A sneak peek at Green Week


With Green Week kicking off on 7th March, we’ve put together an easy guide to the week’s events, whether you’re into poetry or permaculture, ethical investment or eco-beer. Go get your green on!

If you want to…get your hands dirty

There are plenty of opportunities to get down and dirty during Green Week! Want to get into gardening but don’t know where to start? Uni Hall gardener, Charlotte Davis, will be running an “Introduction to Permaculture” session on Wednesday afternoon to get you all clued up. Or if you prefer sand to soil, get yourself down to next Sunday’s Beach Clean with the Marine Conservation Society to help keep West Sands beautiful.

Leave a lasting legacy in St Andrews by coming along to one of our tree planting sessions – taking place on Monday at DRA, on Tuesday in the Community Garden, and on Wednesday at Albany Park. If you prefer to eat the things you plant, help plant fruit trees as part of an edible walkway in Guardbridge, celebrate the creation of a new Edible Campus garden at Agnes Blackadder Hall, and get stuck into some vegetable seed sowing at Andrew Melville Hall. Full details of times and locations are available here.

If you want to…try something new

Get yourself along to Sunday’s Skillshare Extravaganza – try your hand at everything from photography to cooking, hen keeping to bike maintenance, and much, much more! All the sessions are completely free (including the tasty lunch!), and will be running from 10.30-4.30pm in the Cosmos Centre.

If you want to…shape a sustainable future for the University

Tuesday’s Transition Open Forum is the place for you to share your big ideas for our small town, creating a sustainable vision for the future of St Andrews.  If you’re curious to find out how the University’s money is managed, come along to meet the fund managers at “Investing for a better future” on Wednesday and find out how our £48 million of endowed gifts have been invested.

If you want to…work up a sweat

Sign your sports club up to Cycletricity – the most competitive event of Green Week! Watch as the teams battle it out to produce the most bicycle-powered electricity in 20 minutes. Not part of a sports club? No problem! There will be a give-it-a-go session between 12-1pm so anyone can hop on a bike and feel the burn!

If you want to…get creative

Feeling crafty? Beat the 5p bag charge, and upcycle a boring bag or decorate a 100% Fairtrade cotton tote bag with the help of CraftSoc this Saturday. Alternatively, head along to one of StAnza’s climate change themed poetry readings, or explore folklore stories in the surrounds of the Botanic Garden with environmental writer Mandy Haggith on Monday.

If you want to…get sustainably sloshed

Reward yourself after a hard day’s tree planting! Cosy up with a glass of wine on Monday night at Topping & Co to celebrate the launch of Joanna Blythman’s latest book “Swallow This”, an expose on the food processing industry. If the Brew Pub is more your scene, sample a socially responsible tipple (or two!) at our biodynamic and organic tasting on Tuesday, or join Transition from some green chat over local brews on Thursday.


Don’t forget to check out the Green Week website, Facebook, and Twitter (@GreenWeekStA) for the full event lineup and latest updates!

Fairtrade Fortnight is here! (and much more)…


FT fortnight 2014

Looking back to last Friday (when I started drafting this post), WOW I can’t believe how busy things were around here… among other things my desk was covered by,

banana costumes,

Fairtrade wine,

posters, leaflets and green t-shirts…

But I can’t help but feel its just the beginning of things to come. That’s because today begins Fairtrade Fortnight, the two weeks of the year dedicated to all this Fairtrade!


The second week of Fairtrade Fortnight also happens to be Elections week (a great chance to stand for Environment & Ethics rep), and following that mayhem, we’ll be winding up the following week with Green Week celebrations before holidays begin!

With dozens of events planned and countless hours preparing all year (it always seems to come faster than expected) we are set to have a fantastic time with loads of great events. I’ve put together a cheat sheet for those who don’t want to miss out on anything but hate having to run the gauntlet to the library with all the flier-handing-out.

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Best small event

A free Fairtrade wine tasting on Thursday 27th Feb. Spaces limited so make sure to book your e-ticket at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/fairtrade/.

Best for your CV

While I encourage you all to run for Environment & Ethics Rep for the Students Association, don’t miss out on these two great internships offered here with the Environment Team which will be closing applications on Friday 28th. For application details visit:


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Best for the environment

Ever wanted to plant a tree (or two)? Well your chance is coming up. Two tree planting events will be held during Greenweek, so keep an eye out while the dates are being confirmed.


