1st June 2004
Staff and students at the University of Lincoln are being encouraged to go green by changing the way they travel to and from the campus.
As part of this, an online travel survey was recently undertaken to find out how staff and students travelled and how they could get to and from the university in a more environmentally friendly way.
The university teamed up with sponsors The Earth Collection, Lincolnshire RoadCar, Arrow Cycles and Tesco to tempt staff and students with prizes.
The top prize of a £200 wardrobe makeover for the summer courtesy of The Earth Collection was won by, Simon Chamberlain (42) who was one of over 300 people who completed the survey.
Simon, who recently completed his psychology degree at the university said, ‘The survey has helped me decide to sell my car and look for alternative ways to travel, even though cars are an integral part of life, particularly to mature students like myself with many commitments to deal with’.
Karen Inglis of The Earth Collection, Corporation Street, Lincoln said, ‘I was very pleased to be approached by Kate to be involved in such a great initiative.
‘With over 300 stores worldwide, The Earth Collection retails value-for-money garments that are made from environmentally friendly produced fabrics, which are themselves made from raw natural fibres.’
Runner up prizes included a free monthly travel card for use within Lincoln from Lincolnshire RoadCar, a cycle helmet from Arrow Cycles of Lincoln and ten £20 Tesco vouchers.
The competition was the brainchild of Kate Hiseman, Energy Manager at the university. “Road transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change,” said Kate.
“Road traffic in England is forecast to increase by up to 25 per cent by 2010. We are already seeing the negative impacts of increased car use through longer journeys to work, ill health and obesity and more accidents.
“The university is looking at ways in which we can alleviate some of these pressures by determining opportunities for car sharing, walking, cycling and the use of public transport through a sustainable transport plan.
“Throughout the summer we will be identifying action that needs to be taken to provide staff and students with a better service and a wider choice of transport options.”
Picture caption: From left to right: Karen Inglis, The Earth Collection, presenting the first prize to Simon Chamberlain, Sarah Gibson (21) a runner up prizewinner and fine art student at the university receiving Tesco vouchers from
Kate Hiseman, Energy Manager, University of Lincoln.
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