Launch of the Sustainability Awards 2016

Today marks the launch of The University of Edinburgh’s Sustainability Awards, a nationally-accredited scheme that recognises efforts by staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Who can participate

Teams from any part of the University can participate in the Sustainability Awards – either join an existing team in your area or start your own team by registering your interest in taking part.

We have four different types of Sustainability Award spanning the breadth of the University so that everyone can get involved:

  • Office
  • Lab
  • Student Society
  • Student Residence

Each category comes with its own toolkit containing a set of specifically-designed criteria to encourage action in key social responsibility and sustainability themes. Your team will work together to complete the toolkit and track your progress using our online  platform.


By taking part you’ll be joining a community of over 200 staff and students work are working to make a difference within our University. You’ll have the opportunity to work as a team with colleagues and develop skills. Your team will receive recognition for your achievements from senior members of the University.

Every year teams make a big impact by finding new ways to conserve resources, save energy, fundraise for good causes and build links with the local community.

If your team is successful, you will receive a locally-crafted and sustainably-sourced trophy, presented at the next Sustainability Awards ceremony.  


Interested teams can register their interest now. Criteria should be completed by the end of October 2016.

In November 2016, trained staff and student auditors will meet with you to review your efforts and give feedback on your team’s performance. You will receive support from the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability throughout the process.

Register your interest in the Sustainability Awards

Register your interest in taking part in the Sustainability Awards

For more information, please contact Caro Overy.

Caroline Overy

Engagement Manager

Contact details


  • Caro joined the team in 2010 as a part of the Transition project.
    She coordinates projects to engage staff and and students in different
    sustainability initiatives across the University.