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.
Becca Coughlan, University of Edinburgh Economics and Politics graduate, and advocate of sustainable and ethical fashion, shares her thoughts on Black Friday.
Dave Gorman, Director of the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, has now been vegan for 6 months. On World Vegan Day, we learn why he made the change and how he’s found the switch. Continue reading Why I adopted a vegan diet: an interview with Dave Gorman
This week is Women’s Environmental Network‘s Environmenstrual Week of Action. We hear from students Kate Bennett and Martha Aroha Reilly on the work of the student-founded non-profit organisation, Sanitree to tackle period poverty.
As Oxfam’s #SecondHandSeptember comes to an end, concerns about the environment are greater than ever. Third-year Sustainable Development student and charity shop volunteer, Elizabeth Simpson, discusses how you can avoid fast fashion and reduce your impact upon the planet.
Recently we’ve seen more and more celebrities and those in the public eye start to use their platform to highlight social justice and environmental issues.
Jenna Kelly is a recent International Business graduate and former VP Services at Edinburgh University Students’ Association and explores how pop culture has helped the normalisation of sustainable behaviours.
Anton Puzorjov is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, the Founder of the University of Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Society and someone who’s on a mission to fight fast fashion. He founded One Cherry just 1 and a half years ago with the aim of making it easier for charity shops to sell their clothing online.
This #FashionRevolutionWeek, we hear what motivated him to create the start-up and his journey in social entrepreneurship.
After reports were released naming the fast fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter, calls have been made for a huge transformation in the sector.
In this blog for #FashionRevolutionWeek, Medical student Mikaela Loach discusses her top tips for ensuring your clothing purchases are both ethically made and sustainable.
We hear from Imogen Terry, a University of Edinburgh student and one of the founders of Unearthed Edinburgh on why community action and socially responsible living is important to students.
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.
Karis Gill discusses how her time as a student at The University of Edinburgh led her to co-found a social enterprise.
Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, reflects on the University’s progress in 2018 and what lies ahead in 2019 and beyond.
Meg McGrath, Communications Coordinator, provides ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that make a difference. Continue reading 28 ways to make 2019 your most sustainable year yet
Kerry Cheek shares findings and recommendations from her work with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability researching sustainability in the Festival Fringe.
Megan McGrath, Communications Coordinator, provides advice on how to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ahead of the International Sustainable Campus Network conference, Michelle Brown (Head of Programmes) shares her thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015, world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN member states will be expected to use the SDGs to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. Continue reading The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on attending the EAUC’s 20th Annual Conference – hosted by the University of the West of England in May 2016.
Grazia Esposito is a Procurement Administrator at the University of Genoa. For a few days in April, she visited the University of Edinburgh under a Erasmus programme to learn about socially responsible and sustainable procurement.
Aster graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Environmental Sustainability. Find out how her dissertation project has turned into a research position with the Institute of Geography.
A reuse and repair fair bringing together local social enterprises, businesses and charities helping the University to reduce its waste. Summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies.
Claire Martin, Projects Coordinator for Events and Student Engagement, reflects on how Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 was celebrated by both the University and the city. Continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
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.
With the festive season in full flow, 3rd year Social Anthropology student Zoe Anderson reflects on her internship at the One World Shop and why we should consider choosing fair trade products at Christmas.
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
Liz Cooper reports on the Ethical Trade and Human Rights Forum which took place in London on the 19th and 20th October 2015.
Have you noticed how the words ‘Fairtrade’, ‘local’ and ‘sustainably sourced’ are more and more common on food and drink labels? As a central part of our everyday life, economy and ecosystems, food can be a major lever for positive social and environmental impact, and the University of Edinburgh has considerable weight in the Scottish food chain.
By Oriane Brunet
By Fiona Richmond, Project Manager at Scotland Food & Drink
Industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink welcomed the opportunity to be part of this year’s University of Edinburgh Freshers’ Food Festival and the chance to both speak to, and hopefully inspire, students from far and wide about the importance of good food and Scotland’s abundant larder.
By Liz Cooper, Research and Policy Manager
Ethics, social responsibility and sustainability are attracting more and more attention in the world of finance and investment, following financial crisis and recessions, and in the context of climate change. This month, Edinburgh hosted the first Global Ethical Finance Forum, organised by Middle East Global Advisors.
Javier Ureña Palencia, MSc International Business and Emerging Markets and Lauren Opstad, MSc Environment and Development, give an overview of their placements in Malawi looking at fair trade supply chains.
In May 2015 I presented a paper at the Fair Trade International Symposium, held at the Politecnico di Milano, entitled ‘How can universities better contribute to the fair trade agenda? Developing collaboration between researchers and practitioners in a university for social impact’. My paper focused on the case of the University of Edinburgh and its approach to fair trade.