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Where are they now? Part 2

Every year the Environment Team gains a new Sustainability Intern whose position last for a year. This internship provides the incredible opportunity to work for the University of St Andrews Estates Environment Team, helping to support, develop and implement the sustainability agenda across the campus. Over a series of blogs we have invited some of our interns to answer a few…

1 February 2017Energy Environment Team Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight Food Guardbridge Energy Centre Project Updates Transition

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

Fairtrade in St Andrews

Did you know that St Andrews is a Fairtrade University? What is Fairtrade? ‘Fairtrade as a certification is much more than merely an environmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact.’ Enrique Calderon Coffee farmer, Coopeagri. Fairtrade…

15 November 2016Fairtrade Food Uncategorized

Waste not: a word from our sustainability officer

If you do not waste food you will never go hungry – so the old saying ‘waste not, want not’ leads us believe. To many, this phrase conjures up images of queues outside grocers of wartime Britain and a by-gone era of thrift. While the phrase may feel out-dated, the philosophy of reducing waste is…

11 November 2015Food

Eating organic on a budget

The launch of “Swallow This“, Joanna Blythman’s latest exposé on the food processing industry, has got us thinking about food labelling. Supermarkets bombard us with messages of “fresh”, “natural”, and “healthy” food…but there is no way to know if these claims are true. One label we can trust, however, is “organic”… . What does organic…

11 March 2015Food Green Week

Fairtrade Fortnight Event Line-up

Fairtrade Fortnight is the nation’s biggest celebration of all things Fairtrade, and we’ve got a great line-up of events to help you join in the fun in St Andrews. There’s something for all ages and interests, so read on to find out what we have planned, and be sure to get involved! Tuesday 24th February…

11 February 2015Environment Team Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight Food Green Events

Green Resolutions for 2015

Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed a restful and enjoyable break for the holidays, and are looking forward to what 2015 has in store. It’s not too late to make a green resolution for the year ahead, so here are some of our ideas… Food Eat less meat Not everyone is ready to…

7 January 2015Energy Environment Team Food Waste and reuse

Guest Blog: Fairtrade Christmas Gift Guide

The Environment Team work closely with the University’s Fairtrade Steering Group, and are proud to present this guest blog written by their Fairtrade intern, Catriona! Read on for lots of great ideas for ethically-conscious gifts…   Shops in St Andrews Iain Burnett specialise in fairly traded chocolates. Their famous speciality truffles have just started being…

24 November 2014Fairtrade Food Winter Holidays

Student Sustainability Blogs

In the Environment Team we do our best to bring you interesting and relevant content about environmental issues…but we’re not the only ones! There are a number of student bloggers sharing their thoughts and ideas on sustainability, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of them… . Weeds and…

12 November 2014Food Gardens Waste and reuse

Guest Blog: “Creating a Green Space: The New Community Garden”

 This week we have a rather special blog post coming to you from the Head Gardener of the University Hall Community Garden, Charlotte Davis.   Our garden, around the back of University Hall, is still under a year old! Inspired by photographs dating from 1916 of a vegetable garden fit to supply the residents of the…

1 October 2014Food Gardens