Saturday, 2 April 2011

The EAUC’s 2011 Annual Conference & its Green ICT Workshop

The 15th Annual EAUC Conference, aka THE sustainability event of the year for the further and higher education sector in the UK, will be taking place from the 11th - 13th of April 2011, at the University of York. Conference organisers have ensured that every aspect of the programme is relevant to sustainability professionals in universities and colleges.

The conference strands for this year are:
 Inspire Operations: Changes for sustainability in what and how we do things.
Sessions will include: Energy, Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Sustainable ICT, Labs, Workshops & Studios, Procurement, Transport, Waste

Inspire Estates: Changes for sustainability in our physical environment.
Sessions will include: Biodiversity, Capital Projects – Achieving in Low Carbon, Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Low and Zero Carbon Technology, Optimising Space Utilisation, Sustainable Master Planning

Inspire People: Changing culture, how we engage and take everyone with us.
Sessions will include: Communicating Effectively, Going Greener – the role of student engagement and behaviour change, Corporate Responsibility, Green Economy & Skills for a Green Economy, Financing Sustainability.

The SUSTE-TECH project manager will be hosting the 2nd annual Green ICT conference workshop. Entitled Sustainability at your Institution through the use of Green ICT, the workshop will run from 1:15pm to 2:15pm on day 2 of the conference (Tuesday, April 12th) and will include presentations from

  • Geoff Constable – Aberystwyth University,
  • Helen Cutts – Wigan & Leigh College,
  • Rob Bristow – JISC

The workshop will showcase what institutions have done to reduce their ICT related energy use. Learn how video conferencing saves time and money by eliminating the need for travel and hear about the mixture of simple yet effective sustainable ICT initiatives implemented by a college. Learn also about the innovative Green ICT projects being funded by JISC and the impact their results may have on institutions.

There will also be a Knowledge Exchange with Sector Experts session running at 4pm on Day 2 of the conference. This is your chance to get a 10 minute 1-2-1 meeting with an expert in implementing sustainable ICT at your institution. (You can also sign-up for your individual meetings at the Knowledge Exchange Boards too).

It promises to be a great session that will leave you inspired to take on whatever ICT challenges come your way and may even give you more “green ICT ideas”!

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