2024 news

Social responsibility and sustainability news from 2024.

Wild Peffermill: Sowing the seeds for a nature positive future

A group of student athletes pose with a shovel and saplings at Peffermill Playing Fields
Earlier this month student athletes representing eight different sports teams gathered at Peffermill Playing Fields to plant trees and celebrate the launch of an exciting new project aiming to restore natural habitats on the site.

Students and staff welcome proposals to revise climate strategy (secured)

Bristo square enhanced with biodiversity/solar panels using AI, using Adobe Firefly. Original photo: Laurence Winram
Students and staff have expressed strong support for proposed updates to the University’s climate strategy, with over 80% of consultation respondents supporting all proposed directions of travel.

UK universities launch call for banking products that avoid financing fossil fuel expansion

Responsible Investment: hands holding money with seedling growing out and globe in the background
The University of Cambridge has formally asked the banking sector for proposals for products and services that do not support the growth of fossil fuel-related activities. The University of Edinburgh is among 60 UK institutions supporting this request.

University of Edinburgh launches “Take Action for Sustainability” pilot to drive green behavioural change

Sustainable Development Goals scattered across table
The University of Edinburgh is gearing up to pilot a new initiative called "Take Action for Sustainability." The programme is designed to encourage students and staff to make more sustainable choices.