This year, we will be streaming the conference around the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be six streams and each of the 17 SDGs fits within one of these streams – please see details below.

The streams are based around the sustainable development goals which are as follows:

Conference Day One – Wednesday 29th March


Pod Session: 20 minutes

11:20 - 11:40


Pod Session 1: Carbon Credentials

Location: LICA


Workshop Sessions: 1 Hour

11:45 - 12:45 


Workshop 1: Towards a Healthy and Sustainable University: Maximising Synergy and Co-Benefits

Professor Mark Dooris, Professor in Health & Sustainability - University of Central Lancashire. Professor Judy Orme, Professor of Public Health & Sustainability - University of the West of England. Lizzie Johnson, Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator - University of the West of England. Claire Engl, Environment & Sustainability Manager, - University of Central Lancashire

Location: PDR


This session will profile the Okanagan International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges and introduce the UK Healthy Universities Network. It will explore the convergence of sustainable development and health agendas and discuss opportunities to join up work within further and higher education to maximise impacts, co-benefits and ‘win-wins’.


Drawing on insights from policy and practice at two UK universities – with a particular focus on campus/building design and travel – it will enable participants to identify opportunities in their institutions and find entry-points to integrate work programmes and enhance the wellbeing of people, place and planet.

Workshop 2: Developing Mass Sustainability Engagement Programmes for Staff and Students
Lucy Millard, Environmental Sustainability Manager - University of Manchester. Sian Yeowell, Learning & Assessment Developer - University of Manchester. Sam Hemsley, Learning & Assessment Developer - University of Manchester

Location: Bowland North SR6

On one day in September 2016 The University of Manchester engaged 5,000 first year undergraduates in an immersive ‘Sustainability Challenge’. In November, it launched the largest sustainability initiative in HE, reaching out to 10,000+ staff to encourage them learn about, and measure, actions in response to key issues of sustainability.

Hear from the University’s Student Development and Community Engagement Division and the Environmental Sustainability Team about the challenges encountered, alliances forged and victories won in the development of these institution-wide projects, concluding with a Q&A and group discussion to identify take home ideas for staff and student engagement.


Workshop 3: The Carbon Journey - Embedding Sustainability into All Second Year Students

David Farrow, Executive Director of Marketing & Strategy Communications - Aston University. Peter Lakeland, Project Manager - Aston University

Location: Cavendish Colloquium


Climate change, sustainability and decarbonisation will be key factors in every business decision a student will make during their careers, so Aston University is taking steps to ensure its students are ahead of the game.


The Problem: How to help embed sustainability into all courses and give students the necessary climate change thinking and problem-solving skills for whatever programme they're studying, and to be an investment in students that will prepare them for the brave new career opportunities that will come in a low-carbon world.


The session will highlight how this event was created, organised and implemented and also the lessons learnt after the last two events.

Workshop 4: How can we Engage our Students in City/Area Transformation?

Chris Willmore, Professor of Sustainability and Law - University of Bristol. James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor - University of the West of England. Amy Walsh, Sustainability Manager - Bristol Students' Union

Location: A10 Meeting Room 2&3 In the Fass Building

This session will ask you to explore how your institution could increase its student engagement in sustainability in your area. It explores the development of whole-institution approaches to engaging students in the city/community as a vehicle for student skills development and city transformation.

Starting from the experience of the University of Bristol, UWE and their student unions, showcased in the plenary session at last year’s EAUC conference this session will look at the lessons from that in terms of the impact upon student skills, employability and sense of belonging. It will explore the opportunities, obstacles and impacts.


The session will use the Bristol experience as a starting point for exploring opportunities in other institutions and cities.


Workshop 5: The Loughborough Cup - Another Inspiring Winner
Jo Shields, Sustainability Manager - Loughborough University. Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability - Bunzl Catering Supplies. Nicholas Hunt, Environmental Manager - Loughborough University

Location: Frankland Colloquium

This session will demonstrate how one significant waste stream is managed into a circular resource efficiency campaign that looks at supply, demand, recycling, disposal and reuse.  

