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An artists' impression of the new Waterside campus, which is expected to be opened in 2018 and will serve more than 15,000 students

University of Northampton goes green with new Waterside campus

Students at the University of Northampton will soon have their heating and hot water generated by a CO2-saving on-site energy centre, incorporating woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) set an initial target for universities to reduce emissions by 43% by 2020

UK universities struggling to reach 2020 emissions target

Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to achieve collective 2020 reduction pledges, according to the latest Brite Green Higher Education Sector Carbon Progress Report.

The panel agreed that CSR required sharp minds and a broad understanding of common sustainability issues, and therefore effective education would prove crucial

Why businesses should look beyond graduates to develop the next generation of CSR leaders

Organisations from across the public and private sectors should do more to expand the capacity of corporate responsibility and sustainability job markets, by looking beyond graduates and in-house employees to broaden engagement and leadership skills.

The BREEAM Outstanding rating was given, in large, due to the use of the biomass energy centre

UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light

The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.

Economisrt Kate Raworth (speaking) has developed the ‘doughnut’ of planetary and social boundaries - a playfully serious approach to framing the global resource challenge

Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?

The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.

The University will be making substantial efforts to avoid conflict materials from Africa

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

The University of Edinburgh has put pressure on its electronic suppliers, after it became the first higher education institution in the UK to ban the purchasing of supplies that contain controversial 'conflict minerals'.

By the end of the Week, it is hoped that students will make individual pledges to help lower their carbon footprint

Go Green Week: Universities champion sustainable behaviour change

Universities across the country are switching off appliances, sending excess clothing to charity shops and cycling to seminars as part of national 'Go Green Week' - a week dedicated to raising awareness on tackling climate issues.

Over the next 18 months NUS will work with students’ unions to pressure institutions to sever ties with the fossil fuel industry

University staff and students make £100m fossil fuel divestment call

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called on all UK higher education facilities to play their part in removing a £100m 'tip of the iceberg' fossil fuel fund and divest assets into renewable technology.

Companies will take 'concrete steps' to act on the Paris Agreement in the immediate future

Businesses, NGOs and cities unite on post-Paris action pledge

Some of the planet's largest businesses, including Microsoft, Diageo, Tesco and Ericsson have formed a 400-strong coalition that has pledged to support the goals of the new global deal established in Paris last week.

92% of primary school teachers felt they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change

Primary school teachers want to bring sustainability back to school

An overwhelming majority of primary school teachers believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a statutory requirement in the curriculum.

Spending just 2% of your budget on employee engagement can generate savings of 10%

Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme

Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...

Globally, investors worth $2.6trn have joined the divestment movement

Eight UK universities join divestment push

Eight UK universities with endowments worth a total of £69m have announced fossil fuel divestment commitments.

Just 16% of business leaders confirmed that they have significant changes in the pipeline

Business leaders unmoved by low-carbon transition, survey reveals

More than 40% of business leaders continue to dismiss climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy as a 'minor concern', according to new research from Aston University.

Just 13% of businesses are confident they have the skills to successfully compete in a modern sustainable economy

Are 'slow-to-adjust' business schools contributing to the sustainability skills gap?

EXCLUSIVE: Business schools are contributing to the sustainability skills gap by failing to offer enough environmental and ecological education, despite an increasing demand from businesses.

A third of college sustainability staff and a fifth of university sustainability staff said they were expecting a decrease in budget

Sustainability a priority for just one quarter of UK colleges and universities

Sustainability is a strategic priority at just one quarter of UK further education institutions, a new survey from the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) has revealed.

Unilever's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

Unilever unveils innovation competition winners

The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.

Christ Church college at the University of Oxford - one of the worst-performing universities based on carbon emissions

Growth in universities takes toll on sector emissions

Universities and colleges in England have fallen further behind their collective 2020 carbon reduction target, with absolute emissions increasing in the last academic year.

The report also discovered 'widespread theft' of valuable components such as circuit boards and precious metals from waste electronics, resulting in an annual estimated loss between €800m and €1.7bn

Only one third of European e-waste 'properly recycled'

Just one third of all used-but-still-functioning electronics were properly recycled across the EU in 2012, according to a major new study by the UN and Interpol.

60% of landlords are unlikely to improve energy efficiency for tenants

Construction industry: Lack of incentives blocking energy-efficient housing

The Government should incentivise low-carbon technologies, such as residential heating equipment and cooling technologies, to help the construction industry meet carbon targets.

The solar farms will offer areas of biodiversity for local education projects - Photo: Big60Million

Community solar farm partnership offers local investors solar bond profits

A new joint venture will see solar farms offering returns on local investments to communities in Kent and Warwickshire.

