The New Sustainability Intern

Last week the Environment Team welcomed their new Sustainability Intern, Lindsey Mackay, to the team.

11407155_10204150318418553_3892817286074196572_nLindsey has recently graduated from the University of St Andrews’ Geography and Sustainable Development department with Geography (BSc). She is looking forward to taking over and developing the projects that George King, the previous Sustainability Intern, has been working hard on over the past year. Having thoroughly enjoyed her last four years as an undergraduate at the University, Lindsey is thrilled that she is able to stay another year in St Andrews whilst using the skills and knowledge she has developed through her studies to help make the University a more sustainable place.

Over the next year Lindsey will be focusing on outreach, engagement and communication with student, staff and the local community. Lindsey will primarily be helping the University to achieve the sustainability agenda and goals. Part of the intern’s role is to support with University sustainability initiatives including Transition. She will also support the other members of the team: David Sutchfield (Energy Officer) and Barbara Aitken (Environment Officer) on their projects including the Environmental Facilitators Network, developments with projects including the renewable energy park at Guardbridge and Environmental Hall Rep training.

You can stay up to date with what the Environment Team are working on through their Facebook page and via Twitter. The team have also joined Instagram and you can follow them by searching environmentteamstandrews.

Lindsey enjoys horse riding, baking and going on walks with her camera so expect to see a few photographs from time to time!

If you would like to get in contact with Lindsey directly please don’t hesitate to send her an email at lm222@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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A ‘Fuel Good’ New Year’s Resolution

In 2014-15 the University emitted 88 tonnes of CO2 from its fleet. To lessen this impact, twelve of our drivers have completed ‘Fuel Good’ Driver Training, a fuel efficiency course provided by the Energy Savings Trust and Transport Scotland.

The aim of the course is to teach drivers skills that will help them to drive more economically, avoiding harsh braking and over-acceleration.

In each of 50 minute one-to-one sessions the drivers are assessed on their current driving habits, with their average MPG compared before and after each training session. A video of an example session can be found here.

Upon completion of the course, our drivers have increased their MPG by an average of 14%, to around 46 MPG; saving fuel, avoiding pollution and shrinking the University’s carbon footprint. If these savings are applied to the whole year, over 3.6 tonnes of CO2 will be avoided by the University.Tam, Jim and Sam

Tam McMullan, Jimmy Webster and Sam Wood (pictured above) from Estates were the first three members of staff to complete the training. Congratulations to them and to Adam Taylor, Ross Grieve and Terry Mitchell, also from Estates and Andy Braid, David Jarrett, Jim Moonie, Steven Gonzalez, Mike Mulreany and Ray Schiavetta from IT Services who recently completed the course as well.

In the coming weeks staff from the School of Geography and Geoscience and the University Library will undergo training.
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Meet the Interns Part 3: Elena Skyfta

It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming our interns into the office, but now their internships are complete and they are free to enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

All three of our summer interns did a fantastic job on their respective projects, and the work they completed was of an outstanding quality. We’re going to miss having them around, but wish them all the best of luck for the upcoming academic year, and hope they’ll pop back to say hello every now and again.

So, without further ado, I have the pleasure of presenting our final intern: Elena Skyfta!

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Name: Elena Skyfta
Where are you from?:
Athens, Greece
Internship Title:
Web Design Intern
Degree and year of study:
Biochemistry (entering 4th year)

Give a brief snapshot of your role:
My role was to restructure the web pages of the University of St Andrews Environment Team to make it more user friendly, and bring all the information up to date.

What attracted you to this internship with the Environment Team?
It was a great opportunity for me to further improve my web design skills whilst learning about all the environmental projects that the University runs. I believe that by improving the Environment Team’s website, more students and staff will be able to find ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

What have you learned/what skills have you acquired?
I have gained a lot from this internship. My organisation skills were greatly improved since it was very challenging to organise all the information included in the website in the most user-friendly way. Moreover, my team-working skills were key for this internship as I had to collect invaluable information for the website from a number of people who specialise in various fields.

