Having received an award of two years additional funding (£293,645) from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, the "Community Share for Climate Care" project builds on a successful partnership of St Andrews Botanic Gardens, Transition University of St Andrews, and St Andrews Environmental Network. In 2017 the group successfully created a low-carbon living programme and community space in St Andrews named "The Kernel".
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 toolshare, bikeshare, and skillshare, including food growing skills.
- Developing shared economy (Toolshare, Bikeshare, Skillshare) - We will be expanding these successful projects. Weekly skillshare and toolshare hours will be increased, enabling us to expand and consolidate engagement, increasing the impact of the projects, whilst adressing inequalities across our communuty.
- Creating local food network - Growing workshops (basic & masterclass), distribution and re-use of food waste, increasing area and yields of growing spaces, extending growing season with polytunnel and growing new crops, demonstrating cooking skills that reduce waste.
- Creating circular economy - Collections will take place from both students and residents, as opposed to last year which was solely from the student population. Any tools found to be in good working order during these collections will be donated to be used within the toolshare project.
- Energising change - working with households to save carbon through lowtech means/switches to clean energy suppliers.
- Improving climate literacy - cross-cutting theme across all projects through developing new communications.
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.