They say great minds think alike but, for HE, great minds are thinking green, writes Simon Fry.
Today’s students, raised by parents who grew up watching Jonathon Porritt on Saturday morning children’s television, are more environmentally aware than ever. The universities they attend understand this, offering them chances to put their awareness into action in innovative ways, from making fair trade chocolates to clothing African orphans and ensuring insects have suitable habitats.
Students attending Freshers’ Week at London South Bank University (LSBU) this autumn can look forward to a programme of sustainability activities and a Sustainability Fortnight in spring 2018, following on from similar initiatives in the educational year just ended. Indeed, elements of both are ongoing at the University, with a gardening club and guided health walks designed to explore Southwark’s many green spaces proof of the enduring appeal of environmental engagement.
James Whittingham, LSBU sustainability manager and team presided over a feast of fun – including an unsurprisingly popular truffle-making workshop – at this year’s fortnight, which ran from 20 February to 3 March.