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Environmental Sustainability Board

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Taking on our future

The University of St Andrews recognises climate change as the defining issue of our time. The Scottish and UK Governments and Fife Council have declared a climate emergency, and the University is actively responding to this crisis. To address the scale of the challenge and accelerate work already ongoing at the University, we formed the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) in February 2020. The ESB is chaired by Professor Sir Ian Boyd. Sir Ian was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment based at DEFRA and is professor of marine biology at our Scottish Oceans Institute.

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Mapstone, shares her ambitions for the ESB and Sir Ian’s work here:

The ESB’s role

The ESB provides institutional leadership on the environment. The immediate responsibility of the ESB is to create a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the University, incorporating a Carbon Management Plan and a Climate Adaptation Plan. It will then enable the roll out of this strategy and provide leadership on options for developing St Andrews in a sustainable manner, as well as producing environmental accounts.

Working with our University community

We want to put the University community – students and staff – at the heart of the ESB. To achieve this its eight board members are being recruited from the University community in an open application process. The first ESB meeting is planned for March 2020.

The ESB will build on the work done by the Sustainability Development Working Group.

If you have questions about the ESB, please contact Dr Emma Read Kallblad (




Sustainability Development Working Group

The Sustainability Development Working Group (SDWG), chaired by the Quaestor and Factor, has previously been the lead group responsible for delivery of the University's Sustainability Strategy and overall Environment and Sustainability compliance and governance. The SDWG reports to the University's Planning and Resources Committee.

Previous SDWG meeting documents:

SDWG 21st Jan 2020 meeting (PDF, 653 KB)

SDWG 21st November 2019 Meeting (PDF, 619 KB)

SDWG 25th Sept 2019 meeting (PDF, 1,261 KB)

SDWG 24th July 2019 (PDF, 13,465 KB)

SDWG 22nd May 2019 Meeting (PDF, 1,919 KB)

SDWG 30th Jan 2019 meeting (PDF, 1,152 KB)

For access to earlier records, please email


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