Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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Upcoming events

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Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 6 December

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 13 December

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 24 January

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 7 February

Please note this market is taking place on a Thursday as part of the Sustain.Ed Festival. Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - *Thursday* 15 February

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 28 February

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Potterrow Market - 14 March

Past events

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Featuring fresh ingredients, delicious snacks and passionate producers. Come grab some quality groceries and show your support for independent local traders. No need to put off food shopping until the weekend - do it on campus instead!

Read about Potterrow Market - 22 November

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Enlightenment Lecture with Roy Greenslade.

Read about Enlightenment Lecture: can journalism survive the death of newspapers?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Read about Liminal states: betwixt and between sleep and wakefulness

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Read about Knowledge and its boundaries

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Immigration and the crisis of political trust", with Professor Christina Boswell.

Read about Immigration and the crisis of political trust

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world", with Dr Nina Morris.

Read about Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "New phases of matter through boundaries and topology", with Dr Christopher Stock.

Read about New phases of matter through boundaries and topology

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Be Sustainable Workshop is an opportunity to learn about sustainability and social responsibility at the University.

Read about Be Sustainable Lunch and Learn (Easter Bush)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Crossing boundaries: mental health and mental disorder, care and punishment", with Professor Lindsay Thomson.

Read about Crossing boundaries: mental health and mental disorder, care and punishment

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Crossing boundaries for sustainability", with Michelle Brown.

Read about Crossing boundaries for sustainability

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Be Sustainable Workshop is an opportunity to learn about sustainability and social responsibility at the University.

Read about Be Sustainable Lunch and Learn (students only)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Please join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Redrawing boundaries: religion, violence and the search for peace", with Professor Jolyon Mitchell.

Read about Redrawing boundaries: religion, violence and the search for peace

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Do you work, study or volunteer with organisations or individuals in the Edinburgh area? If so, please come and share your experience with others over lunch!

Read about Community Engagement Show and Tell - Kings Buildings

Monday, 18 September 2017 - Friday, 22 September 2017

Climate Week (Monday 18 - Friday 22 September 2017) aims to raise awareness of and inspire action on climate change. Take part in one of a number of events happening across campus.

Read about Climate Week 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Be Sustainable Workshop is an opportunity to learn about sustainability and social responsibility at the University.

Read about Be Sustainable Lunch and Learn (students only)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Calling all foodies! Join us for the ‘Good Food Festival’ where we will showcase the best sustainable food Edinburgh has to offer.

Read about Good Food Festival: a celebration of sustainable and ethical food

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pop along to see us at the Activities Fair to find out more about the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, whether it’s cycling, sustainable food, energy or fair trade!

Read about Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the Activities Fair 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Did you know you’re studying at a Fairtrade university? This will be a chance for you to learn more about what it means to be Fairtrade, and the impact that it has on wider communities.

Read about Welcome to your Fairtrade University

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We are organising the summer meetup for Energy Coordinators. Come along to enjoy a networking lunch and to hear and discuss recent developments on the University's energy programme.

Read about Energy Coordinator summer meetup

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

University of Edinburgh Waste and Recycling Coordinators are invited to attend this annual meeting, which is taking place on Wednesday 14th June, 10.30 - 12 noon.

Read about Waste and Recycling Coordinator meet up

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

As part of its 'Zero by 2040' climate strategy, the University of Edinburgh is looking to invest in renewable energy.

Read about Renewable Energy at UoE - have your say! (Central Area 30th May & Kings Buildings 31st May)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

How would like to find out about how the University is becoming more Sustainable and Socially Responsible? How would you like to help us become carbon free by 2040?

Read about Be Sustainable induction workshop

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Academics, activists and comedians come together to pitch their vision of the future world.

Read about The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Climate change in a connected world

Friday, 7 April 2017

Join The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for a chance to discover a range of new low carbon vehicles and technologies on the market.

Read about Future vehicle showcase

Friday, 7 April 2017

Join us during the Edinburgh International Science Festival for an evening of pedal powered cinema!

