About the Environment Subcommittee
The Environment Subcommittee exists to help students live more sustainably and get involved in environmental projects around campus. We represent all students' views, and seek to ensure that as many environmental projects are carried out as possible. We are committed to raising awareness on environmental justice issues and recognizing that social justice is an integral part of sustainability. We’ve run multiple social media campaigns to encourage learning about the intersections of sustainability with social justice causes such as BLM, pride, disability justice and de-colonization. We have also worked to ensure social responsibility was a core pillar in the University Strategy (2018-2022), so that all environmental and ethical impacts of all major decisions are considered beforehand.
Within the Students’ Association, we have eliminated all single-use plastics and updated the Union Sustainability Policy for all events. Additionally, we manage the Interhall Energy Competition in which student halls compete by reducing water, gas, and electricity consumption, and are awarded a prize at the end of each month. This means energy is used more efficiently, requiring fewer natural resources, and therefore helping the University to cut its energy bill. Ultimately, the money saved circulates back to hall committees, giving a great incentive for active participation.
Together we encourage students to recycle, reduce waste, buy locally, choose seasonal and fair trade products, reduce weekly meat consumption and think about the influences these choices have globally.
The highlight of the committee is the annual Green Week, which is held in Semester 1. Green Week is a celebration of all the good work we do at St Andrews, from our student green societies and projects, to academic work. It includes loads of events: guest speakers, film nights, stalls and more, over the course of the week. If you or your society is interested in participating in this year’s Green Week or would like to share any ideas of events which you want to see happening in Green Week, then please let us know!
Take part in the Interhall Energy Competition, come to one of our events, or work with one of the community gardens around town to grow your own healthy organic food. If you would like to volunteer with us on our many projects and subscribe to our weekly mailing list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.