Most people know that St Andrews is the home of golf, with its famous Old Course.
Not so many know that St Andrews is the home of Scotland's oldest University and the third oldest in the UK, dating back to 1413.
But did you know that St Andrews is one of Scotland’s first Fair Trade towns?
Or that the town is also the location for the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner?
St Andrews is rightly world-famous for its medieval buildings and its beautiful beaches, but the town is also a living home for 16,700 citizens with nearly 9000 students adding to the population during term-time.
There’s more to St Andrews than meets the eye:
St Andrews has less than half of the unemployment levels for Scotland as a whole but One in ten of the town’s population is 75 or over which compares with one in 14 nationally.
The town has approximately 800 council houses, housing association properties and sheltered housing accommodation and just over 6000 owner-occupier and privately rented properties.
Almost 4000 students are in the Halls of Residence including Hope Hall and Hepburn Hall with the remaining 5000 accounting for a high percentage of the privately rented flats and houses.
Although many see St Andrews as a wealthy town, recent figures for fuel poverty show that on average 28% of household in the town suffer fuel poverty
The University has always moved with the times. It became a Fairtrade University in 2006 and is now the home of the St Andrews Sustainability Institute (SASI). SASI is a group of people who are working towards a sustainable future for everyone.
As their website explains:
“There are many signs that we are living in a way that will cause problems for ourselves, future generations and the many other species we share our home with. Finite resources are being used up, the climate is changing and the way the very poorest people live is affected by decisions made by the rich and powerful. Our actions do not just affect those immediately around us, but ripple far out to distant shores beyond our horizon…..
”People are slowly realising that humankind must act soon, so that everyone (including those not yet born) can have the chance of a life with increasing rather than decreasing choices.“
One way we can all contribute to protecting our children’s future is to reduce our energy usage.
As we cut down our energy use we are also saving money so it’s a real win-win. And that’s where StAndEN can help you – SAVE ENERGY – SAVE MONEY – STAY WARM