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The Green Capital: Student Capital project aims to change this by putting students at the heart of Bristol’s European Green Capital year, encouraging and facilitating student engagement in a wide range of both curricular and extra-curricular placement and volunteering activities with a Green Capital focus.

The University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE), and their respective student unions, are working in partnership with the city and local communities, using HEFCE Catalyst funding to promote student involvement in Green Capital activities across Greater Bristol.

Green Capital: Student Capital aims to achieve:

  • 100,000 hours of student engagement in Green Capital activity – volunteering, placements, internships, and much more
  • two cohorts of Green Capital 'Change Makers' – students formally recognised and awarded for their efforts by their universities
  • a minimum of 180 organisations hosting a student voluntary project
  • the organisation and hosting of two international conferences
  • a minimum of four academic papers generated and published in peer-reviewed journals
  • the creation of a Green Student Press Team for 2015 to record case-studies of Green Capital activities
  • the establishment of an online archive of Green Capital: Student Capital material, benefitting universities, organisations, and student volunteers in future Green Capital cities
  • a target of 80 per cent of participants (both students and external organisations) having felt they contributed meaningfully to the project and Bristol Green Capital.

Beyond the core objectives listed for the Green Capital  year, the Student Capital project will focus on the legacy of Bristol 2015, with the intent being that there is increased student engagement in sustainable issues, and that the new systems which support this continue on.

In this sense the Green Capital Student Capital project is not a one-off series of interventions designed to simply end at the close of the year, rather it is ‘raising the bar’ for the universities and setting the level at which student engagement in Bristol’s developing green economy will continue in years to come.

Project information

Catalyst funding £249,734
Total project funding £567,578
Project contact

Professor James Longhurst

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability

Project website

Bristol Green Capital

Page last updated 9 November 2017

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