Learning in Future Environments
The LiFE Index is all about you and your institution. Designed to help educational institutions manage, measure and improve their social and environmental responsibility performance, the LiFE Index was developed by sector colleagues from the UK, Australia and New Zealand to guide and support you to map your own route to a more sustainable future.
Whatever sustainability looks like in your institution, the LiFE Index will help you identify gaps, focus your resources and set targets to drive change across the whole institution. You can decide to do all of the LiFE Index or just one of the priority areas, it is up to you.
Free to ACTS Members, you now have a powerful new mechanism to stimulate cross institutional dialogue to inspire and drive change.
This website is dedicated to the newly structured LiFE Index. Anyone from an ACTS member institution will be able to access its content using their existing ACTS website login. If do do not belong to an ACTS member institution, or have not registered to get a login, please click here and learn about the wealth of member only resources and benefits available to ACTS members.
The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index was launched by ACTS throughout Australasia in March 2012. Jointly developed by colleagues from the UK, Australia and New Zealand higher education sectors, the LiFE Index is a comprehensive performance management and improvement system designed to support universities, TAFEs and polytechnics to demonstrate their response to environmental and social sustainability. After much discussion between EAUC, the LiFE Index partner in the UK, and ACTS Executive, 2013 saw the decision to change the way in which we offer this useful and versatile framework.
As of 2014, each member of ACTS will be able to freely access the LiFE Index guidelines as part of their membership benefits. The guidelines feature comprehensive information to support users in addressing holistic campus sustainability through the four priority areas: Leadership and Governance; Partnerships and Engagement; Learning, Teaching and Research; and Facilities and Operations. Each priority area is accompanied by strategic information to assist in developing a business case for sustainability, and is underpinned by a number of sub-themes to better define the elements of the priority area. What’s more, the guidelines include a comprehensive list of supporting resources, as well as examples of what good practice could look like.
In discussing the move to provide the LiFE Index guidelines for free, ACTS President Leanne Denby said “Having the basic elements of the LiFE Index available for our members is a great way to support institutions in developing a holistic approach to campus sustainability. It’s no easy task to be able to sell the business case for sustainability into the core business of educational institutions, but the LiFE Index provides supporting text to assist with this, as well as identifying key questions to ask of your approach.”