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.
Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?
Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.
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.
London Metropolitan lights up carbon reduction rankings with new LED project
London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.
University challenge: How behaviour change can unite staff and students on sustainability
Britain's universities are facing the same carbon conundrum as the entire global economy: how can you achieve meaningful emissions reductions while the market in which you operate continues to grow? Birmingham's Aston University believes it has found the most effective answer: behaviour change.
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.
Eight UK universities join divestment push
Eight UK universities with endowments worth a total of £69m have announced fossil fuel divestment commitments.
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.
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.
Brighton 'Earthship' crowdsources for new energy systems
An entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid building designed to educate students and the public about low-carbon issues has turned to crowdfunding to upgrade its own energy and water systems.
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.
Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020
The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...
Divestment success: Warwick Uni ends fossil fuel investments
Warwick University has today (8 July) announced it will divest from fossil fuels, making it the latest university to bow to student and academic pressure to end investments in coal and oil.
Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability
As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.
Ecology: Time to go deeper...
For the third part of our series with Ashridge Business School, Chris Nichols delves into 'Deep Ecology'; what it is and why it matters, explaining why the MSc in Sustainability & Responsibility course spends a week at Devon's Schumacher College with resident ecologist Stephan Harding.
Coca-Cola bottler highlights six keys to sustainable manufacturing
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released the first results from its partnership with Cranfield University, outlining six key themes in sustainability for the industry in the coming years.
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.
Edinburgh University makes divestment U-turn
Edinburgh University has announced plans to divest from coal and tar sands within the next six months, apparently reversing a recent ruling by the university's court.
Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels
Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.
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.
VIDEO: Solar sports car nears road-readiness
A team of Australian students claim they are less than three months away from completing the Southern Hemisphere's first road-legal solar-powered car.
Group representing one million medical students backs fossil fuel divestment
The fossil fuel industry is a bigger threat to global health than tobacco and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust have a moral obligation to divest from it, an international organisation that represents 1 million medical students has said.
SOAS leads London universities with divestment decision
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London has become the first university in London to fully divest from fossil fuels following a lengthy campaign by staff and students.
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.
Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels
It is both unethical and untenable for universities around the world to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies whose plans to prospect for more oil, coal and gas endanger future global prosperity, according to an influential group of academics.
University installs prototype 'pee power' toilet
A prototype toilet has been launched on a UK university campus to prove that urine can generate electricity, and show its potential for helping to light cubicles in international refugee camps.
Project underway to develop fuel-cell recycling process
Work has begun on the development of a new recycling process to recover and re-use high-value materials from waste fuel-cells.
Northumbria University to help Unilever meet sustainability targets
Northumbria University has announced a formal alliance with Unilever to help the company establish new ways of meeting its packaging, water-use and energy sustainability targets.
ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship
Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.
Kering and London College of Fashion put sustainability in the spotlight
A new sustainable fashion conference, an award for sustainable fashion and a sustainable design course are all features of a new partnership between French fashion conglomerate Kering and the London College of Fashion (LCF).
Top universities publish guide to 'forge path to sustainable future'
Oxford and Cambridge are among 10 of the world's top universities to have published the 'Green Guide for Universities', helping universities worldwide become more sustainable.
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.
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?
Student accommodation set for energy efficiency makeover
Unite Students, which provides accommodation for 41,000 students across the UK, is collaborating with Philips to install energy-efficient LED lighting across all of its properties.
Government unveils food buying standard to help public sector cut waste
Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, from 2017, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss.
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.
UK's first professional body for corporate responsibility and sustainability launched
The UK sustainability sector now has a professional body for establishing standards, developing a code of conduct and creating learning and development opportunities with the launch of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS).
UK doctors vote for fossil fuel divestment
The British Medical Association (BMA) has vowed to end its investment in fossil fuels and increase investments in renewable energy in light of the 'immediate and grave grave threats posed by climate change'.
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...
GALLERY: Hyundai and students make a fuel cell fashion statement
Students from the London College of Fashion (LCF) have revealed their winning designs in the LCFxHyundai 'Fashioned Fuel Cell' competition. The collaboration aimed to promote the world's first production fuel cell car.
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
Up and coming eco-economists given a chance to show their magic
Environmental economists will be lauded at a prestigious awards ceremony at London's Magic Circle headquarters next week.
Ken calls on students to recycle more
Students studying in London will now get extra support to recycle in their halls of residence under a new initiative launched by the Mayor of London this week.
UK Business Briefs: waste management, community heating, water MSc
In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a waste management company celebrates two seven-year contracts in London; a community energy programme is calling for bids for funding; free registration for water and wastewater students on two masters degrees; a new industrial modem for high-speed data transfer and low power operation; and a carbon offset company changes its logo.