Two of Glasgow Kelvin College Student Association’s sustainability projects have been cited as Finalists for this year’s prestigious Green Gown Awards.
The brainchild of a group of Glasgow Kelvin’s Supported Learning students and staff in 2016 to encourage outdoor and cycling activities, the GK Velocity project has gathered support and momentum. This culminated in funding from Cycling Scotland to appoint a Campus Cycling Officer and support from the Glasgow City Council Community Planning Partnership to build a Cycle Hub at the Springburn Campus.
The building was constructed using sustainable materials, including larchwood cladding and a sedum roof, and provides a resource centre for cyclists – a one-stop shop for training, information, repair & maintenance and motivation for an active and healthy lifestyle.
The construction of the Hub also provided hands-on experience for many of the Construction and Carpentry students at the College who worked to build and finish the structure, gaining workplace skills such as team working, problem solving and planning.
A key element of the College’s sustainability agenda, the Hub also supports the Health & Wellbeing aims of Glasgow Kelvin College, particularly in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Added to this, the Student Association’s White Ribbon campaign, Sustainable Inclusive Social Practice, is also a Finalist in the same category for supporting and developing the White Ribbon Campaign throughout the College and into the community.
Since becoming the first college to be awarded White Ribbon Status last year, the College has witnessed its Student Association expand and refine their delivery of the pledge message:
“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.”
President, Shaun McLaughlin, and his small army of Student Ambassadors have kept the impetus going by ensuring that groups of young students, most especially young men, are engaging with the message. Through presentations and small group discussions they have continued to recruit young people to the campaign to ‘Stop Violence Against Women.’
Several students and staff have also trained as speakers to deliver awareness-raising sessions and are currently involved in providing sessions for employees who work with bookmakers to support them in getting the message across to customers in their day-to-day work.
The EAUC Green Gown Awards lead the way in sustainability and prove the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society. With nominated projects from across the UK they each emphasise their institution’s role in enabling and empowering young people to tackle pressing global issues to ensure they have a better tomorrow.
To be held at York’s historic National Railway Museum, the Awards Ceremony will recognise sustainability best practice within the further and higher education sectors. The Awards provide the sector with benchmarks for excellence and are respected by Government, funding councils, senior management, academics and students.
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted that its Student Association has received such recognition for the hard work they do in engaging students and the local community. Student President, Shaun McLaughlin, said;
“To get acknowledgement for the work of our students and the association on such a prestigious platform as the Green Gown Awards is amazing. For both projects we’ve worked hard to raise awareness of major issues such as carbon reduction and the prevention of violence against women. Both of these have a global audience and we recognise that starting small can have a significant impact. We’re very proud to be part of this and are looking forward to November.”
Among the many other Scottish finalists are Glasgow Kelvin’s sister college, City of Glasgow and Ayrshire College. Glasgow Kelvin congratulates them on their achievement and is honoured to be nominated alongside them.