Union set to go green with £200k grant

Concrete Jungle ... The piazza next to St. Peters Church is set to be transformed.
Concrete Jungle ... The piazza next to St. Peters Church is set to be transformed.
Concrete Jungle ... The piazza next to St. Peters Church is set to be transformed.
Concrete Jungle … The piazza next to St. Peters Church is set to be transformed.

The Students’ Union has been successful in a bid for funds from the National Union of Students, securing £200k for a new scheme named, ‘Green Ladder Project’.

It is one 25 unions across the country to benefit from the £5m NUS initiative which is set to radically change the look of an area of campus into an outdoor classroom that aims to showcase sustainable building techniques in what has been described as ‘a high profile green transformation project’.

Campaigns officer and project leader Sophie Bennett said: “We are really pleased to have been selected by NUS to deliver this project.

“This funding from the NUS Green Fund Students 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.

“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.”

Alongside the ambitious project are plans to open a Green Activist Academy within the Union where volunteers will progress to become green leaders, peer educators or paid interns within the local community and will launch in September 2013.

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