Connecting Climate

How UK universities are prioritising and addressing the climate emergency through Civic University Agreements

The role of universities in addressing the climate emergency

Universities play a leading role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, reversing biodiversity loss, educating students, and working with communities to build a sustainable future.

Addressing climate change is central to all of our civic obligations and responsibilities, and a key method by which universities can fulfil their commitments is through the production of a Civic University Agreement.

Many universities are already embracing ambitious net zero and climate action targets, but how exactly are they planning to realise these ambitions?

Our latest report, “Connecting Climate: How Civic University Agreements can be used to prioritise the climate action agenda”, captures some of the emerging trends and approaches of universities who are using their CUAs for this purpose.

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The Civic University Network has produced an initial report to explore the climate commitments Network members have made so far when publishing their CUAs, to showcase current approaches and inspire action.

In addition, the report shows how universities can utilise the Civic Impact Framework to develop and deliver climate their change ambitions, and sets out the Civic University Network’s commitments to its members going forward.

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Is your institution doing some interesting civic work to address climate change? We would love to hear from you and share your case studies across the Network. You can submit a case study using the form below.

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