Actions will include:

  1. How to make a behaviour change campaign engaging

  2. Collaborative working across campus services and partners to deliver success at the right time to the right people

  3. Design and print, marketing and messaging

  4. Establishing/negotiating costs and data

  5. Fulfilling strategic obligations to deliver environmental sustainability

  6. Barriers to look out for

Workshop 6: The Renewably-Powered, Fossil-Free Campuses of the Future

Sophie Hemery - Solar SOAS. Hannah Short - Solar SOAS. Micheil Page, Solar SOAS Member - Solar SOAS

Location: Bowland North, SR10


Institutions are continuing to commit to divesting their investments from fossil fuels. Now is the time to make good use of that money to support sustainable alternatives.


How? Learn from Solar SOAS’ pioneering student-led community renewables scheme, and explore with us how divestment can fund energy efficiency and renewables on campus.  It’s time for the transition to fossil-free, self-sustaining campuses!



Pod Sessions: 20 minutes

12:50 - 13:10


Pod Session 2: The Energy Consortium

Location: LICA


Pod Sessions: 20 minutes

13:15 - 13:35


Pod Session 3: PCMG

Location: LICA


Workshop Sessions: 1 hour

13:45 - 14:45


Workshop 7: SWell (Sustainability & Wellbeing) Staff and Student Engagement Programme

Ambreen Jahangir, Safety Health & Environment Officer - Swansea University. Graham Simmonds, Managing Director - Green Rewards. Heidi Smith, Head of Sustainability & Staff Wellbeing - Swansea University.

Teifion Maddocks, Safety Health & Environment Officer - Swansea University

Location: PDR


SWell is a Sustainability and Wellbeing engagement programme that rewards staff and students at Swansea University for taking positive steps.  Staff participate in various activities to earn 'Green Points' which are then added to their team’s total points. The programme encourages positive behaviour change through rewards, competitions (leader boards), feedback, gamification and mobile app.  Students sign up and become part of our community for sustainable change and make a multitude of contributions.


The SWell students have helped the University improve its performance in areas such as waste and recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable and active commuting and personal wellbeing.


This innovative Sustainability and Wellbeing engagement tool brings together elements of social norming, rewards, competition and self-accountability, promoting positive behaviour change.


The workshop will take you through the demonstration of the tool (SWell), and its positive behavioural and environmental impacts. It will also demonstrate ways of highlighting individual financial, environmental and health benefits to instigate behaviour change.


The workshop will also take you through the student engagement scheme and how it empowers, engages, and recognises the contribution of students through:


Swansea Sustainability Award

Sustainability Engagement

Our Campus our Lab


The project’s model can be adapted by any business or educational institution to achieve sustainability and wellbeing targets through an interactive engagement tool.


Workshop 8: Innovating Locally, Transforming Globally: Education for Sustainable Development at Abertay

Andrew Samuel, Lecturer in Sociology - University of Abertay Dundee. Carina Gaertner, EcoAbertay Project

Co-ordinator, Abertay Students' Association - University of Abertay

Location: Bowland North, SR6


The University of Abertay has revolutionised the way it thinks about education by embracing a whole-institutional approach to ESD. Its vision is to create a distinctive Abertay student learning experience that has the potential to transform its students’ lives and isrecognized globally, while in doing so, committing ‘to making sustainability integral’ to that experience. It is a policy articulated in the development of the ‘Abertay Attributes’ – Professionalism, Personal and Intellectual, nested within the idea of Active Citizenship. In this session the University of Abertay will elaborate on its experience of using ‘Attributes’ in facilitating the idea of, ‘thinking globally, acting locally’.


Workshop 9: Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into Institutional Business Decision Making

Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor - University of the West of England. Dr Georgina Gough, Senior Lecturer in ESD - University of the West of England. Thomas Haines, Sustainability Officer - The Students' Union, University of the West of England. Tom Ball, Green Team Co-ordinator - The Students' Union, University of the West of England

Location: Cavendish Colloquium


This session commences with a short review of the approach taken by UWE and the SU@UWE to embed the SDGs into routine decision-making. There will then be a debate addressing the following questions  

  1. What is the current status of FE/HE engagement with the SDGs?

  2. What should FE/HE contribute towards meeting the SDGs?

  3. How are FE/HE institutions identifying and managing their contribution to the SDGs? 

  4. What are the expectations of current and future students?

  5. How can the FE/HE value chain be mapped to identify impact areas? 

  6. What could an HEI contribute towards achieving the SDGs? 

  7. How might you assess the extent to which an HEI is helping to meet the SDGs?

  8. What next?


Workshop 10: Measuring Sustainable Development Research in your Institution

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability - University of Worcester

Location: Frankland Colloquium


International frameworks and the UK Research Councils highlight the need for Sustainable Development Research (SDR) to informpolicy making, science and technology, yet indicators to measure this activity in HEIs are only slowly emerging.


