We are delighted to feature three keynote sessions in our conference programme.
Keynote Session: 10:00 - 11:15 Wednesday 29th March
Global Goals: Local Action – the vital role the education sector has in changing mindsets
How far do the SDG’s require an additional response from HE institutions, or more fundamentally, a rethink of institutional purpose? As colleges and universities respond to various disruptive forces, such as technology, connectivity and globalisation, are we fully embracing our responsibility to deliver graduates able to operate as global citizens?
In helping launch leaders of tomorrow, educational establishments need to be connected to society through community and business networks in order to bring the future in. Do the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer us a shared framework and language to work with our wider stakeholders? Can we influence those around us, given we are locally rooted but globally connected? Are the SDG’s a major opportunity for forwarding thinking education establishments to get on the front foot on this agenda for real competitive advantage?
Malcolm Preston - Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Stephen Sterling - Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth and ESD Consultant to UNESCO.
Wendy Purcell - EAUC Board Director/Trustee, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Scientist Harvard University.
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Keynote Session: 11:10 - 12:10 Thursday 30th March
Better Places for People: The Pivotal Role of Education in Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities
How are colleges and universities doing at leading and creating sustainable buildings, campuses, communities and cities? What more should we be doing with our unique nature and position to facilitate local economic and social prosperity, cross-sector collaboration, participation, equity and democracy?
Spaces and buildings are at the heart of our communities and cities. Brought into focus by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most notably Goal 11 which determines the need ‘to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,’ there is a growing demand and necessity for our communities and buildings to become spaces people want to live and work in.
This keynote session will consider how building design can improve health, wellbeing and productivity and how buildings themselves can act as a starting point to build a community and an inclusive, cohesive fair one at that. It will also reflect on the role regeneration and community development can play in improving quality of life, specifically in our urban spaces.
Universities and colleges have a key part to play in creating sustainable buildings, campuses, communities and cities – this session will consider what this role is and how we can better fulfil it.
Julie Hirigoyen - CEO, UK-GBC
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte – Director, Living Space Project
Graham Long, Senior Lecturer in Politics – Newcastle University
Keynote Session: 13:10 - 14:20 Thursday 30th March
Government and Education: Facilitating Transformational Delivery of the Global Goals?
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being recognised as a “once in a generation opportunity for us to tackle inequality and set out a vision of how we want to be a better place”, how can universities and colleges work with Government Departments to ensure we use this chance to build a green economy, work towards decarbonisation, invest in renewables, improve quality of life and deliver future-fit jobs?
As the education sustainability leader with multi-sector reach, the EAUC is a significant partner to UK Governments within the process of strategically framing, communicating, implementing and assessing further and higher education's contributions to the SDGs. But to succeed, Government facilitation is key – especially for organisations that have not yet engaged in the agenda.
This important keynote by the Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee in the UK Parliament House of Commons, will provide insight into how the UK Government has allocated responsibility for UK implementation for the Goals, how well Government is facilitating UK activity and what new opportunities exist for the EAUC community to support, influence and deliver education’s transformational contribution to this potent agenda of unprecedented scope and significance.
Mary Creagh - Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee
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