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Terra Carta Design Lab: Prince of Wales' latest climate initiative to support students

Prince Charles has partnered with former Apple chief design officer Sir Jony Ive to develop a new scheme supporting students to develop "credible and sustainable" solutions to the climate crisis.

Pictured: Solar panels installed on student accommodation at the University's campus in Falmer. Image: University of Sussex

University of Sussex targets net-zero emissions by 2035

The University of Sussex has unveiled a new sustainability strategy featuring commitments to bring emissions across all scopes to net-zero by 2035 and to create the UK's "most biodiverse" campus.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Staffordshire University's One Planet Pledge

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Staffordshire University's chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer Sally McGill and lecturer Dr Eleanor Atkins.

Miriam has been with the University for more than four years, leading its sustainability-related collaboration, engagement and partnerships

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Miriam Webb, University of Gloucestershire

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Miriam Webb, sustainability engagement manager at the University of Gloucestershire.

Last year, Chanel set 1.5C science-based climate targets

Chanel partners with CISL for sustainability skills and innovation schemes

Luxury fashion house Chanel has partnered with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in a drive to help businesses deliver an embedded approach and develop a strong skills pipeline.

Unite Students will launch detailed plans to reach net-zero later this year  

Unite Students set net-zero carbon goal for 2030

Real estate investment company Unite Students, which provides students with accommodation across the UK, has set a new sustainability commitment to reach net-zero carbon across its operations and construction by 2030.

The environmental sector is regarded as the UK's second-least diverse, with farming being the least diverse. Stock image.

Environmental organisations launch employment scheme for UK's BAME youth

More than 35 of the UK's major environmental organisations, including RSPB, Friends of the Earth and ZSL London Zoo, are collaborating on a new scheme to help diversify the sector.

The approach is based around gamification, with participants using an app to log actions and claim points

Jump: Sustainability engagement schemes prevent 4,200 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2020

One of the UK's biggest sustainability engagement schemes captured three million positive changes from employees and students during 2020, which collectively mitigated 4,200 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the University of Exeter's climate emergency plans

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to the University of Exeter's Head of Environment and Climate Emergency, Dr Emma Page.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the built environment

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the built environment.

Alongside her role at UWL, Nasrin provides advice to the BSI and to not-for-profit Zer0 Carbon

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Nasrin Khanom, University of West London

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: the University of West London's environment & sustainability manager Nasrin Khanom.

The scheme was updated in light of Covid-19, to help participants change behaviours at home

University of Strathclyde students and staff complete 15,000 sustainable behaviour change activities

Students and staff at the University of Strathclyde have collectively completed more than 15,000 actions designed to reduce waste and emissions since 2019.

Hannah has dedicated her career to date to making the UK's higher education sector more sustainable

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Hannah Biggs, UCL

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Hannah Biggs, sustainability projects lead at UCL.

Pictured: Year 2 pupils at a participating primary school

New scheme to help UK's schools align with net-zero

Charities including Ashden, Global Action Plan and the Fairtrade Foundation have teamed up to launch a new initiative helping UK schools transition to net-zero.

The University of Cambridge became the first higher education institution in the world to set science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory

Cambridge University to divest £3.5bn fund from fossil fuels as part of net-zero ambition

The University of Cambridge will divest its £3.5bn endowment fund from fossil fuels by 2030, as part of a wider plan to reduce the University's emissions to net-zero by 2038.

Some 22,000 students attend the University

University of Exeter launches sustainability behaviour change scheme in drive towards net-zero

The University of Exeter has launched sustainable behaviour change scheme Green Rewards for its staff and students, as part of its vision to become a net-zero organisation by 2040.

Hull and the wider Humber region are seen as pivotal in the UK's transition to net-zero

University of Hull targets carbon neutrality by 2027

The University of Hull has pledged to achieve carbon-neutral operations within seven years, and will invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation technologies to meet this ambition.

Just 3% of environmental professionals identified as non-white minorities

How will the CSR community respond to the Black Lives Matter movement?

The Black Lives Matter protests arrived in the UK this weekend, raising uncomfortable and sobering considerations for all communities and races. As the CSR profession continues to drive the world towards a green and just transition, how individuals and businesses respond to racism is critical.