This session will share Kingston University’s first attempt to establish a practical methodology for an SDR indicator based on a highly replicable desk-based study. Visiting students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute have enhanced the methodology and contributed a global perspective which they will share.



Workshop 11: Passivhaus - Accepting the Challenge

Fraser Lovie, Policy Adviser - University of Aberdeen. Steff Bell, Director - Future Komfort

Location: Cavendish Lecture Theatre


Presented with the challenge of building a fit-for-purpose, early years childcare facility for the children of its staff and students, the University of Aberdeen could have settled for good but not great; simple but not special; bigger but not bolder 

Instead it chose to stretch the institutional commitment to energy efficient construction.  The result was the first fully certified Passivhaus Nursery in Scotland and the first such building at a Scottish University.


Hear from the project consultant on the principles and benefits of Passivhaus and from the university on how this challenging butrewarding project came together.


Workshop 12: Encouraging Emergence (Instead of Chasing the Behaviour Change Golden Bullet)

Kirsti Norris, Carbon Action Manager - University of the West of England. Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education - University of Plymouth

Location: Bowland North, SR10


Have you eagerly read all the reports, books and studies on the best ways to approach behaviour change for the ultimate approach? Working in complex, constantly moving systems, is it really possible to predict “action” + “message” = “change”? 


In this session, we remind ourselves of the principles of Systems Theory, and how by embracing this, we can more successfully facilitate change through encouraging emergence, using examples from UWE Bristol’s experiences.



Pod  Session: 20 minutes

14:50 - 15:10


Pod  Session 4: TBC

Location: LICA



Workshop Sessions: 1 hour

15:15 - 16:15


Workshop 13: The F Word(s): Feet; Fridges; Food; Fingers; Free

Hugh Jones, Programme Area Manager - WRAP. Paul Robinson, Associate Director, Estates and Facilities Manager - Swansea University.

Location: PDR


WRAP and Swansea University have successfully collaborated on a surplus food redistribution project involving student volunteers (Feet) to collect surplus food from a variety of sources.  The university has made available transportation and storage (Fridges) to facilitate this. The surplus (Food) is then distributed to local charities.  The university developed the project further to set up a Community Lunch programme involving local school children, university catering staff and community members where the surplus was transformed (Fingers) into meals and served for free. 


The session will provide the case study and the inspiration for you to implement similar schemes in your organisation.


Workshop 14: The Sustainable University Summit - Pursuing Quality Education with Students as Partners

Paul Warwick, Centre for Sustainable Futures Lead - University of Plymouth. Joe Bourne, Student Engagement Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Zoe Robinson, Director of Education for Sustainability - Keele University. Eleanor Simes, Sustainability Officer - City, University of London

Location: Bowland North, SR6


This workshop explores how we can create open space for dialogue and co-operative inquiry with our students in the pursuit of the Sustainable University. It draws from a new initiative that involved 7 higher education institutions in England. In this summit staff and students could work as partners and hold conversations about their values and visions for a quality education that is apt for the sustainability challenges we are currently facing. Drawing from the reflections of both staff and students this workshop will provide a practical experience of how we can together make new learning spaces fit for the pursuit of more sustainable futures.


Workshop 15: The Next Chapter for FHE Sustainability: EAUC Living Labs Research Launch

Hassan Waheed, Researcher - EAUC. Thom Cooper, Sustainability Programme Officer (Living Labs) - University of Leeds

Location: Cavendish Colloquium


Living Labs hold a great potential for transforming FHE policies and practices. The EAUC Living Labs research has been focussed on providing institutions with the tools and materials they need to more effectively understand, establish and expand Living Labs. This session will serve as the launch of the Living Labs research publication. A number of interesting case studies will be used to discuss the EAUC Living Labs model.


