Students’ Union Awarded for Positive Environmental Impact

Walsall College’s Students’ Union has been commended for its commitment to good environmental practice after being named further education union of the year at the 2016 NUS Green Impact awards.

For decades, students’ unions have been at the forefront of social and environmental campaigning. Green Impact is the NUS’s flagship sustainability accreditation scheme, helping unions to green their campuses, curriculums and communities.

Walsall College has been driving positive change and improving sustainability through Green Impact initiatives for many years and this year its activities were accredited with the gold standard.

In 2013 the college set up its own Student EATS garden to enable green fingered students to grow fresh produce to sell at a low cost and distribute to other students and staff, as well as the college’s Littleton Restaurant. Students have also been involved in developing the garden by building raised beds and promoting environmental awareness across the campuses.

The NUS commended Walsall College on: “The variety of ways it is facilitating student engagement in sustainability projects and campaigns, striking a really good balance to help support and develop student ideas.

“Its partnership building with groups and organisations off campus is really impressive as well as being proactive in working alongside teaching staff who would like to explore collaborations through sustainability. The continued hard work on the Students EATS garden is bringing such as asset to the college and the local community, is was brilliant to hear all the success stories even in these early stages of the development of the growing space.”

The winners of the awards were announced at a gala dinner in London on Wednesday 6th July.

Gail Houghton, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at Walsall College, said: “This award is a result of staff and students working together to create a greener and more sustainable college environment. It is brilliant that Walsall College’s Students’ Union is continuing to be recognised nationally as one of the best for our impact on the college and the local community.

“We are now looking to create even more sustainable projects for the new academic year and volunteer opportunities for students to get involved.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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