Social Responsibility and Sustainability

2020-21 Sustainability Awards recipients

The Sustainability Awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards the University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

The Awards Celebration

Green star held by three hands

It’s no surprise that the Annual Sustainability Awards Celebration looked a little different this year. The online event incorporated a range of elements such as music, poetry, videos and live contributions that provided an opportunity to share and celebrate experiences of implementing sustainability initiatives.

The celebration highlighted some of the amazing work students and staff have undertaken in the past year. We heard from The Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson as well as getting an insider look into the local and global work of several student-led social enterprises.

We had an excellent line-up of entertainment including music from the A Cappella society and a live poetry reading from the co-editor and writer of Eudaemonia Records and current MSc Literature and Modernity student, Katrine Hjulstad.

The event had a fantastic panel of University of Edinburgh student and staff members who delivered presentations to uplift and inspire, including the Students' Association Vice President Community Amanda Scully and the Director of Social Responsibly & Sustainability, Dave Gorman.

Award winners were announced at various points throughout the celebration.

Changemaker Awards

The SRS Changemaker Award recognises individual staff and students who have brought noticeable positive change to the University and its community either by undertaking a successful socially responsible or sustainable project or by inspiring others to act in a more socially responsible and sustainable way.

Submissions that demonstrated a measurable positive impact, that have shared or communicated their actions to others and that align with the University's Social and Civic Responsibility Plan and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were more likely be successful.

Social and Civic Responsibility Plan 

United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals [external link]

United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Winners

Highly commended

Working from Home Award recipients

The Working from Home Awards are designed to support the sustainability journey of staff and students, wherever they are working.

Participants completed at least 10 actions in areas where they could make the biggest social responsibility and sustainability impact while working remotely. Actions covered a range of topics, including Communications & Engagement, Resource Efficiency, Travel, Energy, Purchasing, Health & Wellbeing, with 27 to choose from. Each action also contributes to at least one Sustainable Development Goal.

Student Residence Awards

The Student Residence Awards allow students to work with their neighbours and Resident Assistant to transform their residence into a shining example of social responsibility and sustainability.

Murano House achieved a Bronze Award for the Student Residence category.

Office and Lab Awards - still accredited

We extended the validity for all Office and Lab Awards teams this year due to the exceptional circumstances. Everyone listed in the pages below who achieved their awards in 2018/19 and 2019/20 continue to be accredited.

Office Award recipients still accredited Lab Award recipients still accredited

Find out more about the Sustainability Awards

Office gold awards projects 2019