School children striking over inaction on climate change originated in Sweden, with 15 year old Greta Thunberg protesting outside her Government’s buildings. Today, similar demonstrations are being held in 60 towns and cities across the UK as students express their concerns over the worsening impacts of climate change.
We hear from University of Edinburgh academics that recently signed an open letter of support for the British climate change school strikes about their motivations for signing.
Continue reading The Edinburgh academics supporting the Youth Strikes for Climate
Lan Wang reports back from the 24th annual Conference of the Parties (COP), a meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to address climate change globally.
Continue reading Lan Wang: Reflections from COP24
Sarah, Communication Manager; Aisling, Projects Coordinator (Energy); Vanessa, Committees & Projects Officer; and Kerry, Projects Coordinator – Sustainability and Festivals, reflect on their personal sustainability resolutions.
Continue reading Our January sustainability resolutions
Laura is an Environmental Protection and Management MSc student at the University of Edinburgh with a passion for living sustainably. She strives to live a lifestyle that creates as little waste as possible, known as the zero waste lifestyle. In this blog, she discusses the ways students and staff can reduce their plastic waste and the array of shops dedicated to zero waste in Edinburgh.
Continue reading Living plastic free in Edinburgh
Karis Gill discusses how her time as a student at The University of Edinburgh led her to co-found a social enterprise.
Continue reading From studies to social enterprise: Social Stories Club
Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, reflects on the University’s progress in 2018 and what lies ahead in 2019 and beyond.
Continue reading Sustainability at Edinburgh: 2018 highlights, 2019 objectives
Kerry Cheek shares findings and recommendations from her work with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability researching sustainability in the Festival Fringe.
Continue reading Sustainability at the Fringe
Vanessa McCorquodale, MSc student in Carbon Management, School of Geosciences and Projects Officer at the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh, tells her inspirational story of discovering the joys of active travel.
Continue reading E-cycling… destination: health
Megan McGrath, Communications Coordinator, provides advice on how to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas.
Continue reading How to have a sustainable Christmas
Kerry Cheek, Festival Sustainability Assistant, reflects on learnings from the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland.
Continue reading Closing the loop: moving from single-use to circular
Dr Elizabeth Vander Meer shares University progress in relation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report “Global Warming of 1.5° C”.
Continue reading Aligned with 1.5 degrees: The University of Edinburgh and Climate
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.
Continue reading A zero carbon future: the role of district heating in Scotland
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.
Continue reading Alumni stories: Cal Major Paddles Against Plastic
Sustainable Development graduate Lizzie Rhoades discusses her summer internship mapping sustainability progress across the University.
Continue reading Sustainability Benchmarking Internship: Lizzie Rhoades
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.
Continue reading Why I learned about sustainability
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.
Continue reading School’s out… for sustainability! Frankie Bourke on his Career
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.
Continue reading Can pretty graphics help 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.
Continue reading Building Futures Exhibition
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.
Continue reading All Energy Conference: Glasgow 2018
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.
Continue reading Career confidence for women working in sustainability
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.
Continue reading Are we psychologically primed for inaction in climate change
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.
Continue reading Demand drives change: conducting a social responsibility audit at
the University of Edinburgh
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.
Continue reading Caro Overy: “But what can I do?”
Jaime and Luis share a flavour of what their two month placement with our Department was like.
Continue reading Placement: Jaime and Luis
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.
Continue reading Elly White: my placement with Creative Carbon Scotland
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.
Continue reading Simon Christie tries a University “eCycle”
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.
Continue reading Students supporting University Social Responsibility in Europe
Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability, reflects on progress made since the University announced its climate strategy – Zero by 2040 – in November 2016.
Continue reading The road to net zero carbon
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.
Continue reading COP23: we are still in
Carolina Macedo investigates why most gyms are not investing in energy harvesting exercise equipment as part of her MSc Sustainable Resource Management dissertation.
Continue reading Pros and cons of energy harvesting exercise equipment
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.
Continue reading A smarter future for flat-sharing and energy is here
Claudia Cox, a fourth-year Classics student at the University of Edinburgh, shares her insights into Sustainable Backpacking through Central America.
Continue reading Why Hammocks make the best beds
MSc Environment and Development graduate Anita Owiti discusses her 8 week internship mapping community engagement at the University.
Continue reading Community Engagement internship: Anita Owiti
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
Continue reading The sustainable student
Biotechnology student Grace Ferris explains what Climate Week is and shares her personal perspective on living sustainably.
Continue reading Student perspective: Grace Ferris on Climate Week
Amanda Midhamre completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for her MSc Environmental Sustainability dissertation.
Continue reading Work-based placement: Amanda Midhamre
George Kapatayes completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for his MSc International Development dissertation.
Continue reading Work-based placement: George Kapatayes
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.
Continue reading #TechniciansMakeItHappen
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the recent Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the University of Edinburgh.
Continue reading Opportunities for universities to act socially responsibly…
We are excited to announce a month-long social media campaign for our internal reuse network, Warp It, this August.
Continue reading List it, swap it, claim it… Warp It!
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.
Continue reading Top five picks of the Fringe 2017
Dave Gorman reflects on his first four years as Director of the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability.
Continue reading Dave Gorman: reflections on my first 4 years
Energy Programme Assistant Mairi Kemp discusses her internship looking at the role of Energy Coordinators at the University.
Continue reading Energy Coordinator internship: Mairi Kemp
Lee Murphy is the Genetics Manager at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility where he leads a team providing support to projects investigating the role of genetics in disease and health.
Continue reading Staff cyclist: Lee Murphy
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.
Continue reading Work-based placement: Daniel Proudfoot
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