Sustainability

The University of St Andrews embraces sustainable development across all of its operations, fully integrating it into all that we do. We have a mission to be recognised locally and internationally as a world-class institution that leads by example, actively implementing imaginative solutions and initiatives that achieve the aims of a more sustainable society.

Our vision

Our three-part strategy to become carbon neutral for energy production:

  • Behaviour change: encouraging reduction in energy consumption, such as the inter-hall energy competition in halls of residence which last year achieved savings of 48 tonnes of CO2.
  • Energy efficiency and investment: ensuring highest energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • Micro and macro renewable energy: investing in solar thermal heating on our residential and science buildings, solar photovoltaics (PV) electrical generation and ground source heat pumps on site. Our macro renewables plan will lead to a carbon reduction of 27,000 tonnes per annum through development of the Guardbridge Energy Centre and Kenly wind farm.

Students, staff and the local community are all encouraged to work with the University to meet this vision. For ideas of some of the opportunities on offer, take a look at the projects below. 

Join in with projects to reduce carbon, build community, and foster sustainable behaviour.

Enjoy the benefits of sowing, growing, and eating your own food in our organic gardens situated across the University.

Lend a hand working on dune restoration, habitat maintenance, or planting trees at local nature reserves across Fife with the Student Voluntary Service.

Join a passionate group of volunteers who refurbish abandoned bicycles and host bicycle maintenance and reskilling workshops.

Student-led campaign week with different societies and groups running events and promoting environmental issues across the University.

Staff work with colleagues to lower their building’s carbon footprint through using less energy and changing behaviour.