Tuesday 18 May: 13:00 – 14:30
The aim of this session is to share experience in building and extending collaboration between Universities and their civic partners around progressing shared agendas in the context of the climate emergency.
Many civic universities have embraced commitments to move towards net zero by a target date and monitor their efforts to reduce the use of carbon in their core activities. Several of them have engaged extensively with their staff and students to identify innovative ways of taking climate action, leading to more ambitious targets. As anchor institutions (large turnover, large physical footprint, big employers), their campus-focused efforts can make a significant contribution to carbon reduction in the places where they operate.
However, civic universities have the capability, in partnership with local authorities and other civic partners, of contributing more, by breaking down the huge task of achieving net zero into a range of more manageable initiatives and projects, identifying and implementing solutions that work at local level. Collaboration with local partners at city, town or city region level to take forward a green recovery, to achieve a just transition or to reshape the ways in which services are provided to promote sustainability offers great potential for universities to mobilise expertise and channel the energy of staff and students towards shared objectives, creating new research and learning opportunities, while widening the boundaries and increasing the depth of civic engagement activity.
Networks that institutions and academics have within the UK and internationally can be used to share best practice, linking expertise in different places with need and demonstrating the impact that universities have had on policy and delivery on the related themes of place and climate