How does this internship fit into your future career plans?
This internship helped me improve my IT skills which is going to be a great asset in pursuing my future career in bioinformatics.

Share one tip for sustainable living that you wish more students would adopt:
I hope that more students will minimise their food waste by changing small things in their lifestyle, like planning their meals ahead of time.

You can check out our redesigned website at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/environment

Meet the Interns Part 2: Daihachi Yagi

Continuing our “Meet the Interns” series, this week we’d like to introduce you to Daihachi Yagi!

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Name: Daihachi Yagi
Where are you from?: New York, USA
Internship Title: Web Design Discovery Intern
Degree and year of study: Sustainable Development (entering 3rd year)

Give a brief snapshot of your role:
My primary task for this internship was to assist Estates and the Environment Team in re-evaluating the digital content on the Estates and Environment Team webpages. Much of what I did involved interviewing staff and students.

What attracted you to this internship with the Environment Team?
I was interested in seeing what kind of experience I would have working for the University over the summer.

What have you learned/what skills have you acquired?
During this internship I was able to learn some key do’s and don’ts of website design and content management. Additionally, the interviews with stakeholders improved my communication skills.

How does this internship fit into your future career plans?
This is the first job that relates to what I have been studying for the past 2 years. Hopefully this will open new doors in the Environment/SD sector for me in the future.

Share one tip for sustainable living that you wish more students would adopt:
Reduce meat consumption. You can save money and shrink your carbon footprint!

Meet The Interns: Dominyka Urbonaite

This summer the Environment Team has been a hub of activity as we welcomed three student interns to the team to work on various projects.

We’d like to introduce them one by one so you can find out more about them, the important work they’ve been doing, and how the internships have helped them with their future career goals. It’s been great having some new faces in the office and we’ve really valued all their fresh ideas and suggestions for how we can take their projects to the next level!

So, without further ado, meet Dominyka!

DSCN5156-001 - Copy (2)Name: Dominyka Urbonaite
Where are you from? : Lithuania
Job Title: St Andrews Sustainability Award Intern
Degree and year of study: I am studying Sustainable Development and I am going to my 4th year.

Give a brief snapshot of your role:
The project I am working on is a new environmental accreditation and awards scheme called St Andrews Sustainability Awards. As part of this new scheme departments and units within university will have to complete a number of practical eco-friendly actions within their office in order to achieve an award: bronze, silver or gold. During my internship I was researching similar schemes at other universities and developing a set of environmental criteria for departments to complete.

What attracted you to this internship with the Environment Team?
I am interested in the sustainability in the institutions and working on a new programme aimed at making workplace more sustainable seemed as a brilliant opportunity.

What have you learned/what skills have you acquired?
Report writing and talking with various stakeholders was a very useful part of internship. I learned more about how the environment team operates within an academic institution and different stakeholders involved in creating a more sustainable workplace. In addition, I got to know more about areas and issues preventing from choosing the most sustainable way such as time, money and other more complex issues.

How does this internship fit into your future career plans?
I am interested in working in sustainability within institutions in the future so the experience I obtained from this internship directly relates to my future career plans.

Share one tip for sustainable living that you wish more students would adopt:
Reduce paper waste, print less lecture slides, handouts or readings and instead read on the computer or laptop. Most of all share this with a friend.

Look out for future posts introducing our other summer interns coming soon!

Say hello to your new Sustainability Officer!

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This week we welcome a new addition to the Environment Team as Lynsey Smith begins her year as Sustainability Officer.

Lynsey has recently graduated from the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, and has a keen interest in biodiversity and environmental protection. Lynsey is eager to get stuck into the projects that the previous Sustainability Officer, Tucker Diego, took part in, as well as thinking of new ventures the Environment Team can get involved with. Tucker has been a highly valued member of the Environment Team, and will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best for the future!

