A Comprehensive Programme
Under the title ‘Learning and Legacy: The Role of Education in Creating Healthier, Happier Cities,’ the EAUC’s 2016 Conference will consider the role tertiary education institutions can play in encouraging community cohesion, connecting stakeholders, driving social and business innovation and acting as a catalyst for change to influence the future generations that will be inhabiting our cities.
The first day of the conference will commence with a keynote panel discussion, led by representatives from both UWE and the University of Bristol, exploring Bristol’s year as the 2015 European Green Capital and the opportunities, challenges and legacy of the year.
Following this exciting session, the EAUC’s AGM will take place before delegates have an opportunity to attend a number of conference workshops. Workshops will be split into four categories based on the EAUC’s LiFE framework, ensuring a whole institution approach to sustainability. The LiFE framework categories include Estates and Operations, Partnership and Engagement, Leadership and Governance and Learning, Teaching and Research and the breakout sessions will explore sustainable issues with regard to each. On the first day of the conference, workshop topics include ISO 14001:2015, biodiversity, ESD and waste management.
The day will end with the annual Gala Dinner which will be held at UWE where, following a Food for Life Gold accredited three course meal, there will be entertainment so that everyone can let their hair down!
Last year’s Gala Dinner at The University of Leeds
Day two of the conference will commence with morning activities on campus before the conference begins. These include a tour of the Whole Earth exhibition at UWE, a walk around their grounds and a relaxing Thai Chi session, and will allow attendees to explore the campus, get some fresh air, and be energised before the final conference day.
David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics EMERITUS and Counselor to the President at Oberlin College, will join us on Thursday morning for a keynote session which explores sustainable communities and then delegates will have access to another full day of workshops. Day two workshop topics include procurement, living laboratories and travel plans.
The conference will conclude with a keynote delivered by Mac Macartney, founder of Embercome – a charity that seeks to inspire people to create a just, peaceful and sustainable world – who will deliver an engaging session that is sure to leave the audience full of ideas on how to promote sustainability at their institutions!
There will also be ample opportunity throughout the whole conference, which is supported by headline sponsor Carbon Credentials, for all attendees to network and visit the Exhibition.