Who are we?

About Us

About Us

 
Since 2009, Transition UStA has been a hub for sustainability across the town. We aim to create a more climate resilient St Andrews and support people in their journeys to low-carbon living.
 
We belong to the wider Transition Network, which has groups all over the UK and other parts of the world. And like other groups, we see communities as the starting point for reimagining and rebuilding the world we live in.
 
The Transition movement is about feeling like you can make a difference in the world. It is about learning new skills, connecting with other people and creating a new story for your local area.

 

FUNDING SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS

There are many sides to Transition in St Andrews. We are a team of 8 employees and a large steering group of students, staff and local residents. We also work closely with St Andrews Environmental Network, the St Andrews Botanic Garden and a local bike store, Cyclepath.

Although we are a Community Interest Company (CIC) our projects run on the funding support of a few channels. These include the University of St Andrews, the Scottish Government Climate Change Fund (CCF), Smarter Choices Smarter Places and Zero Waste Scotland, Cycling Scotland.

 

WHAT WE WORK ON

Smarter Travel

We try to share the events, information and news surrounding all forms of sustainable transport in and around St Andrews. Whether it is walking, running, and jogging; cycling; car clubs; buses; trains; and local holidaying we have a wealth of ideas and support.

 

Zero Waste

We are lucky to have a town & gown StAndRe-Use scheme which collects things from students, is sorted by students and returned to other students -all for free! From Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ to beach cleans, we have a range of projects to clean up St Andrews and make the most of our resources.

 

Local Food

Increasing the production, consumption and accessibility of local and affordable food in St Andrews is something we’re all about. We now have a network of 14 community gardens, which are open to the public.

Our Edible Campus project teaches skills and encourages interest in growing. The Tree is an online shop that allows local producers to sell their goods at a weekly pop-up shop.

 

Knowledge & Skills

Sharing skills and knowledge is at the heart of the Transition movement. We see the loss of many hands-on skills as both a barrier to localising the economy in St Andrews, and also an opportunity to build community. The ways in which we manage this is through:

  • Practical skill shares, from hedge laying to quilting.
  • Our annual Bioblitz, to teach about our amazing biodiversity.
  • The Living Labs approach to academia which linkw research with practice.

 

CONTACT

Address: Observatory Workshop, Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9LZ

Made a few years ago this video gives us a little introduction to Transition in St Andrews.

Fun Facts About What We Do

Transition In Numbers

150
Events We Run Per Year
> 2,000
People attending our events
> 4,000
Volunteer Hours
750
Tonnes of carbon offset since 2015
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