Growth of green initiatives on campus
The University recently celebrated its
Green@CU event established as part of ongoing sustainability initiatives and to
promote and encourage the take-up of environmentally-friendly practices
throughout the campus and the city.
Coventry University’s grounds team were on hand to show how allotments
on the campus are being used not just to grow flowers, but also a diverse mix
of nutritious vegetation. They had a steady flow of people attending their
stand helping them to green their fingers.
Other activities and exhibits included an ethical market showing off
clothing and home designs from local suppliers, a ‘Doctor Bike’ stall which
offered services for cycles free of charge and the demonstration of a new game
developed by the University’s Serious Games Institute to help students reduce
their carbon footprint.
As well as giving 2 tours around their building to a handful of our
staff and students, Severn Trent also sponsored and judged a photography
competition giving Coventry students the opportunity to win £300 worth of
vouchers for taking a photograph based around a ‘nature’ theme. The successful
student was Ruth Hamblett, from CSAD. Ruth's picture will be hung in
the award-winning Severn Trent building in the city.
To promote the Car Share scheme (sponsored by Ramada) staff and students
were invited to ‘cram’ as many people as possible into a car. The winning team
were a group of students from the Ice hockey society who squeezed in 23 people,
they will be rewarded with £50 paid into their society account to help pay for
equipment and activities. The two runners up (Aerospace and Badminton
Societies) will also be rewarded £15 each for their efforts. The Marketing and
Communications staff team put up a valiant effort and squeezed 16 staff members
in. The Activity helped to actively promote the Car share scheme which
encouraged lots of new members to sign up. If you are interested in the scheme
The Badminton Society who squeezed 19 team members into the car
As well as compacting students into cars, the event also successfully
engaged with students on an educational cooking level. The pancake making
competition challenged staff and students to cook at speed but also
demonstrated that cooking isn’t as difficult as you might think. Ingredients
were quite literally thrown together to make something quite tasty.
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