St Andrews Community Carbon Challenge
About the project
We are working together to highlight practical sustainability activities, including energy reduction demonstrations and
expanding educational programmes alongside complementary practical “sharing economy” activities such as tool shares, bike
share, and skillshares, including food growing skills.
Food - Edible St Andrews: Develop a new “high quality” food growing demo space, in order to train growers from
the wider community and increase yields across the 14 community growing spaces in St Andrews. This means adding 250m2
of growing space and continuing to develop a centre for different abilities including raised beds, permaculture, and composting.
Travel - St Andrews Bike Initiative: Establish a bike maintenance workshop within the Botanic Garden where community
groups, schools and individuals can practice bike maintenance through “peer to peer” sessions. Continue to lead on developing
cycle infrastructure across the town and developing training for led rides and bike ability.
Waste – St AndRe-Use Town & Gown: Provide a bookable pick-up service for household goods (not furniture).
This will sort, store and re-distributed to townsfolk and incoming students.
Energy - Smart metering and energy advice: Display information about energy and carbon consumption of the Botanic
Gardens will encourage behavioural change through the use and understanding of smart meters and direct householders to
home energy advice services.
Carbon Conversations with Schools: Deliver a tailored programme to Madras College and St Leonards students which
challenges them to make changes to their carbon and adding a climate change and carbon-focused education programme for
children and adults at the Botanic Garden.
Skillshare & Toolshare library: Extend the popular skillshare programme that provides practical help to tackle
food waste and teaches preserving techniques by developing more sessions that enable participants to extend the life of
tools, electronics, furniture, clothing, and energy savings devices (e.g. curtains, draught excluders). Set up tool loan
scheme to reduce purchase of new tools and enable local residents to undertake repairs and enhancements at low cost.
If you like what we do, there are many ways to engage with us, and we are always happy to speak with people to offer advice.
Home Visits: Our experienced and knowledgable advisors can help you to reduce your carbon footprint with a range of pragmatic solutions from closing your curtains at night to better insulate the home, to installing any of the renewable technologies we recommend.
Campaigns: Continuing on from the initiative we started at Madras College; in December of 2017, we launched our "Say No to Straws" campaign, which is something we are encouraging everyone in town to embrace. If you would like to show your support for the campaign, click here to sign up.
Community Gardens: Come along to the Kernel which is located in the Botanic Gardens, one of many community gardens throughout the town. We share this communal space with Transition, who are running the Skillshare & Toolshare projects, which are fantastic initiatives you can read more about here.
Events & Presentations: We regularly host and attend events/presentations where we discuss and demonstrate effective measures of reducing your carbon footprint. Keep an eye on our events section, as well as our Facebook page for updates.
Volunteering Assistance from volunteers is a big help to us and is a high impact way of getting on board with our vision. If you like what we do and want to try your hand at volunteering, please get in touch.