Events, campaigns and promotions
The Environmental Sustainability team at Edinburgh Napier work on a number of events and promotions throughout the year, from cycling and active travel to energy saving switch-offs.
You can keep up to date with what's coming up by following us on Twitter or Facebook, or if you've got ideas and would like to get involved yourself, please contact us.
Below is a brief overview of events we've put on over the past year.
Don’t Dump, Donate!
Working together with the Student Accommodation team, we organised collection points for unwanted items students could donate when leaving their residences. New to this year was a register for donated bikes, which we could then pass on to our partner organisations The Bike Station and Bikes for Refugees.
We encouraged staff and students to switch off for Earth Hour and organised an Instagram Stories takeover with student social media ambassadors, who showed the ways they were participating.
Sustrans Travel Challenge
We encouraged staff and students to take part in the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, organised by Sustrans, which saw commuters swap their normal method of travel for more sustainable transport. Students and staff made 884 sustainable journeys and recorded 5,425 miles during the month of March.
✅ 1,245 miles by bike/e-bike
✅ 447 miles by walking or running
✅ 256kg of CO2 saved compared to journeys by car
We invited Fairtrade suppliers Coffee Conscience to visit with a pop-up stand to tell staff and students about the products they supply to the University and why Fairtrade is important. We also invited Sustrans in with their smoothie bike and encouraged staff and students to make their own smoothie using Fairtrade fruit.
Sustainable Travel Roadshow
We invited partners from Police Scotland, Scotrail, Dr Bike, Lothian Buses, Sustrans, Home Energy Scotland and more to all three campuses to provide information, give away free goodies and inform staff and students of the various sustainable ways they can travel to campus.
Meat Free Mondays
We supported the launch of Meat Free Mondays, a new initiative aimed at providing only vegetarian or vegan options for hot lunches every Monday on campus.
Festive Bike Tour
We teamed up with Edinburgh College to provide a led cycle tour from Sighthill Campus, with prizes for the best-dressed bike in tinsel or other festive decorations.
Be Bright, Be Seen
We hosted roadshows on all three campuses next week for safety tips and free goodies for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This was to remind people of the darker mornings and nights and to spread the message to be safe and seen when travelling to university.
Climate Week Scotland
We took part in the Scottish Government led event to promote sustainability across the University. During this week we launched a 5p disposable cup charge, introduced Edinburgh Napier Keep Cups, removed plastic cutlery and napkins from our catering outlets and put on free Dr Bike repair and maintenance sessions across all campuses.
Bikes for Refugees donations
We have partnered with Bikes for Refugees to donate abandoned bikes on campus. This allows the organisation to give the bike to people new to Scotland who have need of a way to get around.
Dr Bike sessions
Throughout the year we have organised sessions with The Bike Station’s Dr Bike team to provide free bike health checks and repairs across all three campuses and student accommodation sites.