Page 1

Environment News

April 2012 Issue


Introducing the Environment Newsletter

In this issue:

For environmental news at the University of St Andrews, looking at green campus projects, community initiatives, sustainability governance and how to get involved.

Page 2 In Focus: Passport to Environmental Excellence

Page 3 Green Campus: Green building award for Medical Sciences Building and bees

+ Did you know? St Andrews is aiming to be carbon neutral for energy consumption by 2016. St Andrews currently recycles 65% of its waste.

Page 4

Community: Transition University of St Andrews awarded £347,770

Page 5

How to get involved: St Andrews in Bloom is looking for enthusiastic green thumbs

In Focus: Top Tips for saving energy This newsletter aims to give staff the latest

 Switch off computers and

environmental news at the University and

monitors at night and over the

to involve staff in the work of the new

weekend (whenever possible). A

Environmental Facilitators (see page 2).

single PC operating continuously

This month’s top tips are:

uses about £60 of electricity

 Boil only what you need in the

annually. Turning off the PC and

kettle. If everyone in the UK boiled

monitor at night/weekends will

only the water they need every

reduce the bill to £15 annually. If

time they used the kettle we could

every member of staff at the

save enough electricity in one year

University did this we would save

to run the UK’s street lighting for

around £54,000 per year (based on an estimate of 1,200 staff computers).

nearly 7 months.


Environmental Facilitators with their new energy monitors and Passports to Environmental Excellence

In Focus: Passport to Environmental Excellence fully launched

The University’s forty-eight

energy even further.

Environmental Facilitators are ready

Twenty-nine of the University’s

to help the University achieve its goal

Schools and Units now have an

of becoming carbon neutral by 2016.

Environmental Facilitator and they

The Environmental Facilitators have

are ready to begin working with their

been taking part in workshops over

colleagues to reduce our carbon

the past week to learn about the

footprint. Issued with energy

University’s green achievements,

monitors, they will be looking at the

and generate practical ideas to help

energy loads of their department’s

their Schools and Units reduce

appliances and equipment. Even

Do you want to become an Environmental Facilitator?

small acts like switching equipment off overnight, only boiling the water you need in the kettle and turning off the lights when you leave your workplace can make a huge difference to our carbon footprint and the University’s energy bills. Work with your Environmental Facilitator to make a real difference to your School/Unit.

your line manager. They will need to

The University is looking to recruit at

support you taking part in the

least one Environmental Facilitator

project. Next, let CAPOD know that

per unit or school across St Andrews.

you wish to volunteer. Email

If you are interested in becoming an to register

Environmental Facilitator, first

your interest and find out when you

discuss your likely application with

can next sign up for courses.



Campus: New Medical Sciences

Building achieves green award

The New Medical Sciences

flush system for toilets, solar hot water Research Complex (BSRC) is on track to

Building on the North Haugh is the

heating, use of recyclable materials

being awarded a BREEAM Outstanding

first in the University to achieve

and innovative fume cupboard

certification, and would be the first scientific

BREEAM Excellent (Building

technology, and have established this

research building of its kind in the UK to

Research Establishment

building as an inspiration for

received such a high green award.

Assessment Method)

sustainable builds.

accreditation. The building was carefully designed and built with the aim of bringing together students and collaborative research in a building with excellent sustainability credentials in line with the University’s Sustainability policy. Unique features include a rainwater

+ Green

All new builds at the University since 2010 aim to be at least BREEAM Excellent certified. The recently opened Biomedical Science

Campus: Bees for Biodiversity in bee populations is

University grounds. It is hoped that

an increasing concern

more hives will follow at other sites

for biodiversity and

across the University’s estate, resulting

wildlife in the UK. It is

in the potential to produce University

thought that the


decline is due to viruses to which the bees have no natural immunity combined The University of St Andrews has

with declining habitat.

established its first honey bee

The University of St Andrews

colony on University grounds, with

hopes to play its part in preserving

the support of the Fife Bee-Keepers

the local honeybee population by

Association. The nationwide decline

keeping three beehives on


To encourage bees into your own garden and preserve bees at home, visit the British Beekeepers Association’s website: php. More information on the St Andrews bees can be found on the University website.

+Community: Transition - sodales.

+ Did you know? In 2011/2012, Transition reduced the University’s carbon footprint by 635 tonnes of carbon. Transition also diverted 2.16 tonnes of waste from landfill through StAndReUse.

University of St Andrews Success

Transition University of St Andrews has

The new funded project is a joint venture

been re-awarded funding by the

between Transition and the community

Scottish Government for £347,770 for

council group St Andrews Environmental

an innovative and unprecedented town- Network (StAndEN), as Transition seeks to gown partnership project. In 2011,

extend its successes into the local

Transition, a joint student and staff group,

community. This collaboration between a

was awarded £90,000 by the Scottish

University and a community group is

Government Climate Challenge Fund

bringing significant investment into the

(CCF) to run practical projects to reduce

town, is the first town-gown partnership of

carbon emissions at the University. Over

its kind in St Andrews where individuals

the past year, this project has seen some

are working side by side, and is set to

huge successes, including saving 635

turn St Andrews into one of the greenest

tonnes of carbon emissions through

communities in the UK.

running practical behavior change projects around energy, waste, transport and food. As a result, CCF has extended funding to Transition till 2015.


To find out more and get involved in Transition events:

+ How to get involved: St Andrews In

Bloom is looking for enthusiastic green thumbs

St Andrews In Bloom is looking for volunteers from the

If you have green thumbs and will be in town over the

University to help prepare the town for the 2012

summer, please consider giving some of you time to this

National In Bloom awards. St Andrews In Bloom is a

initiative. If you are interested or want to learn more,

community group, with help from the community council,

please email Lucy on

that plants flowers throughout town to make sure that St Andrews is beautiful for the national awards ceremony every summer. This year they are keen to develop a University St Andrews in Bloom working group to take care of and maintain a specific area of the town centre throughout the summer.

+ Useful links

Thank you for reading


Please do not print. 350 million trees are cut down every year for office paper.

Sustainable Development Policy and Strategy 2012-2022: TEGY%202012-2022..pdf Carbon Management Plan 2011-2016: an%20Feb%202012%20%20University%20Of%20St%20Andrews.pdf

Resources Recycling Procedures: g/#d.en.24106 Green Guide (and further green resources):

This newsletter was produced by the Environment Team .



Environmental Faciliators Newsletter APRIL  
Environmental Faciliators Newsletter APRIL  

Environmental Faciliators Newsletter APRIL