Thursday, 19 June 2014

How does spending five weeks of your life in an office, unpaid, doing nine to five sound?

The Green Chester Team
We have done just that as our Work Based Learning project with Green Chester. It was a massive eye opener for us to see what working in industry would be like when we leave University.  During the last five weeks we have spent here, we have learnt so much from everyone around us, especially from our placement provider.


Our first big task was to train as Green Impact Auditors, with other student volunteers, at an NUS led training session. Green Impact Auditing involves the volunteers visiting the University’s Green Impact teams, and assessing whether they have done enough for the awards that they have aimed for. This provided us with a basic understanding of what Green Impact was all about, especially when we had to organise an event for the awards at the end. 

Previously we looked at recycling in terms of holding a “green” event, but for this event we had to write a detailed assessment of what the impacts of our event might be, which was totally new to us. We looked at food and drink supply chains, transport emissions, resources (e.g. paper and printing) and waste. Our planning ensured that the event did not create much waste, with catering providing reusable plates and glasses and making sure we ordered the right amount of food. It’s definitely something we’ll consider at future events we run.
Green Impact Awards

We were also introduced to The DoNation which is used at the University to give staff and students the opportunity to pledge to do a certain action for two months, which reduces their carbon footprint. We are now part of the DoChester league, and it was great to see the departments who were fighting it out for the top spot.

A new thing for both of us was the introduction of ThunderClap which is a social media platform encouraging a target number of users to support a cause. Once that has been reached, it sends out a pre-set message on Twitter and Facebook at a certain time, so more people have the chance of seeing it. We had 104 supporters and our social reach was over 87,000!

We have learnt new skills that will benefit us in the future, no matter what industry we end up working in. At the end of the day, we will take what we have experienced in the last five weeks, and keep trying to always improve. We will always remember our five week placement with Green Chester. 
 
Alex and Chloe
Events Management

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