About the Centre for Sustainable Solutions
The climate emergency is the most urgent, complex, and life-threatening issue of our time.
The Centre for Sustainable Solutions launched in April 2020. We enable individuals, communities and organisations to act towards a sustainable future through education, research and partnership. We support interdisciplinary, cross-campus and cross-sectoral solutions to climate change.
Monthly Sustainability Spotlight: Every month we're shining a Sustainability Spotlight on significant activities happening here at the university. Get in touch if you would like to be featured or you would like to recommend someone else's work. Keep scrolling down to see this month's Spotlight!
Sustainability Spotlight, August 2020 - Guddling About
Prof Minty Donald and artist Nick Millar’s research project Guddling About uses participatory ‘micro-performances’ to explore interrelations between humans and water. The Guddling About micro-performances encourage people to interact with water in personal, sensory and poetic ways, and to increase their understanding of how water behaves, how it is managed, how it feels, and how it makes them feel. Enhanced awareness of water at a local level can help address water-related environmental issues such as flooding, scarcity, and pollution.
This project was also part of the University Chancellor Fund's Green-Blue-Grey Campus project, bringing together the arts and sciences with University Estates, focussed on the sustainable design feature of the rain garden, a sustainable urban drainage system that will be constructed on the new campus.
Find out more about Minty's performance based ecology work on her portfolio on the School of Culture & Creative Arts' Performance Ecology Heritage website.
We're currently bringing together what's happening across the University of Glasgow related to environmental sustainability, climate change, and the UN Strategic Development Goals.
Ultimately the full results of this audit will be made available to search and browse, so you can find potential collaborators, supervisors, courses, or activities to join in with.
Scroll down to find some tasters of exciting research and other activities we've discovered already, and get in touch if we've missed something you are doing.
Sustainability in the College of Arts
The College of Arts community is contributing to environmental sustainability in many creative ways! Check out the links below:
Sustainability in the College of Science & Engineering
The College of Science and Engineering investigates the history, causes and effects of environmental degradation, discovers practical solutions for sustainability, and works with the University to apply solutions across our campus and beyond. Here are a few tasters of what's happening:
UN Sustainable Development Goals at Glasgow
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
Sustainability in the College of Social Sciences
The contribution that the College of Social Sciences makes toward environmetal sustainability and justice covers a fascinating range of research areas, from sustainable consumption, through lifelong learning to empower citizens, to understanding the legal requirements for mitigating climate change, to understanding and using the wealth of complex data available for planning our collective future. Here are some tasters:
Sustainability in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) brings a wealth of research expertise to bear on how climate change and environmental degradation affect the human, animal and broader natural world, and how these problems can be solved. Some tasters:
Sustainability in Student Life
Sustainability on Campus
The University is working hard across all areas of activity to promote our own contribution to environmental sustainability as an organisation, from top-level strategic policy, planning and partnerships, through important day-to-day activities like travel, food, energy supply, student life, and more. See what's happening here.