Bristol celebrates the Green Capital's first Student Change Maker awards

Issue date: 18 June 2015

UWE student Shelley Faulkner receives award from Dr Andrew Garrad - photo credit Amy Collier

Bristol's first student Change Makers were recognised in an award ceremony earlier this month. The awards celebrate the important role that students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol are playing in Bristol's European Green Capital year.

The Change Maker scheme is a part of the Green Capital Student Capital project run by the universities with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which aims to create opportunities for students to be contribute in a wide range of different projects with a sustainability focus throughout 2015 and beyond.

The ceremony saw 16 students recognised for their efforts, with projects that included: increasing the breadth of recycling activities on university campuses, delivering lessons on sustainability in primary schools, campaigning to reduce consumption of plastic bags and single-use plastic items, creating a student long-term bicycle hire scheme, raising awareness of homelessness by getting groups of students to knit items for donations, writing business plans for local NGOs, volunteering for local organisations, campaigning for divestment from fossil fuels and running a BioBlitz on the University precinct.

The awards were presented by Dr Andrew Garrad, Chairman of the Bristol 2015 Board of Directors.

Dr Garrad said, β€œIt is vital that young people are engaged in the greening of our society. In Bristol 2015 we have encouraged that through the primary schools education programme, the Green Youth Day and now through the active engagement of our two universities: 'Green Capital – Student Capital'. Today we are recognising some students who have done exceptional work of all different types – the Change Makers. Well done.”

The event was hosted on 4 June as a part of a monthly Green Capital Mingle, which offers the opportunity for people interested in sustainability and Green Capital projects to meet and discuss what's going on across the city. The Mingle is hosted at Bordeaux Quay on Bristol harbourside (

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