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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Transition voices on the new IPCC report

The most recent in the long series of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports hit the headlines early this month with a warning that we only have 12 years to take action if we are to keep the world from warming beyond 1.5C. This most recent summary of research on climate change indicates that 1.5C target is both affordable and feasible but will require urgent and drastic action from govRead More…

Car Club and Cycle Routes

For six weeks in July and August, I have been interning for Transition. My project was to create two reports: one on the potential expansion of the current electric car club in St Andrews, and another analysing cycle routes and infrastructure across St Andrews. For the report on a car club expansion, the first stage was to read other feasibility studies done for different areas, to assess how tRead More…

The Edible Campus in April

Spring has sprung, the fruit trees are in blossom and the gardens are full of life!  There has been a lot of activity in the 9 growing spaces transition supports. The Community Garden (our most established garden), is continuing to develop the forest garden, with lots of rhubarb and soft fruit bushes planted last month.  We have been harvesting sprouting broccoli, lettuce, mint and Jerusalem Read 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…

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…

Transition Gets Funded! (Redux)

Yesterday the Scottish Government announced that Transition, in partnership with St AndEn, had been funded for a new bid to the Climate Challenge Fund! It’s a three year project that we are all very excited to get started on — but first a bit of recollection from Transition’s current and future coordinators: Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs and Joshua Miska respectively. Check out more information Read 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…

Got Green Fingers?

  Green gardening in St Andrews is hard to come by. While we have some excellent horticultural facilities – such as the Botanic Gardens – very rare is the small and ecologically minded community garden. The St Andrews University Community Garden is one such place, where students, staff and towns folk all gather to grow organic fruit and veg. This permaculture garden is helped alRead 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…

Musings of a windfarmer

Over the past year, I seem to have developed an acute ability to spot wind turbines across our landscape.  This has become a slight distraction to my family with much rolling of eyes from my kids as I list the positive benefits of wind energy.  Its my job to know about this sort of stuff but maybe I should take some time out at weekends!   It’s all because of Kenly Wind farm, part of the UniRead More…

The movement is growing

Transition is a grassroots initiative that helps communities respond to the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. It is a viral movement that was started in 2005 and today has spread all over the world. To date, Scotland has over 150 communities that show interest or are official Transition Towns. And this year Transition is blossoming at the University of St Andrews! Last year TRead More…