University of St Andrews

SGSD supports new student-led Sustainability Action Forum

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Over 50 students from the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh recently met for the first student- led Sustainability Action Forum in St Andrews.

Joint organised and coordinated by the University of St Andrews Sustainable Development Society and the University of Edinburgh Sustainable Development Association, the forum provided an opportunity for students from a range of disciplines to meet and discuss sustainability in practice.    

Speakers included two St Andrews Sustainable Development Degree Alumni, Rebecca Petford of the EAUC and Joshua Msika of the James Hutton Institute, as well as Dr Rehema White from the School of Geography and Sustainable Development here at St Andrews. University of Edinburgh graduate Meredith Adams spoke of her experiences founding MAD Challenges and in the 2050 Climate Group.  All speakers brought a wealth of insights to the resulting panel discussion, which explored the logistics of sustainability action. 

An afternoon workshop with Transition St Andrews followed, which asked delegates to discuss the practicalities of doing local sustainability research and action.  The workshop drew on the international experiences of students, with future action points emerging for both Edinburgh and St Andrews. 

The event also provided an opportunity to reflect on the utility of the Sustainable Development degree at St Andrews 10 years on, with several of the Sustainable Development Society student committee here in St Andrews graduating this year.  We hope that the Sustainability Action Forum will continue for years to come, drawing on the student momentum and enthusiasm for sustainable futures.

Photo of SD Action Group