Wee Green Machine Unveiling

Yesterday was the Wee Green Machine Unveiling Ceremony. The three kids with winning designs were finally able to see their artwork on the side of the van.

The three winners test driving the Wee Green Machine.

Read the whole story about the art competition in our previous blog.

Rowan and his design.


Archie and his design.

Georgia and her design.

Watch the unveiling here.

The Environment Team was excited to see the kids being so proud about their designs on the Wee Green Machine.

The Environment Team was excited to see the kids being so proud about their designs on the Wee Green Machine.

The Wee Green Machine now has it’s own profile on Facebook. Add it and if you spot the Wee Green Machine driving around town snap a photo and upload!

University Donates 2 Tonnes of Items for Container to Namibia

Staff across the University of St Andrews have donated educational resources for schools in Namibia, to help children in need.


Full van of resources for Namibia from the University

Earlier this month, the Environment Team coordinated efforts to collect items for a container that was arranged by Madras College as part of their Namibia Teaching Program. Around 30 students from Madras are travelling Namibia this summer to work with kids in schools and organised this container ahead of their travels. See this website for photos of their 2011 trip http://www.madras.fife.sch.uk/news_events/namibian_trip_2011.html.

Madras student, Madras staff and Bill Close University of St Andrews Grounds staff unloading supplies

So many boxes!

The appeal for resources went out under a week before the container was due to depart and despite the short timeframe we were hugely impressed by the outpouring of support from departments across the University. Schools and Units that contributed were:  CAPOD, English Language Teaching, Environment Team, IT Services, Media Services, New Hall, School of Biology, School of Classics, School of Computer Sciences, School of Economics and Finance, and School of Psychology, and the University Library.

Thanks to their generous support a whole van load of goodies was collected which ranged from almost 10 overhead projectors, six computers, English language learning books, stationary and welcome packs with shampoo, soap and toothpaste and amounted to 2 tonnes of resources.

Packing room, full of resources from St Andrews at Madras

A huge thank you to everyone who donated and to Bill Close in the Grounds Department for his help with packing and transport!

Special thank you to WHSmith for donating office supplies (including disks for the new computers!) and to PHS Teacrate who supplied crates and other packaging materials (including loads of big bubble wrap!).

With everyone working together not only are we helping those in need of assistance in Namibia, but we are making sure that valuable resources are put to use and not wasted.

University of St Andrews staff (from left to right Lucy Arndt, Bill Close and Barbara Aitken) with Madras staff and students

Keep your eyes open for future donation and reuse opportunities!

Behind the Scenes at Raisin

Did you participate in the Foam fight on Raisin Monday? We did! Every year, the University helps to organise this bizarre, unique, exhilarating tradition that is so unusual we are broadcast around the world. From the Students’ Association to Health and Safety to Estates and the Environment Team, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into making this day run smoothly….

After a briefing with bacon rolls and hot coffee, we set off to man our posts. The Environment Team and the Grounds staff organize two full size skips to take away the Raisin Receipts that are brought to the quad. Binn Skips, the company used, will recycle over 90% of this material after it is picked up! This is through a sorting and ‘dirty MRF’ (materials recovery facility) process, where rubbish is sorted at a plant to recover all possible recyclates, including wood, metals, plastic, paper and card, and tyres.

Years ago the amount of rubbish generated at Raisin was no way near what it is today, but these days with so many more students and ambitious academic parents these skips are nearly completely full by noon! Students are so creative these days we were very pleasantly surprised when the first students on site this year had real raisins as their receipts! Notable items that came through this year included:



the most massive blue balloon that popped on a low hanging branch…

the Mystery Machine…

a number of impressive thrones…

and even a wooden shackle rack…

Each year, we try to encourage academic parents to be creative with their Raisin receipts in terms of keeping the environment in mind, because essentially all the hard work of the academic parents ends up in the skip… As you can see, all sorts of things end up in there! We are very pleased that students are so keen to work with us to ensure that the Raisin foam fight is a success for all.

We even got to enjoy some of the receipts left with us!



After all the hard work, the Environment Team went through to the quad to join the rest of Estates and watch the foam fight…

And witnessed Helen Mackie, Assistant Director of Estates, welcoming one of the newest members of Estates, Beth Robinson, Health and Safety Officer.








