The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) has achieved the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s top standard for sustainability.
MUSA has been recognised for its continual commitment to sustainable tourism. The museum, housed in a 19th century coach-house, was extensively renovated in 2007 to provide a custom home for the university’s internationally significant historical collections, and from the start it was ensured that the building was as sustainable as possible.
Solar panels are installed on the roof of the museum, generating electricity which is used to power the lights and the building’s lift, while a ground source heat pump extracts heat from the rock beneath the car park to power the galleries’ underfloor heating.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme, supports sustainable tourism, assessing tourism providers’ energy and water efficiency, waste management and support of local culture. Green Tourism assessors also recognised the success of the year-round education programme at MUSA.
The recognition comes hard on the heels three of the university’s hall achieving gold awards for sustainability.