Universities and Colleges Climate Change for Scotland

Or UCCCfS – not the most cuddly acronym, but apparently better than some of the options discarded on the way. I’m just back from the north, and was in Edinburgh yesterday evening to be present at the official launch of this scheme.

So far 50 universities and colleges have signed up to the challenge of this scheme which  requires them to develop and publish a five year action plan to address emissions from across the range of their activities. This includes energy use, waste reduction and responsible disposal, sustainable estate development, travel and responsible and procurement of goods and services.

This initiative is run by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Scotland. It is overseen by the gamut of higher and further education stakeholders across scotland – from the Scottish Government downwards. The initiative is backed up by a raft of  professional development opportunities available through programmes that the EAUC run.

It is heartening to see 80% of institutions in Scotland signed up to the commitment, and good to have  Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Climate Change in the Scottish Government speak at the launch ceremony.

Also at the launch ceremony was Anthony Cortese, co-founder of the American Universities and Colleges Presidents’ Climate Commitment, on which the Scottish initiative is modeled to some degree. Tony spoke with passion about the need to act and the importance of engaging all levels of the campus community in developing the necessary plans.More details about the UCCCfS are at: http://www.eauc.org.uk/scotlands_principals_climate_commitment and on the American Universities and Colleges Presidents’ Climate Commitment at: http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/

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