Can pretty graphics help create a better world?

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.

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Career confidence for women working in sustainability

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.

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Edinburgh Adapts: ambition to action

Edinburgh Adapts is a collaboration between The Edinburgh Partnership, Adaptation Scotland, and Sniffer, and aims to help the city adapt to the challenges of a changing climate. David Macpherson reports on the initiative’s latest event which the University of Edinburgh took part in.

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Are we psychologically primed for inaction in climate change mitigation?

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.

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Demand drives change: conducting a social responsibility audit at the University of Edinburgh

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.

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Top five picks of the Fringe 2017

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.

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Weather and housing research in the Indian Himalayas

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.

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The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility

Ahead of the International Sustainable Campus Network conference, Michelle Brown (Head of Programmes) shares her thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Regenerative Sustainability at University of British Columbia

Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on a very special lecture from John Robinson, Former Associate Provost of Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, which took place at the University of Edinburgh on the 4th March 2016.

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An effective response to halt climate change should embrace low-tech solutions and a change of culture, as well as high-tech engineering.

Eight academics at the University make their contribution to the climate change debate.

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Chaplaincy promotes social responsibility and sustainability during Interfaith Week

Associate Chaplain Ali Newell reflects on recent interfaith efforts to highlight sustainability and equality for all within the context of the refugee crisis, Paris Attacks, and Scotland’s Climate March.

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Our Changing World Enlightenment Lecture: Promise of 2015: hopes for a new enlightenment

Our Changing World Enlightenment lecture by Julia Marton Lefévre on 24th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies

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Masters students invited to attend workshop during UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

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.

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Student Reporters reflect on Rio Group event

Our student reporters, Chloe Neal and Rebecka Sondell, attended the Rio Group’s half-day event: ‘Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland: Reframing Sustainable Development’. Read their thoughts on the path of Scotland’s sustainable development and what actions we need to take for a brighter future.
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