Green Gown Awards 2015 Student Engagement - University of Central Lancashire SU - Finalist

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Small Acorns to Large Oaks - Small Scale Student led Sustainability Projects as a Catalyst for Change

For a very small financial input the UCLan Student Union Student Bursaries have had a far reaching and long term impact on sustainability here at UCLan, transforming packaging, and live music events into the future.

The creation of the Secret Garden and Micro Allotments were relatively low cost projects, mainly using recycled materials and yet yielding a long-term big impact.

Students have led by example and the University and Union have sat up and taken note. For relatively small financial out-lay the students actions and modest  projects have had far reaching impacts and so from small acorns we’ve seen some big oak trees grow here at UCLan, transforming not only the campus but also the relationships and trust and learning between students and staff and building real legacy.

Top 3 learnings

1 Students have the best ideas

2 Universities and Unions need to work together as they both have real expertise

3 This stuff really matters so fight for what is right.

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