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19 February 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Larger than life art raises environmental awareness at UCLan

Giant iced footprints, a stilt walking tree and plastic bag art have been among the highlights of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Green Week 2013 celebrations.

The fun and visual events were aimed at raising environmental issues with the 38,000 students and staff and encouraging them to reduce their environmental footprint in one of four simple ways.

The footprint ice sculptures where themed on reducing waste, saving energy, making better consumer decisions and traveling actively.

“We’re delighted with the amount of students and staff who’ve engaged with green issues throughout the week’s activities”

A giant stilt walking tree helped members of the UCLan pre-school plant trees and seeds while textile students from the School of Art, Design and Performance spent the week crocheting, ironing and weaving donated plastic bags to make an eye-catching piece of upcycled art.

Top comic Mark Watson proved very popular with his one-off ‘green’ gig while rickshaw rides, ethical pancakes, eco games and puzzles which highlight the environmental impacts of lifestyle choices were crowd pleasers.

“It’s been a huge success”


The University’s Green team, consisting of a collection of staff and students, also used the week to promote sustainable travel and other on-going projects across Campus.

Sarah Buckland, UCLan’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “It’s been a huge success and we’re delighted with the amount of students and staff who’ve engaged with green issues throughout the week’s activities.”

She added: “The real stars of the week were our student volunteers; their choice of degrees ranged widely between textiles, policing, sports psychology and mechanical engineering but their commitment and energy to helping others at UCLan reduce their green footprint was impressive.”