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UCLan sets new record for environmental pledges

09 March 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Month-long project sees record number of people commit to green campaign

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Students’ Union campaign promoting healthy environmental habits has proved to be so successful that it has set a record for the number of green pledges made by students and staff during the month-long event.

The UCLan DoNation project was launched during the University’s annual Green Week event and invited staff and students to make pledges from a list of twenty simple actions to stick to for at least two months. This included turning off electrical gadgets when they’re not being used, using the stairs instead of the lift and buying more locally sourced produce.

If all the pledges are accomplished a total carbon saving of 8,612 kg will be achieved, equivalent to 26 flights from London to Glasgow.

In total 404 pledges were made, making it the most successful month-long DoNation campaign for a single organisation. If all the pledges are accomplished a total carbon saving of 8,612 kg will be achieved, equivalent to 26 flights from London to Glasgow.

DoNation is a national initiative that helps business to encourage employees to take up healthy, energy saving and sustainable actions that together can make a big difference and change long-term habits. The founding director of DoNation, Hermione Taylor, commented: “At The DoNation, we’re all about showing how small actions can add up to make a big difference, so we were massively excited to see UCLan getting so many students on board with their Green Week pledge campaign."

“Hopefully pledges will become lifestyle habits as students and staff find out how easy the actions are and also start to feel the additional benefits of being green such as saving money and feeling good.”

Hermione continued: “We’re thrilled to say that they broke our record for the number of pledges made in a month by a single organisation - that kind of ambition and momentum is exactly what we need if we’re to reach our mission of making sustainable living mainstream.”

Clair Challen, UCLan’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “We’re delighted that UCLan’s first DoNation campaign has proved to be so successful and it shows just how much the students and staff at the University are taking our environmental messages on board.

“Hopefully pledges will become lifestyle habits as students and staff find out how easy the actions are and also start to feel the additional benefits of being green such as saving money and feeling good.”