About the Centre for Sustainable Solutions
The climate emergency is the most urgent, complex, and life-threatening issue of our time.
The University of Glasgow has a Climate Change Strategy: Glasgow Green, setting a target of 2030 for carbon neutrality.
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, Apr 2021 - The Circular Fashion Ecosystem Project
Prof Deirdre Shaw and Dr Kat Duffy of the Adam Smith Business School are already stars of the UofG sustainability firmament with their work on the circular economy and sustainable fashion. As well as the fascinating research and public engagement noted in our College of Social Sciences Sustainability Highlights, they were finalists in the latest Green Gown Awards for Digitalising Sustainable Consumption.
They are now named consultants on a flagship British Fashion Council Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) project called The Circular Fashion Ecosystem. As part of London Fashion Week this year, the project was launched via an online conversation, which you can view below.
The project's aim is to focus on the creation of a circular fashion economy in the UK. it is a collaboration between industry, academia and government to inform and implement change. The key programme objectives are:
- To accelerate industry-wide ability for textile recycling in the UK.
- To make the UK a major fashion “revalue” centre within the global industry.
- To influence consumer behaviour into adopting responsible consumption habits.
Prof Shaw is an Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, so we'll be well placed to update you on this project's progress!
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:
- College of Arts Sustainability Highlights
- Student success: French and History graduate Gavin uses his analytical skills for the energy industry
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 environmental 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
- GUEST: Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team
- Green New Deal students
- Glasgow Students Against Climate Change
- Extinction Rebellion Glasgow University
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.