Wow, what a year, so much has happened, we thought we'd take stock of the whirlwing year that was 2017.
March saw the grand finale of our Sustainable Partnerships Initiative project, with Carolyn Steele talking us through the links between cities and the food that powers them, and our very own Zero Waste Community Cafe providing the most amazing food for the event itself. What a way to round off the previous 12 months project that saw us launch the cafe, send our organic vegbag scheme into overdrive, re-establish our bike hire service, and set up our Energy Ambassadors scheme.
When April came around you'd think we would kick-back, relax and pat ourselves on the back for our efforts, but there was no time for that, we had another project to launch!
Revolve, with thanks to the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund, kicked off in earnest with an aim of promoting and establishing a more circular economy on campus and in the community. So what have we been up to?
Key to building a successfull circular economy at RGU is the establshent of two spaces that has allowed the community to learn new skills in repairing and repurposing, swap, borrow or take items that would normally have ended up in landfill, and importantly, learn about the impact of our societies current rate and style of consumption.
Let the transformation begin! From Kaim Cottage to Kaim Co-op.
The summer months saw the transormation of the little used Kaim Cottage into a space for our Household and Fashion Swapshops as well as a series of workshops designed to teach new skills. Calling on the talents of Grays School of Art "Artist in Residence" Ruth Kirby-Organ, Kaim was transformed with a colourscheme and set of graphics big and bold enought to catch the eye, grab the attention, and inspire the imagination of anyone entering the space. With a ahrdy team of staff and volunteers, Kaim Co-op was all set for launch in Freshers week 2017, with three seperate spaces ready for workshops, swapshops and social events.
Following hot on the heels from Kaim Co-op, our very own BikePad was back, bigger and better for 2017/18. With a re-stock of tools and parts, a renewed focus on fixing donated bikes as well as maintaining the LivEco bike hire fleet, we were ready to build on the work of previous projects and continue to develop the cycling community here at RGU.