Sustainable University News & Info: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

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New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

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An online resource, titled ‘The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability,’ went live at http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk in December 2012.

Developed as the core output for the project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), this resource aims to share practice and insights from this initiative.

The project, which successfully concluded in September 2012, operated through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA], Higher Education Academy [HEA] and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, Blog and Micro-blog (Twitter)

Green Gown Awards 2012

Green Gown Awards 2012 celebrated exceptional sustainability initiatives of UK universities and colleges at its annual Awards Night in Birmingham on 5 November 2012.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), this annual celebration is in its eighth year since its launch by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project in 2004.

Green Gown Awards 2012 – Winners

Best Newcomer: South Thames College

Carbon Reduction: University of Cumbria

Colleges and Smaller Institutions: Walsall Adult and Community College

Construction and Refurbishment: University of Bradford

Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change: Manchester Metropolitan University

Courses: University of Manchester

Green ICT: De Montfort University

Learning and Skills: Lewisham College incorporating Southwark College

Modernisation: Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate: University of the West of Scotland

Promoting Positive Behaviour: University of Leeds

Research and Development: Scotland’s Rural College

Social Responsibility: De Montfort University

Green Gown International Awards 2012 – Winners

Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Social Responsibility: De Montfort University, UK

Student Initiatives and Campaigns: University of Technology, Sydney – Students’ Association, Australia

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

Green Academy – Education for sustainable development (ESD) change programme 2012-13

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has called for proposals from UK higher education institutions to join the Green Academy Change programme.

Green Academy will take an evidence-informed approach to institutional change for sustainability. Participating in Green Academy will enable teams to:

  • Engage in innovative and transformative initiatives with a direct impact on practice
  • Develop and improve institutional policy, practice, and curriculum design
  • Enhance their understanding of the research and evidence available
  • Share their experience and expertise with other participants

The call closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

 

CONFERENCE: Climate Change Governance in Nov 2012 (Kingston University)

A conference on Climate Change Governance, convened by Kingston Law School (TEEL Research Group), will be held in London on 2 November 2012.

Focusing on climate change litigation, climate change and forestry, pensions and climate change and possible future directions, the conference will explore the viability of existing legal mechanisms and the potential of emerging approaches.

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

BOOK (forthcoming): The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects, edited by Stephen Sterling, Larch Maxey andHeather Luna, will be published in February 2013 as part of the series ‘Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development’.

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)

Note: This suite of websites is not related to this book.

CONFERENCE: The Production of Place at UEL in Dec 2012

An international conference and workshop on The Production of Place will be held at the University of East London (UEL) from 15 to 18 December 2012. This conference will aim to question the ideas of sustainability in relation to place. It will have three themes:

  • Global knowledge via local place
  • ‘Making’ and ‘doing’
  • Insecurity in and of places

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The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, and Micro-blog (Twitter)