Workshop 16: Telling the World - Sustainability Reporting on a Crowd Sourced Platform

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability - University of Worcester. Alex Henderson, Research and Partnerships Associate - The WikiRate Project e.V

Location: Cavendish Lecture Theatre


Learn how the University of Worcester and the University of Michigan are working to bring their sustainability data into the public domain. Working with The WikiRate Project e.V, an EU-funded, crowd-sourced online platform promoting transparency on sustainability performance to share their data in a structured and dynamic way.


The data from both universities will be mapped across the 17 SDGs with the hope to stimulate discussion around the metrics, reporting and data itself and ultimately get a sense of what universities, on both sides of the Atlantic are doing to contribute positively to the SDGs.


Workshop 17: Exodus - Dealing with What's Left Behind

Joe Bourne, Student Engagement Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Darren Axe, Environmental Projects Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Jonathan Mills, Carbon, Environment and Sustainability Manager - Lancaster University. Ben Guile, Exodus Student Staff Co-ordinator - Lancaster University Students' Union

Location: Frankland Colloquium


Lancaster University’s end of year recycling project is now in its ninth year and last summer it prevented 46 tonnes of waste going to landfill by either redistributing it on campus or dispersing it amongst local and international charities.


This presentation-based session will tell the story of the Exodus project – warts and all! It will go back to how it started, explore the benefits to campus and how more and more students are getting involved. It will also feature some of the more innovative turns it has taken. Perhaps most importantly, the Lancaster university team will share some of the challenges, obstacles and low points of the project and explain how they have overcome these (or not in some cases!)


Workshop 18: Achieving Excellence in a Sustainable University Refurbishment

Rob Callaghan, Sustainability Officer - University College of Estate Management. Aled Williams, Dean, Research, Innovation and Partnerships - University College of Estate Management, James Honour, RIBA – BREEAM – BRE Global

Location: Bowland North, SR10

University College of Estate Management’s university estate ‘Horizons’ achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating as one of the first buildings certified against the BREEAM 2014 refurbishment and fit-out scheme.


This session will consider a range of environmental criteria from waste, energy, transport, materials and procurement, and highlight the opportunities these offer to embed sustainability into the core operations of a building. This will be supported by an interactive image of Horizons which allows participants to explore hotspots and learn about the features that give the building its’ green credentials.


Participants will be presented with real challenges and decisions faced by the project team in pursuit of achieving a sustainable refurbishment of a poorly-performing, unsustainable 1980s build.



Workshop Sessions: 1 hour

16:30 - 17:30


Workshop 19: Edible Campus Enterprise

Odette Wills, Sustainability Project Officer - Wales and Student Eats - National Union of Students. Celia Briseid, Growhampton Project Co-ordinator - Growhampton. Tilly Jarvis, Student Food Enterprise Officer - Sustain. Joel Williams, Edible Campus Co-ordinator – Growhampton

Location: Frankland Colloquium


Students often take their ‘first steps’ toward sustainability during their time in further and higher education. This session will consider how growing food and creation of food-based social enterprises can create an invaluable opportunity to engage students with a sustainability paradigm that can follow their careers.


First it will view Roehampton’s edible campus, showing that engaging with aspects such as food growing, cooking skills and biodiversity can individually yet collaboratively contribute to an integrated approach toward health, wellbeing and eco-sustainability. Then it will look at how student enterprises, through NUS Student Eats, can act as an educational tool to transform learning and turn ideas for sustainable food provision into reality.


Workshop 20: Creating the University of the Future: NTU and the Global Goals

Lina Erlandsson, ESD Officer - Nottingham Trent University. Jessica Willats, ESD Officer - Nottingham Trent University, Dr. Petra Molthan-Hill - Principal Lecturer in Business Sustainability - Nottingham Trent University

Location: Bowland North, SR6


To capture the many dimensions of the sustainability concept, NTU has embraced the Global Goals as a way to engage students and staff with sustainability issues. As one of the pioneering institutions within the area of Education for Sustainable Development, NTU is committed to embedding the Global Goals within every course at the university through its ‘Curriculum Refresh’.


During the session, the NTU Green Academy will share their journey towards achieving a whole-institution approach to ESD and the challenges experienced along the way. Delegates will leave with ideas and inspiration on how they too can strive to contribute to the fulfilment of the Global Goals within the higher education sector.   


