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.

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 http://twitter.com/EnvironmentStA

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!

Lawhead Primary Electric Vehicle Art Competition

Remember our earlier post about the 100% electric vehicle and the Environment Team’s plans for brightening it up? (read the story here)

We can now reveal that a green art competition has successfully been held with P6 students at Lawhead Primary School to design a green image to be put on the sides of the van!

The students were introduced to our Wee Green Machine and given a presentation about how it does not burn fuel, but is plugged into a power source every night. Here are some of the designs that were submitted.

 

A panel of judges of Estates and Grounds staff will vote on the illustrations and chose which will win the Electric Vehicle Art Competition. Keep your eyes peeled!

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!

Meet the Environment Team!

We are the Environment Team!

Meet Roddy Yarr, the Environment and Energy Manager!

Roddy is the guy doing all the big stuff, like working on getting a 6 turbine, 12 megawatt wind farm at Kenly and looking into a biomass CHP plant at the old Guardbridge paper mill site.

Roddy has been managing the team with gusto since 2005 and with the help of his trusty bicycle he’s still going strong. Roddy oversees all activities within the team and engages with the University governance and the local communities on any and all environment and energy developments. Along with such engagement, he keeps the team entertained with the occasional Homer Simpson impression.

To Contact Roddy, email him on: try@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet David Stutchfield, the Energy Officer!

David’s got all the energy in the world! Well, maybe just at the University. From installing solar panels on the roof of New Hall to developing smart metering of energy consumption at Fife Park, he has the CO2 facts at his fingertips.

David makes sure that all University buildings have the energy and electricity they need whilst keeping efficiency high and carbon emissions low. David enjoys sailing on the high seas, and looking out of his desk window at the boats in the sailing club.

To contact David, email him on: ds51@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Barbara Aitken, the Environment Officer!

Barbara is the ‘recycling guru’ of the team and deals with waste management, travel, grounds management and biodiversity. This year, she spearheaded the massive feat of achieving a 65% recycling rate across the University!

Constantly coming up with ways for us to be greener and reuse, Barbara oversees our innovative bike reuse schemes, works closely with Grounds and our own University Recycling Team and loves the resident bats on the North Haugh and in the Bute Building. She keeps things chatty in the office, and of course, makes a mean cup of fair-trade tea.

To contact Barbara, email her on: baa21@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Graeme Noble, the Graduate Engineer! 

Graeme is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh and works on all the technical building stuff around St Andrews such as risk assessments and making sure we don’t all end up underwater or on fire. He spends his days dredging burns and visiting the old Guardbridge paper mill site.

Graeme is the only non-tea drinker in the team, but enjoys a pint and a good hike into the hills. Sadly, Graeme is leaving the Team in the middle of September, 2011 to go back to University to complete a second masters… We will miss him!

To contact Graeme, email him on: gan6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Meet Lucy Arndt, the Sustainability Intern!

Lucy is a recent graduate of the Sustainable Development undergraduate program at the University of St Andrews and the newest addition to the team. She works on outreach to staff, students and University initiatives like Transition, managing communications such as Facebook, twitter (follow us at: http://twitter.com/EnvironmentStA!!) and an Environment Team newsletter, fun projects like our Sustainability in Practice mini film series and generally assisting the rest of the team.

Lucy is loving working with the Environment Team and learning about what happens ‘behind the scenes’ at the University.

To contact Lucy, email her on: lea24@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you have any general questions about the work of the Environment Team, please email: environ@st-andrews.ac.uk