Read about Bike powered cinema - Just Eat It: A food waste story

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Sustainability Awards, which have been running since 2010, offer an opportunity for staff and students to contribute towards the University of Edinburgh becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Read about Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Social enterprises and other third sector organisations are increasingly seen as a means of tackling social and environmental issues through innovative ways that government and private sector firms cannot. But what can a social enterprise do to empower individuals to make a difference?

Read about Getting your hands dirty: how social enterprise can make a difference

Monday, 27 February 2017 - Sunday, 12 March 2017

Each year Fairtrade Fortnight brings together campaigners, businesses, schools, and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. 

Read about Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

This fun, engaging session is open to all University of Edinburgh staff and students, with an interest in SRS issues.

Read about SRS staff and student workshop: building a vision for 2040

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Supply chains can be so complex; how can we be sure that the products we buy and the services we use are not linked to harsh working conditions, modern slavery or armed conflict?

Read about Human rights abuses in supply chains: what can we do?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The University of Edinburgh produces over 3000 tonnes of waste every year. This field trip to the Biffa material recovery facility, will give students an insight into the recycling process, the impact of waste at the University and other large organisations.

Read about Biffa tour: How does recycling work?

Monday, 20 February 2017

Staff and students are invited to explore whether the concept of a model village can be updated and reconstructed to provide a framework for community building in two contexts: within the globalised cityscape of Edinburgh; and a post-conflict living environment for displaced peoples in the South Sudan.

Read about Design for well-being: modelling villages for 21st century

Thursday, 16 February 2017

We are delighted to share the news that the University of Edinburgh’s first Farmers’ Market is being piloted in mid-February. Drop by Potterrow on Thursday the 16th of February to grab some quality groceries and show your support for fresh, seasonal, home grown produce.

Read about Farmers' Market

Monday, 6 February 2017

Join us on Monday 6 February for the annual Careers in Sustainability event. We will be bringing together a panel of speakers from a range of sectors who are working in sustainability.

Read about Careers in Sustainability 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

This event will explore the role of universities in tackling climate change, following the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Read about Tackling climate change: the role of universities after Paris

Friday, 20 January 2017

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities to work together, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Let's talk about racism

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The University will publish a new climate strategy in autumn 2016 to replace the current Climate Action Plan 2010-20. The strategy will set out a new whole institutional approach to addressing climate change and will include revised targets for the University.

Read about Climate Strategy Launch Open Meetings

Friday, 25 November 2016

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Exploring Social Enterprise

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Enlightenment Lecture, "Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?", with science journalist and broadcaster Quentin Cooper.

Read about Enlightenment Lecture: Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Join us for Our Changing World Lecture, "Climate-smart food" with Professor Dave Reay.

Read about Climate-smart food

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Gain a better understanding of the importance of circular economy thinking in today's world by playing the IN THE LOOP board game.

Read about In the Loop

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "The greening of the Arctic", with Dr Isla Myers-Smith.

Read about The greening of the Arctic

Friday, 4 November 2016 - Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Edinburgh Sustainability Jam is back! This 48 hour intensive hackathon (or 'Jam') is aimed at bringing together people from all backgrounds to solve social, economic and environmental issues of our world.

Read about Edinburgh Sustainability Jam 2016

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

University of Edinburgh academics (including PhD students) are invited to join an interdisciplinary SRS Academic Network meeting on the theme of Energy and Climate.

Read about SRS Academic Network meeting: Energy and Climate

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Genetically engineering livestock – why?" with Professor Bruce Whitelaw.

Read about Genetically engineering livestock – why?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "Living in a salt-saturated society – do your genes fit?" with Dr Matthew Bailey.

Read about Living in a salt-saturated society – do your genes fit?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "The price of anarchy: why choosing the right routes for travel matters" with Dr Kathryn Stewart.

Read about The price of anarchy: why choosing the right routes for travel matters

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The recent global financial crisis led to those stakeholders that operate within our financial markets to come into the public spotlight through increased scrutiny by society and the media.

Read about Responsibility of financial market players: the bad, the ugly and the surprising

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Join us for the Our Changing World Lecture, "In our own terms: evolving identities and diversities in black and minority ethnic youth" with Dr Rowena Arshad.

Read about In our own terms: evolving identities and diversities in black and minority ethnic youth

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Join us for this Our Changing World Lecture, "Social wellbeing: the global happiness epidemic" with Dr Neil Thin.

Read about Social wellbeing: the global happiness epidemic

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, "Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?" with Professor Sir Tom Devine.

Read about Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities to work together, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Creating a sustainable food culture

Friday, 16 September 2016

This event is the gastronomic highlight of the 'Welcome Week' calendar. Join us for an afternoon of delicious food where we will be showcasing Edinburgh’s finest sustainable food businesses, food-loving societies and organisations! We hope you’re hungry…

Read about Freshers Food Festival 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - Thursday, 15 September 2016

Do you want to help make your university campus more sustainable and socially responsible? Then pop along to our stall at the Activities Fair!

Read about Activities Fair 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Join us for a tour of Edinburgh’s most ethical and sustainable places!

Read about Not Another Campus Tour

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Join us for this keynote from Cary Krosinsky, Lecturer, Yale College and Yale Climate and Energy Institute at Yale University and Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Read about Cary Krosinsky Lecture: Smart Divestment

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

You are cordially invited to the 2016 Sustainability Awards Ceremony!

Read about Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Staff and students from across the University are invited to participate in the Social Responsibility & Sustainability workshop on Wednesday 13th April.

Read about Social Responsibility & Sustainability Staff and Student Workshop

Saturday, 9 April 2016

A chance to get up-close and hands-on with a range of futuristic vehicles. Featuring sleek high performance electric sports cars, top of the range e-bikes, solar-powered cars, cargo bikes and taxi trikes.

Read about Bike v Cars Future Vehicle Showcase

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Robert Llewellyn – actor, comedian, writer and the man behind hit Fringe show Electric Cars are Rubbish. Aren't They? – makes a special stop at ECCI to recharge batteries and share stories of his electric automotive and two-wheeled adventures.

Read about Electric Automotive Adventures with Robert Llewellyn

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Professor Kevin Anderson will talk about the the successes and failures of the Paris process – offering not only an alternative take on the Agreement, but also sketching out how there still remains an outside chance of avoiding the 2°C characterisation of dangerous climate change.

Read about Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: How Paris locks out 2°C

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Interested in reuse and repair rather than sending things to landfill? Come and meet local social enterprises, businesses and charities who are helping the University do just that.

Read about Reuse Hoose

Monday, 29 February 2016

Taking place on the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, this event seeks to explore the issues and ways in which individuals and organisations can contribute to ending modern slavery.

Read about Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?

Friday, 26 February 2016

The University of Edinburgh has for a long time taken pro-active action on sustainability leading to the establishment of our department - Social Responsibility and Sustainability - in 2013.

Read about Celebrating Years of SRS Progress at Edinburgh with David Somervell

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Join the Chaplaincy for a fundamental reflection on the University's purpose in relation to Climate Change.

Read about The Personal Politics of Climate Change

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The University academic estate produces over 3,000 tonnes of waste each year and over 90% of this waste is diverted from landfill.

Read about Biffa tour: How does recycling work?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Following upon the success of the annual Edinburgh Sustainability Jams (where we participated in the Global Sustainability Jam), we are holding a mini-Jam during Innovative Learning Week which is open to anyone interested in the issue of climate change.

Read about Mini Sustainability Jam on Climate Change

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Apply to be part of a Circular Economy challenge from The Sustainable Business Initiative.

Read about There Is No Alternative ... or is there? Circular Economy Challenge

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Since 2002 the University of Edinburgh has invested more than £20 million in an efficient network of low carbon and renewable power generation that now provides the majority of our energy needs.

Read about University of Edinburgh Action for the Climate: Walking the Talk

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

This event offers an insight into all that a career in sustainability has to offer; showcasing the range of careers available and the routes into employment.

Read about Careers in Sustainability 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A lecture by Keith Barnham, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Imperial College London.

