The University of St Andrews works both top-down and bottom-up, with ambitious governance, strong student voices, and collaboration with local projects and organisations to become more sustainable. 

There are many key groups working to promote environmental action in St Andrews. The various sustainability branches are involved in a number of initiatives designed to make sustainable living easier for students and staff.

You can keep up-to-date with the sustainability projects being undertaken by the various groups on our Sustainability blog

Environment team

A part of the Estates department,the Environment team ensures that the University operates sustainably. The Environment team is responsible for:

  • Carbon Management Plan
  • Climate Adaptation Plan
  • Circular Economy Plan
  • energy and water
  • food
  • travel
  • biodiversity
  • student and staff engagement.

For all enquiries relating to the Environment team or sustainability, please email environment@st-andrews.ac.uk

Transition University of St Andrews

The Transition team works bottom-up with students, staff and local residents to make St Andrews a more sustainable community. They lead a range of community initiatives supporting low-carbon living in town, including: 

  • BikePool
  • The Tree
  • St AndReuse
  • Green Corridors.

For all enquiries to the Transition team, please email transition@st-andrews.ac.uk

Environmental Sustainability Board

The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) was formed in February 2020 to accelerate the University's response to environmental change and the climate emergency announced by the Scottish Government and Fife Council. The board advises the University on sustainability and holds it accountable for its performance on behalf of the Planning and Resource Committee (PARC).

The ESB is responsible for the:

For all enquiries concerning the ESB, please email ESB Coordinator Emma Kallblad (erk3@st-andrews.ac.uk). 

Students' Association Environment Subcommittee

The Environment Subcommittee is a part of the Students' Association. The subcommittee represents the student voice of sustainability and works closely with the University on several projects. They are responsible for:

  • Green Week
  • UnEarthMagazine
  • EcoConnect.

For all enquiries to the Environment Subcommittee, please contact eande@st-andrews.ac.uk

Sustainable St Andrews

Sustainable St Andrews was established to implement our Environmental Sustainability Strategy through teaching, research and policy at the University. The organisation is made up of working groups of staff and students.