Social Responsibility and Sustainability


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Disposable cup charge raised from 25p to 30p on campus

To encourage more students and staff to use reusable cups, University and Students' Association cafés will raise the charge on disposable cups from 25p to 30p in August and September 2019.

University "Highly Commended" in International Green Gown Awards

The University of Edinburgh has received a "Highly Commended" recognition in the "Sustainability Institution of the Year" category at the International Green Gown Awards.

University establishes Palm Oil Policy

Palm oil fresh fruit bunches
The University has passed a Palm Oil Policy setting out actions it will take to combat the negative impacts of unsustainable palm oil production. Central to this policy is a commitment to source food and cleaning products that contain certified sustainable palm oil.

University finalist in seven Green Gown Award categories

The University of Edinburgh - including members of staff and students - have been named finalists in seven categories in the 2019 Green Gown Awards, administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

#BeatAirPollution this World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June

World environment day
Worldwide, 91% of people live in areas where air quality exceeds the recommended limit in the World Health Organisation's guidelines. Find out what actions you can take at the University of Edinburgh for World Environment Day.

Staff help University to save over £720,000 by reusing items

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By reusing over 550,000kg of items, University staff and PhD students have saved over 760,000kg of CO2e, equivalent to having 331 fewer cars on the road in the UK.

University unveils new Adaptation Framework to become more climate-resilient

Aerial photo of central area
The Framework builds on the foundation laid out in the University of Edinburgh's Zero by 2040 Climate Strategy. It was presented at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference in May 2019.

Q3 highlights for 2018/19

2019 Q3 highlights
Find out what the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability has been working on in quarter 3 by exploring the numbers and stories we have collected and summarised in our quarterly infographic.