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An introduction to
Learning in Future
Environments (LiFE)
What is LiFE?
LiFE is a planning and selfassessment tool specifically for
colleges and universities to
improve social responsibility and
environmental performance
through a whole institution
What is LiFE?
LiFE systematically guides you through the design,
planning and delivery of your strategic sustainability
Wherever you are in your journey, LiFE gives you the
freedom to shape what sustainability means for you
and your institution.
LiFE acknowledges that sustainability is not the same
for each institution and with EAUC Membership we
can help you deliver where you need support.
What is LiFE?
It is a strategic tool, allowing you to design your strategy
and empowering you to deliver through your existing
tools of an environmental management system, UCCCfS,
Green League or ISO14001.
It is not a replacement for these. It is not a quantitative
or statistical benchmarking tool but an implementation
and delivery tool.
While the tool is flexible, we have created 2 versions to
recognise the difference between Higher and Further
Education institutions when it comes to Research.
At the centre of LiFE is
the planning and
self-assessment tool
This guides you through the Priority Areas,
Frameworks and Activity Areas to measure your
progress in every aspect of your environmental and
social responsibility activities.
Priority Areas and Frameworks
Activity Areas
Action plans are in place
(SMART) and commitments
Relevant stakeholders are
involved in the activity.
Institutions are looking at
measuring the impact and
benefit of the activity not
just the activity itself
Training and
Links to the
People are being trained
and supported
Embedded into the way
things are done, systems
and processes. Good
practice examples
Links between campus,
curriculum and community
Policy and Strategy
Action Planning
Commitments are in place
to sustainability in this area
of activity
Activity is being
communicated and there is
clear support
Flexible approach
• Choose which Frameworks and Priority Areas
to focus on
• You decide on the timescales
• You decide what sustainability looks like in
your institution
Why use
Why use LiFE?
LiFE is a simple tool that will bring direct benefits to your institution.
These benefits include the ability to:
Go beyond environmental performance to evaluate wider social
Actively manage and improve your environmental and social responsibility
performance by setting targets and monitoring your progress
Engage with colleagues beyond the sustainability champions/estates and
students - use it to engage your Senior Management Team
Use LiFE to complement other activity e.g. an environmental management
system, the Flexible Framework, UCCCfS or the Green League. There is no
extra work and it can provide your institution with a central view as it offers
a dashboard to pull everything together
Engage with a community of participants through EAUC Membership,
which will help you to share ideas and good practice.
Why use LiFE?
If you are at an early stage you can use LiFE to:
Shape your strategy
Help you identify the work that is already taking place –
because there will be plenty!
Engage staff across the institution
Identify opportunities to engage with other stakeholders
Identify good practice and support materials
Build momentum and achieve senior management buy-in
Start in areas where you are already working in - often this
would be the Estates and Operations Priority Area
Why use LiFE?
If you need direction you can use LiFE to:
Review your existing strategy
Develop plans and set targets
Stimulate discussions across the institution with
Engage other staff across the institution
Start to engage staff in areas where you have
struggled to embed sustainability - this might be
the Learning and Teaching or Leadership Priority
Why use LiFE?
If you have a well developed strategy you can use
LiFE to:
Review current activity
Pull together evidence of the good work you are doing
Identify gaps across the institution
Identify where you can start to measure impact and
demonstrate progress
Build a whole institution approach across all 4 Priority
How to use the
Self-Assessment tool
Using the tool
The 'What it looks like' section details the criteria needed to attain a
maximum score on each activity
By working through your chosen Priority Areas and Frameworks you
firstly add ‘evidence of existing activity’ in the eight Activity Area cells
You then give yourself a ‘starting’ score
Looking to the future and what you want to achieve in your given time
period, you can then set yourself a ‘target’ score
Next you set your ‘Actions needed to achieve your target’
You can use it as a tool to demonstrate
progress by adding a
‘current’ score which you can update
monthly/quarterly or whenever you’ve
achieved an Action.
We have provided helpful scoring guidance in the
tool to ensure you are consistent and realistic.
The Dashboard pulls through all the
total scores and presents the data as
an central overview
It shows you at a glance what level
you have reached for each
It shows you at a glance what level
you have reached for each Priority
A new level of support for
EAUC Members
EAUC Membership
Now that LiFE is a core benefit of EAUC Membership, this
brings us an opportunity to demonstrate how Membership
can help you and your institution progress.
All of our resources and events have been aligned to a
Framework. This common language brings focus to your own
activity and pinpoints where you need support.
For the EAUC, it will ensure that all Members have a range of
materials and support that have clear linkages to LiFE and
ensuring you meet the targets you’ve set for yourself.
What’s next?
Annual Review – submit your tool to us
annually and this will help us guide our
services and support – no extra work
Accreditation – available in mid-2015
Feedback – we’d like your feedback on how
you’re using the tool
Support – we’ve got lots planned to help
you progress in LiFE
Get support
Visit the Sustainability Exchange
Watch our two videos - ‘An instruction to LiFE’ and
‘How to use the Self-Assessment tool’ - and share
them with others
Download our information guides and use them to
engage others
Visit our LiFE Resource bank where
there’s lots of guidance, tips and ideas
Contact the EAUC – [email protected]
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