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MLitt graduate Ross Allan wins environmental award

MLitt graduate Ross Allan wins environmental awardIn December 2016, Ross Allan (MLitt in International Business) received a new award recognising his work in developing the green campus at Dulwich College Suzhou. Ross is the college's International General Manager for China.

At China Association for Campus Management conference "Green Development, Green Campus, Green Logistics", he was presented with the Communications Award based on sustainability projects he has led at Dulwich College Suzhou.

The projects include:

  • the use of ground source heat at the Senior School,
  • collection and use of rain water to irrigate the rugby pitch,
  • outdoor learning spaces for Junior School students,
  • recyclable cups replacing plastic bottles,
  • growing vegetables and composting,
  • plantings inside and outside the buildings.

Since his graduation from St Andrews, Ross and the School of Management have continued to be engaged in a shared focus on sustainability. For the first Dulwich Climate Conference, held in Suzhou in 2015, he invited key speakers from the University: Professor Jan Bebbington and Dr Shona Russell of the School of Management, and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan who has an honorary Doctor of Science degree. More than 100 students from Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Zhu Hai and Suzhou attended, taking a list of agreed commitments back to their own colleges for action. The commitments resonate with St Andrews' lower carbon initiatives and the University's work in developing carbon consciousness across the institution, as well as the School's "responsible enterprise" ethos.

After receiving the award, Ross said, "I am deeply honoured to have received this award on behalf of all the staff and students at Dulwich College Suzhou who continue to inspire me and others to do more at this critical time for the planet. We believe the scientific community has been clear about the impacts we are having on the planet and believe we have a responsibility to educate our students about the natural world and what they can do to protect it. With the support of our Chairman and Chief Executive, we continue to drive forward our sustainability efforts and intend to create further opportunities for our students to learn more about the environment and take action."