Groundbreaking project to develop greener HE sector

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Staffordshire University and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) are working in partnership to help the Higher Education (HE) sector become more environmentally friendly.

The Exchange will be invaluable in helping universities and colleges learn from each other.

A PIONEERING project to help the Higher Education (HE) sector become more environmentally friendly is being developed by Staffordshire University.

Partnered with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), Staffordshire University is researching, developing and testing a new online repository for sharing good practices on environmental and sustainability issues.

The Environment Exchange project will involve e-learning, webinars, online CPD (continuing professional development), podcasts, and downloads, all available through a new website.

The project is being jointly led by Staffordshire University’s Environmental Coordinator Adam van Winsum and EAUC’s Chief Executive Iain Patton.

Adam van Winsum said: “More and more universities such as Staffordshire are committed to pioneering new, more sustainable ways of building, operating, researching and teaching.

“The Exchange will be invaluable in helping universities and colleges learn from each other.”

The Environment Exchange project, which is due to be completed by April 2012, has received £171,000 in funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through the Leading Sustainable Development in Higher Education fund.

It is also supported by a wide range of HE sector bodies including Universities UK, Guild HE, JISC, National Union of Students, Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence for Higher Education and Association of University Directors of Estates.

Iain Patton added: “This is an exciting new development in the sector, which EAUC is delighted to be leading on.

“It will build on our existing resources and strengthen sector knowledge and partnership working.

“We are thrilled to have obtained support from so many important sector bodies, which I believe illustrates the need for this repository.”

Notes to editors:

  •     Staffordshire University’s objective is to build a more sustainable University and reduce the University's environmental impact. For further information visit http://www.staffs.ac.uk/environment.
  •     With a membership of over 300 universities and colleges, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is the environmental and sustainability champion within Further and Higher Education in the UK. For more information on the EAUC please visit http://www.eauc.org.uk.

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