Best talk

Join us on March 1st as we listen to the experiences of Fairtrade producer, Fatima Ismael, discuss her experiences as manager of a Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee cooperative. A great chance to touch up on your Spanish as she will be speaking in her native tongue with a translator.


Best exercise

Cycletricity is back again! Watch the sports clubs compete to see who can generate the most bike-powered energy in this day-long event held in the centre of town in Church Square.


Most fun

What better way to begin Green Week than with a ceilidh! Get your green on!


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That’s all for now folks. Keep an eye out for further updates over the next 3 weeks 🙂

Green Week – What’s On

What’s On


St Andrews Green week is packed with events and activities aimed at taking positive local action on our environment.

Saturday 9th March

Compost Making Workshop 10am – 12noon Botanic Gardens (click for directions)
Free  event but advance booking required – phone 0770 458 7310
Zero Waste Treasure Trail 10am – 4pm Botanic Gardens – Running all week
One World Community Dinner
(click for more information)
6.30pm Episcopal Church

Sunday 10th March

Botanics Open Day
INCLUDING free drop-in at Glass Class – green activities
10am til 4pm Botanic Gardens

Monday 11th March

Red Squirrel Talk 9am – 11.30am Botanic Gardens – Free but advance booking required – 0770 458 7310
Cycletricity 9am – 5pm Church Square
Meat free Monday Evening Meal Catered halls accross the University
Film Screening: ‘Trashed’ 7pm Medical School Building, Main Lecture Theatre

Tuesday 12th March

St And Reuse Swap Shop 12noon – 4pm Mansfield Car Park (opp Students Union), St Marys Place
Guess the Veg – Fun competition 2pm – 4pm Outside Students Union
Transition Open Forum 5.30pm – 7.30pm St Mary’s College :T205 – Lecture Room 2

Wednesday 13th March

Dune Action Morning 10am – 2pm West Sands
Albany Park Starts Diggin’
(The very first garden session of the Albany Park Garden- be part of history!)
10am – 4pm Albany Park Garden
The open area to the very north edge of albany park boundary
Bike Maintenance and Sustainability Fayre 12noon – 4pm Outside University Library
Tree planting 600 trees for 600th 1pm – 3pm Fife Park
Canoe Club Beach Clean 2pm start East Sands Slipway
Community Garden Session 2pm – 4pm Community Garden
SD Seminar Series – Grill an Environmentalist Evening School 1, St Salvator’s Quad
Greenpeace Open Mic 8pm – 10.30pm Venue 2
Students Union, St Mary’s Place


Thursday 14th March

Glass Class activities – Garden Science workshop 10am – 12noon Botanic Gardens
Tour of Hamish the Composter 1pm -2pm University Grounds Staff HQ(behind new hall at the bottom of the path up to the sports centre
Green Week Pub Quiz 8pm Upstairs in The Rule (pub), South Street
St And Reuse AGM TBC
Seminar room 2,
University Arts building
BioSoc Film Screening:
‘The End of the Line’
7.30pm School 2,
St. Salvator’s Quad.

Friday 15th March

Staff Bike to Work Breakfast 8am – 9am John Burnett Hall
Fish for Today, Fish for Tomorrow – The Global Sustainable Seafood Movement 10am – 12noon Irvine Lecture Theatre,
Irvine Building

Saturday 16th March

Junior Hortus Spring Bulb Prizegiving and Spring Plant Sale 10.30am – 12noon Botanic Gardens
Orchard work day 1pm – 3pm Community Orchard – behind Macs papershop on Lamond Drive (park on Lamond Drive)

Green Week Round Up

Green Week is over for another semester but it was a fantastic week with lots of different student groups pulling together to put on some fab events and to spread the environmental message.

There was something for everyone; from film screenings and open forums hosted by Greenpeace and Transition to bread making workshops and debates from One World Soceity and the St Andrews Model UN, and from grow your own workshops and animal welfare stalls by Transition and AW Society to veg box schemes and much more!

Here at the Environment Team we hosted a successful Fairtrade bake sale.


The bake sale raised £90 for the Fairtrade Foundation and generated awareness across the student body. We also invited Fife Diet to bring their smoothie bike along and spent a lovely afternoon outside the Union in the sunshine making delicious smoothies from local fruit by pedal power!