The decision was agreed following consultation with 600 people, including staff members, students and alumni

University of Manchester targets net-zero investment portfolio

The University of Manchester has announced a new commitment to end investments into fossil fuel projects and organisations by 2022, in line to creating a net-zero investment portfolio by 2038 at the latest.

Because of the coronavirus, more than 1.5 billion children globally are unable to attend school

New kids on the block: How Minecraft is shaping the next generation of green workers during lockdown

With 1.5 billion children globally unable to attend school during the lockdown, companies including TEDEd, EIT InnoEnergy and the makers of gaming sensation Minecraft have rolled out engaging online content aimed at harnessing the momentum of the 2019 climate strikes.

The decision was agreed by numerous stakeholders, including the Student Union and the OUem

Oxford University to divest from fossil fuels and align to net-zero strategies

Oxford University has announced that is divesting its remaining investments away from fossil fuel companies and how its fund management service can engage with organisations that showcase net-zero business plans.

Research by the University of Gloucestershire found that around 2.5 million prospectuses are printed in the UK by universities annually

University of Gloucestershire ditches paper in favour of digital-only prospectuses

The University of Gloucestershire has made the decision to end the production of printed prospectuses for students and will now only offer digital versions in a bid to reduce resource consumption.

More than three-quarters of the teens said the work of Greta Thunberg is influencing their decisions. Image: RSC

'Greta effect': One in four UK teens eyeing a green career, survey finds

A survey of more than 1,000 teenagers in the UK has found that around one-quarter (23%) are keen to pursue a career in the green economy.

Staff and students at the University of Worcester

Worcester and London universities to trial sustainable diets behaviour change programme

Students at the University of Worcester, City and the University of London will take part in a new European trial designed to change behaviours and promote sustainable diets and climate-friendly meals.

Mark Vale, UPS President, UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Andy Smith, Country Manager, UPS Ireland and Robbie Baker, Urban Eco Hub Team Leader

UPS and Trinity College Dublin partner on new urban eco package hub

Logistics giant UPS has launched a five-year partnership with the University of Dublin's Trinity College Dublin to integrate a sustainable last-mile delivery service on campus and offer internships and graduate opportunities.

Is embedding sustainability in higher education truly sustainable?

Focusing on reducing carbon footprint on your estate and research into future environmental challenges are very much a given now in higher education, argues Professor Jim Longhurst. But pushing the scope of the agenda to account for all students is an entirely different discussion.

For cities, food is one of the largest sources of greenhouse related to consumption

Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector.

The energy will be supplied by TEC’s current and future energy partners, namely EDF Energy, Norwegian energy giant Statkraft and renewables supplier Squeaky Clean Energy

UK universities ink £50m renewables deal

A group of 20 UK universities has agreed a £50m deal to purchase renewable energy over a 10-year period through the Energy Consortium (TEC).

Pictured: SAP's installation at the V&A museum 

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: British Airways' future of flying and Plastics Clouds

Episode 72 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast features an exclusive interview with British Airways' chief executive Alex Cruz on the future of flying, algae plane concepts and how the data-driven Plastics Cloud is combatting ocean plastic pollution.

It is estimated that 2.3 million people are currently enrolled in higher education in the UK

Universities, colleges and students urged accelerate climate action

New guidance aimed at helping universities and colleges mitigate and adapt to climate change has been released, in the same week as the launch of a new educational charity aimed at engaging students with environmental issues.

Since the JUMP scheme was enrolled at NTU, more than 23,000 positive actions, relating to sustainability and wellbeing, have been taken and recorded

Nottingham Trent University extends JUMP behaviour change initiative to 30,000 students

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has expanded the JUMP behaviour scheme initiative for staff to its 30,000 students for the upcoming academic year, after more than 23,000 sustainable actions were recorded by staff during a pilot last year.

This episode features seven interviews, live from the strike

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: LIVE from the Global Climate Strike

Episode 71 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast is packed with exclusive interviews from students, chief executives and sustainability representatives that attended the Global Day of Climate Strikes on Friday (20 September), outlining the role that business has to play in mitigating climate impacts.