Workshop 21: Local Actions - What Policies will have the Greatest Impact

Maria Kirrane, Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Limerick. William Horan - University of Limerick. Dr Bernadette O’Regan – University of Limerick. Professor Richard Moles – University of Limerick

Location: Bowland North, SR10


This workshop session will introduce attendees to the SEMPRe Policy Evaluation Tool. This tool will enable institutions to measure the impact of a particular policy, for example a behavioural change programme, on their environmental performance.  This will allow institutions to prioritise actions that need to be put in place to make them more sustainable.  The tool has been developed for and implemented in a range of settlements in Ireland.  It is currently being adapted, by this team, to the third level educational system.


Workshop 22: Space to Think

Joe Bourne, Student Engagement Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Darren Axe, Environmental Projects Manager - Lancaster University Students' Union. Ian Sturzaker, Landscape Manager - Lancaster University

Location: EcoHub (Meet in the LICA Building reception)


The learning environment plays a crucial role in education for sustainable development (ESD). This panel based discussion will explore how Lancaster University has been investing in its outdoor and food growing spaces to diversify the way that academics from all faculties can embed sustainability within their curriculum at Lancaster.


This session will focus on the long lasting impact that hands-on experiential learning can have on a student’s behaviours for sustainability but will also explore the wider, sometimes surprising, benefits from growing vegetables on campus and incorporating this into the curriculum.


Workshop 23: Why You Should Cry Over Spilt Milk

Nicholas Hunt, Environmental Manager - Loughborough University. Paul Scott, Incident Advisor - OHES Environmental Ltd

Location: PDR


A session to highlight the environmental importance of having spill response procedures as well as Remedial, Restoration and Reporting Response Plans.


Actions will include:

  1. How to establish the appropriate plans and procedures

  2. Linking these to business continuity and major incident plans

  3. Guidance on spill response training

  4. Support available from external partners

  5. Getting the EA and other local agencies on board

  6. Costs vs Benefit

  7. Awareness of Enforcement Undertakings


Workshop 24: The Long Road to Carbon Neutrality

Andrew Bryers, Energy and Sustainability Manager - Aston University. David Stutchfield, Sustainability Manager - University of St Andrews. Chiko Wade, Business Development Manager - ENGIE (Urban Energy).

Location: Cavendish Colloquium


Look at large scale energy centres that feed campus and wider schemes.


Firstly, The Birmingham District Energy Scheme is playing a pivotal role in Birmingham City Council’s climate change strategy. It incorporates three district energy networks, all built and operated by ENGIE through the Birmingham District Energy Company (BDEC). The first 25-year energy supply agreement was signed in 2006.


The overall network comprises three schemes, including Aston University. BDEC’s three core schemes has rapidly expanded to include several third-party private developments.


Secondly, The University of St Andrews has stated their ambition to become the UK’s first carbon neutral university for energy use in buildings.  The cornerstone of their plans is a £25million sustainable energy project which saw the creation of a 6.5MW biomass energy centre and a 23km district heating network, which transports the heated hot water to the University’s North Haugh Campus.


Conference Day Two – Thursday 30th March


Workshop Sessions: 1 hour

09:40 - 10:40


Workshop 25: Communicating Sustainability Using Multimedia (video clips, films and images)

Dr Vitalia Kinakh, Lecturer - University of Manchester

Location: Cavendish Colloquium


This session will explore how we can consider the learning preferences of today’s students to scale-up Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the post-2015 agenda.


It will look at the scope for using existing videos/images to educate about Sustainable Development and will share ideas on possible ways to embed ESD into courses and how this can be achieved with the use of multimedia.


Workshop 26: Measuring Sustainability Literacy

Peter Rands, Director of Sustainability Development - Canterbury Christ Church University. Katy Boom - University of Worcester. Aurelien Decamps, Associate Professor - Kedge Business School 

Location: PDR


Learn about the range of methods to measure sustainability ‘literacy’ amongst our graduates and how best to embed such methods across the whole institution (not solely sustainability courses). 


This session will review work underway globally to measure values, skills, attitudes and knowledge for sustainability.  It

will then explore how to generate questions to measure progress in these areas which you can take back and apply in your university.


