I recently wrote a short blog for MyGovCentral on this. You can read the full article here.
There haven’t been many positives to have come from the Covid-19 pandemic but the adoption of more flexible ways of working has been held up as having the potential to redress some of the environmental impacts of commuting and 9-5 office use.
What are some of the benefits of hybrid working?
Hybrid working could be thought of as the best of both worlds: the social aspects of working physically alongside colleagues, plus the lifestyle benefits of working from home. But we only have one planet to live on. For people who now have a choice over how often they attend the workplace, it can be difficult to unpick how to work in the most sustainable way.
Universities have an important role to play in tackling climate change on campus, in their towns and cities, nationally and globally. This week, as part of the #civicon22 programme led by the Civic Universities Network sees the launch of a new report: The role of HEIs in the climate action agenda.
There are many strong and established civic networks across the UK who cover shared objectives for attainment, economy, health and environmental sustainability. It’s probably true that we could do a lot more to have an impact in the places we reside. The report points out where and how this might happen.
Interestingly, the report identifies common challenges across 4 typologies of university/place: (1) inland, rural and highland economies; (2) coastal economies; (3) post and new industrial cities in the North and Midlands; (4) London and South-East home counties.
The report can be downloaded here. https://civicuniversitynetwork.co.uk/programme/climate-action/