13 August 2013
Student-led work will start in September
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Students’ Union has beaten off stiff competition to secure thousands of pounds of investment for student-led green projects.
The popular Union has been awarded £200,000 for a variety of student-led projects, green volunteering and green transformation projects on Campus and in the wider community. Launching in September, the project will be based in the Union and is funded by the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Fund.
Competition for the funding was fierce with 120 unions applying for the special funding. UCLan’s SU was one of only 25 to receive from cash from the £5million scheme.
"This funding from the NUS Students Green Fund will ensure that students get the chance to volunteer on Campus and in the community and make a real difference to the environment through green transformation projects."
The aim of the Green Ladder Project is to improve and deepen student involvement in green issues by supporting a broad range of student projects, including a high profile ‘green transformation project’ which will enable a diverse range of students to take part in environmental issues and activity.
It will also promote and facilitate student community volunteering and promote pro-environmental behaviours at moments of change in student lives creating positive changes in attitudes and habits.
Sophie Bennett, Campaigns Officer for the UCLan SU, will lead the project. She said: “We are really pleased to have been selected by the NUS to deliver this project. This funding from the NUS Students Green Fund will ensure that students get the chance to volunteer on Campus and in the community and make a real difference to the environment through green transformation projects. It will be great for students to work with local community projects to lend a hand and build their skills.”
She added: “This project will radically transform the work of the Union on green issues, create a legacy of projects partnerships and most importantly help to shape students attitudes to recycling, the environment and energy.”