The United Nations’ annual Climate Change Conference – this year called COP 25 – takes place in Madrid from 2nd – 13th December 2019. During it, governments will hear about the impacts of climate change, propose crucial next steps to reduce their carbon emissions, and discuss how the entire human population can transition to a low carbon society in a fair and just way.
Find out how staff, students, alumni and affiliates of the University of Edinburgh are contributing to the conference… and in doing so, making the world a better place.
Continue reading The University of Edinburgh at COP25
Recycling bins have recently been installed in Edinburgh City Centre, meaning city-goers can finally recycle drinks bottles, cans and disposable coffee cups on the go. Environmental campaign charity Hubbub are behind a new campaign encouraging people to use them; their Project Coordinator Sam Longworth tells us more.
Continue reading Edinburgh gets #InTheLoop with new city centre recycling bins
It’s the most wonderful – and wasteful – time of the year. We asked student Laura Anderson (MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement) for her top tips on how to make Christmas 2019 your most sustainable yet.
Continue reading How to have a sustainable Christmas
Anya Hart Dyke graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 with an MA in Social Anthropology with Development and worked in the University’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability from 2012 – 2015.
Conscious of the waste created and items accrued at Christmas, Anya explains why she’s encouraging people to give the gift of time this Christmas.
Continue reading Anya Hart Dyke: give time – not stuff – this Christmas
In September 2019, the University appointed Sandy Tudhope – a Professor of Climate Studies – as its Lead on Climate Responsibility and Sustainability. We caught up with Sandy to ask him what this new role involves and to tell us more about the University’s response to the climate crisis.
Continue reading Interview: Professor Sandy Tudhope, University Lead on Climate
Responsibility and Sustainability
For National Marine Week, our Communications Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson – a surfer, snorkeler and freediver – explains what the sea means to her and why reducing harm to the ocean can be a private act.
Continue reading Me and the sea: it’s a personal thing
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
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?
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
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
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
In the sixth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah is back on the road and looking forward to lighter nights. Continue reading Cycling blog no. 6: new year, new bike
In the fifth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah has some bad luck with her bike. Continue reading Cycle blog no. 5: In which my bike gets stolen
In the fourth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Continue reading Diary of a cycling commuter No. 4: “fierce mild”
Sustainable Energy Engineering student Desen Kirli contacted us in May to ask about getting some work experience with the department as an Energy Efficiency Assistant. Find out how she got on.
Continue reading Work Experience: Desen Kirli
In the third blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work. Continue reading Diary of a cycling commuter no. 3… in which bad things happen in threes
In the second of a new series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Continue reading Sarah Ford-Hutchinson: diary of a cycling commuter
In the first of a new series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares her experience of ditching her bus pass to take up cycling to work.
Continue reading Sarah Ford-Hutchinson: diary of a cycling commuter
Communications Facilitator Sarah Ford-Hutchinson reflects on attending her first sustainability conference in tertiary education – EAUC Scotland’s “A Shared Responsibility” conference – hosted by the University of Edinburgh in November 2015.
Continue reading EAUC Scotland Conference 2015
Our Changing World lecture by Dr Meriwether Wilson on 10th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Continue reading Our Changing World: Ocean Futures: Balancing Blue Growth with Conservation
Our Changing World lecture by Andy Kerr on 27th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Continue reading Our Changing World: Reshaping our world with New Energy Systems
We throw away 7 million tonnes of food in the UK every year. Half is perfectly edible, and the other half has been left to decay as result of poor management and a broken economic, political and social system. More than 800 million people in the world go to sleep hungry, even though the waste produced by Europe alone would be sufficient to feed them.
Continue reading Food Sharing Edinburgh
Master of Architecture alumnus Alex Kuklinski explains how she is using her graphic design skills to update our “Switch” energy campaign.
Continue reading Student Internship: Alex Kuklinski
by Allison Palenske
Whole-systems thinking, closed loop and cradle-to-cradle design are common terms used within the discourse of the sustainability sector––within a theoretical framework these concepts seem viable and ideal in solving many issues arising from our current way of living. But on a much more tangible level, how can the process of creating a sustainable food-growing space reflect systems-thinking practicalities in design, build and maintenance?
Continue reading Upcycling materials at the City Croft community garden
Three MSc students at the University of Edinburgh have been invited to attend a global climate action workshop during the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December. Here, they tell us about their idea on how to lower the University’s CO2 emissions and about the “Carbon Railcard” – the project that will be taking them to Paris.
Continue reading Masters students invited to attend workshop during UN Climate Change Conference in Paris
Staff in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability have competed in both the Edinburgh Marathon relay and the Step Count Challenge to promote fitness, encourage active travel and raise money for local charities.
Continue reading Department staff get active and raise £1,724.17 for charities