The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index is an initiative from the UK and Australia which provides a vehicle for institutions, to monitor, measure, manage and report on the sustainability performance of the whole institution with an increased emphasis on core business.
It is focused around four priority areas:
Teaching, Learning and Research
Partnership and Community Engagement
Leadership and Governance
Estates and Operations
It contains a set of quantitative metrics and through the use of an innovative framework based approach, it allows institutions to manage and, if they so choose, be assessed on their performance and benchmark this internationally.
The system is accessed online and it provides a vehicle for increased dialogue on sustainability and social responsibility, to support institutions monitor current practices and develop future plans. The whole system was developed by the sector for the sector as part of a partnership between the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) in the UK and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) based in Australia.