One way of measuring sustainability literacy is through the international Sustainability Literacy Test (SuLiTest) which will be demonstrated in the session.


Workshop 27:  Reporting with purpose: Being distinctive, strategic and relevant in your sustainability reporting

Edward Naish, Assurance – PwC

Location: Frankland Colloquium


Workshop 28: A New Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Standard of Students

Jamie Agombar, Head of Sustainability - National Union of Students. Jo Willis, Education Campaigns Manager - Fairtrade Foundation

Location: Bowland North, SR10


The Fairtrade Foundation and NUS are working in partnership to overhaul the Fairtrade Universities standard. The objective is to make it more challenging and impactful, as well as increasing the educational benefit of the scheme to students and staff.


Come along to this session to learn more about what the current standard has achieved, our thoughts on how the standard might change, and to contribute to the change process.


Workshop 29: Back to Basics - Are you Legally Compliant?

Jonathan Mills, Carbon, Environment & Sustainability Manager - Lancaster University. Emma Goodchild, Associate Director - ClearLead Consulting Ltd, Neil Smith, Sustainability Manager – Bournemouth University

Location: Bowland North, SR6


Lancaster and Bournemouth Universities have ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place and are in the process of experiencing the transition to the new standard.  This session will focus on the challenge they faced in achieving legal compliance, together with the key issues required for transition to the new standard.


We will explore the intricacies of environmental and energy legislation and specifically how it applies to Universities and Colleges.  In our experience understanding the implications of the raft of rapidly changing legislation for the sector has been a steep learning curve.  We believe this is an essential area which requires more attention and remains extremely difficult to navigate around without the correct skills.   The introduction of ISO14001:2015 also introduces new challenges and a different emphasis.


We would like to share our experiences with EAUC delegates to equip them with the knowledge to ensure legal compliance within their own organisations and help achieve certification to the new standard.


Workshop 30: The World’s Most Sustainable University 2015: Energy

John Bailey, Head of Sustainability - University of London

Location: Cavendish Lecture Theatre


What will the world’s most sustainable university look like in 2050?


Following on from COP21 in Paris, this session will look at energy use across UK university campuses and find out what it would take for universities to meet the needs of the treat in terms of energy use and carbon reduction.


In 2016, the progress is slow, the sector is on course to fail to meet its own targets but there are a few glimmers of progress that show the pathway to a sustainable 2050.


Workshop 31: SDG Charter Development

Iain Patton, Conference Chair and CEO – EAUC. Hassan Waheed, Researcher – EAUC. Leanne Denby, Director of Sustainability, President – Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). Jean Christophe Carteron, Senior Advisor – Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI).

Location: Frankland Lecture Theatre


There is great potential in finding a way all institutions can easily and openly communicate, collaborate, and share knowledge and experience on regional, national and international levels. Such synergy around the shared language of the SDGs could unlock highly diverse and productive sector and cross-sector collaborations. This interactive session will hold discussion on a potential SDG-based international Charter, and other possible ways in which the national and international tertiary education community can take collective action and leadership for the goals. 


Pod Session: 20 minutes

10:45 - 11:05


Pod  Session 5: What Would Students Do?

Joe Bourne, Students Engagement Officer - Lancaster University Students' Union. Professor Mary Smyth, Bowland College Principal - Lancaster University

Location: LICA


Lancaster University runs an intense competition between its nine colleges in which student groups are challenged to present an idea that would simply ‘make the university more sustainable’. Throughout the competition students are mentored by an academic and offered encouragement and support from a collaboration of Students’ Union and University staff.


Previous ideas have been a diverse range of extremely practical suggestions relating to energy management and waste initiatives; challenges to the university’s governance or strategy; and, new ways to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum across campus. Many of the ideas are of such a high calibre that they go on to be adopted by our teaching, student engagement and estates teams.


This is a chance to hear the winning ideas fresh off the back of the competitions climactic final. Students will present their ideas as they did at the final with a chance for Q&A and discussion afterwards.



