University takes bite of success with apple enviro award

University of St Andrews wins silver green apple environment award.
University of St Andrews wins silver green apple environment award.

St Andrews University has won major environmental award.

The silver UK Green Apple was awarded in recognition of the environmental work taking place as part of the redevelopment of Fife Park student accommodation site, particularly for the reuse and recycling of the demolished building, materials and fittings.

The redevelopment has seen a strong emphasis on reusing as much of the contents and building components as possible, including carpets, furniture, telephone systems and fire detection equipment, as well as recycling materials such as glass, wood and plasterboard.

The process has reduced the cost of the redevelopment, and allowed the University the resources to update other areas of accommodation.

Sarah Pay, operations manager in Residential and Business Services, who was at the House of Commons to pick up the award, said: “We are delighted that the department has been recognised for our ‘green’ efforts.

“We work hard with our colleagues in estates, our staff and the students on different green initiatives throughout the year and to be given an award makes this effort worthwhile.

“Every small achievement is important in becoming more sustainable.”