Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire gives Reggie a fuss in the Climate College’s workshop space. Pictured behind Tracy, from left to right: Anni, Alwin, Laura, Cllr Scott Patient, Lola, and Evan.
On Friday 4th March the Climate Challenge College celebrated the first graduation of their Green Futures students. The students have successfully learned about land and food management, sustainable building, energy, and understanding and challenging the climate crisis. This free, full-time course, funded by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, was open to people aged 16 upwards from Calderdale and nearby areas.
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, was in attendance at the celebration and presented the students’ graduation certificates in the freshly refurbished main hall of Tod College.
As part of their final assessment, the students prepared projects that they chose to specialise in that have real-life application: from creating a system that monitors aquaponics and hydroponics, to a self-sufficiency and flood mitigation project using environmentally sensitive land management techniques, to creating biomaterials and naturally dyed sustainable textiles from SCOBYs, coffee, and agar.
The event was also streamed live on Instagram and can be viewed here (links to the Climate Challenge College’s Instagram account in a new tab).
Chelsie Naylor, the Programme Leader for the Climate Challenge College, said: “I’m so proud of our first cohort of the Green Futures course. Our pioneering students have worked incredibly hard to address climate issues innovatively; putting the skills that they have learned from this course into practice and engaging the local community.”
If you’re interested in this course and want to know more then please fill in this form (links to a Google form).