Survey results Sept 2019

Thank you to all 132 people who completed our Sept 2019 survey. This data is extremely useful in helping to direct our work and demonstrate to funders what people want. As a result Transition has submmit 2 bids to the Climate Challenge Fund: Local Food focusess on growing and food networks and we partner with the St Andrews Botanic Garden on this. The second bid is in partnership with the StRead More…

The importance of Biodiversity. Mankind (single species) versus nature (biomes, ecosystems, biodiversity, communities and populations of multiple species); is it a winner-takes-all contest or can we live in sustainable harmony?

Background The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio led to three Conventions a year later on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification Prevention (UN). Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life on Earth, from the genes, species, communities, to ecosystems and processes that enable life to persist over time (SANBI). The main objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) were tRead More…

Nuclear Energy; the pros and cons

Background We are surrounded by matter, made up of atoms, each of which contains enormous amounts of energy in the bonds that hold the atom together. This energy can be released through controlled nuclear fission to produce heat, steam and ultimately electricity, or through uncontrolled fission to produce atomic bombs, like Little Boy and Fat Boy, which were dropped on Hiroshima and NagasakiRead More…

Paw print, your pet’s carbon footprint.

Pets have co-evolved with mankind for thousands of years. Domestic dogs were thought to have evolved from domesticated grey wolves in the Middle East around 15 000 years ago. Archaeological evidence shows dog bones together with human bones from 14700 years ago, but new evidence from a 35000 year old Siberian wolf bone suggests an earlier date of between 27 and 40000 years ago after the last Ice Read More…

Food Waste Study Needing Students!

Researchers from the University of Stirling have teamed up with Zero Waste Scotland to roll out a study looking at student experiences of food waste across Angus and Fife. If you are self-catered student in shared accomodation that they’d love to hear from you. The bonus – a prize draw! You will be submitted to win a £50 Amazon voucher for taking part. The online survey is now live, Read More…

Ecological Assistant in Fife

Job Description Contract Type: Temporary for 2 years. Interview Date: Monday 10th December 2018. This post is restricted to candidates aged 16 – 24 years of age and must be residing in Fife at date of interview. The job pack for this vacancy is attached at the bottom of the page. It provides more detailed information about the job and the type of person we are looking for. All empRead More…

Out with the old, in with the new

This post is written by our Research Facilitator. Katherine has a PhD from the University of St Andrews in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development. You can find more about her research on her website and Katherine tweets as@Ellsworth_Krebs. Email her at ke68@st-andrews.ac.uk.   Those who have stopped by 7 Woodburn Place in the last week or so have been commenting on howRead More…

A Week in Transition: reflections from our new Research Facilitator

Katherine is the newest addition to the Transition team. She has recently finished a PhD in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews on domestic energy demand and expectations of home comfort. You can find more about her research on her website and Katherine tweets as @Ellsworth_Krebs. Email her at ke68@st-andrews.ac.uk. In just a week I have been Read More…

What is ‘here in St Andrews’?

Dear Future Steering Group, As you continue to shape and be shaped by the Transition movement here in St Andrews, I’d like to leave with you some thoughts on what ‘here in St Andrews’ actually means. These thoughts have their origins in a summer research project I undertook with Dr Rehema White but are tempered by four years of continuous exploration of this town with all of my senses awaRead More…

Do you live in halls?

Project Title:  Green Buildings and the environmental psychology of their occupants: How do physical building characteristics, occupant attitudes and behaviour choices influence actual energy consumption? As part of my undergraduate dissertation in Sustainable Development, I invite all students who currently reside in University of St Andrews Halls of Residence to participate in a research proRead More…