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…

Dreaming of a Greener Christmas?

Celebrate the festive season with some great foods and green “gift” ideas that don’t trash the planet. From great tasting plant based food to skillshares, swaps and wrapping all in a friendly informal sit, chat and relax atmosphere. Talk to our experts and trade tips whilst sampling a range of freshly made or off-the shelf foods. Whatever your diet, there will be something seasonal, tasty, hRead 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…

Part Time Carnivore, a Reflection

I have been an official part time carnivore for a couple months now – an experience I didn’t think was going to have as much affect on my diet as I originally imagined. As of writing this post, I share St Andrews with 39 other part time carnivores (three of them being my flatmates) and I can proudly say that I have stuck to my own personal pledge since joining in November. I know a ‘pledgeRead More…

Weird but wonderful

On Monday afternoon we were joined by the famous Fife Diet to learn how to cook exciting (some might say ‘weird’) vegetables! Mike and Lisa cooked us some deliciously simple celeriac soup and a selection of root vegetable salads. They were completely scrumptious and almost entirely locally sourced.  Recipes can be found here. They also regaled us with some of the exciting work being done Read More…

Coriander & Caster Sugar

  Jeff cooked Braised Butternut Squash with Tuna and Coriander, followed by some indulgent but delectable French Toast with Caramel Sauce. You can find these recipes here. Some of Jeff’s top tips included: Eat seasonal local vegetables (bell peppers in February, in Scotland, do not taste half as good as the seasonal ones);  If you’re using butter, use salted butter; Cook caraRead More…

101 Ways to Chop an Onion

Easily prepared and with remarkably few ingredients, on Friday afternoon Nami taught us that good Asian food need not be complicated. In fact, barring the fresh vegetables (which are readily available in St Andrews) most students probably have the remaining ingredients lurking at the back of their cupboards.  Nami’s recipes for Fiery Soy Stir Fry and Vegetarian Soup can be found here. ThRead More…

Green Week is on its way!

Join the Students’ Association Green Week team and your societies in a wide range of exciting and innovating events, from cycle powered movie screenings to tours of ‘Hamish’ the composter and our Community Fayre. For more details see this page: https://www.facebook.com/greenweek2012     For the full schedule click here. Read More…

A Gift is for Life, Not Just For Christmas

‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle’ is the mantra of any sustainable waste guru and certainly in recent years we have all become more aware of what happens to our waste. Last year the University recycled 65% of all waste and there are now many opportunities to responsibly dispose of your waste throughout the town. Recycling, however, is only one chapter in the story of waste reduction. Not least becauRead More…

Taking on the Tar Sands

My inspiration While at a protest outside RBS in April 2010, a member of the Rain Forest Action Network and Native Canadian, Ariel Deranger, spokeabout how the Tar Sands were affecting the lives of many First Nation communities, and it was this personal story that really moved me. This was why, when given the chance, I applied to go to Alberta, Canada with People and Planet – to hear personRead More…

World Resources Forum

Long have the sustainably minded called for international collaboration and knowledge exchange on world issues, and the World Resources Forum represented a platform for doing just that. Yet like so many conferences, of its kind, many we’re left wondering at the end, whether it was worth attending at all! As a young student fortunate enough to take part in a Youth Encounter on SustainabiliRead More…

The Beginnings

This year Transition has taken on a fast pace of its own – we are really lucky to  have three staff, an office and great projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, but it is still important to remember how this all started. I have coordinated the OneWorld Society here at St Andrews for about a year now. I was thrown into this role last year when most of the other OneWorld committeeRead More…