Supporting student learning through international collaboration

Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the recent “ESSA” project audit – an Erasmus + initiative that trains European students to visit other universities in order to perform sustainability auditing.

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Weather and housing research in the Indian Himalayas

Dr Heid Jerstad is a GCRF Post-doctoral research fellow in Social Anthropology, and is interested in how changing weather patterns impact human lives. Here she discusses her past research and the Weather Matters hub – an online space for scholars to debate weather and climate change-related research.

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Sustainability Heroes: Jo Green

To mark ECO Week 2017, which aims to promote the wide range of careers related to the environment and sustainability, we are profiling a range of professionals who are leading the way within the sustainability sector. We’re calling them our ‘Sustainability Heroes’!

Throughout the week we will publish a series of short, snappy interviews that give us insight into their day to day life at work, what motivates them, and how they got to where they are.

Our fourth Sustainability Hero for ECO Week 2017 is Jo Green, Chief Officer – Performance & Innovation for Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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Sustainability Heroes: Jonathan Hughes

To mark ECO Week 2017, which aims to promote the wide range of careers related to the environment and sustainability, we are profiling a range of professionals who are leading the way within the sustainability sector. We’re calling them our ‘Sustainability Heroes’!

Throughout the week we will publish a series of short, snappy interviews that give us insight into their day to day life at work, what motivates them, and how they got to where they are.

Our third Sustainability Hero for ECO Week 2017 is Jonathan Hughes, Chief Executive for Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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Sustainability Heroes: Cat Hirst

To mark ECO Week 2017, which aims to promote the wide range of careers related to the environment and sustainability, we are profiling a range of professionals who are leading the way within the sustainability sector. We’re calling them our ‘Sustainability Heroes’!

Throughout the week we will publish a series of short, snappy interviews that give us insight into their day to day life at work, what motivates them, and how they got to where they are.

Our second Sustainability Hero for ECO Week 2017 is Cat Hirst, Head of Learning & Innovation for UK Green Building Council.

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Sustainability Heroes: Andrew Pendleton

To mark ECO Week 2017, which aims to promote the wide range of careers related to the environment and sustainability, we are profiling a range of professionals who are leading the way within the sustainability sector. We’re calling them our ‘Sustainability Heroes’!

Throughout the week we will publish a series of short, snappy interviews that give us insight into their day to day life at work, what motivates them, and how they got to where they are.

Our first Sustainability Hero for ECOweek 2017 is Andrew Pendleton, Head of Campaigns for Friends of the Earth.

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Caro Overy: Veganuary

Caro Overy, Engagement Manager, reflects on her month of trying out a vegan lifestyle in January.

I’ve worked in Sustainability for most of my professional life, and so have quite frequently ended up in groups, meetings, or discussions where the climate impact of industrial farming is mentioned.  I fully understand the climate and health benefits of a diet with fewer animal products and more plant based food.

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Race Equality Communications Assistant: Varvara Kazlova

Being one of the world’s leading universities, the University of Edinburgh attracts staff and students from all nationalities, possessing different backgrounds, skills and experiences. In turn, they share fresh ideas, making a great contribution to academic curriculum development, and help give everyone an opportunity to experience different cultures and broaden personal horizons. Therefore, the University “speaks” with its staff and students, and promotes a positive culture, where racism – in any form – is unacceptable.

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Diary of a cycling commuter no. 3… in which bad things happen in threes

In the third blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work. Continue reading Diary of a cycling commuter no. 3… in which bad things happen in threes

The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility

Ahead of the International Sustainable Campus Network conference, Michelle Brown (Head of Programmes) shares her thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2015, world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   UN member states will be expected to use the SDGs to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.  Continue reading The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility

Two ways to Europe

How easy is it to travel for business without taking the plane? Joseph Farthing got an opportunity to test two different routes to Amsterdam and shares his personal thoughts on business travel without a flight.

For a University with international ambitions, it’s essential that we can collaborate on research projects and share knowledge and best practice with our peers in other countries. But the University has also, like every other higher and further education institution in Scotland, committed to cut its emissions.

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Sustainable procurement: sharing best practice with the University of Genoa

Grazia Esposito is a Procurement Administrator at the University of Genoa. For a few days in April, she visited the University of Edinburgh under a Erasmus programme to learn about socially responsible and sustainable procurement.

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Regenerative Sustainability at University of British Columbia

Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on a very special lecture from John Robinson, Former Associate Provost of Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, which took place at the University of Edinburgh on the 4th March 2016.

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An effective response to halt climate change should embrace low-tech solutions and a change of culture, as well as high-tech engineering.

Eight academics at the University make their contribution to the climate change debate.

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Chaplaincy promotes social responsibility and sustainability during Interfaith Week

Associate Chaplain Ali Newell reflects on recent interfaith efforts to highlight sustainability and equality for all within the context of the refugee crisis, Paris Attacks, and Scotland’s Climate March.

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