Read about Can Scotland can achieve an all-renewable electricity supply by 2020?

Monday, 1 February 2016

Join us for a debate about the value of the agreements made during COP21.

Read about COP21: Turning point for the climate?

Friday, 20 November 2015

This forum will allow academics, policy-makers, NGOs, journalists and students to discuss, inform, analyse and debate the issues under negotiation in Paris.

Read about Paris 2015: Politics, Policies and Principles

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Buchanan Institute is excited to announce a week of lectures based on our changing climate in the run up to COP21.

Read about Climate Change Lecture Week

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

In this presentation and dialogue, Ken Webster will argue that our linear 'take-make-dispose' economy is a 19th-century heritage adrift in the 21st-century reality.

Read about How is prosperity still possible in today's globalised economy?

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The event will provide students with an insight into the Pole to Paris campaign by hearing from Beth Ward, Public Outreach & UK Section Coordinator and Edinburgh alumni taking part in the UK leg of the campaign.

Read about From Pole to Paris

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The event will hear from a panel of senior academics and Scottish Government representatives about the University’s contribution and Scotland’s wider role in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Read about COP21: Scotland’s Contribution

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Javier Ureña Palencia, MSc International Business and Emerging Markets and Lauren Opstad, MSc Environment and Development, will talk about their experiences on placement in Malawi this summer, looking at fair trade lentils supply chains – including impacts on livelihoods, and value chain analysis.

Read about Fair trade lentils in Malawi - findings from MSc student placements

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

You are cordially invited to the 2014-15 Sustainability Awards Ceremony!

Read about Sustainability Awards 2015

Saturday, 18 April 2015

For the first time ever ECCI is partnering with the Edinburgh's annual Science Festival: the world's first celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe's largest.

Read about What does a low carbon future look like?

Friday, 13 March 2015

This lunchtime session explores the challenge that brain drain present for global justice, and how universities can contribute to reversing this trend.

Read about Should Edinburgh University worry about contributing to brain drain?

Monday, 2 March 2015

How can fair cotton make a difference? Join us for a showcase of ethical clothing and learn more about the production and supply of Fair Trade textiles.

Read about Meet the Fair Trade producers

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Please join us for this Ethics Forum public debate of ethical questions relating to buying or not minerals from conflict zones, and the various approaches to improving livelihoods and reducing conflict in these areas

Read about What should the University do about conflict minerals?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Join us for an insightful talk exploring the pervasiveness of sugar in the contemporary diet, and strategies proposed to change dietary habits.

Read about A capital appetite: The political economy of sugar consumption

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Don’t know what your old possessions are made of? Hate filling your bin on moving out day? Then why not join us for this hands-on workshop, and find out how to repurpose all that personal ‘junk’ waiting to be thrown out!

Read about Salon: No Time to Waste

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Interested in embarking on a career in sustainability? Join us for an insightful evening featuring alumni from the University of Edinburgh, now working in a range of careers in the fields of sustainability and social responsibility.

Read about Careers in Sustainability

Friday, 6 February 2015

This lunchtime session examines what a commitment to social responsibility implies for educational institutions, and how these demands might conflict with principles of academic freedom.

Read about Does social responsibility mean limiting academic freedom?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Please join us for an evening of debate on the circular economy and its role in creating a sustainable future.

Read about Time for Smarter Economics

Friday, 7 November 2014

Please join us for this Ethics Forum lunchtime session examining gender inequality.

Read about Reducing inequality: Has the University eradicated sexism?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The security of our global future is dependent on a less wasteful and linear economy. But how can we disrupt and innovate today's economic system?

Read about Salon: Disruptive innovation

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Please join us for this Ethics Forum public event on divestment and the role of educational institutions in the move towards climate justice.

Read about Should the University divest from fossil fuels?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

An evening of debate on the role of rewilding in Scotland and its place on the global development agenda.

Read about Rewilding the world

Friday, 3 October 2014

Please join us for this Ethics Forum lunchtime session examining religious approaches to investment.

Read about Prophets on Investment: Exploring religious approaches to finance