Learners and staff across Milton Keynes College Group have spent the month of November focusing on sustainability, with a range of activities to encourage everyone within the College Group to learn more about the current climate crisis, and to think about their role in reducing carbon emissions.
The activities across the month of November included:
- The Develop Together Conference, where staff from across the College Group came together (either remotely or in person) to take part in training from the Carbon Literacy Project and to make pledges within their teams to contribute to reducing carbon emissions;
- Signing of the Race to Zero pledge – a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery;
- Inclusive Learning students taking part in a session to install a bug hotel and plant wildflower seeds to improve biodiversity on the Chaffron Way campus;
- Holding an electric car demonstration to encourage colleagues to think about switching to electric vehicles;
- Taking part in Green Careers Week to highlight to students the kinds of careers that can help to make a positive impact on the environment;
- Holding a Swop Shop on the Chaffron way campus, where learners and staff were able to swap or buy second-hand clothes and toys, with all proceeds going to local charity St Mark’s Meals.
Alex Warner, Principal: Curriculum and Pedagogy, commented: “This month has been a first for the College Group, with a month-long focus on sustainability to engage learners and staff designed to highlight this vital issue and unite us all around pledges that we can all work together to deliver.
“It’s been fantastic to see so many staff and students get involved with the activities this month. Personal highlights include the Develop Together Conference and training from the Carbon Literacy Project, as well as the Swop Shop where our Wellbeing Group and ESOL and Inclusive Learning students came together to organise a fantastic second-hand sale.
“This of course is just the start of our focus on sustainability. We will be finalising our Race to Zero pledges over the coming months, continue to develop the efficiency of our estate and are looking forward to working with colleagues, learners and other partners to reduce our impact on the environment and move towards a zero carbon future.”