Sustainable development

Our vision is that, within the next 10 years, the HE sector in England will be recognised as a major contributor to society's efforts to achieve sustainability - through the skills and knowledge that its graduates learn and put into practice, its research and exchange of knowledge through business, community and public policy engagement, and through its own strategies and operations.

A sustainable development framework?

HEFCE activity on sustainable development

We invest in sustainable development though the Revolving Green Fund and the Students' Green Fund, a joint initiative with the National Union of Students.

We have a role in facilitating the sharing of good practice on sustainable development and in building it where none exists, including funding the Leading Sustainable Development in Higher Education initiative.  We also worked on the reduction of carbon emissions in support of sector targets. 

We have invested in the development of the Sustainability exchange, a web-site that brings together the latest good practice on sustainable development in higher and further education.  It provides a way for universities and colleges to pool their expertise through facilities such as community forums, news updates, toolkits, reports, webinars and videos.  

We are continuing to promote sustainable development within HEFCE.

For more information on sustainable development, contact Andrew Smith, tel 0117 931 7001, e-mail

Page last updated 13 December 2013

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