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Accommodation, Conferences and Events

Environment

All accommodation, conferences and events are designed to align with the University’s position on the environment and sustainability. This page outlines the University’s environmental policies and ways the accommodation, conferences and events team adhere to these policies.

Agnes Blackadder Hall, McIntosh Hall, University Hall and David Russell Apartments have been awarded Gold by the Green Business Tourism Scheme. All residences have met criteria which covers energy and water efficiency, waste management, recycling and biodiversity.

As a whole, the University of St Andrews is committed to the environment and sustainable practices. More information about this commitment can be found on the University’s environment and sustainable development website.

” Our vision is to be recognised locally and internationally as a world-class institution that leads by example, fully integrating sustainable development into all that we do”

University of St Andrews sustainability policy statement

Responsible visitor charter

The ACE team encourages all guests to be responsible visitors, the following methods are beneficial for the environment:

  • Save energy – switch off lights and close windows if the heating is on.
  • Give the car a rest – use the local bus, walk or hire a bike.
  • Shop locally – look at the Green Folder located either in your apartment or in the foyer for information on local shops.
  • Recycle – there are many forms of recycling bins available at the various residences.
  • Compost – a small bin in the self-catering kitchens is provided for you to help us towards composting. Full details of what may be composted are listed on the bin.
  • Be water wise – turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and use towels wisely.
  • Print sparingly – If you are attending a conference, only print materials that are required.
  • Share transport – consider sharing a taxi when traveling to and from local train stations or airports for conferences.
  • Respect nature – help look after the landscape and wildlife by disposing rubbish responsibly and using footpaths and cycle-ways.
  • Support Green Tourism businesses.

Green residence policy

The ACE team have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme as an indicator of sustainable practices and have committed to following the Green residence policy. The principles of this policy are:

  • Comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
  • Minimise the risks associated with social and environmental issues.
  • Reduce pollution, emissions and waste.
  • Reduce use of energy, water and other resources.
  • Raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in sustainable practices.
  • Expect similar environmental standards from suppliers and contractors.
  • Assist customers to use resources and services in an environmentally sensitive way.
  • Continue to seek to improve our environmental and social performance.

All suggestions and feedback relating to environmental standards is welcomed, please email aceteam@st-andrews.ac.uk.