCESltd
Learning in Future Environments (LIFE) Index website http://www.eauc.org.uk/life/home


University of the West of England (UWE) | Sustainability http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visionandmission/sustainability.aspx



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