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Green Tourism

What is the Green Tourism Business Scheme?

Green tourism is a term used to describe best environmental practice within the tourism sector. Members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a Visit Scotland accredited scheme, have demonstrated a firm commitment towards reducing the impact of their business on the environment. The Scheme uses independent assessors to grade businesses against over 120 measures which cover a range of environmental, economic and social issues, e.g. efficient heating and lighting, nature conservation, community involvement, waste management, and sustainable transport.

A number of our halls of residence have already achieved GTBS awards (see below).

University of St Andrews, Agnes Blackadder Hall‌‌
Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award since 2007

Agnes Blackadder Hall, located on North Haugh campus, is the largest catered hall within the University. Commissioned in 1993, it offers en suite accommodation for up to 540, in single and twin bedded rooms. During the summer vacation period it operates as a 3 star hotel and accommodates groups, conferences and holiday makers.

Environmental issues and conservation feature in the high standards of thermal insulation, double glazing, building management controls and motion sensor lighting in corridors. Additional measures include recycling of a wide range of waste streams, and provision of indoor cycle storage.

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University of St Andrews, David Russell Apartments
Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award since 2006

‌David Russell Apartments, situated off Buchanan Gardens on the western boundary of St Andrews, are the striking result of an extensive redevelopment project. Over a three year period which started in 2002, the former David Russell Hall has been replaced with a series of independent buildings housing 750 residents. Over the summer months the apartments are available to conference groups and holidaymakers.

Key to the design and specification of the development has been a 'whole life' approach and emphasis upon sustainability. Where possible, rubble from the demolition of David Russell Hall was crushed on site and reused for hard core beneath the foundations of the new buildings and existing mature trees have been incorporated into the redevelopment. The residential buildings benefit from state of the art climate controls, high levels of thermal insulation, a rainwater recovery system and card-operated electronic controls. A central facilities building features a sedum roof covering.

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University of St Andrews, McIntosh Hall
Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award since 2013

McIntosh Hall is located in the heart of St Andrews, 2 minutes from the famous Old Course and the historic town centre. This traditional stone built residence offers standard bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable single or twin rooms.

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