Universities and higher education
First ISO 20400 sustainable procurement assessment issued in the UK public sector
A purchasing consortium for higher education facilities in London has become the first in the global education sector to be assessed to the ISO 20400 standard for sustainable procurement, in what's believed to be the first such assessment in the UK public sector.
Government pours £6m into University of Sheffield's CCS research centre
The UK Government has funnelled more than £6m into carbon capture and storage (CCS) research, with an additional £1.5m set to be generated from partner institutions to finance collaborative projects.
New 'observatory' to uncover energy-efficiency improvements in Sheffield
The University of Sheffield will enlist sensors, thermal cameras, drones and balloons to scan the surrounding city for ways to monitor environmental impacts, improve energy savings and reduce heat loss.
Online reuse hub could save universities £1m in 2017
British universities have been tasked with saving £1m this year by internally sharing resources through an online reuse scheme.
UK businesses to accelerate bioenergy opportunities through EU grant
A European Union (EU) funded project is set to support firms across the West Midlands to reap the economic and environmental benefits from bioenergy and thermal technologies.
Brunel University employees engage in behaviour change competition
Brunel University London has launched a new employee engagement competition which incentivises participants to reduce their environmental footprint.
Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year
The value of investment funds committed to selling off fossil fuel assets has jumped to $5.2tn, doubling in just over a year.
The Bournemouth Identity: Building a green business hub on the south coast
Climate change may be consuming shores and islands at a faster rate than ever before, but nestled on the southern coastline of the UK, Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation's green economy leader.
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.
Oxford firm receives £8.7m investment on technology to improve solar efficiency
A company founded as a "spin-out" from the University of Oxford has received a new equity investment of £8.7m, as it aims to accelerate the commercialisation of a solar cell that could boost the performance of photovoltaics by 30%.
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.
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.
PepsiCo extends innovation fund to educational institutions
PepsiCo's recycling branch has announced plans to expand its college and university eco-innovations programme through its Zero Impact Fund, where educational institutions can receive up to $10,000 from PepsiCo to support sustainable initiatives.
University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research
The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.
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.
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.
Universities challenge Government's 'watered-down' zero-carbon homes policy
The Government's ability to meet EU targets for delivering low and zero-carbon homes has become threatened by a 'deregulation agenda' that resulted in the scrapped plans to make all new homes carbon-neutral, according to a new report from two UK universities.
UK's fastest energy storage system connects to grid
Energy giant E.ON has teamed up with a group of universities to create and connect a giant battery-based energy storage research facility to the grid, in a move that has created one of the largest and fastest energy storage facilities in the UK.
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'.
World's first circular economy Master's launched by Cranfield
Cranfield University has today (8 March) announced it will be running the world's first Master's degree in the circular economy for the next generation of sustainability and resource efficiency professionals.
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.
Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline
The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.
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.
WWF launches line of sustainable meals
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.
Aston University leads climate action with first ever student Carbon Week
Aston University will become the first university to offer its undergraduate students training in how climate change impacts businesses and society, when it hosts Carbon Week 2015 at the start of November.
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.
Oil and gas majors investigate 'fuels of the future'
Two of the world's largest oil and gas companies have announced new research partnerships with universities in a bid to accelerate progress towards the 'sustainable fuels of the future'.
Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub
Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
British and Canadian firms join forces for tidal energy research
Five British firms have received grant funding from Innovate UK to develop tidal energy with Canadian businesses and universities.
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.
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.
Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock
Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.
Oxford University rules out investing in coal and tar sands
The University of Oxford has ruled out future investments in coal and tar sands from its multi-billion pound endowment, but said it would not divest from all fossil fuels as demanded by thousands of students, academics and alumni.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies.
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: Uni building to become UK's largest Passivhaus
The University of Leicester has unveiled development plans for its new Centre for Medicine building which is set to become the largest Passivhaus building in the UK when it opens during the next academic year.
UK pensions funds 'doing nothing' to protect investors from climate risk
UK pension funds could face legal action if they continue to expose their investors to the potentially 'brutal' risks posed by climate change.
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.
Global Divestment Day: Campaigners call for end of fossil fuel investment
Thousands joined rallies across the UK over the weekend to call on major organisations to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry as part of the first Global Divestment Day.