Following COP26, Huddersfield New College has revealed more about an upcoming Green Week which will share some new ways that students and staff can take small steps that make a big difference. The special week will build on the College's existing programme of work to become a greener HNC.
Two years ago HNC formally pledged to do more to tackle climate change as a community, with a focus on asking everyone to make simple lifestyle changes that collectively help to tackle climate change. This includes the HNC Green Pledge where staff and students commit to recycling more, ditching single use plastics, having a meat free day, being a more conscious consumer and walking, cycling or car sharing wherever possible. Over 300 trees have also been planted around Campus, and HNC is currently working towards Eco School Status.
A new Wildlife Champions group is taking this work further, making Campus more attractive to wildlife. The group is driving our new Green Week, including a special Energy Saving Day.
Following COP26, HNC is hosting a flagship Green Week to provide new and exciting ways for the College community to get involved in tackling climate change and play a part in achieving net zero.
The week will feature the following:
• All week: Carbon Footprint Competition. Students will be calculating their own footprint using the WWF calculator. Every student who shares their calculation and one way they are reducing this will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five designer Chilly bottles!
Along with this, we’ll release daily energy saving hints and tips to support Energy Saving Day.
• Monday & Tuesday: refresh (or sign) the Green Pledge! Our Head Student team and Wildlife Champions will be reinviting students to sign up to our Green Pledge. For our Year 12 students, they will sign the pledge for the first time
• Tuesday: Wildlife Champions social media takeover. Our champions will be sharing their top tips for reducing your carbon footprint
• Wednesday: Meat Free Wednesday. A vegetarian diet means 2.5 less carbon emissions than a meat diet. Today we’ll be asking our College community to have meat free meals, and try out a veggie lifestyle
• Thursday: focus on the future. Today we’ll be looking at making a difference in the longer term, and ideas for simple lifestyle changes that will help
• Friday: competition winners announced
Sarah Newton, Chair of the College Green Group comments: “As a Community we care for our planet, and since the launch of our Green Pledge two years ago we have grown and developed our work in this area. Our approach is on small, realistic changes that can make a big difference. Our student Wildlife Champions are working as part of our Green Group to help us continuously develop our green agenda. Following COP26, our Green Week provides an opportunity for us to share some new and exciting ways to do this, including through a specific look at energy saving ideas and ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Together we can and will make a difference!”