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Gold Sustainability Award

The Roslin Institute has retained its Gold Lab Award for a fourth consecutive year.

Bronze, silver, and gold sustainability award logos

18 January 2017

The University of Edinburgh's Sustainability Awards recognise staff and students who make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.  Since the Sustainability Awards launched in 2010, an increasing number of staff and students have taken part every year. 35 sections of the University from every campus, group and college are now involved, finding new ways to conserve resources, save energy, streamline scientific and research practices, fundraise for good causes and build links with the local community.

The Sustainability Awards are part of the National Union of Students’ Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme, which runs in over 50 UK further and higher education institutions. The lab awards are also based on the criteria of the international S-Lab programme.

To achieve a 2016 Lab Award, the participating teams had to demonstrate compliance with a wide range of sustainable lab practices including efficient use of fume cupboards, management of chemicals and samples, and reducing waste, water and energy consumption.  Brian McTier and the Facilities team at Easter Bush Campus led The Roslin Institute's application and managed to succesfully retain its Gold status.

The Easter Bush Campus also received a Gold Office Award for the project led by Sharon Boyd on behalf od the Campus, which demonstrates the key role that veterinary medical research and teaching plays in achieving the UN's sustainable development goals ( It is one of the first award projects to focus specifically on social responsibility and sustainability in learning and teaching at the University.

Office and Lab Awards recipients will be honored at the Sustainability Awards ceremony on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th March 2017 in the Playfair Library, Old College.

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