University Community Garden

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Students and staff have been enjoying these past few weeks of beautiful weather at the University Community garden. I popped down to visit them this week during their sessions held on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 to see what they had in store for harvest time…

Turns out the harvest has already begun! I helped the volunteers pick strawberries, harvest garlic and onions to lie out to cure in the sun, as well as odd assortments of salad greens and herbs. Looking forward to the end of the month we have netted the mixed current bushes (from pesky birds), and have continued watering potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, and more!

Get involved and join the garden today! Visit their Facebook page for contact details: https://www.facebook.com/#!/universitycommunitygarden/info

New Sustainability Officer

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This week we welcome a new addition to the Environment Team as Tucker Diego starts his year as Sustainability Officer.

Tucker is a recent graduate of the Sustainable Development undergraduate programme at the University of St Andrews. He is a passionate gardener and loves fixing up bikes with the St Andrews Bike Pool in his spare time. He is eager to carry on the fantastic work that the previous Sustainability Officer, Sarah Duley, started. Sarah has been a huge asset to the Environment Team and we wish her all the best in the future!

Tucker will be focusing on outreach, engagement and communication with staff and students, as well as supporting University sustainability initiatives like the Transition group. He will also be supporting the other three members of the Environment Team; Roddy Yarr, David Stutchfield and Barbara Aitken on their exciting projects, example which include the Environmental Facilitators Network, recycling schemes and implementing renewable energy systems for achieve the university’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2016!

To contact Tucker, email him on tsd6@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You can also see what the Environment Team is up to and get in touch with Tucker via facebook and follow us on twitter.

The End of the Road…

So the time has come for me to say goodbye to the Environment Team and to St Andrews. I have had a fantastic time as the 2012/13 Sustainability Officer. I have learnt so much, met so many great people, been to many interesting courses and events and (hopefully) helped the University of St Andrews along the path to sustainability.

The staff and students I have met during the year have been great and there are clearly many people at St Andrews who share our vision in the Environment Team for a carbon neutral future. I have very much enjoyed working with everyone here, I will be sad to leave but I’m sure I’ll be back to visit.

But the nature of a graduate position means I must move on and I am excited to explore new places and to see sustainability in actions in other organisations.

Fresh Sustainable Development graduate Tucker joins the team on Monday, I know he will do a fantastic job and I will leave the rest of the introductions to him!

If you are interested in reading about what I have been up to this year please follow this link: http://issuu.com/sarahduley/docs/final_report

To keep up with (more regular) posts from the Environment Team like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentStA or check out our website http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/environment/.

Over and out,

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