Sustainability service helps Scotland students

Students in the USAC St Andrews program will have access to a novel repair and advice café

The lost art of skillsharing has become a public passion for the University of St Andrews, host university for the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) St Andrews program. According to a release from the University of St Andrews Communications Office, a new St Andrews Repair and Advice Café was established with financial support from the university’s community fund to meet the greater sustainability initiative: A net zero community.

All students, staff, and the local community may now bring in their malfunctioning items — broken watches, lamps, small appliances, and more — to volunteers who can help bring them back to working order. It’s an active business centered around recycling and local values. If study abroad students are meant to immerse in the culture, understanding the sustainability policies is a key part of that.

“Repairing and recycling items and giving people the skills to fix things themselves is key to every one of us living more sustainably and reducing household costs where we can,” Lesley Caldwell, community engagement and social responsibility manager, said. “This will also be a resource that the whole community can benefit from.”


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