Global Goals: Local Action | SDGs to reign at EAUC Conference 2017



Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will reign in the 21st annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) at Lancaster University on 28-30 March 2017.


This year’s theme, ‘Global Goals: Local Action,’ recognises the critical role that universities and colleges have to play in confronting climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) on a local level within their communities.


This three-day event will bring together delegates from all areas – environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students – from further and higher education sector.


The programme features several keynotes and plenary sessions; six interactive workshop sessions, amounting to 36 workshops; facilitated networking events; the Conference Dinner and the Exhibition.


“The SDGs are the world’s new to-do list and this conference will inspire and empower universities and colleges to take the step-change needed,” says Iain Patton (CEO EAUC) on the conference website. “Our students and their learning are instrumental in delivering the Global Goals and shaping all our futures. Students have the commitment and energy, so it’s up to us in the lecture room and on the campus to ensure they leave our institutions with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents of global understanding and local action.”


Pre-conference day | 28 March


The pre-conference day (28 March), which starts noon, comprises workshops and socials.


The pre-conference day (28 March) will start at noon, with two parallel sessions:

  • Leading Today, For Our Tomorrow: Part of the EAUC Executive Leadership Series: Wendy Purcell (Harvard University), Peter Rands (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Iain Patton (CEO – EAUC), with contributions from Jim Longhurst (University of the West of England) and Jane Davidson (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • EAUC Emerging Sustainability Leaders Programme Session: Gill Slater (University of Worcester), Selina Fletcher (Coventry University) and Katy Boom (University of Worcester)


A pre-conference workshop will follow:

The Rocky Road to Carbon Reduction – Lancaster’s Carbon Management Plan.


The day will end with a pre-conference social.


Day 1 | 29 March


Day 1 will comprise welcome speeches, a keynote session, four workshop sessions (24 workshops), pod sessions, the Exhibition and the Conference Dinner (sponsored by Carbon Credentials).


Welcome speeches:

  • Iain Patton, Conference Chair and EAUC CEO)
  • Professor Andrew Atherton, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Paul Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Credentials (Headline Sponsor)


Keynote Session:

Global Goals: Local Action – the vital role the education sector has in changing mindsets: Malcolm Preston (PwC), Stephen Sterling (University of Plymouth) and Wendy Purcell (Board Director/Trustee – EAUC)


The day’s four workshop sessions are as follows:


Workshop Session 1:

  • Towards a healthy and sustainable university: maximising synergy and co-benefits
  • Developing mass sustainability engagement programmes for staff and students
  • The carbon journey – embedding sustainability into all second year student
  • How can we engage our students in city/area transformation?
  • The Loughborough Cup – another inspiring winner
  • The renewably-powered, fossil-free campuses of the future


Workshop Session 2:

  • SWell (sustainability & wellbeing) staff and student engagement programme
  • Innovating locally, transforming globally: education for sustainable development at Abertay
  • Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into institutional business decision-making
  • Measuring sustainable development research in your institution
  • Passivhaus – accepting the challenge
  • Encouraging emergence (instead of chasing the behaviour change golden bullet)


Workshop Session 3:

  • The F Word(s): Feet; Fridges; Food; Fingers; Free
  • The sustainable university summit – pursuing quality education with students as partners
  • The Next Chapter for FHE Sustainability: EAUC Living Labs Research Launch
  • Telling the world – sustainability reporting on a crowd sourced platform
  • Exodus – dealing with what’s left behind
  • Achieving excellence in a sustainable university refurbishment


Workshop Session 4:

  • Edible campus enterprise
  • Creating the university of the future: NTU and the global goals
  • Local actions – what policies will have the greatest impact?
  • Space to think
  • Why you should cry over spilt milk
  • The long road to carbon neutrality


Day 2 | 30 March


Day 2 will comprise the EAUC AGM, two keynote sessions, International Green Gown Awards Ceremony, two workshop sessions (12 workshops) and pod sessions.


The two keynotes:

  • Better Places for People: The Pivotal Role of Education in Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities: Maria Adebowale-Schwarte (Director, Living Space Project and Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellow) and Julie Hirigoyen (CEO, UK Green Building Council)
  • Government and Education: Facilitating Transformational Delivery of the Global Goals?: Mary Creagh MP (Chair of the UK Environmental Audit Select Committee)


Mary Creagh MP will present the awards in the International Green Gown Awards Ceremony.


The day’s two workshop sessions are as follows:


Workshop Session 5:

  • Communicating Sustainability Using Multimedia (video clips, films and images)
  • Measuring Sustainability Literacy
  • Reporting with Purpose: Being distinctive, strategic and relevant in your sustainability reporting
  • A New Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Standard
  • Back to Basics – Are you Legally Compliant?
  • The World’s Most Sustainable University 2050: Energy
  • SDG Charter Development


Workshop Session 6:

  • Lessons from 10 Years of Behaviour Change
  • Creating a Green Business Cluster
  • ‘Braking’ the Habit of a Lifetime – The Incredible Journey
  • Taking the Hard Road – Making a Freecycling App from Scratch
  • Creating a Climate for Change



The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 200 universities and colleges, advancing sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.


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