Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Practical sustainability advice and resources for students

Read guidance on energy saving, waste reduction, sustainable travel, buying responsibly and sustainable labs for students.

Help us go zero carbon by 2040

Join the drive for the University to become Zero by 2040, as set out in the University's Climate Strategy.

Find out more about Zero by 2040 Find out what staff can do

Help us reach our zero waste vision

Find out more about our #ZeroWasteUoE campaign

Save energy

Energy drawing (Katie Chappell)
Find out how to save energy around the University and in your everyday life.

Travel sustainably

Travel drawing (Katie Chappell)
Learn about the benefits of walking and cycling around campus, as well as other ways to travel sustainably further afield. Practically all modes of travel apart from walking and cycling depend on fossil fuels, meaning that the way we choose to travel can have a big impact on the environment.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Katie Chappell illustration: waste
Find out about how you can recycle using University bins, get on board with reusables, and learn about simple actions you can take to save paper.

Get involved with the local community

Katie Chappell illustration: community
Find out how you can have a positive impact on the surrounding Edinburgh community.

Buy responsibly

Katie Chappell illustration: fairtrade
What you buy sends ripples down the supply chain, affecting people's lives around the world.

Be sustainable in the lab

Pink lab energy illustration
It's easy to make your lab more sustainable. Here are some things you can do right now.