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    The University and College Union (UCU), which represents lecturers and other academic staff in colleges and universities, said it would be seeking ways of working with colleges and universities to promote greater understanding of environmental concerns such as climate change.

    The UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: "UCU will be encouraging members to look for opportunities to integrate sustainability into their teaching. We will also try to cooperate with employers in colleges and universities on other green initiatives. Climate change requires new ways of working and living and lecturers are well placed to contribute to solutions."

    They were responding to the results of the recent survey by the Association of Colleges (AoC) which revealed that 88% of colleges believe sustainability should feature in all curriculum areas. In a related report, the AoC also highlighted the growth and variety of environment related courses.

    Sally Hunt continued: "Lecturers will welcome the AoCs efforts to improve sustainability awareness and environmental skills. Many of our members already teach environment related courses in colleges and universities and the growth of such studies is encouraging.

    "However, the implications of climate change are so challenging that they must be understood by people studying everything from Advertising to Zoology. Environmental awareness should permeate all education, whether in courses for scientists or for secretaries."

    At UCUs founding congress in May this year, the union adopted a policy calling on it to promote sustainable workplace practices and to green the curriculum. The policy was praised by Sir David King, the governments chief scientific advisor, who addressed the congress on the threat of climate change. UCU, like other unions, also committed itself to exploring ways of reducing its own carbon footprint.

    Keisha Nelson



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