Author: Sarah Ford-Hutchinson

A rotary evaporator (centre) requires constant chilling. An energy efficient chiller (right) can circulate chilled liquid, making experiments more water efficient than if the evaporator was cooled using a mains water supply.

Both teaching and research labs in the School of Chemistry have made successful applications to the Sustainable Campus Fund to purchase efficient new chillers to save water and utility costs.

Replacing halogen dissecting lamps with LEDs at the Hugh Robson Building

Carol Wollaston, Lab Manager at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences in the Hugh Robson Building discusses their application to replace halogen dissection lamps with new LED dissection lamps through the Sustainable Campus Fund.

The School of Chemistry's NMR instrument (left) with its new helium recovery system installed

Liquid helium is excellent at cooling superconducting electromagnets, but easily evaporates and escapes from equipment due to being the second smallest element. With global supplies of this non-renewable resource becoming scarce, the School of Chemistry used the Sustainable Campus Fund to invest in a novel solution to trap and collect escaping helium so it can […]

My summer internship at Edinburgh Zoo, photo of penguins (Nigel Swales) and student, Nathan Oenardi

Fourth-year Zoology student Nathan Oenardi spent Summer 2021 volunteering at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Watch this video to hear what skills he developed while delivering a “Science Summer School” for primary school children, and his future career plans.

How to cope with eco-anxiety: Tiny flowers and leaves on table by Diana Akhmetianova - CC-0

Communications Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson explores the concept of eco-anxiety, and what you can do to soothe – and be soothed by – nature.

Climate change, biodiversity loss and social inequality are frighteningly complex and interconnected problems. So how do you engage people with them in a meaningful way? Focus on your audience and keep it simple, writes Communication Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson.

The United Nations’ annual Climate Change Conference – this year called COP 25 – takes place in Madrid from 2nd – 13th December 2019. During it, governments will hear about the impacts of climate change, propose crucial next steps to reduce their carbon emissions, and discuss how the entire human population can transition to a low […]

Recycling bins have recently been installed in Edinburgh City Centre, meaning city-goers can finally recycle drinks bottles, cans and disposable coffee cups on the go. Environmental campaign charity Hubbub are behind a new campaign encouraging people to use them; their Project Coordinator Sam Longworth tells us more.

It’s the most wonderful – and wasteful – time of the year. We asked student Laura Anderson (MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement) for her top tips on how to make Christmas 2019 your most sustainable yet.

Anya Hart Dyke graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 with an MA in Social Anthropology with Development and worked in the University’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability from 2012 – 2015.  Conscious of the waste created and items accrued at Christmas, Anya explains why she’s encouraging people to give the gift of […]

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