SHRUB’s Winning Awards

We have won two awards!

Green Gown Award SHRUB won for Enterprise & Climate Challenge Funds Award for the Waste Category. This was the first ever Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Awards. CCF stated that “the project, led by the student community, was recognised for its collaborative approach to helping build a low carbon circular economy in the heart of the city.” SHRUB’s members have worked tirelessly to create an inclusive governance structure that is largely volunteer led, drawing in the community to combat waste in Edinburgh. A Board member, Olivia Nathan, said she was ‘so pleased that their hard work on the co- operative governance had been recognised’, commenting that she was welling up when she and David Somervell – a fellow SHRUB member and volunteer – accepted the award.

SHRUB has grown from a group of students at the University of Edinburgh collecting waste from halls and creating the Fresher’s Free Shop – an annual event the University of Edinburgh where
collected items from halls that would have gone to waste are offered to new students for free. Since 2015, having been funded by CCF and having the support of the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability department, they now offer a hub of sustainability through their Swap Shop, upcycling workshops, bike maintenance, and food sharing network, which have saved 420.3 C02e tonnes since 2015.

All of this is managed with the help of an amazing team of volunteers, made up of both students and other members of the community; with all volunteers encouraged to participate in the decision
making of the co-op and to skill share with the other members of the co-op, this has made it a great project for students to get involved with. We would like to thank CCF for this award and wish to thank and acknowledge the volunteers, members, and partners – such as the University of Edinburgh – for the part they have played in SHRUB’s success!

If you are interested in getting involved in our project, please come along to the Swap Shop 13 Guthrie St 2-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday or email them on
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