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Support pledged for 'green' colleges

16 October 2007

UCU has pledged to support the efforts of colleges to 'green' their campuses and to promote greater understanding of global warming and environmental sustainability.

UCU today welcomed the publication of a Green Colleges brochure by the Association of Colleges (AoC) which highlights good practice in colleges' efforts to 'green' their buildings, policies and curriculum. The brochure is being launched at an event attended by education and skills minister Bill Rammell and UCU president Linda Newman.

UCU president, Linda Newman, speaking at the event said: 'UCU looks forward to developing cooperation with colleges and universities to help find new ways of working and living in a low carbon age.

'The union is in the early stages of developing work on sustainability but has begun to establish a network of interested UCU members. Some of our reps are involved in developing college policies on buildings adaptations, energy conservation and transport to work policies  and we shall be looking at our own carbon footprint.  

'UCU is also contributing views to consultations on national environment policy and submitting policy proposals on climate change to fellow academic unions worldwide via a forthcoming Education International conference.

'It is important to develop new courses to cope with future environmental and scientific needs, but also to find ways of getting sustainability into every element of the curriculum. It is an idea which must permeate all that we do.'

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