Green Gown Awards 2020 - City of Glasgow College - Finalist

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Creating a Sustainable World through making 

Educational institutions have a crucial role to play in educating the future learners of sustainability and Climate Change within Enterprise. Our Jewellery Department has implemented changes to our Curriculum to include ethical theory and practice and reinventing our ‘Preparing to start a Business’ Module. 

We have introduced an Eco-Awareness week, holding demonstrations on how to recycle silver, and welcomed suppliers of ethically sourced Gemstones. We have successfully introduced live projects into all courses with our Industry partners, which highlight different aspects of sustainability. This ensures students are made aware of issues surrounding Climate Change in innovative and creative ways. 

We did this to enable students, not only design jewellery as beautiful objects, but use their work as a multi-faceted platform to inform wider society. As a result of sourcing ethical precious metals, using safer chemicals, we have decreased our carbon footprint and supported Communities in Fairtrade Zones. 

Top 3 learnings:

  1. We gained as much internal/external specialist support and knowledge as we could. 
  2. Our innovative approach kept students focused and engaged for the output of project. 
  3. We encouraged students to embed our approach in their continuing professional practise.