Higher education institutions are highly internationalised, their staff and students frequently mobile across the EHEA and beyond. Preliminary data from EUA’s survey on greening suggests that a large share of institutions have made efforts to address environmental sustainability at the core of their missions.
The first edition of the EUA webinar series “Greening in European higher education institutions” explored the impact of institutional strategies and approaches for greening and how these are changing the landscape of internationalisation and mobility. The discussion brought together representatives of several higher education networks and institutions, as well as the European Commission. Institutional approaches to decreasing the carbon footprint of internationalisation, and opportunities and support from the European funding programmes, will be showcased.
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The EUA series on “Greening in European higher education institutions” also includes webinars on “The environmental sustainability of learning and teaching” (3 June 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.