Sustainability in action

The University of St Andrews contributes social, economic and environmental benefits in a number of ways. Sustainability is firmly rooted within the University's processes and principles, and has delivered significant benefits to local, national and global communities.

The University's current sustainable practices and achievements include:

  • A reuse and recycling rate of 73%.

  • 100% of University food waste is recycled, and 6 tonnes of organic waste is composted in the on-site composter named Hamish. This compost is then used on the University estate.

  • The University's sustainable food policy and action plan, which promotes sourcing as much of the University’s food and drink from local and sustainable businesses.

  • The University has held Fairtrade University status since 2006.

  • A rolling £1.7m energy investment (Salix) fund to ensure energy efficiency measures are fitted in all of the University estate. The fund is the largest and most successful in the UK higher education sector.

  • All new building projects since 2010 have achieved BREEAM excellent green building certification. Our latest research laboratory is the first BREEAM outstanding building in Scotland and first outstanding laboratory in the UK.

  • Procurement of conflict-free electronics and IT equipment.

  • Ethical investment programme developed through student consultation.

  • The energy efficient data centre holds a Gold CEEDA award.

  • The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), as well as three halls of residence, hold Gold Green Tourism Awards.

  • The dedicated environment team, which develops the ideas and vision to deliver improved environment and sustainability performance.

  • The sustainable development policy and strategy is supported by the Principal and University Court.

  • Working closely with and utilising expertise from the academic, student and local community to respond to the University’s sustainability objectives and collaboration on sustainability issues.