The Sustainable Development (SD) Society is a new society that is making
sustainability 'real' through student action, from organising inter-university
conferences on SD to hosting speakers and more. Sustainability is about participation, awarness raising and engagement with all sections of society on global and local issues, so this is what the Sustainable Development Society does. 'Sustainable Development' has to become a bed-rock of policy, planning and implementation of 'development' at all levels within society, so our Sustainable Development Society meets to talk about what this means, and to put it into practice.
We aim to make sustainability “real”, to raise awareness and change behaviors towards Sustainable Development by working with university students, staff and the townsfolk of the Saint Andrews community. We are a resource for students interested in SD, provide leadership for informed debate and set examples for the transition towards SD. Moving beyond the Brundlandt definition that SD “meets the needs of future generations without compromising the ability of current generations to meet their needs”, SD is about balancing the Social, Economic and Environmental as well as integrating different scales (Global, Local, Personal) and different disciplinary perspectives. We confront short-term and narrow paradigms of the world, analyze different cultural worldviews, and stimulate creative responses to making the small steps in a slow but constant journey towards Sustainable Development.
Dylan McFarlane (president)
Amanda Gudmundsson (vice-president)
Nicola MaClennan (treasurer)
Linnea Agren (secretary)
Mariella Danspeckgruber (assistant secretary)
Polly Delany (publicity officer)
Michael Wands (events officer)
Rebecca Butler (social convenor)