As many of you know, Transition Heriot-Watt has been funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund since 2011. This year, our funding application was unfortunately unsuccessful, and we are sad to announce that we will be closing our doors on the 29th March.
We are incredibly grateful to have had the support of so many enthusiastic and passionate colleagues and students over the past 7 years. We have enjoyed creating events and projects for the Heriot-Watt community and have loved working alongside you all.
Our projects have ranged across all sustainability issues from food waste to energy. Particular highlights include:
- The creation of an allotment, polytunnel and orchard for food growing
- Procuring a composter for the campus
- Launching a food sharing group
- Founding the Bike Bothy for bike rental and services
- Establishing energy and water reduction competitions in Halls of Residences
- Supporting reuse of electricals, food and other items when student vacate Halls.
- Creating the Sustainable Labs project and Sustainable Lab Awards
- Running the monthly Local Market and walks
While we will miss delivering our sustainability projects, we are very pleased that a number of partners across the University will be taking over the reins and many will continue after we leave.
This will include:
- The Student Union taking over the coordination of the food sharing group,
- The Sustainability Society running Energy in Halls projects
- The Estates team will continue to support sustainable transport to campus such as Liftsharing, cycling, car club and electric vehicles.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported us. We wish you all the best for the future.
Rachael, Rizki, Tony and Lorraine.