Millie and Lottie – Sustainability Champions of the year

Friday 26 March 2021

12,000 students took their module in Training in Environmental Sustainability Action last year. This Wednesday, Millie and Lottie were awarded Sustainability Champions at the Green Gown Awards.

From the right: Millie and Lottie, creators of TESA, winning the Global Challenges Programme 2019.

Training in Environmental Sustainability Actions (TESA) equips all student with the essential tools to make greener choices in their day-to-day life. In their first year in halls, Millie (School of Geography and International Relations) and Lottie (School of Geography and Social Anthropology) noticed that many students were unaware of the support St Andrews provided for environmental sustainability. They decided to fill the gap by creating TESA.

Because of their creation of TESA, the Green Gown Awards announced Millie and Lottie as winners of the category Sustainability Champion this Wednesday 24th March.

TESA is the first module of its kind in the UK by reaching the whole University population of St Andrews. The module shares initiatives to get involved in, such as the community projects Edible Campus, BikePool and StAndReuse; the University’s Biodiversity Working Group and fairtrade Steering Committee; schemes making sustainable behaviour easier, like the KeepCup scheme which gives a discount when student and staff bring their reusable mug to University cafes. Besides sharing these initiatives, TESA also raise questions about climate justice and climate adaptation.

“I am proud to lead a University where students like Millie and Lottie are able to shape the agenda on climate change. The determination and creativity shown by this generation is truly inspirational, and TESA is already helping our students take action. Thank you Millie and Lottie.
– Professor Sally Mapstone, FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of St Andrews.

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards Finalists represented over 850,000 students and 130,000 staff. They are leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the wellbeing of society.

Millie and Lottie were announced winners of Sustainability Champion of the year at Green Gown Awards. 


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