MidKent College Students’ Union has won the top gold award in the annual National Union of Students ‘Green Impact’ awards.

SU sustainability officer Ashley Van Huis (left) with MidKent College principal Sue McLeod

This reflects dedication to positive environmental action over the last year, turning the union into a hub of sustainability at the heart of the wider community.

More than 100 students’ unions across the UK took part in the competition this year, taking such actions as combating the declining honey bee population, setting up ethical credit unions, and promoting health and wellbeing across the wider community.

Ashley Van Huis, an art and design student at MidKent College who also acts as the Students’ Union’s sustainability officer, said:

“It is more than just making sure students cut down on waste and save energy. It’s about embedding positive habits in young people which last for a lifetime, and getting them out to make a positive difference in their communities.”

NUS vice president (society and citizenship) Dom Anderson commented:

“Every single year, the reach and influence of Green Impact has continued to expand – and this has been the biggest year yet.

“I’ve been so inspired to see the continued dedication to driving student-led environmental action this year, and so proud of what unions like MidKent College have achieved”

Green Impact offers a framework for staff and students to improve the ethical and environmental credentials of the college. Following a full environmental audit, MidKent College Students’ Union was rewarded with the top award for its achievements during the annual gala dinner at NUS Services Convention.

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