22% of respondents opposed the idea of limiting flights 

Brits support limiting air travel and meat reductions to combat climate change

More than two-thirds of the general public would support measures to limit flights and air travel in order to combat climate change, while more than half believe that reducing meat in diets should also be prioritised.

Around 1.4 million people took part in March's global strike, with calls to action now directed at businesses as well as policymakers. Image: Greenpeace

TUC and Amnesty International come out in support of student climate strikes

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged members to support student climate strikers on 20 September as Amnesty International called on head teachers worldwide to back their global protests.

More than 70,000 children and young adults, across 270 towns and cities globally, have been regularly taking part in climate strikes 

Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Lush and Seventh Generation to take part in global climate strikes

Major US firms Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Lush Cosmetics and personal care firm Seventh Generation have agreed to close stores on 20 September to join the worldwide day of climate strikes.

The commitment was made later last week. Image: University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool to divest entirely from fossil fuels

The University of Liverpool has become the latest higher education facility in the UK to commit to removing fossil fuel investments from its portfolio, following pressure from students and staff.

Pictured: Goldsmiths' new warden Professor Frances Corner (L) speaking to allotment coordinator and senior lecturer for fine arts Dr Ros Gray (R). Image: Goldsmiths, University of London 

Goldsmiths bans beef burgers as it declares 'Climate Emergency'

Goldsmiths, University of London, has become the latest UK university to officially declare a 'Climate Emergency', unveiling a string of new sustainability measures to be taken for the new academic year.

Gloucestershire University (pictured) received the highest overall score, 80.6%, across the league table's 11 criteria 

How ethical and sustainable are UK universities?

Gloucestershire, Manchester Metropolitan and Nottingham Trent are among the highest-scoring universities in a new league table which ranks higher education establishments on their ethical and environmental ambitions and actions.

(L-R): Awards compere Michaela Strachan, the Energy Institute's head of events and training Laura Viscione (presenting) and James Tiernan

Meet edie's Energy Management Leader 2019: James Tiernan, Unite Students

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Unite Students' group energy & environment manager James Tiernan, our Energy Management Leader of 2019.

Staff and students at Cambridge University have long been lobbying for its management to divest from companies in the fossil fuel industry

Cambridge University agrees to explore fossil fuel divestment plan

The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has welcomed an "urgent change" by Cambridge University, after it agreed to provide fully costed plans setting out how it could divest multibillion-pound endowments from fossil fuel corporations.

How have key MPs responded to Greta Thunberg and the climate protests?

Following young climate activist Greta Thunberg's rousing speech to UK MPs calling for an overhaul to "very creative, carbon accounting," edie rounds up how key political figures have responded to her comments and the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests.

Around 1.4 million people took part in last month's global strike, with calls to action now directed at businesses as well as policymakers. Image: Greenpeace

Calls for sustainable business action mount amid school climate strikes

The global business sector is facing a new wave of calls to bolster its low-carbon and resource efficiency agendas, with the school strike climate movement now uniting staff, students, consumers and policymakers alike in climate activism.

The Centre will formally start on 1st May 2019

Cardiff University chosen for £5m climate change research centre

Cardiff University will act as the location for a new £5m research centre that will connect industries, governments and charities to tackle climate change.

School-age strikers are out in force again today (15 March), campaigning for policy action on climate change

WATCH: Michael Gove, Claire Perry and Paul Polman support school climate strikes

Conservative MPs, Government Ministers and green business leaders have today (15 March) come out in support of students that are missing school and going on strike for a second time in the fight against climate change.

University of Leeds unveils plan to become 'plastic-free' by 2023

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic items, including coffee cups, disposable cutlery and straws, from their operations by 2023.

Universities pledge to slash emissions in bid to lead UK's low-carbon transition

The Vice Chancellors of five UK universities have signed the Government's Emissions Reduction Pledge in a bid to help accelerate the nation's transition towards a net-zero carbon economy.

Canon educates youth on the importance of SDGs

Global imaging manufacturer Canon has this week worked with the University of the Arts London to help students harness the power of visual storytelling to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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