Climate change and ecological destruction are some of the biggest challenges of our time. Colleges, like all institutions, have a responsibility to address them; and to meet the UK government’s target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This roadmap is based on a range of existing materials, including the EAUC’s ‘SORTED: Guide to Sustainability in Further Education’, the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard, the Climate Emergency Framework, and past winners of the Green Gown and AoC Beacon Awards, among others. It is also based on a workshop with FE college leaders and students, held in June 2020. It clearly lays out how boards should consider incorporating sustainability into governance arrangements
An Emerging College will:
Hold a meeting/workshop with the Sustainability Committee, the senior leadership team, and governors to discuss the level of ambition for net-zero and sustainability targets
An Established College will:
Incorporate environmental ambitions into the strategic plan and establish a ringfenced budget:
• At the next review of the college’s institutional strategy/strategic plan, leadership (including governors) will revise the strategy in-line with the college’s environmental targets
A Leading College will:
Incorporate sustainability into all governance arrangements and:
• Make clear leaders’ accountability for delivering on sustainability agenda
• Make the sustainability agenda a part of the executive group and governing board arrangements – e.g. a standing agenda item is how the college is delivering on its net-zero target/environmental objectives.
The road map can be downloaded here.