The Environment subcommittee exists to help students live more sustainably and get involved in the environmental projects around the campus. As a committee, we represent all student's views, and seek to ensure that as many environmental projects are carried out as possible! Last Year, we hosted a Car Free Day with Fife Council to showcase local shops and encourage family-friendly activities across Market Street. We also worked hard to endure 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.
In 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 students’ halls compete with each other by reducing water, gas and electricity consumption and are awarded a prize at the end of the 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 the hall committees giving a great incentive for active participation.
Together we encourage students to recycle and reduce waste; buy locally, choose seasonal and Fairtrade products as well as reduce weekly meat consumption or even get involved in one of the community gardens around town and grow your own healthy organic food!
The highlight of the committee is the annual Green Week, which will be held in Week 4 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 etc., 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!
Lauren is the Environment Officer for the academic year 2019-20.
For more information about these or any other environmental issues or just be updated on environmental events in town, get in touch!
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-Association Environment Officer
-Green Week Coordinator (x2)
-Publicity/Social Media Officer (x2)
-Societies Liaison Officer (x2)
-Sustainable Accommodation Officer
-Member without Portfolio