Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Become a student Sustainability Champion

Join a network of students and staff making the University of Edinburgh more sustainable by developing skills to lead positive change in your area of study, residence or work.

As staff, students and citizens, our decisions matter.  The new Sustainability Champions network will support the University community to make positive changes in response to the climate emergency and global Sustainable Development Goals.

Michelle BrownHead of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Programmes
Sustainability Champions - three hands over the earth

The role of Sustainability Champions

  • Act as a champion for sustainability in your course, societies and residence, and work with others to embed good practice.

  • Increase your own knowledge of sustainability by reading materials and attending events organised throughout the year.

  • Support and empower others to become more sustainable.

  • Be an honest and critical friend to the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability, giving us feedback on how the support we offer is working for you in your area of the University.

What are the benefits?

There are multiple benefits to being a Sustainability Champion: 

  • Join an enthusiastic network of staff and students from across the University who are also interested in sustainability.

  • Receive newsletters, training and events to increase your knowledge of sustainability and your confidence to take action, leading to personal development (which you can put on your LinkedIn page or CV).

  • Take on a flexible role designed to suit different interests, knowledge levels and workloads.

  • A space to make your voice heard and find solutions to sustainability issues you face.

Attend the first Sustainability Champions event for students

We're holding a "Sustainability Champions launch" event for students in October 2019. We'll email you in September inviting you to this; don't worry if you can't make it, as our quarterly Sustainability Champion newsletter will keep you up to speed.

After that, we'll hold quarterly events for students and staff to attend together.

View Sustainability Champions events

Register your interest

Register your interest using the form below. In September we'll email you inviting you to the Sustainability Champions launch event so you can learn more about the network.


Member of staff? Sign up to be Staff Sustainability Champion


General enquiries

  • Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Contact details



Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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