Projects Coordinator, Aisling O’Reilly, shares her knowledge of heat networks in Scotland, stories from the Vital Energi Conference as well as some examples of where the industry is headed from at home and abroad.
2018 will be remembered as the year that plastic pollution hit the headlines. While UK Parliament debated the Plastics Bill and supermarkets scrambled to make plastic reduction commitments, one Edinburgh alumni was planning a solo expedition to discover what effect plastic pollution was having on our coastlines, and to spread a message of positivity in tackling the problem. Meet Cal Major.
Sustainable Development graduate Lizzie Rhoades discusses her summer internship mapping sustainability progress across the University.
With the University announcing new training available for staff who want to learn more about sustainability, Communications Coordinator Sarah Ford-Hutchinson explains why she made sustainability part of her skillset and meets people who’ve done the same.
6th Year Craigroyston Community High School student Frankie Bourke joined our department on a four week work placement through Career Ready, a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Find out about his experience.
You’ve seen and heard of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and perhaps Scotland’s new National Performance Framework (NPF)… but do you really know what they mean for the University or for you?
We asked guest blogger Paul Bradley to explain how some zeitgeist acronyms and colourful graphics are helping to create a better world.
Dr Elizabeth Vander Meer, Climate Policy Manager for the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, tells us about the Building Futures project.
SRS Projects Coordinator Aisling O’Reilly discusses her time at this year’s All Energy Conference, which was held on the 2nd and 3rd of May in Glasgow.
She is Sustainable began in London in 2016 as a two day event for women working in the Sustainability sector. Since then a number of events have taken place in other cities, with Edinburgh’s first event taking place this year on the 20th April. SRS Projects Coordinators Aisling O’Reilly and Rachael Barton reflect on the day.
Vanessa McCorquodale is the Committees & Projects Officer in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability and is also currently studying for an MSc in Carbon Management. This blog is a personal reflection on how climate change mitigation could be improved, submitted as part of her degree.
Martin Samson, a 3rd year Economics and Psychology student, reflects on his recent participation in the Responsible Futures Auditing Programme which gave students the opportunity to audit the University’s social responsibility and sustainability practices.
We recently said farewell to Caro Overy, Engagement Manager for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability. We asked her to share some thoughts on what she’s learnt over the last seven years.
Jaime and Luis share a flavour of what their two month placement with our Department was like.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a charity working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. In this blog, student Elly White reflects on her recent placement at the organisation as part of her Fine Art degree.
Sonja Peacock reflects on her work placement with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability over the Summer.
On 30th November, the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the Procurement Office, and Resource Efficient Scotland co-hosted an event for University construction and catering suppliers and potential suppliers.
Simon Christie, Campus Facilities Manager at Moray House School of Education and the Centre for Open Learning, writes about his recent experience of using an electric bike to commute to work.
Emily Dawson is a 4th year undergraduate student in the MA Sustainable Development degree programme. Emily reflects on her recent participation in the European Students Sustainability Auditing Project. Seven students from the University visited Lithuania to conduct an audit of Kaunas University of Technology’s social responsibility practices.
MSc Carbon Management Alumnus Kitty Dutton reflects on her time at COP23 with the 2050 Climate Group, and why now in the time for intergovernmental – and crucially, individual – action.
Carolina Macedo investigates why most gyms are not investing in energy harvesting exercise equipment as part of her MSc Sustainable Resource Management dissertation.
The clocks are back; the temperature is consistently in single digits, and there are loads of great new series online to try and distract you from these facts.
Claudia Cox, a fourth-year Classics student at the University of Edinburgh, shares her insights into Sustainable Backpacking through Central America.
MSc Environment and Development graduate Anita Owiti discusses her 8 week internship mapping community engagement at the University.
Physics student Rachel Harrington shares ways in which the average student can live more sustainably while at University, from small personal changes to getting involved in a wider collective
Biotechnology student Grace Ferris explains what Climate Week is and shares her personal perspective on living sustainably.
Amanda Midhamre completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for her MSc Environmental Sustainability dissertation.
George Kapatayes completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for his MSc International Development dissertation.
Technicians and their work are vital to the research and teaching work undertaken within universities, but they have become unsung heroes. Andrew Arnott explains how a dedicated group is now trying to change that at University of Edinburgh.
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the recent Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the University of Edinburgh.
We are excited to announce a month-long social media campaign for our internal reuse network, Warp It, this August.
We have scoured this year’s Fringe programme for some of the best socially responsible and sustainable events on offer. That being said, as all well-seasoned Fringe-goers know, you never know for sure what a show is going to be like until you give it a try.
Dave Gorman reflects on his first four years as Director of the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability.
Energy Programme Assistant Mairi Kemp discusses her internship looking at the role of Energy Coordinators at the University.
Masters student Daniel Proudfoot reflects on an 8-week work-based placement investigating how to increase student engagement with sustainability and the University’s climate strategy.
Research and Policy Manager Liz Cooper reflects on sharing the University’s work on Conflict Minerals in Spain. Continue reading Conflict minerals: sharing good practice in Spain
Andrew Arnott, Lab Sustainability Coordinator, reflects on the recent HEaTED event at Easter Bush. Will this year be a turning point for technical staff?
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the recent “ESSA” project audit – an Erasmus + initiative that trains European students to visit other universities in order to perform sustainability auditing.
MSc graduate Alison Carlyle reflects on her time as a Student Engagement researcher for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability.
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on a recent visit to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to find out more about their approaches to campus sustainability.
Liz Cooper, Research & Policy Manager, reflects on recent sustainability symposium at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Feeling overwhelmed by all of the events on offer as part of the Science Festival? Don’t worry, we’ve done the leg work for you and compiled our top 10 picks related to social responsibility and sustainability.
Time to get inspired about science…
In March 2017, student Anthony Corless got in touch with us to say he was giving up mains electricity for lent. We asked him to write a blog, which he submitted on paper in person at our office. Intrigued? Read on.
Matthew Lawson, Programme Manager in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, reflects on participating in a week long training programme for the ‘European Students, Sustainability Auditing’ Project.
Research and Policy Manager Liz Cooper reflects on a thought-provoking Visions for Change event which took place on Tuesday 28th February 2017 during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Building on the success of a textile repurposing project in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland and IKEA, students at Edinburgh College of Art recently showcased a collection of hand-crafted bags at February’s Sustain.Ed festival.
Slurp is a social enterprise project lead by a group of students from the University of Edinburgh, and seeks to tackle the problem of homelessness at its source, by working with young people at risk of homelessness.
Dr Heid Jerstad is a GCRF Post-doctoral research fellow in Social Anthropology, and is interested in how changing weather patterns impact human lives. Here she discusses her past research and the Weather Matters hub – an online space for scholars to debate weather and climate change-related research.