What you can do to reduce Climate Change

By TransitionStA volunteer- Isabelle Low A Passivhaus in Fife – photo by Fiona Drummond I was prompted to write this piece by an article in the Sunday Times by Dominic Lawson, saying (accurately) that anything that we did in the UK would change only 1% at most of global emissions, most of which are produced by the USA and China. I agree with his data; I disagree fundamentally with his coRead 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…

The Hydrogen Economy

With increasing evidence and media coverage on Climate Change and Global Warming brought on by anthropogenically produced CO2 in our atmosphere, we are well aware of the problems associated with the carbon economy, which is based on coal, oil and gas. But with what do we replace it? Electric power is great, but it is mostly still generated by burning hydrocarbons. If we could duplicate and harnesRead More…

Leaving Town? Arrange a free collection of unwanted goods with StAndEN

Students living in private, rented accommodation can now book a collection of their unwanted household goods by the St Andrews Environment Network. Working in partnership with Transition UStA on St And Re-use, items collected will be re-used by incoming students or by local good causes. Collections start on the 1 May to the end of June. Please fill in the form below at least 1 week before you requRead More…

Tax on Aviation fuel and Carbon offsets

In the 1940’s international transport was still dominated by coal-burning steam trains and oil-burning ocean liners. Air travel was still in its infancy, so to promote it, tax on aviation fuel was deemed exempt through the International Convention on Civil Aviation (ICAO, Chicago, 1944, Article 24). Now, over 70 years later, when air travel is the dominant form of international and domestic travelRead More…

Shared Path Stories

Crail to St Andrews Shared Path In November, we met with Kirsty Weir – owner of Beach House Walk self-catering accommodation in Crail. Included in the facilities are 8 bikes with helmets and cycle-maps that Kirsty has made available for visitors to use. We were keen to find out more about what had motivated Kirsty to include bikes in her business, and how visitors has responded. And as wRead More…

Transition Thank You Meal

Join Transition for our annual Thank You Meal. If you have been a volunteer, a participant in the past or would like to join us in the future, please come along. We will have a fun and interactive visioning session before the meal, exploring “How to move the town towards Zero Carbon”. The meal will be plant based and free. Please spread the word and we will look forward to seeing you on the night.Read More…

Community Police Officer Larna Fox-Cowan joined myself from Transition University of St Andrews and my lit up bike outside the Student Union last night, alongside Union Representative, Ishbel Duncan, Alex Clark and Anya Kaufman from St Andrews University Environment Team Environment Team University of St Andrews and Cara Nicholson from Community Relations Team St Andrews Community Relations.
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Winter Diets UK – “Spice Up Your Meals Without Heating Up the Planet”

Written by Aisling Geraghty // Nov 7th 2018 Each day that passes, you can feel the English November chill creeping in. Perhaps you have turned your heater on full power or started to light the fire in your living room each evening. If you are like most students, your house has become its own microclimate as you desperately try and keep the warmth inside, without escalating your utility bills. It Read More…

Avocadisaster!

Written by Aisling Geraghty October, 2018 You have been lied to. Lied to by Instagram. Lied to be health blogs. Lied to by ethical eating campaigns and pretty much every facet of modern media. The avo-bubble is a sad one to pop as I also love avocados. I thought their delicious healthy fats were one of my best discoveries, especially when switching to a plant-based diet. Due to the immense pRead More…

Cycle Path Lighting Survey

Hi! Current work conducted by Transition University of St Andrews is exploring local stakeholder demand for better cycling infrastructure on campus and between the town and surrounding areas. Could you spare a minute of your time to answer 4 questions regarding cycling infrastructure at the below link? Should you wish to propose any further comments or queries, please feel free to use theRead More…