Just 21% of 2,118 UK households supported fracking

One fifth of Brits back fracking, Government survey reveals

Public support for fracking has dropped to an all-time low, as new Government figures show a clear link between education about fracking and opposition to the technology.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat

People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

(L-R): Andy Whittam, University of Reading, Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood, compere Alistair McGowan and Dan Fernbank, University of Reading

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.

Plymouth University was one of the first to implement new sustainability standards as part of the partnership

University caterers tuck in to new sustainability scheme

University food and drink is set to become more sustainable after the announcement of a new sector-backed sustainability partnership.

Accor's PLANET21 initiative set out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability

Minimising your carbon footprint: Knowledge sharing and inclusion

With Make Holidays Greener month in full swing, Arnaud Herrmann, vice president of sustainable development at AccorHotels, explores the carbon reduction and employee engagement initiatives hospitality businesses should undertake to go green.

New, sustainable business models are growing rapidly and changing the way we think about money

Towards earth-smart economics: what's wrong with economics as usual?

In the second of our feature series with Ashridge Business School, faculty members Tim Malnick and Stefan Cousquer explore the ever-changing relationship between sustainability and economics.

Ashridge Business School's MSc in Sustainability & Responsibility offers foundation and springboard into a new level of leadership

The future of leadership development

In the first of a brand new, eight-part sustainability series from Ashridge Business School, course co-Director Chris Nichols explains the importance of leadership education to create sustainable strategic action.

Ashridge Business School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The School launches the MSc in Sustainability in October

edie partners with Ashridge Business School for new feature series

edie has partnered with one of the world's leading business schools and leadership development providers for a series of articles focused on growing international debate and best practice around sustainability.

(L-R): Pauline Traetto (director of the BRE Academy); Tim Balcon (CEO of IEMA) and BRE's Peter Bonfield

IEMA and BRE form educational collaboration to plug sustainability skills gap

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and BRE's training body, the BRE Academy, have formed a new partnership to develop sustainability training courses with a focus on the built environment.

Aston University has seen its emissions reductions slow down since 2012

Higher student fees influencing university emissions cuts

EXCLUSIVE: Increased tuition fees and competition among UK universities have created a generation of evermore demanding students which is complicating the sector's attempts to reduce emissions.

Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks

The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.

The biomass facility is expected to save around 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually

St Andrews targets carbon neutrality with £25m biomass facility

St Andrews University has secured funding for a new £25 million biomass plant and heat distribution network in Guardbridge, Fife.

SocEnv has gathered 48 environmental policy suggestions for the next Government, with input from 12 professional bodies

Environment experts present 'policy menu' for next UK Government

A new air-quality strategy, water conservation in fracking and a plan to treat energy as an ecosystem are all on the 'policy menu' launched this week by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).

A present and growing skills gap threatens the growth and perhaps even the future of low-carbon companies

Minding the gap: Developing the skills for a sustainable economy

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March) David Kirkham, chief executive of Employer First, assesses the skills plight facing the drive for sustainable business.

Business leaders are more concerned about road and rail infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.

Business leaders 'value' transport infrastructure more than waste

Business executives and urban policymakers across the world place more value on transport infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.

P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands

P&G hits waste reduction target six years early, sets new sustainability goals

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has released its 16th annual sustainability report, confirming it has met two key sustainability targets ahead of schedule and detailing four new environmental performance goals for 2020.


IEMA: Urgent action needed to fill sustainability skills gap

The business world is facing a 'perfect storm' of rising energy costs, shrinking water supplies and extreme weather events - but these issues can only be mitigated by a workforce trained for the sustainable economy.

More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards

Green Gown Awards: UK's most sustainable academic institutions revealed

More than 360 sustainability leaders attended the 10th annual Green Gown Awards at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Hall this week to witness the announcement of 15 of the UK's most sustainable higher education institutions.

The Honda facility is the UK's first to use solar power to produce hydrogen

Honda opens UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen fuel facility

A group of businesses including Honda, Commercial Group and Fuel Cell Systems, today launched the UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen refueling facility at a Honda site in Swindon.

CIWM calls on efra to keep driving home the waste policy message

CIWM: EFRA report 'could have gone further'

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's (EFRA) waste management report, but also said its recommendations could have gone further.

Energy from waste is the best way to deal with waste which can't be reduced, reused and recycled. Photo: Theo Moye

New energy-from-waste plant hits Exeter

Devon County Council has opened a new energy-from-waste facility which will generate renewable energy from 60,000 tonnes of household waste in Exeter and surrounding areas.

