Gold Green Tourism Award to New Hall and DRA

George King
Thursday 15 September 2011

After the Green Tourism re-assessment was completed in August, we at the Environment Team have been waiting with baited breath to hear the result. And the news is finally in….. GOLD Awards for both New Hall and David Russell Apartments (DRA)!


Both halls of residence have previously been awarded Gold GTBS certificates, but this year they scored 90%, putting both New Hall and DRA in the running for the GTBS annual Best Performer Award.

This is a great achievement that recognizes the exemplary environmental commitment and practice both at a hall and campus-wide scale.



GTBS is a national sustainable tourism certification that is a Visit Scotland venture. It recognizes:

  • environmental management
  • infrastructure
  • energy and water consumption
  • sustainable purchasing
  • waste management
  • low impact transport
  • engagement
  • attention to natural and cultural heritage
These Gold GTBS awards add to the growing list of impressive and high-standing green awards that the University of St Andrews is accruing, such as a 1st Class People and Planet Green League 2011 Award and funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for Transition University of St Andrews. As such, the University of St Andrews is receiving national recognition for the innovative and progressive environmental practices of the organization and is emerging as a national leader in green practice in the Higher Education Sector.

The Environment Team was very excited to receive this news of the Gold GTBS Awards. It is always rewarding to be recognized for your hard work… we hope that this achievement helps to inspire more halls of residences at St Andrews to become certified!

 To learn more about GTBS please click here

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