Charlotte’s award

Student: Charlotte Owen
Student: Charlotte Owen

BRIGHT spark student Charlotte Owen helped local company James Donaldson Timber Ltd ‘chop’ its annual power bill and carbon footprint – and win herself a top environmental award in the process.

Charlotte, a St Andrews University graduate, spent two months with Donaldson’s through the national Environmental Placement Programme and her work resulted in plans for a 20 per cent cut in electricity use, a 210 tonnes-reduction in carbon emissions and 4.5 tonnes less paper waste.

As well as delighting Donaldson’s, Charlotte’s work impressed the scheme’s judges and last week she was named Scotland’s Most Enterprising Environmental Student 2011.