It is notoriously difficult to capture education activities focused on sustainability in a picture – quite often they look like a bunch of people sitting around talking – an accurate reflection of reality in many ways. So well done to the Guardian for choosing a picture of a field and a wood to illustrate its forthcoming webchat on whether students benefit from green universities. The piece begins ...
Universities may have good intentions – but in practice, being eco-friendly isn't always high on the agenda. Following on from next week's launch of the People and Planet Green League – which ranks universities to show how well they manage their environmental impact – we will be hosting a live Q&A with sustainability experts and students. Join us ... to discuss the ways in which universities can tackle their carbon footprints – and how students can benefit from green policies. Would you consider a university's environmental record before applying for a degree? Perhaps your own university has introduced a successful scheme. ...
The experts and students (rather dismissive that, considering how much the NUS knows about all this) are:
Debby Cotton is head of educational development and pedagogic research at Plymouth University.
Danielle Gufferty is vice-president of society and citizenship at National Union of Students, and campaigns on environmental and ethical issues.
Gill Coleman is co-director of the sustainability and responsibility programme at Ashridge Business School.
Dr Chris Seeley is co-director of the sustainability and responsibility programme at Ashridge Business School. He is also a faculty member for the Ashridge doctorate in organisational change.
Louise Hazan is the creator and compiler of the People & Planet Green League and supports students campaigning to improve the environmental record of universities.
Darren Twort is the environmental officer at Oxford Brookes Student Union. He is studying environmental management.
Not at all the usual suspects, then, thank goodness. Though why there are two from Ashridge representing the same programme is a puzzle. Equal ops gone wild, maybe. Sadly, I shall be away ...