2021 news

Social responsibility and sustainability news from 2021.

University catering wins three-star rating for sustainability

Food Made Good, three stars, 2021, Sustainable Restaurant Association
The University of Edinburgh (Accommodation, Catering and Events) achieved a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good initiative, the only university in Scotland to do so. 

Sustainability Awards 2022: Office Awards replaced by new Sustainability Framework

Office Sustainability Award winners 2018
A new, best-practice "Sustainability Framework" will be launched to help staff tackle the climate and nature crisis in their workplace.

University wins award for Climate Action

Green Gown Awards 2021: 2030 Climate Action - University of Edinburgh - Winner (large institution)
Projects to make investments greener, promote climate conscious travel, generate clean solar energy on campus and create new opportunities for students to learn about sustainability, have resulted in the University winning a "2030 Climate Action" Award at the annual Green Gown Awards.

Eight projects supported by the Derek and Maureen Moss Student Climate Innovation Grants 2021

Watering can pouring water onto three plants, each bigger than the last. The biggest plant has a shining planet earth growing.
Following on from COP 26, we are excited to announce the innovative student projects that have been selected to receive one-off financial contributions.

Welcome to your sustainable university

Hands holding Sustainable Development Goals
Find out about sustainability projects at the University by attending our welcome event and signing up for our newsletter for the chance to win a £100 voucher for the University Gift Shop.

University a finalist in five awards for sustainability

Green Gown Awards 2021 Finalist logo
The University of Edinburgh is in with a chance of winning five awards for sustainability in the annual Green Gown Awards.

Paid two week internship: compassion in SDGs (closed)

"Compassion is the glue that holds the SDGs together" - Liz Grant
Are you interested in a short term, immediate start student internship that will help drive real impact in the engagement and delivery of the SDGs?

Local oat milk start-up invites student research

Untitled Oats plant based milk bottle on grass
Are you interested or already doing a dissertation in the circular economy and plant based milk? We have an exciting Living Lab research project available.

University ranked 36th in the world for SDG impact

The University has been ranked 36th in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

University wins award for greening campus and city

Projects to increase biodiversity and improve adaptation to climate change resulted in the University winning a "Campus of the Future" Award at the annual Green Gown Awards.

SRS Programme Highlights for 1 November - 31 January 2020/21 (quarter two)

SRS Programmes Q2 Highlights 2020/21
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability provides high quality support and advice and facilitates programmes to catalyse action and collaboration.

10 ways the University became more socially responsible and sustainable in 2019-20

Easter Bush Solar Farm
From installing a solar farm to investing in 41 community projects, the University did some amazing things in 2019-20 to become more socially responsible and sustainable.

Student Project Grant: 2020-21 recipients

We are delighted to announce the student-led projects that will be receiving support this year.

SRS Programme Highlights for 1 August - 31 October 2020/21 (quarter one)

Michelle Brown Social Responsibility and Sustainability
In 2015 we started sharing our quarterly update to keep our student, staff and wider community informed about what we were up to, our highlights and lessons learned. As we set out our new SRS Department programme plans it is a tradition we want to continue and, as always, would welcome your thoughts and suggestions on things you would like to hear about.

Win a £75 voucher this Fairtrade Fortnight!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by entering our two competitions. Share how you're supporting Fairtrade on social media for the chance to win a £25 or £50 One World Shop voucher. Enter our crafting, making and baking blog post competition for the chance to win a £75 voucher.

Our pledge of more veg with Peas Please

Peas Please logo: Making a pledge for more veg
The University of Edinburgh is increasing the amount of vegetables it serves to encourage students and staff to eat an extra portion per day.