Transition Edinburgh University (TEU) is a community project of students and staff working to create a low-carbon University.
Reducing student and staff footprints
- Completed feasibility study into establishing TEU project with support of £18,000 grant from Climate Challenge Fund.
- Awarded £339,000 by Climate Challenge Fund to establish TEU project. Six staff and twenty interns employed to deliver project.
- 300 people signed Food Fellowship Pledge, leading to 1 tCO2e annual reduction per person. Sold over 700 bags of local, organic, cost price, vegetables on campus. Over 100 people attended food skills courses. Established an orchard and community vegetable growing garden for residents of University accommodation.
- Big Green Makeover trained 90 volunteers in energy efficiency and motivational interviewing, provided energy efficiency advice at 30 campus clinics, and completed 50 home energy visits, leading to estimated savings of 150 tCO2e. The project received People and Planet’s Going Greener Award.
- 172 people signed the Travel Pledge leading to estimated savings of 99 tCO2e. The Travel Pledge received People and Planet’s Going Greener Award.
- Carbon Conversations peer learning programme trained 42 facilitators, over 180 people participated in the course, resulting in estimated savings of 550 tCO2e.
- Free Shop made available 7 tonnes of furniture and equipment, that departing students had to leave behind, to students in Freshers Week and to homeless people moving into housing, with an estimated saving of 70 tCO2e.
Helping you reduce carbon emissions
Get a Big Green Makeover
Make your home warmer, more cosy and cheaper to live in. Get face to face advice, at home or in your workplace from the Big Green Makeover team.
Join Carbon Conversations
Carbon Conversations is an inspiring, practical 6-session course on low-carbon living, recently featured in the Guardian as one of the 20 best solutions to climate change.
Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and have fun! Find volunteering opportunities at EUSA’s volunteer centre.
Transition Edinburgh University management
Find out more about how Transition Edinburgh University is managed.
This article was published on May 20, 2011