Go Active, Go Explore; Go St Andrews

On the 24th and 25th of April Go St Andrews held its launch event and tour of St Andrews University’s campus. Go St Andrews is a new hub for sustainable transport information in and around St Andrews. This initiative is a collaboration between Fife Council, Transport Scotland, Transition University of St Andrews, BID St Andrews, and partners. The website aims to deliver clear and concise information on all the sustainable transport options in and around St Andrews, aiming to build up a community of people who choose to take modes of transport that will decrease their carbon footprint.

On the 24th April representatives from Sustrans, Cycle Solutions, Cycling UK Scotland, Chariots of Hire, Cyclepath, E-Car, Liftshare, St Andrews Park Run, Transition University of St Andrews, St Andrews Space for Cycling and Cycle Fife came to Market Street to increase awareness of the different resources available to them across the town and gown. Due to high winds we had to shut up earlier than expected, however we were pleased by the encouraging amount of people who came to ask questions and give us suggestions of what they would like to see happen in St Andrews.

As a result of the launch of Go St Andrews we hope to see an increase in the number of people who are interested in taking different forms of transport to reduce their impact on the environment and those who are aware of the huge variety of options available to them in and around St Andrews. The website covers areas including walking, running, cycling, carshare, E – Car, buses, trains and fun ideas for local day trips. If you see something missing or would like a new tab opened please get in touch with your ideas.

A huge congratulations to the team at Transition St Andrews University and everyone else involved who have been working hard over the past couple of months to launch this fantastic new website. Go check it out now at http://www.gostandrews.org/.

If you have any questions about transport in and around St Andrews please do not hesitate to contact us.

Go Active, Go Explore; Go St Andrews.

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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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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.

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

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Over and out,

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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