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A year in the life of the University’s Environment Team

It has certainly been a very busy year for the University of St Andrews’ Environment Team. The team have been consistently hard at work throughout the year with the University seeing an overall carbon emissions reduction by 8% compared to 2014/15, water consumption reduction by 4% and with reuse by from 2% to 4%! Throughout…

22 December 2016Awards Bicycles Education Efficiency Electric Vehicles Energy Environment Team Environmental Facilitators Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight Food Freshers Week Green Awards Green Events Guardbridge Energy Centre Interhall Energy Competition Raisin Monday Renewables Transition Waste and reuse

Further Green Award Successes in 2016

Following the successes of the annual Green Sports Award, an award introduced to recognise and reward sustainable behaviour change within our sports clubs, the Environment Team have introduced a second award – the Green Society Award -to bestow upon the greenest societies of the Students’ Asssociation. The Green Sports Award, now celebrating its third year, was won by the St Andrews…

29 April 2016Awards Electric Vehicles Environment Team Green Awards Sport

Transition ‘Highly Commended’ at Green Gown Awards

Members of Transition descended on Bristol (the European Green Capital for 2015) for the Green Gown Awards ceremony, held annually to celebrate environmental achievements across the Higher Education sector. Out of 10 nominated universities and student unions across the UK, Transition bagged the ‘Highly Commended’ award for student engagement. Congratulations to all for their hard…

7 December 2015Awards Green Awards Transition

Interhall Energy Highlights 2014/15

This year’s Interhall Energy Competition came to an end at the Hall Champions League Award Ceremony this week. Celebrating the achievements of all the halls across sports, charitable fundraising, and energy saving, it was great to see so many committee members in attendance, fueling some friendly interhall rivalry! Overall, the combined efforts of all the…

23 April 2015Awards Energy Environment Team Interhall Energy Competition

What makes St Andrews a Fairtrade University?

The University of St Andrews was recently re-awarded Fairtrade University status by the Fairtrade Foundation…but what does that mean? Fairtrade University status is awarded to universities in the UK which have made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade. In order to be awarded this status, universities must satisfy the five goals of the Fairtrade…

26 November 2014Awards Fairtrade

Hall vs Hall – Interhall Energy Competition and the Champion’s League

Now that you’re all settled into your halls of residence, hopefully you’ll have discovered that the St Andrews residences come with a great deal of hall pride. What better way to show off this hall spirit than by pitting each hall against each other in a fierce (but friendly) competition!? I am, of course, talking…

25 September 2014Awards Energy Green Awards Interhall Energy Competition

MUSA: Sustainability in Practice

The University of St Andrews is well known for its research and teaching in Sustainable Development, but it’s not just the students that are benefitting from the University’s commitment to sustainability. As one of the most publicly accessible University buildings, the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), is extending the sustainability teaching beyond…

27 August 2014Awards Energy Green Awards Renewables Waste and reuse

Gold Green Tourism Award for MUSA

The Museum of the University of St Andrews, more commonly referred to as “MUSA”,  recently received a visit from the Green Tourism Award assessors. We’ve been waiting with baited breath since July to hear the result, and can now proudly announce that they’ve been awarded a GOLD! This is a fantastic achievement, and highlights the…

20 August 2014Awards Energy Green Awards Renewables

Beautiful St Andrews Awards Judging!

If you haven’t noticed the arrangements around town made by the St Andrews in Bloom volunteer team, have a look out because they are fantastic! We hope the Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland judges who have just finished their second round of judging this Wednesday agree. Last year St Andrews won a Gold Award and…

1 August 2013Awards Gardens

University Building Receives Top Green Award

The BSRC (Biomolecular Sciences Research Complex) has recently been awarded a top green honour. The state-of-the-art lab which houses researchers from Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Biology has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). It is the first ‘Outstanding’ laboratory in the UK and the first ‘Outstanding’ building in Scotland.…

19 October 2012Awards Energy Green Awards