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Research Buzzing in the North Haugh

The Environment and Grounds teams have collaborated on a project to build a research apiary in the North Haugh. Professor David Evans, School of Biology, how has recently joined the University of St Andrews said “this is an outstanding resource to underpin our research on the virus diseases of honeybees which are responsible for high…

5 November 2015Biodiversity Environment Team Gardens

Green Events not to miss this Freshers’ Week

Here are the highlights for all things sustainability-related in St Andrews during Freshers’ Week – don’t miss out! Monday The Big Green Fair (St Katherine’s Lawn behind Library, 11am-3pm) is an outdoor festival celebrating the environment, with live music and great local food. Find out more about what our eco-friendly societies are up to this…

4 September 2015Bicycles Biodiversity Education Electric Vehicles Energy Environment Team Freshers Week Uncategorized

Guest Blog: Biodiversity Enhancement at the University of St Andrews

This week’s blog post comes to you from Nic Wells, one of Transition’s interns, as he introduces you to biodiversity at the University of St Andrews… As part of its sustainability policy, the University of St Andrews has committed itself to reducing its environmental impact through numerous practices, one of which is fostering and increasing…

6 April 2015Biodiversity Environment Team

A sneak peek at Green Week

With Green Week kicking off on 7th March, we’ve put together an easy guide to the week’s events, whether you’re into poetry or permaculture, ethical investment or eco-beer. Go get your green on! If you want to…get your hands dirty There are plenty of opportunities to get down and dirty during Green Week! Want to…

4 March 2015Biodiversity Environment Team Gardens Green Events Green Week Sport

Environment Team Year in Review

It’s been a busy old year for the Environment Team, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to reflect on what we’ve been up to over the last 12 months… The year kicked off with new food waste regulations which came into force on 1st January, pushing our total recycling rate up to 73%! Once…

17 December 2014Biodiversity End of Term Energy Environment Team Environmental Facilitators Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight Freshers Week Green Events Green Week Raisin Monday Renewables Waste and reuse Winter Holidays

Green Societies Guide

If you missed all the fun of the (Big Green) Fair on Monday, then don’t worry – there are still plenty of opportunities to meet the green societies and groups based in St Andrews. Check out our previous blog post for the full Freshers’ event line-up, or keep reading for our run-down of the different…

10 September 2014Bicycles Biodiversity Carbon Conversations Energy Environment Team Fairtrade Food Freshers Week Gardens Green Events Renewables Waste and reuse

Freshers Week 2014 – Green Event Line-Up

There’s just a few short days to go until St Andrews will be full of new faces (and some more familiar ones) ready to embark on another year of studying and socialising. If you’re keen on getting involved with any of the “green” societies and groups in St Andrews then read on for the Environment…

3 September 2014Bicycles Biodiversity Carbon Conversations Environment Team Fairtrade Food Freshers Week Green Events

Big Butterfly Count 2014 – Diversity on your doorstep!

Every year, Butterfly Conservation carry out a nationwide survey – the “Big Butterfly Count” – of British butterfly species to monitor the populations of different species and assess the health of the environment. Of course, they can’t do this alone, so people are encouraged to get outdoors and take just 15 minutes to look around…

6 August 2014Biodiversity Environment Team Gardens

Spring Biodiversity Surveys

Back in our December blog we discussed our plans for launching a new biodiversity surveying project for the Spring. Well, now that Spring’s upon us we have some reporting to do! Our 5 Transition biodiversity interns have been working hard surveying multiple locations around the University grounds, trialing new Biodiversity Indexing methods for recording habitat diversity. Their…

7 May 2014Biodiversity

Consumer’s Guide to Ethical Food Certifications

It’s the third Sunday of the month: your turn to cook dinner – that’s fine because you’re not in charge of washing the dishes. As you meander through the store aisles, you remember that your flatmates are picky; John only eats “ethical” meat and Michael, organic produce. Fortunately there are certified products galore in the…

17 February 2014Biodiversity Fairtrade Food