The St Andrews Prize for the Environment

University of St Andrews


Our Supporters


An Environmental Initiative by the University of St Andrews and Independent Exploration and Production Company ConocoPhilips

The environmental debate reveals a myriad of vigorously pursued and ultimately competing interests, priorities and perspectives.

It is vital to bring all sides of this debate together, ensuring some broad agreement on what is important, what can be done and what can make a difference to address issues in such a way that attempts to reflect the various strands and shades of scientific and public opinion.

It was against this background that the St Andrews Prize for the Environment was formally launched in 1998. The Prize rewards innovative, practical solutions to environmental problems, which can be replicated in different regions of the world. Each year it attracts multiple wide-ranging entries and continues to recognise significant contributions to environmental conservation.

Entries have been submitted on diverse topics including:

You must be the change you want to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi Indian political and spiritual leader (1869-1948)


ConocoPhillips is committed to protecting the environment that we share. We implement high environmental standards to ensure that our actions today will not only provide the energy needed to drive economic growth and social well-being, but also secure a stable and healthy environment for tomorrow.

At ConocoPhillips, we consider sustainable development essential to our mission of supplying the energy that powers modern life. For us, it’s about conducting our business to promote economic growth, a healthy environment and vibrant communities, now and into the future.

Across our countries of operation, our people work in a truly integrated way to find and produce oil and natural gas. Our technical capabilities, asset quality and scale, and financial strength are unmatched among independent exploration and production companies and uniquely position us to compete around the world.

ConocoPhillips is committed to the efficient and effective exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Producing oil and natural gas and getting them to market takes ingenuity, technology and investment. Our innovative collaborative efforts yield products that improve the quality of life globally while producing economic benefits with far-reaching influence.

By sponsoring the St Andrews Prize for the Environment, ConocoPhillips is creating a path to a more secure and environmentally conscious energy supply for future generations. This forum lets us recognise groups and individuals with innovative environmental ideas and gives us the opportunity to focus on developing and sustaining their life-changing projects. There remains much to be done, and we all have our part to play. By changing attitudes we can significantly reduce our personal environmental footprint.

Dominic Macklon President, UK, ConocoPhillips

As an oil and natural gas company with a commitment to environmental stewardship, ConocoPhillips wants to understand different views and be part of the conversation.

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third-oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. For over six centuries we have established a reputation as one of the leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research and we are now one of the world’s most research intensive seats of learning.

This is an appropriate place for consideration of humankind’s interaction with the environment and we are proud of our strong record in environmental and international relations studies. Our distinguished Gatty Marine Laboratory is the home of the Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and the institute for Environmental History further enhances the rich environmental debate stimulated by students and staff.

The university has an under and post graduate student body of 7,200 – a third of which is from overseas and is one of the United Kingdom’s top five universities. Its strengths cover a range of disciplines in the arts, sciences and medicine, and include physics and chemistry, geoscience, philosophy and international relations.

Sustainability is firmly rooted within our governance processes and principles. This governance includes ensuring that the basic fundamentals of environmental compliance are coupled with ongoing improvements in environmental management performance.

Our mission is to be recognised locally and internationally as a world-class institution that leads by example, fully integrating sustainable development into all we do. We are also committed to continuing to understanding and improving our performance with respect to sustainable development.

There are few issues of greater importance than the impact of climate change on our fragile environment and on some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Here at St Andrews we are committed to playing our part in addressing environmental challenges. Locally we are determined to be the first university in the UK to become carbon neutral for energy. Nationally our ground-breaking research in green energy and environmental protection is having a tangible impact on public policy. Internationally, the St Andrews Prize for the Environment is setting a new standard for environmental prizes. We are proud to be partners in such an inspirational programme, which supports creative and innovative projects that help to protect vulnerable communities from the ravages of environmental change.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews

At the University of St Andrews, what is inspiring about sustainability is the combination of the institutional and the grassroots, the individual and collective.