Our commitment to sustainability
Being socially responsible and sustainable is a key part of how we do things at the University of Edinburgh.
Sustainability is firmly embedded in our buildings policy at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine to manage all our workplace activities which impact our environment and its resources.
Everyone working or studying at the University of Edinburgh is encouraged to save energy day to day to contribute to the University's target of becoming zero carbon by 2040.
As well as adopting sustainable behaviours like turning off lights and switching off equipment when not in use, staff and students can make improvements to their workplace with the Sustainable Campus Fund.
Waste and recycling
Producing unnecessary waste causes environmental damage and costs money. Warp It, the University’s internal reuse platform, can help you reuse equipment and materials you no longer need and allow you to claim items for free rather than buying new. Staff and students are also encouraged to think about reducing their own waste, for example, by using a keep cup or a reusable water bottle.
Support is available to help you try out active travel, video conferencing, and to consider taking the train over the plane for business trips within the UK. The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website gives timetables of the bus routes and shuttle buses that service BioQuarter (Little France) as well as information for cyclists. The University provides interest-free loans to purchase annual tickets for public transport.
Fairness in trade and sustainable procurement
We have developed a key strategy in Sustainable Procurement and are putting our efforts into involving our buildings in the process. Fairness in trade and sustainable procurement means calling for responsible practices in relation to workers, environment and society to be followed by our suppliers. This includes work around modern slavery, conflict minerals and supporting fair trade.
Lab and office teams from across the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine have the opportunity to champion social responsibility and sustainability in their areas through the University’s Sustainability Awards.
Labs use many times more energy and water per square metre than office spaces and can produce large quantities of waste including hazardous, clinical and single-use plastics.
Learn new things and develop your career with staff development training courses. The Be Sustainable online training is a quick introduction to starting to think about sustainability. Be Sustainable Advanced is a more in-depth course.
Researchers and academic staff can also think about using the ‘Living Lab’ approach to link up their research with improvements to University practice.
Wellbeing groups on the BioQuarter campus inspire people to take up sport and develop active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
The Little France Jog Scotland group meets at lunch time three times a week at the Chancellor’s Building.
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Get in touch
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability works to enable the University to understand, explain and deliver on its ambition to be a leading socially responsible and sustainable university.
If you have any questions, please email SRS.Department@ed.ac.uk or call +44 (0)131 651 3000.