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Unite Students is currently working with the Science-Based Targets Initiative to finalise its carbon reduction goals

In practice: Unite Students' 'Gateway' to an energy-efficiency retrofit

By joining the RBS Innovation Gateway, Unite Students gained access to a wider scope of innovative energy-efficiency solutions - some of which have been retrofitted at the Sidney Webb House in London.

Marie-Claire Daveu discussed how partnering with colleges had opened new avenues to explore innovation Image: Christopher Sturman

Kering championing 'disruptive' innovations to push towards science-based targets

Luxury fashion group Kering is partnering with "disruptive" new minds to uncover innovations that will help reach ambitious science-based targets, and the firm's chief sustainability officer Marie-Claire Daveu wants to pass these learnings to the sector through an open-sourced approach.

Only 52 of the 127 institutions analysed look set to meet or exceed their 2020 carbon targets

Best performance to date unlikely to help English universities hit carbon goals

English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although an annual 7% reduction is unlikely to put the sector on track to meet a 2020 carbon reduction target.

The Waterside campus will have 100% of its heating and hot water needs served by the new energy centre by using woodchip biomass and gas

In practice: University of Northampton's onsite biomass energy centre

A state-of-the-art new campus at the University of Northampton has embraced a renewable energy solution through a £6.5m energy centre which incorporates woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The SDG Accord has already been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from abroad prior to its launch

UK higher education facilities move to champion Sustainable Development Goals

UK and Irish higher education facilities have issued a collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with select colleges and universities vowing to embed a new accord to champion the aims of the goals.

UK businesses will be called upon throughout the new Courtauld 2025 scheme to investigate innovate methods of encouraging consumer waste reduction

Innovation must be at heart of food waste fight, industry experts agree

EXCLUSIVE: Open-source innovation will be a central tool to help businesses meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 objective of halving global food waste by 2030, a group of industry experts including the heads of Tesco and WRAP have told edie.

Rachel Ward (centre) picked up her Energy Manager of the Year accolade at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017

Meet the Energy Manager of the Year - London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward

Ahead of her appearance at edie Live, London Metropolitan University's sustainability manager Rachel Ward discusses how she has been able to catalyse an on-campus transformation in energy efficiency performance.

The University took to twitter to announce the achievement of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions across its estate since 2010

#UoLCarbonCut: University of London delivers world's first tweet-based sustainability report

The University of London has taken digital sustainability reporting to a new level by broadcasting its achievements through a series of tweets and an online presentation instead of compiling a dedicated CSR report.

Jim Vella, President of the Ford Motor Company Fund with members of the Nottingham University team at Enactus - picture courtesy of the Enactus flickr account

Ford champions student ingenuity to develop sustainable communities

Motor giant Ford has offered students across the UK a £15,000 grant to develop sustainable community projects as part of its education program in partnership with charity Enactus UK.

The carbon-negative Pavilion building at Nottingham Trent University, which tops the People & Planet’s 2016 University League

Lack of funding blamed for poor university sustainability results

A lack of Government funding to support sustainability in Britain's higher education establishments has led to a year-on-year fall in carbon emission reductions across the sector since 2013, according to new research from a student campaign network.

Companies are having to navigate the minefields of green innovation and low-carbon start-ups to find the required sharp young minds to progress CSR programmes

Human capital: Why low-carbon innovations must grow hand-in-hand with new sustainability skills

Companies that are driving the global low-carbon transition do so through the effective use of clean technology and a willingness to embrace new businesses models, but are the next generation of green businesses leaders primed with the right skills to push the sustainability agenda even further?

The month of November sees edie shift the editorial spotlight from green buildings to skills

Kering and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch separate sustainability curriculum modules

French apparel company Kering has launched a new curriculum to gain understanding of the environmental impacts of student fashion designs, just days after the Ellen MacArthur Foundation moved to place circular economy into International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

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.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

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.

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.

The university plans to instigate further sustainability upgrades in 2017 when it consolidates its three campuses into one

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%.

Aston University has introduced monthly Go Green workbooks which are sent to each department, calling for evidence and ideas on how to improve energy efficiency

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.

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.

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.

The key feature of any Earthship is that they are self-sufficient not relying on mains water or energy from big companies

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.

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.

UNEP: Global waste management outlook

This report is the first comprehensive, impartial and in- depth assessment of global waste management. It reflects the collective body of recent scientific knowledge, drawing on the work of leading experts and the vast body of research undertaken within and beyond the United Nations system.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

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.

This week saw big numbers from the UK Budget as well as big businesses such as Facebook and Lamborghini

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...

Students turned out in London to push Warwick to divest. Photo: Fossil Free Warwick University

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.

Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

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.

All business leaders need to explore our relationship with the rest of the living world, writes Chris Nichols

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 is collaborating with Cranfield University to investigate the future needs of sustainable manufacturing

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.

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.

Student campaigners occupy the University's Engineering building

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.

University of Edinburgh decides against fully divesting from fossil fuels

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.

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.

Sunswift's eVe solar-powered car

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.

Medical students across the world have compared the health impacts of tobacco with extreme weather and climate crisis in a letter written to Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust

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.

The University plans to remove the estimated £1.5m currently held in oil and gas equities within three years

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.

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.

Fossil fuel divestment campaigners at a rally outside Oxford University, which recently deferred its divestment decision

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.

 A toilet at the University of the West of England is proving urine can generate electricity. Photograph: UWE Bristol

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.

Research is underway to evaluate the viability for commercial operation and developing a take-back system for end-of-life fuel cells

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.


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