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…

StandRe-Use 2014: We’re gonna need a bigger van

StAnd Re-Use 2014 started about 3 months ago when I first met with University waste guru Barbara to discuss how to make this year’s collection the biggest ever. ‘I want to mark out sections on the floor, have an army of volunteers, massive pop-ups, multiple collection points, we’re going to collect more than ever before’ I enthusiastically told her. ‘Go for it’ was her supportive response. Read More…

Get to know the University’s Environment Team!

Who are we? The Environment Team is a small 4 person team working towards making the University more sustainable in all its activities and operations. The team is based in the Estate Department located next to the Sailing Club building on East Sands. We enjoy a great view of the beach from the main office window, making work on those rare sunny days that much harder! What do we do? The team colRead More…

Transition’s Steering Group

Transition’s activities are managed by a small team of staff, but coordinated by a Steering Group of University staff, students and members of the local community, who generally meet monthly. We are holding our Celebration and AGM at 5.30pm on the 8th April at the Glass Class in the Botanic Gardens to celebrate all the amazing things we have achieved over the past year. Come along to find outRead More…

Talking about ‘The Next Generation’ at the EAUC Scotland Conference

On Thursday 20th February St Andrews sent a delegation to the EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) Scotland Conference in Glasgow. The team included: Dr Rehema White (lecturer in SD and Transition Steering Group Member) Joshua Msika (Transition Steering Group Co-ordinator) Morgan Buckner (Transtition Steering Group Member and Transition Green Week Intern) Lucy ARead More…

Green week is coming…….

Its just one month to go until St Andrews celebrates all things ‘green’ in the series of community, staff and student events that is St Andrews Green Week. While there is no doubt that the world is facing some very serious environmental problems, sometimes we all find it difficult to believe our own actions can make a difference. Green week aims to create an atmosphere that is fun, engaging and suRead More…

Get involved

So hopefully at some point this week you’ve chatted with someone about Transition’s work and are feeling highly enthused. If you’d like to get involved in the work of Transition, why not try our Volunteer Intern Programme.   Last year we kept getting asked by people how they could get more involved in Transition on a more permanent basis. We were super excited about your enthusiaRead More…

600 Days of Transition

Like many community organisations we are very aware that we work for you, our local area. As consequence, at Transition we are keen to constantly receive feedback about what you want to change in our town. This week saw us launch our 600 Days of Transition Campaign where we are asking people what would you like to change to make St Andrews a better place to live. We want to know what things youRead More…

600 Days of Transition

Like many community organisations we are very aware that we work for you, our local area. As consequence, at Transition we are keen to constantly receive feedback about what you want to change in our town. This week saw us launch our 600 Days of Transition Campaign where we are asking people what would you like to change to make St Andrews a better place to live. We want to know what thingsRead More…

The Future of Food at St Andrews University

Fife is now recognised as a leading light in the UK’s local food revolution as demand soars for seasonal, fresh food, made and sold on our doorstep. For large organisations like the University of St Andrews, reconnecting with local food networks poses benefits as well as challenges. To better understand this phenomenon, the St Andrews Sustainability Institute (SASI) is hosting a lunchtime semRead More…

4 Seasons in One Day

Hopefully you noticed that last weekend the clocks went back, which may have meant an extra hour in bed, but also sadly marks the start of proper winter. Some of our international students might be forgiven for thinking that winter started months ago; the summer of 2012 was remarkably brief, even for Scotland. Back in June, I had higher expectations for sunny weather and invited visitors to theRead More…

Contemplating carbon: a step on the Transition journey

It’s been 3months since I stumbled into the Transition Office, 65 North Street to pick up the Carbon Conversations handbook, the tome of knowledge to use to ‘go forth and save carbon’[1]. Since then I’ve reduced energy use, replaced light bulbs, swapped the car for the bus, and started growing my own food. These are tentative steps on a journey of transition sparked by Carbon ConversationsRead More…