Let's make the University of Edinburgh more sustainable!

Find out about sustainability projects at the University by attending one of our events and signing up for our newsletter for the chance to win one of three £50 University Gift Shop vouchers.

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Welcome events

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Keen to get involved in sustainability and social responsibility during your time at the University of Edinburgh but don't know where to start?

Come along to one of our Welcome Week events to find out how you can take action at the University and in your local community.

Climate and Sustainability: Empowering Students to Take Action

  • 11am - 12pm, Monday 12 September - Central Area (Appleton Tower M2)
  • 1pm - 2pm, Tuesday 13 September - King's Buildings (JCMB, 1206C)
  • 11am - 12pm, Wednesday 14 September - - Central Area (Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2)

No registration is needed.

Getting involved in your local community in Edinburgh

  • 11am - 12pm, Thursday 15 September - (Appleton Tower M2)

Register for community event

Student opportunities

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) offers a range of ways for students and staff to get stuck in, no matter your background, what you are studying or where you’re working.

Whatever you’re interested in, we've got you covered:

We recommend beginning with our Introduction to Sustainability online course. It will introduce you to some of the ways you can become more sustainable at the University of Edinburgh, and in your own life.

Introduction to Sustainability

For those wanting to explore the climate crisis in more depth, the department runs accredited Carbon Literacy Training, online and face-to-face. Carbon Literacy means being aware of the impact of everyday activities on the climate, knowing what steps can be taken to reduce emissions and why it’s important that we all take these steps.

Carbon Literacy Training

Find out more about developing your skills, funding opportunities and how to become a Sustainability Champion on our student page.

Explore all student opportunities

Sign up for our newsletter for a chance to win a £50 voucher

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We are giving away three £50 vouchers for the University's gift shop to stock up on sustainable items to get you started at the University.

You can browse some of the more socially responsible and sustainable items we have our eye on by searching 'SRS' and 'Fairtrade' on the online shop.

  • Reusable cups and bottles, including the iconic Keep Cup
  • Reusable bioplastic or metal straws
  • Reusable bamboo cutlery
  • Fair trade clothing

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Products filtered by Fairtrade

The giveaway is open to current students. The competition closes 30 September 2022, 5pm.

All newsletter signs ups from 31 August 2022 are automatically entered. Winners will be contacted by email.

Sign up for our newsletter before the closing date to enter the giveaway.

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Contact details



Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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