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Congratulations to winners of the Sustainability Awards 2018

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2018 Sustainability Awards in five different categories.

Sustainability Awards 2018 - Bronze Audit with Students - Biological Sciences Administration Offices
A staff member in Biological Sciences shows trained student auditors around their administration offices.

The University's annual Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute to our University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Staff Awards

Staff teams participating in the Office and Lab Sustainability Awards represent schools, departments and research institutes from across the University. We estimate that 30% of University staff have been reached by the Sustainability Awards.

Teams must demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and sustainability by fulfilling a range of criteria focused on promoting ethical and environmentally-friendly working practices and behaviours. Efforts are then reviewed by trained student auditors, or staff peer auditors in the case of the Lab Awards. 

This year’s Awards recipients made an invaluable contribution to social responsibility and sustainability at our University by raising awareness, conserving resources, saving energy, streamlining scientific and research practices and fundraising for good causes.

Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work and successes in 2018!

Sustainability Awards 2018 celebration
Sustainability Awards 2018 celebration

Student Awards

The Student Residence Award category is an accreditation scheme that encourages students to work with the University to establish better practices in their halls.

18 teams participated in the fourth year of this scheme. This year also saw more teams reach gold than ever, with six teams achieving the most challenging level.

New categories

The 'Community Partnership Awards' are a new category for this year. They recognise both the positive social impact the winning activities have had and the fact that the winners have worked in partnership with local communities in order to achieve them.

Our other new category, 'Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemakers', recognises and rewards staff who demonstrate leadership in social responsibility and sustainability and have had a huge impact on other staff and students, despite it not being a formal part of their job description.

Celebration

Office and Labs Awards winners will be celebrated at the upcoming Sustainability Awards Celebration, along with the winners of our Student Residence Award category and other sustainability champions.

The event took place on the afternoon of Thursday 28 March 2019, 12:30 – 15:00, in St. Cecilia's Hall.

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Congratulations to all of this year’s Sustainability Awards recipients! Your enthusiasm, dedication and actions exemplify the attitude required by everyone at the University to create a more socially responsible and sustainable place for us all to work, teach and learn. I thank each and every one of you for the time you have put in, and hope you continue to enjoy taking part.  

Dave GormanDirector of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

2018 Sustainability Awards recipients

Office Sustainability Awards 2018

Office Awards

Office Awards recipients fulfilled a range of social responsibility and sustainability criteria focusing on communications & engagement, energy saving, sustainable travel, resource efficiency, responsible purchasing and staff wellbeing.

17 teams were awarded bronze, silver or gold Office Awards in 2018, including seven new teams. Three teams were awarded gold for designing and implementing projects with a demonstrable sustainability impact, and two teams refreshed their gold status by working through the necessary criteria.

 

Team name Level
Easter Bush Campus
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Gold
Institute for Academic Development
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Gold
Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine
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Gold
Printing Services
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Gold
Sport & Exercise
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Gold
University of Edinburgh Business School
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Silver

The Horsfall Lab
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Silver
Scottish Student Sport
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Silver
Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF)
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Silver
Moray House School of Education
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Silver
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Silver
School of Mathematics
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Silver
School of Biological Sciences Admin Services Team
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Bronze
Biology Teaching Organisation 
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Bronze
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
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Bronze
Student Rent, ACE
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Bronze
Visitor Centre
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Bronze
Lab Sustainability Awards 2018

Lab Awards

Lab Awards recipients demonstrated compliance with a wide range of sustainable lab practices including efficient use of fume cupboards, management of chemicals and samples, and reducing waste, water and energy consumption.

Nine teams were awarded bronze, silver or gold Lab Awards in 2018, including three new teams.

 

Team name Level
Roslin Institute Laboratories
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Gold
Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF)
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Gold
Biology Teaching Organisation
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Silver
SRUC Biomarkers Lab
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Silver
School of Chemistry
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Silver
Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine 
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Silver
Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab
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Bronze
Denbigh Lab
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Bronze
SCRM Tissue Culture Team
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Bronze
Student Residence Sustainability Awards 2018

Student Residence Awards

 

Team name Level
Baird House
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Gold
Deaconess & New Arthur Place
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Gold
O'Shea
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Gold
Salisbury Court
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Gold
Sciennes & Ascham Court
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Gold
Shrubhill
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Gold
Brae House
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Silver
Buccleuch Place / Buccleuch Place Lane
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Silver
John Burnett House
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Silver
Kincaid's Court & College Wynd
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Silver
Murano
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Silver
Richmond Place & Roxburgh Place
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Silver
Robertson’s Close / Nicholson Street / South College Street
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Silver
Unite Bridge House
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Silver
Beaverbank
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Bronze
Chancellor's Court Block A
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Bronze
Hermits Croft / South Clerk Street / East Newington Place
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Bronze
Warrender Park Road / Spottiswoode Street
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Bronze
Community Impact Sustainability Awards 2018

Community Partnership Awards

 

Recipient Awarded for...

Tutoring project for Syrian refugees

Work in partnership with Edinburgh’s Syrian community to support school attainment, integration and transitions.

Dee Isaacs, for Music in the Community

A music in the community project with Leith Walk Primary School. Collecting the award on her behalf is project student Nadia Bennett. 

Neil Speirsfor Educated Pass

Work with educational and football partners to boost attainment and progression in young male school pupils.

All4Paws

Work with local support services to provide free veterinary care to the pets of homeless and vulnerably housed people. 

MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine Community Science Engagement Project

Work with the Craigmillar community to create opportunities to engage with science.

Edinburgh Local community grants previously funded projects

Sustainability Awards 2018 Changemakers

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemakers

 

Recipient Awarded for...
Ian Macaulay

Commitment and leadership in embedding social responsibility and sustainability into the working practices, supply chains and communications of Accommodation, Catering and Events, notably with the Good Food Policy.

Velda McCune Passion in embedding social responsibility and sustainability into your Institute's working practices and for continually inspiring others to undertake their own sustainability journey
Sharon Boyd Embedding social responsibility and sustainability into the Vet School curriculum, and making the link between student experience, student wellbeing and sustainability explicit.

Awards carried over

2017 Sustainability Awards staff winners
2017 Office and Lab Sustainability Awards winners

Office and Lab Awards remain valid for two years. The following teams hold awards from 2017 and continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.

Office Awards

Team name Level
Edinburgh Global & Student Recruitment and Admissions
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Gold
Careers Service
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Silver
Centre for Dementia Prevention
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Silver
Centre for Open Learning
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Silver
School of Law
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Silver
School of Social and Political Sciences
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Silver
Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
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Silver
Bioresearch & Veterinary Services
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Bronze

Lab Awards

Team name Level
MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Queen's Medical Research Institute
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Silver
The Horsfall Lab
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Silver
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Silver
Bioresearch & Veterinary Services
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Bronze

Participate in the 2019 Sustainability Awards

Interested in finding out more about the Sustainability Awards or thinking about getting involved? Let us know by registering your interest. We can put you in touch with an existing team in your area or help you start your own.

Register your interest for 2019

The Sustainability Awards are part of the National Union of Students’ Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme, which runs in over 50 UK further and higher education institutions. The Lab Awards criteria are also based the Green Impact scheme, which itself is based on an updated version of the international S-Lab programme.