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
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
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?”
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
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
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
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.
Continue reading I’ve given up mains electricity for lent
Alexandra Starks reflects on her experience as an auditor for the Sustainability Awards at FloWave and the Institute for Academic Development.
Continue reading Alexandra Starks: Sustainability Awards auditor experience
Andrew Arnott, Lab Sustainability Coordinator, tells us about some of the innovative energy and resource saving projects happening in the University’s Chemistry laboratories, using the Sustainable Campus Fund.
Continue reading Sustainable Campus Fund projects in Chemistry
Andrew Arnott, Lab Sustainability Coordinator, shares his reflections on the recent S-Lab conference at Nottingham University.
Continue reading S-Lab conference: the University of Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral Chemistry Lab
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.
Continue reading Regenerative Sustainability at University of British Columbia
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 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
Andrew Arnott reports on the Annual S-lab conference that took place in Leeds in September 2015.
Continue reading S-lab annual conference in Leeds
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
Laboratory Programme Facilitator Andrew Arnott reflects on the recent Energy Reduction Workshop that aimed to share best practice about energy reduction in laboratories.
Continue reading Reflections on the Energy Reduction Workshop, April 2015
During my time as a student working in research labs in the US and the Netherlands, I was constantly impressed with the amount of materials and energy that went into our experiments and facilities, and wondered if anything could be done to curb that usage. Continue reading Sharing best practice: Learning from labs on my trip to the U.S