EUA webinar series: Greening in European higher education institutions

3 June 2021, 14.00 to 15.00 CEST

Education is key to achieving an environmentally sustainable society, as it builds awareness and the ability to develop solutions for complex issues. A dedicated EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group analysed this topic in 2020, focusing on how learning and teaching can embrace and promote sustainability.

During the second webinar of the EUA series “Greening in European higher education institutions”, members of the thematic peer group will present the work and outcomes in the context of their own institutional approaches towards environmental sustainability. A selection of results from the recent EUA survey on greening in higher education institutions will frame the discussion.  

Speakers and presentations:

  • Elena Luppi, Rector's Delegate for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Michelle O’Dowd, Sustainability Officer, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Antonia Hayward, Sustainability Advocate, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
  • Alison Morrisroe, Project Officer, EUA

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A recording of the webinar is available on our EUA Youtube Channel.

The EUA series on “Greening in European higher education institutions” also includes webinars on “Environmental sustainability and the future of mobility and internationalisation” (31 May 2021, 14.00-15.00 CEST) and on “University strategies and actions for environmental sustainability” (Friday, 4 June 2021, 14.00 – 15.00 CEST).

The webinar series is free of charge and open to anyone interested. Registrations will remain open until the start of each event.

Higher education institutions are important actors in the transition towards carbon neutrality and sustainable societies and economies. They are well placed to play a key role in achieving the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, as well as the European Green Deal. A forthcoming Council recommendation on education for environmental sustainability will set the basis for future actions at the European level to boost policy cooperation and exchange in this field.

To make the sector’s contribution more visible and accessible, EUA has launched an initiative on greening in higher education institutions. In the spring of 2021, institutions from across the EHEA contributed to a large scale survey, sharing their approaches and activities in the field of greening, and showcasing the commitment of the sector to environmental sustainability.

This EUA webinar series showcases the preliminary findings of the survey. The topic of environmental sustainability is also featured in a range of other EUA activities in parallel to the EU’s Green Week, from 31 May to 4 June 2021.   

Access to the webinar series is free of charge and open to anyone interested. Registrations will remain open until the start of each event.

Please note that in the context of this work, greening is defined as increasing awareness and taking concrete action towards a green, environmentally-friendly and resource efficient university. This may include the missions and campus, and may involve the members, or the community outside of the institution. It may or may not be part of a broader approach to address the SDGs.

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