Enabling people in Scotland to thrive sustainably.

Grand Challenges

We strive to facilitate an inclusive and equitable transition towards a sustainable society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive within a healthy environment. This includes promoting a low-carbon economy, safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity, and ensuring decent living standards for all.

Coastal Knowledge is our online exhibition of some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland. This is a dynamic map, and we’re asking people to contribute coastal memories and experiences. It includes pictures, memories, artwork, stories, and videos. These are submitted from a variety of people, including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations.

We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland, for example, its many industrial roles. We hope that a sense of history as well as present-day and future visions will come through the diversity of contributions. Most importantly, the website is made by its contributors – so please do share your reflections on the Scottish coasts via the below form!

In November 2021, Glasgow hosted the 6th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties – or COP26 for short. The COP26 summit brought together leaders from around the world with the aim of agreeing on actions to avoid harmful levels of climate change.

Whilst our YAS COP26 activities spanned a breadth of platforms and formats, we used this section of the YAS website as a focal point for hosting blog posts and links to other media.

YAS created a Sustainable Business Travel Pledge to encourage and allow individuals and organisations to make a commitment to becoming more environmentally conscious when considering travelling for work events. The pledge is primarily aimed a individuals whose professional roles have traditionally involved significant amounts of long-distance travel, and where final decisions about when and where to travel are often made by the individual rather than the employer. In particular, this applies to many individuals working in academia and other research organisations.

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