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HE Climate Action Toolkit

Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders (UK)

A resource identifying HE-specific critical elements Vice-Chancellors and Governors should consider in order to advance sustainability and respond to the climate crisis.

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Sustainability Leadership Scorecard


A tool for self-assessing strengths and weaknesses and developing a gap analysis action plan.

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Climate and Sustainable Development: Universities as Leaders

Judith Petts, Plymouth University/ Geography Directions (UK)

A blog post about the role of HE in climate action and sustainability.

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Beyond business as usual: Higher education in the era of climate change

Professor Keri Facer, Uppsala University and University of Bristol/ HEPI (Sweden/UK)

A HEPI debate paper proposing a new role for UK higher education in the era of climate change: a time of rising global temperatures and massive biodiversity loss, intersected and intensified by deep social and economic inequalities.

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How can universities respond strategically to the climate emergency?

Claudia Zwar and Simon Lancaster, Nous Group/ WONKHE (UK)

As more universities declare an emergency, Claudia Zwar and Simon Lancaster of Nous consider how institutions should tackle the issue of climate change.

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Reducing higher education carbon emissions

Office for Students (UK)

This paper proposes an approach to reducing the higher education sector’s carbon emissions.

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SOS-UK Climate Change tracker

Students Organnising for Sustainability UK (UK)

Data on student attitudes towards climate change.

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Practical advice for social responsibility and sustainability

University of Edinburgh (UK)

Practical advice for carrying out research and teaching in a more sustainable way.

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Sustainability and green initiatives

University of Cambridge (UK)

The Department of Geography at Cambridge is working on a set of actions around reducing its environmental impact.

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Mobilising the higher education sector on climate change

Sonya Peres, Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education Students and Leader/ WONKHE (UK)

The cross-sector Climate Commission's work has begun. Sonya Peres reports on the commission's inaugural evidence gathering event.

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COP26 Universities Network

University of Glasgow (UK)

A growing group of over 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference.

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