Green Week culminated in a fab conference event called Reclaim Energy and hosted by One World Society and People and Planet with guest speakers from many different organisations.

Lauren King tells us more…

Reclaim Energy! Day bought together passionate campaigners from across the UK, some from as far as Oxford and Brighton, to share ideas and motivation about campaigning on climate change in St Andrews Students Association this Sunday. The issues of Arctic drilling, Tar Sands and Fracking may seem a bit of a random focus for an event – but it is clear these unconventional fuels are the new challenge to environmentalists – releasing huge amounts of carbon and gases into the atmosphere, damaging the local environment and impacting communities – not just locally but globally.

The day began with a powerful plenary but Villo Lelkes on ‘Ecocide’ – large scale environmental destruction that campaigners hope to make the fifth law against peace. Philippa de Boissiere and Louise Hazan from People and Planet network, the largest student campaigning network in the Uk, introduced the problem of unconventional fuels. There were five workshops throughout the day – The Arctic Oil Ruch & Scotland hosted by Paul Daly from Friends of the Earth Scotland and Greenpeace St Andrews; Taking on the Tar Sands by Ruthi Brandt from UK Tar Sands Network; Challenging Fracking in Scotland; Taking action against New Coal by Coal Action Scotland; Tar Sands Free Europe by People and Planet climate campaign coordinators.

“I decided to organise this event because I feel there needs to be more communication between the different campaigning groups working on unconventional fuels and climate change issues. There are lots of us, but we can sometimes get caught up in our own campaigns that we forget the bigger picture – we forget that damaging resource extraction is happening all over the world, and even more locally than we may imagine” says Lauren King, an organiser of the day’s event, who has been working on an anti Tar Sands campaign nationally. The day ended with an open space, in which anyone could bring ideas and set up a discussion group. People were able to move freely between different topics. Issues that were covered including: coal bed methane in Scotland, starting an unconventional fuels group in St Andrews, green economy and the ecocide campaign, among others. Organisers hope that these discussions will continue and evolve throughout the year, ready for the People and Planet unconventional fuels campaign to take off in 2013.

“It was inspiring to meet young activists from across Scotland” said Philippa de Boissiere, people and planet tar sands campaign coordinator, “and to explore the potential for action in the face of increasingly extreme forms of energy extraction. From Canadian Tar Sands and the arctic to local coal bed methane projects, the event provided the space to engage with complex underlying issues and consequences. It was great to strategize with young people in this way”. Photos from the event here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricjl/8067626730/

Thanks to everyone who organised events and to Nate Ruby (E and E officer) and David Bowers for coordinating.

Stay tuned for Green Week 2013 🙂

Green Week 2012!

Green Week is back and there are a huge amount of events to get involved in. This is the main Green Week page, please like and enjoy: http://www.facebook.com/greenweek2012

Green Week will be running during Week 3 in Semester 1 from Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October.

Monday 1st October 

Animal Welfare Society stall and raffle

2-6pm, Union


Oxfam film screening: The Age of Stupid

6.30pm, Beer Bar, Venue 1, Union


Tuesday 2nd October

Vegbox Scheme/Guess the Veg Event

2-4pm at the Union

Come along to see if you can win a Vegbox ! Are you a pro at local scottish Veg? if you are able to guess right, the box is yours !
Come to see how our Vegbox-scheme works if you are interested in local and organic produce.
Come to the Union (outside if the weather is good, and inside the Union Corridor if it rains) from 2-4.

Transition Film Premiere and Open Forum

5.15pm, Arts Lecture Theatre


Animal Welfare Society marine conservation film showing

6.30pm, Union


St Andrews Model United Nations Debate – The Green Climate Fund

7.30pm , School 2


Wednesday 3rd October

Fairtrade Bake Sale

10am – 3pm, outside the Library


Raising the roof at the Community Garden

2pm -4pm Community Garden


One World Bread Making Workshop

5.00 or 6.30pm Mansefield


Thursday 4th October

Bike Doctor session

10am – 2pm, St Marys


Friday 5th October

Fife Diet Smoothie Bike (cheapest smoothies in town, powered by bicycles!)

12noon – 2pm, outside the Union


Saturday 6th October

Grow your own workshop

1pm – 3pm St Johns Garden


Sunday 7th October

Reclaim Energy! Day, hosted by One World Society and People and Planet

10.30am – 5pm, Union


Looking forward to seeing you at as many of these events as possible!