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.