Pod  Session: 20 minutes

12:15 - 12:35


Pod  Session 6: TBC

Location: LICA



Workshop Sessions: 1 hour

14:30 - 15:30



Workshop 32: Lessons from 10 Years of Behaviour Change

Dimitra Pilichou, Sustainability Projects Assistant - University of Sheffield. Jo Kemp, Green Impact Programmes Manager - National Union of Students

Location: Cavendish Colloquium

Having created a successful framework for advancing behaviour change, which has been being developed over the last 10 years, the University of Sheffield has many kinds of lessons to share with professionals, whether they’re just starting or want to enhance their already established work.


These learnings will be framed in social change theory and practice so participants leave with fresh perspectives and ideas on how to influence and engage the whole campus community in sustainability.


Workshop 33: Creating a Green Business Cluster

Professor John French, CEO Adapt Group - University of East Anglia. Dr Rosemary Willatt, Sustainability Co-ordinator, London College of Fashion - University of the Arts London

Location: Frankland Colloquium


The multi-award winning Enterprise centre at UEA will be used as a case study on how to build a green business cluster.


What types of businesses are in a green business cluster and how do they respond to the university and the core ‘green’ values? The session will also explore the role of ethical and low carbon investment into businesses in the ecosystem to ensure their success. Parallels will be drawn between the work at UEA and the emerging cluster at the London College of Fashion, UAL with its move to the new Stratford campus and its emphasis on sustainable and ethical fashion businesses.


Workshop 34: Braking bad habits. How to make sustainable travel first choice; top tips for Travel Plan success  

Jayne Cornelius, Sustainable Travel Officer - Swansea University. Liz Harris, Environmental Projects Assistant -

University of Winchester

Location: Bowland North, SR10


This workshop is recommended for Travel Planners or those who have the ownership of their University Travel Plan as part of their remit. Whether new to Travel Planning or experienced there is something here for everyone.


 Swansea Dual Campus experience will take you through the ‘Incredible journey’ from writing a brand new dual campus Sustainable Travel Plan to becoming a best practice multiple Award winner.


Winchester University’s well established Travel Plan focuses on initiatives to get people out of cars and reduce the need for parking spaces.  The focus is on sustainable alternatives such as bike, car sharing and bus.


Workshop 35: Taking the Hard Road - Making a Freecycling App from Scratch

Paul Crossley, Sustainability Projects Lead - London South Bank University. James Whittingham, Sustainability Manager - London South Bank University. Nav Dhuti, LSBU Student and Developer of the Elephant App - London South Bank University

Location: PDR


Everyone wants an app, but how many succeed? What’s the difference between a mobile optimised webpage and an app?

Apps can drive engagement and help deliver estates and facilities objectives – but how do you go about it? And do you really know what you are letting yourself in for?


A student from London South Bank University approached the Sustainability Team with an idea for a freecycling app – this session will take participants through the highs and lows of that story; the interactive session will give you a chance to test you own SDG-linked app ideas with a firm-but-fair audience.


Workshop 36: Creating a Climate for Change

Simon Kenton, Community Engagement Manager - Resource Futures. Michael Esvelt, Operations Director - Environmental Information Exchange. Jo Hamilton, Researcher - University of Oxford

Location: Bowland North, SR6


University communities can have a huge impact on the localised drivers of climate change, but how can they take proactive steps to mitigate them?


Whether it be through action research, resource efficiency or student-led action, this workshop will help staff, academics and students alike create positive change, both on and off campus. It will draw on the latest innovations from University of Oxford, Brookes University resource efficiency specialists Environmental Information Exchange and Europe’s largest localised grassroots climate action network, the Community Action Groups (CAG) Project. It will include a Q&A session to help find opportunities and solutions to potential barriers.






We’re committed to sharing and disseminating sustainability excellence recognised at the Green Gown Awards (dissemination supported by HEFCE). Where you see this symbol, case studies being used are either Green Gown Award Winners, Highly Commended entries or Finalists. You can view all the Awards’ excellence from previous years on the Sustainability Exchange. 


Following on from the NUS Student Summit held in November 2016, we have incorporated a number of workshops into the EAUC conference programme that will be particularly relevant for students and students’ union representatives who want to help drive sustainability to the heart of their activities.  


In partnership with NUS, these workshops will provide insight into current ‘hot-topic’ sustainability issues and offer the practical skills needed to make change happen. The conference will bring student officers and institution staff together to promote how working together can lead to success.

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