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Striving for Sustainable Labs – Interns join the Environment Team

Daniel and Jasmin (see photo below) will be joining the Environment Team for 6 weeks this summer, as Sustainable Lab Interns. They are going to be focusing on laboratory sustainability, specifically looking at energy usage, good practice case studies, and ways to raise awareness among regular lab users. They hope they can put their scientific…

6 June 2016Education Environment Team Learning Journey Sustainable Labs Transition Waste and reuse

Crossing Scotland in an Electric Car: a How-to Guide

George King, from the University’s Environment Team, describes his experience of driving an electric car on a long distance journey. The Environment Team strive to improve the sustainability agenda across the University and St Andrews. As an occasional driver (and one who doesn’t own a car) the prospect of driving an electric car is always…

1 June 2016Electric Vehicles Learning Journey Sustainable Travel

Help St Andrews win best in Scotland – sign-up for the Scottish Journey Challenge today

Sustrans, the UK’s leading smarter travel charity, are challenging people across Scotland to commute by low-carbon means, during May 2016. Here in St Andrews we are already blazing a trail; the University is in 5th place. We can make that 1st place with your help. You can download the app and sign up here for…

11 May 2016Bicycles Sustainable Travel

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

St Andrews hosts Energy Ethics Conference

Last week saw the University of St Andrews host an international Energy Ethics conference, where the ethical dilemmas surrounding our  relationships with energy were explored by over 25 academics. Topics of discussion ranged from the energy injustices for the ‘off-grid’ citizen, to the complicated ethical considerations ex-coal miners must face, in response to a declining industry.…

22 March 2016Education Energy Guardbridge Energy Centre Renewables

Students’ petition for Fossil Free St Andrews signed by over 500

Students at the University of St Andrews have formed a campaign group ‘Fossil Free St Andrews’ which is seeking to see the University divest its current investments out of fossil fuel companies. Since a petition to launch the campaign was launched on the 15th January, over 500 students, staff and alumni have signed. Find out…

9 March 2016Energy Renewables Sustinable Investment

Electrifying talk at Lawhead Primary

Pupils at Lawhead Primary were given a talk by Dita, manager at E-car club St Andrews, and Mike from the University of St Andrews. As part of the talk they were given a demonstration of the University ‘Wee Green Machine’ and the E-Car Renault Zoe. P2s and P5/6s at Lawhead were invited to explore the…

28 February 2016Education Electric Vehicles Energy Learning Journey Wee Green Machine

Park and pedal – Guardbridge to St Andrews

Everyone is familiar with the benefits of regular exercise. Most obviously, improved cardiovascular fitness, better muscle tone and increased fat burning potential. Not to mention reducing stress and fighting off low mood with those post-exercise feel good endorphins. It was with these points in mind that I decided to take advantage of Transition’s park and…

23 February 2016Bicycles Guardbridge Energy Centre

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…

31 January 2016Efficiency Energy Environment Team

University Winter Shutdown 2015/16

Before leaving the University for the festive break please remember to: switch off ALL electrical appliances at the wall switch off ALL lights turn down radiators to “1” do not leave anything on standby Remember that energy use really does all add up, so switch off all equipment, including printers and mobile phone chargers as well…

22 December 2015Efficiency Energy Environment Team