Welcome to the Sustainability Office
The University is committed to reducing its environmental footprint. This includes all areas of environmental impact from waste generated and energy used, to wider social corporate responsibility considerations. In order for this to happen, every student, member of staff and visitor to Edinburgh Napier must play their part and be aware of their own action. Visit our Sustainability Office presentation for an up-to-date overview of our work.
Carbon Masters Standard
The University was awarded the Carbon Masters Standard at the launch of the Association of Carbon Professionals on Thursday 17th May. The Award follows a rigorous qualitative and quantitative assessment carried out by consultants from Grontmij. The University demonstrated a reduction in carbon emissions of 2.9% relative to student numbers between 1st August 2008 and 31st July 2011 and scored 75% for policy and governance. The Carbon Masters Standard highlights ongoing carbon reduction at Edinburgh. To date emissions at the University have decreased by over 25% since 1st August 2006. For more information read our application form and assessment report or contact Jamie Pearson.
The University has gained 1st Class Award status for the second year running through the annual People & Planet Green League assessment. People & Planet is the largest student network in the UK campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. The Green League is the only UK wide independent assessment of the environmental and ethical performance of UK universities. For a copy of our report visit the People & Planet website or contact Jamie Pearson for more information.
Professor Dame Joan Stringer, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University said: “We are working very hard to reduce our environmental footprint and so to again be recognised with a first class award by People & Planet is extremely pleasing. The award builds on our recent success in gaining the Carbon Masters Standard and is key part of our drive to develop an Environmental Management System and reduce our carbon emissions by 35% by 2015 (from a 2006/07 baseline).”
Carbon Management Plan Review
We need your help. We are currently reviewing our Carbon Management Plan and we are inviting and encouraging all students and staff to feed into the plan. We are looking for simple suggestions to specific project based ideas covering energy, transport, waste and water. Many of you will be covering carbon and environmental management academically but whatever your area of academic or professional expertise, here's your chance to feed into a real working plan and help shape the structure of environmental and resource management at the University. Contact Jamie Pearson with any comments or queries.
We have reduced carbon emissions from energy, transport, waste and water associated with daily life at Edinburgh Napier by around 24% (from a 2006/07 baseline). We must reduce this and our £1.6 million energy budget further.
For information on the Conservation Society visit their Facebook page or contact Pavlina Kapickova.
Biodiversity Survey. The year long survey has finished. By the start of June 2012 we will have a full record detailing the biological quality of Craighouse, Craiglockhart and Merchiston. For more information, including monthly reports, visit the biodiversity section on this website.
Travel Survey. Thank you to all 1,409 staff and students for their time in completing our 2011 travel survey. We will publicise the results in January 2013. Winners of the John Lewis vouchers have been notified.
Follow any of the links to the right. If you can't find what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact the team at the Sustainability Office. Information is also provided on the Student Portal , Facebook , , YouTube and Podcast. For all of our work to succeed, we need the support of staff and students throughout all campuses. You can support us by recycling your waste, switching off all unnecessary electrical appliances and by investigating your travel options to work and study. Or, you could help further by becoming an Environmental Volunteer!