The Water Explorer Programme has received $4.3m funding from HSBC's Water Programme

HSBC and Global Action Plan teach young people about water scarcity

HSBC and environmental charity Global Action Plan have teamed up to launch a new initiative to encourage young people aged between eight and 14 to tackle worldwide water issues.

Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m of current investments over a 10-year period

Glasgow pioneers academic fossil fuel divestment in Europe

The University of Glasgow has become the first scholastic institution in Europe to pledge to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Nick Clegg gave an impassioned speech to Lib Dem activists before the 2015 General Election

Lib Dem Conference: "It's not green crap to us," says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has brought the party conference season to a close by insisting that a sustainable environment "will remain at the heart of the Liberal Democrats' vision for Britain's future".

The firm has made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy

Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments

Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.

Formula E is focused on 'the three E's': Energy, Environment and Entertainment

Formula E: Six sustainability facts about all-electric motorsport

The world's first fully-electric race series - Formula E- got underway this weekend in Beijiing. But just how 'sustainable' has the sport become?

The new Level 3 Water Process Technician and Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeships, have now been approved by the Departments for Business, Innovations & Skills and Education

Water and waste management sectors create Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Young people aiming to build careers in the water and waste management sectors will soon be able to participate in two new apprenticeship schemes, thanks to some of the top employers in the industries.

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful...

Philips' circular economy project manager Dr Markus Laubscher said that working with higher education institutions could help companies gain a better understanding of the dynamics at play

Philips: Academics can help 'skill-up' business leaders for circular economy

Philips has stressed the importance of collaboration between the business and academic worlds to push forward the circular economy agenda.

The Restart Project plans to develop a

Electronics repair charity powers up 'citizen-led' circular economy

Social enterprise The Restart Project will scale up its electronic repair activities by becoming a people-led platform for circular economy innovation.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges represents more than 230 higher education institutions across the UK

UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability

Universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations.

Jérôme Perez is head of sustainability at Nestlé Nespresso

Nespresso's Sustainability Challenge: Education holds the key to building a sustainable future

Climate change, resource scarcity and labour are problems that are not going to be resolved in the short-term and there is a very real need to ensure both current and future business students understand the importance of sustainability for the future success of business. Nespresso's head of sustainability Jérôme Perez explains why...

The two organisations are seeking to address fears that future water shortages could lead growing to local and regional tensions

'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security

The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.

Businesses in the south west were among the worst affected from the winter floods

Flood defence funding 'at bare minimum'

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee (Efra) has urged Government to ensure flood protection takes priority over cost-cutting in its winter floods report published today (17 June).

Butterworth believes intelligent tagging or labelling of plastic packaging could fix a 'broken link' in the value chain

Ellen MacArthur CEO points to smarter plastic packaging as bridge to circularity

Ellen MacArthur Foundation CEO Jamie Butterworth has said that applying smart labelling technologies to plastic packaging could help the food and drink industry build more circular models.

Polman said that there was tendency for marketers to be blinkered by consumption-based business models

Unilever calls for business 'mindfulness' on consumption

Unilever CEO Paul Polman has questioned whether businesses are in denial over the growing trend for mindful consumption, as he called for companies to widen their understanding on the issue.

The BRC calls on consumers to be educated about food labelling in order to prevent food waste

BRC: EU proposal to scrap 'best before' labels could lead to more food waste

Scrapping 'best before' dates on jam, rice and coffee packaging could lead to more food waste, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Top organisations back circular economy

Scottish Parliament urged to make circular economy a top priority

A panel of leading organisations have urged the Scottish Parliament to make the circular economy a top priority.

Strathclyde, Stirling and St Andrews universities will share the £20m funding

Scottish universities share £20m carbon reduction fund

Three Scottish universities will receive a total of £20m from the Scottish government as part of an investment programme to accelerate carbon reduction projects.

More than 80% of students believe that sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities

video: Students want jobs with businesses that 'value sustainability'

EXCLUSIVE Today's students want to gain employment with companies who truly value the importance of sustainability, says National Union of Students (NUS) senior project officer Jesse Scharf. Scroll down for video

Power house: City Hall now has more clout

New powers for London Mayor give clear steer for environment

Ken Livingstone may not have quite got the independent city state he jokingly claimed to have wanted, but Westminster proposals giving more self governance to the capital will transfer a raft of new powers to the Mayor and Greater London Authority, many of which will impact on environmental policy.

London marks progress towards becoming a Fairtrade city

London's real progress towards becoming a Fairtrade city has been announced by Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, but the message resounding through City Hall is that more must still be done to secure the title.

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