2015 news

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University wins prestigious EAUC Green Gown Award for sustainable laboratories

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability are pleased to announce that the University has won an award at the EAUC Green Gown Awards ceremony in the category ‘Facilities and Services’ for their project ‘Sustainable Laboratories – sharing best practice through peer learning’.

Announcing the Labs Small Equipment Fund

Working with the Procurement Department, we’ve launched a fund of £5,000 to help labs across the University make sure they’re using the most sustainable equipment.

New cooperative launches share offer to harness the power of the sun for community benefit

The Edinburgh Community Solar Cooperative is an opportunity for Edinburgh residents to co-operatively own solar panels.

Dissertation Prizes launched!

In collaboration with different academic Schools, we are launching the Social Responsibility & Sustainability Dissertation Prizes for the academic year 2015/16, to highlight and recognise student research on social responsibility and sustainability themes.

Freshers Week 2015

Find out about Freshers' Week events from the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Consultation now open to update business travel guidance

The existing guidance for business travel is being reviewed and staff are invited to input their thoughts.

Changes to the Sustainability Awards programme

Trophies at the 2015 Edinburgh University Sustainability Awards
The University's Sustainability Awards programme is changing in response to feedback from teams.

Do you need a computer? (For work)

Our PC reuse project has about 300 computers available for staff and postgraduate use. Get in touch to see if you could claim one.

University announced as finalist in Green Gown Awards

The University of Edinburgh is a finalist in two categories of the Green Gown Awards 2015.

University and EUSA win NUS sustainability and social responsibility awards

The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University Students’ Association have been awarded the NUS Responsible Futures accreditation and also NUS Green Impact awards at a national ceremony in Manchester.

Circular Economy report published

Researchers and practitioners at the University of Edinburgh have been working together to identify how principles of the Circular Economy can be embedded in Research, Learning & Teaching and Operations at the University and have published a report on their findings.

Fossil fuel divestment intent signalled

A signpost in George Square
The University is writing to three of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers to inform them that it intends to fully divest from their activities within the next six months.

Staff and students recognised at Sustainability Awards

The innovation and achievement of both staff and students was celebrated at the fifth annual Edinburgh Sustainability Awards.

New University recycling contract

Students visit a Biffa Materials Recovery Facility
Biffa has been awarded the contract to collect office waste for the University. Staff and students should be aware of a few important changes to our recycling bins as a result.

Student project grant launched

Students construct a Bike-powered Cinema
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, in partnership with EUSA, has launched a grant to support student led projects focusing on sustainability and social responsibility.

Get involved at the next Student Forum

Students take part in the SRS Student Forum
The Student Forum brings together students and student societies, to inspire action, share ideas and encourage collaboration on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

Thumbs up for glove recycling scheme

A member of staff in the School of Chemistry has received an award for setting up the one of the first laboratory glove recycling schemes in the UK.

Edinburgh one of top Universities for ethics and environmental responsibility

The University of Edinburgh was ranked one of top universities for ethics and environmental responsibility in Scotland in the People & Planet University League table and commended for its commitments to Workers' Rights.