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

To contact Lynsey, email her on las93@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

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.

A New Addition to the Environment Team!

This week we welcome a new addition to the Environment Team as Sarah Duley starts her year as the Sustainability Officer.

ImageSarah is a recent graduate of the Sustainable Development undergraduate programme at the University of St Andrews and is all set to carry on the fantastic work that the previous Sustainability Officer, Lucy Arndt, started. Lucy has been a huge asset to the Environment Team and we wish her all the best in the future!

Sarah will be focusing on outreach, engagement and communication with and to staff and students, as well as supporting University sustainability initiatives like Transition. She will also be supporting the other three members of the Environment Team; Roddy Yarr, David Stutchfield and Barbara Aitken on thier exciting projects, including things like the Environmental Faciliators Network, recycling schemes and publicising the new energy monitoring system!

To contact Sarah, email her on sed32@st-andrews.ac.uk

You can also see what the Environment Team is up to and get in touch with Sarah via facebook http://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentStA or follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/EnvironmentStA

Meet the Environment Team!

We are the Environment Team!

Meet Roddy Yarr, the Environment and Energy Manager!

Roddy is the guy doing all the big stuff, like working on getting a 6 turbine, 12 megawatt wind farm at Kenly and looking into a biomass CHP plant at the old Guardbridge paper mill site.

Roddy has been managing the team with gusto since 2005 and with the help of his trusty bicycle he’s still going strong. Roddy oversees all activities within the team and engages with the University governance and the local communities on any and all environment and energy developments. Along with such engagement, he keeps the team entertained with the occasional Homer Simpson impression.

To Contact Roddy, email him on: try@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet David Stutchfield, the Energy Officer!

David’s got all the energy in the world! Well, maybe just at the University. From installing solar panels on the roof of New Hall to developing smart metering of energy consumption at Fife Park, he has the CO2 facts at his fingertips.

David makes sure that all University buildings have the energy and electricity they need whilst keeping efficiency high and carbon emissions low. David enjoys sailing on the high seas, and looking out of his desk window at the boats in the sailing club.

To contact David, email him on: ds51@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Barbara Aitken, the Environment Officer!

Barbara is the ‘recycling guru’ of the team and deals with waste management, travel, grounds management and biodiversity. This year, she spearheaded the massive feat of achieving a 65% recycling rate across the University!

Constantly coming up with ways for us to be greener and reuse, Barbara oversees our innovative bike reuse schemes, works closely with Grounds and our own University Recycling Team and loves the resident bats on the North Haugh and in the Bute Building. She keeps things chatty in the office, and of course, makes a mean cup of fair-trade tea.

To contact Barbara, email her on: baa21@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Graeme Noble, the Graduate Engineer! 

Graeme is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh and works on all the technical building stuff around St Andrews such as risk assessments and making sure we don’t all end up underwater or on fire. He spends his days dredging burns and visiting the old Guardbridge paper mill site.

Graeme is the only non-tea drinker in the team, but enjoys a pint and a good hike into the hills. Sadly, Graeme is leaving the Team in the middle of September, 2011 to go back to University to complete a second masters… We will miss him!

To contact Graeme, email him on: gan6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Lucy Arndt, the Sustainability Intern!

Lucy is a recent graduate of the Sustainable Development undergraduate program at the University of St Andrews and the newest addition to the team. She works on outreach to staff, students and University initiatives like Transition, managing communications such as Facebook, twitter (follow us at: http://twitter.com/EnvironmentStA!!) and an Environment Team newsletter, fun projects like our Sustainability in Practice mini film series and generally assisting the rest of the team.

Lucy is loving working with the Environment Team and learning about what happens ‘behind the scenes’ at the University.

To contact Lucy, email her on: lea24@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you have any general questions about the work of the Environment Team, please email: environ@st-andrews.ac.uk