My Carbon Footprint

Working in Transition University of St Andrews, our job is to try and persuade folk to get out of cars and walk and cycle more, to improve their health and well-being using recycled bikes (eg. Bike Pool), to eat locally produced food instead of consuming imported food with high carbon miles (eg. Edible Campus), and despite Landfill Tax, to try and prevent items being trashed like tools (eg. Tool Read More…

Sustainable Travel Worker Job with Transition

Transition is looking for a new Sustainable Travel worker to promote and facilitate sustainable travel options in St Andrews with a special focus on University staff commuters. Its an exciting position at a time when things are changing rapidly around transport and the relocation of staff.  The post holder will be promoting smarter travel options including car sharing, cycling, public transpoRead More…

EVENT: Shared Path Meet-Up!

Join us on Saturday 27th April for a fun and
inspiring afternoon for the Crail
to St Andrews Shared Path project. Drop-in anytime between 12-3pm at Kingsbarns Memorial Hall, where you’ll be able to find
out all about the proposed route with information and presentations throughout
the day. Come along to hear what others have been sharing of their experiences
along the route, and 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…

Travelling towards a zero carbon St Andrews: an open meeting

We will be holding the second “Towards a Zero Carbon St Andrews” open action planning event on Tuesday 5th March at 5pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Scores. We are extending an invitation to residents and groups to consider “How can we travel smarter and more sustainably in the future?” With travel being a major contributor to climate change and also being one of the most resistant tRead More…

Cycling a Path Weaved in Willow Art: Episode 1

With the official support of Sustrans this project was given the green light and our plan was kicked into action. The idea, to create willow installations of deer, people and bicycles, scattering them around the shelter belt at the start of the St Andrews to Guardbridge cycle path.
Hands-On Harvesting First things first, we set off to Angus – including Carnoustie, Brechin and Arbroath – overRead 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…

Buy a D-Lock and Protect Your Bike!

Fife Community Police has reported that two bikes a week are being stolen from St Andrews at present! Community Police Officer Larna Fox Cowan is urging students to lock up their bike, as well as continue to use your lights and wear bright clothing. She joined Transition again this month outside the Students Association in a Bike Light event to draw attention to the fact that it is not onlRead More…

Electric cars; the future?

  The average car in the UK produces over 2 tonnes of CO2 per annum and as the Scottish Government has set a goal to reduce carbon emission by 50% by 2025 and by 80% by 2050, there is an urgent push to replace petrol and diesel cars and trucks with electric or hydrogen ones (zero emissions). In addition exhaust emissions also included carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate sooty maRead More…

Transition to develop Cycle Trainers and Bike Mechanics

Transition University St Andrews are offering some cyclists the chance to become a fully qualified Bike Mechanic or a Bikeability/Cycle Leader free of charge. In a bid to gain new volunteers for the carbon cutting organisation’s bike hire scheme, Bike Pool, we are asking a small number of cyclists to commit to helping out at cycle events in return for a place in the fantastic top class cycle coRead 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…

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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