Beth really enjoyed being ‘Mackied’…

Patrick O’Hare, Students’ Association President, even managed to get David Stutchfield, Energy Officer, and Barbara Aitken, Environment Officer!








(Wanted: For Foaming the Environment Team.)





Here is the before and after of the quad!

After all the fun, all the helpers chipped in together to clean up the mess. The SRC organized a brilliant clean up with student volunteers as did the Kate Kennedy Club.

And as the Environment Team left for the day and headed back to the office, the Grounds Department came out in full force to return the quad to normality.

Thank you all for a wonderful, smooth Raisin Foam Fight 2011, we look forward to seeing you next year!

See Bubble TV’s video on Raisin to see some of  our staff members!

Short Guide to Green Freshers Events

Freshers Week is just around the corner and we are all excited for the students to return and for the week to kick off! We know that there is so much going on, with too much to do and too little time. So we thought we’d help you out with planning your week by providing a short guide to the green freshers events so that you don’t miss out on any of the exciting times ahead!

The Environment Team’s Short Guide to Green Freshers Events

Monday, September 19:

Inter-Hall Energy Competition Begins

-Time: 10:00am

-Place: All University Halls of Residences

-Who: Transition

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=247458411962387

St AndRe-Use Big Give-Away

-Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

-Place: Students’ Association Foyer

-Who: St AndRe-Use and Transition

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237687076277473

Tuesday, September 20:

Free Vegan Lunch

-Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

-Place: Church Square (South Street)

-Who: LeftSoc

-Event Page: Facebook and YourUnion

OneWorld Food Market

-Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

-Place: St John’s Garden (Medieval History)

-Who: OneWorld Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=263822160309917

Slow Food Walk

-Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

-Place: St John’s Garden (Medieval History)

-Who: OneWorld Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=266079110088800&ref=ts  

Introduction to the Community Garden

-Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

-Place: University Community Garden, off Buchanan Gardens

-Who: University Community Garden and Transition

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273474536013558 

‘Food Inc.’ Film Screening

-Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

-Place: St Salvator’s Quad, School 2

-Who: Greenpeace Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=288709024477875 

Wednesday, September 21:

Raw Vegan Raw’rr

-Time: 1:00

-Place: Samurai Garden, The Scores

-Who: VegSociety

-Event Page: http://www.yourunion.net/events/index.php?page=event&event_id=673303  

‘The Day After Peace’ Film Screening

-Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

-Place: St Salvator’s Quad, School 1

-Who: Transition and The Sustainable Development Society

-Events Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131876266910021  

Fairtrade Cafe for World Peace Day

-Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

-Place: Old Union Diner, Butts Wynd

-Who: Transition

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145664648859649

‘The Yes Men Fix the World’ Film Screening

-Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

-Place: St Salvator’s Quad, School 1

-Who: OneWorld Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189700207767581

FACT & FOLLY Freshers’ Pub Quiz

-Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm

-Place: Aikman’s Bar, Bell Street

-Who: Greenpeace Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123305241102951 

Peace One Day Peace Crawl

-Time: 9:00pm – 12:00am

-Place: The Union

-Who: The Sustainable Development Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=229688773744924

Thursday, September 22:

Wild Food Walk

-Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

-Place: St Andrews Pier, down by the Harbour

-Who: OneWorld Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=258397467515151

Transition Drop-In

-Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

-Place: Transition Office, 65 North Street

-Who: Transition

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114565218646244

Gastronomic Tour of St Andrews

-Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

-Place: Meet under the Arches on South Street

-Who: The Fine Food & Dining Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=266363960054290

Friday, September 23:

Second Hand Bike Sale

-Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

-Place: Students’ Association Car Park

-Who: Environment Team

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.156908501036562.33041.156907914369954&type=1#!/event.php?eid=118300618273239 

Environmental BBQ

-Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

-Place: University Community Garden

-Who: The Sustainable Development Society

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284549874892142

 Sunday, September 25

Freshers’ Fayre

-Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

-Place: Students’ Union Building

-Event Page: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/orientation/events/

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

Kaleidoscope Festival

-Time: Friday 3:30pm – Sunday 10:00pm

-Place: Kinkel Farm

-Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203039033050812

We hope you have a fabulously green Freshers Week and go out and get involved!