Social Responsibility and Sustainability


Find out more about the projects we are undertaking to help the contribute towards the transition to a circular economy.

#ZeroWaste UoE: a new campaign to reduce waste at the University

#ZeroWasteUoE is a new University-wide campaign to encourage staff and students to waste less, reuse more and recycle effectively.

IT reuse

PC reuse
Unwanted machines are removed from a department, securely wiped, upgraded with appropriate software and hardware, and passed on to another area that needs them.

Warp It

Warp It is the University's internal reuse network, an online platform similar to eBay that allows staff and PhD students within our organisation to redistribute surplus goods.

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

Sustainability Champion network

Sustainability Champions are staff and student volunteers who provide a point of contact for various aspects of social responsibility and sustainability, including how to minimise waste.

Staff: Become a Sustainability Champion Students: Become a Sustainability Champion

Research and innovation

For us, treating the University as a Living Lab means using our own academic and student research capabilities to solve social responsibility and sustainability issues relating to our infrastructure and practices.

Circular Economy report

Too Good To Go

Many of the University of Edinburgh's cafés have been added to Too Good To Go, a food waste fighting app. Leftover meals are listed on the app for customers to pick up at a lower price, to stop perfectly good food from going in the bin. The app lets customers claim an estimated £12 worth of food for £4 from University cafés.

Find out more about Too Good To Go

Sustainable IT: Personal Computing Devices

Established in January 2020, this policy is focused on reducing the number of unnecessary personal computing devices. This will contribute positively to the University’s Zero by 2040 carbon ambition and reduce damage to the environment caused by the mining, manufacturing, transport and energy cost of additional devices; and minimise the disposal impact of old devices that cannot be recycled.

Sustainable IT: Personal Computing Devices SharePoint

Partnerships with external organisations

We are building relationships with resource efficiency related organisations around Edinburgh including: