Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Our programmes

We deliver high quality and impactful programmes to catalyse action and collaboration across campus and support the University in achieving its Social Responsibility and Sustainability strategy and related commitments.

Awards

Trophies at the 2015 Edinburgh University Sustainability Awards
The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Switch: energy engagement and communications

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability works with Estates to support the corporate objective to reduce energy by delivering a programme of awareness, engagement and practical action.

Sustainable laboratories

A researcher uses a microscope in a laboratory
Laboratories are critical sites for the University mission of creating knowledge and enhancing our position as one of the world’s leading research universities, making a sustainable contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world.

Sustainable Campus Fund

Sustainable campus fund graphic - sustainable technologies  coming out of a box labelled 'Sustainable Campus Fund'
Do you have an idea for a sustainable project at the University? The Sustainable Campus Fund is a real opportunity for anyone in the University to propose projects that could reduce the University’s impact on the environment.

Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy

The University is committed to implementing the European waste hierarchy of prevention, reduction, preparation for reuse, recycling, and recovery prior to disposal, aspiring to become a zero waste institution.

Fairness in trade and sustainable procurement

Fairness in trade and sustainable procurement means calling for responsible practices in relation to workers, environment and society to be followed by our suppliers.

Be Sustainable: training

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The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability offers training for all staff and students who are interested in learning how to work and live in a more sustainable way.

Support & advice

Joe gives staff recycling advice
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability provides a number of services that can help you and your department learn more about social responsibility and sustainability, and assist you to take action to improve your performance and efficiency.