Staff and students at the University of Central Lancashire have pledged to adopt greener lifestyles by making small changes to help make a make a big impact on the environment.
As part of the institutions’s annual green week visitors were invited to write and hang their pledge for change on the campus’ Change Tree alongside a variety of other fun and visual activities all designed to raise awareness of environmental issues with the 38,000 students and staff.
Other activities included an electric vehicle showcase, a shoe and bag amnesty for the British Heart Foundation, a free drop in workshop with the RSPB for people to make their own bird feeders and a paper cup waste campaign to reduce the use of disposable cups on campus.
This year four student projects were also funded by the Green Week team including a competition to find the most efficient driver at UCLan using the student designed Eco-Car and a food waste reduction campaign.
Rebecca Diver, 23, a second year nutrition and exercise sciences student, teamed up with eight others to raise awareness of food waste and said: “On average people throw away a third of what they buy. We want to show students that by making the most of their leftovers they can eat healthily using simple recipes and save money, which of course all students want to do.”
UCLan is the ninth greenest university in the UK according to the People and Planet’s Green League of Universities and was recently recertified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental work.