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Sustainability at RCS

Sustainability at RCS

Sustainability takes centre stage at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As the nation’s conservatoire, we are committed to embedding sustainability into every aspect of our operations.

Climate, Sustainability and Creativity

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we are committed to ensuring our practices, performances and policies are carried out in the most sustainable way possible.

We have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment and continue to seek new and innovative ways to improve the sustainability of our operations.

You can read more about our Sustainability Committee.

These include:

  • Ensuring we reduce our carbon footprint year-on-year
  • RCS is now in the final stages of both divesting from direct holdings in oil, gas and mining and also investing up to 15% in companies specialising in renewable energy.
  • Delivering a long-running LED light installation programme that is significantly more energy efficient.
  • Gaining approval in principle to introduce the first phase of solar energy at the Renfrew Street campus.
  • Operating a campus energy monitoring system and motion sensor lighting.
  • Committing zero waste to landfill.
  • Subscribing to the Caledonian Forest scheme and planting trees to the equivalent of the paper we consume.
  • Cycle Friendly Campus Award from Cycling Scotland that recognises our commitment to encouraging and promoting cycling as a healthy, sustainable mode of transport for all.

Our Sustainability Committee reports to the RCS Academic Board and the Board of Governors with goals to increase awareness, visibility and accountability of sustainable practice across our community. The committee has representation from across learning and teaching, the Students’ Union, central production, estates and professional services. We also have a representative from Creative Carbon Scotland.

The RCS Sustainability Committee welcomes all suggestions from students and staff to further the sustainability of our campus and how we operate. It’s also keen to learn from other organisations, share ideas, and good practice.


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Green Reading

Looking to educate yourself on climate justice, mitigate climate anxiety, or simply learn more about the role of the arts and performance in the fight against climate change?

The Whittaker Library has pulled together a list of books, articles and resources, titled ‘Climate Change and Arts in the Anthropocene’, available on the RCS Portal.

Explore the Collection

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What Art Can Do

The world united to tackle climate change in Glasgow in November 2021. As Scotland’s national conservatoire, RCS engaged with these important conversations through creativity and performance, and has now collated these projects in a new digital publication, ‘What Art Can Do: Making Performance in Times of Crisis’.

COP26 is over, but the challenges we face continue, and this publication invites the conversation to develop, and new ideas to emerge.

Read the publication

Have Your Say

Sustainability at RCS

We want to hear from you about ways that we can be more sustainable at RCS. No matter how big or small your idea, share your suggestions and comments with us here.