University of St Andrews

SGSD staff and students support £150,000 grant fund for local sustainability projects

Tuesday 28 February 2017

We are delighted to announce yet again that Transition has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, this year in partnership with St Andrews Botanic Garden and the St Andrews Environment Network.

Staff and students of the School of Geography and Sustainable Development have been instrumental in the formation and expansion of Transition University of St Andrews since 2010.  Many of our students have been involved over the years and we want to thank our staff members, particularly Drs Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs and Rehema White, for their ongoing commitment to Transition.

Bringing together the skills, experience and knowledge of three community groups, £149,986 will go towards developing a community space at the Botanic Garden, known as The Kernel, for practical sustainability projects:

  • Edible St Andrews: a new “high quality” food growing demonstration space to train growers from the wider community.
  • St Andrews Bike Initiative: to establish a bike maintenance workshop within the Botanic Garden where community groups, schools and individuals can practice bike maintenance through “peer to peer” sessions.
  • St AndRe-Use Town & Gown: to provide a bookable pick-up service for unused household goods (not furniture), which will sort, store and re-distribute items to townsfolk and incoming students.
  • Smart metering and energy advice: a display of information about the energy and carbon consumption of the Botanic Garden to encourage behavioural change through the use and understanding of smart meters and direct householders to home energy advice services.
  • Carbon Conversations with Schools: delivering a tailored programme to Madras College and St Leonards students which challenges them to make changes to their carbon footprint and adding a climate change and carbon-focused education programme for children and adults at the Botanic Garden.
  • Skillshare and Toolshare library: to provide practical help to tackle food waste and set up a tool loan scheme to reduce purchase of new tools and enable local residents to undertake repairs and enhancements at low cost.

You can help the Kernel develop by joining the Transition team, St Andrews Men’s Shed and other volunteers everyday Tuesday 10:00-12:00 at St Andrews Botanic Gardens for some landscaping and construction!

The photo below shows representatives of Transition University of St AndrewsSt Andrews Environmental NetworkSt Andrews Botanic Garden and Men’s Shed St Andrews celebrating news of the funding award.

Photo of Transition team