We value our partnership with Prologis and the important role it plays in the education of students about sustainability
Mark Bonham, Assistant Principal for WCG
We’ve been working with Warwickshire College Group (WCG) for the past four years and currently sponsor their involvement with the Planet Mark™ certification scheme. Through this scheme, the group of colleges have been working hard to reduce their carbon, energy, water and waste and have really embraced sustainability as a core part of the college culture.
As a property company we’ve been putting sustainability at the heart of our business for the past decade and our sustainability programme funds education officers from The Eden Project to go into schools local to our developments and talk to the children about sustainability and how they can play their part in protecting the planet.
Over the past decade we’ve delivered this programme to 6,167 children in 48 schools and colleges close to Prologis developments and, just recently, we were able to take this initiative out of the classroom for the first time and really bring sustainability to life for a group of students from Rugby College.
Sustainability is being discussed enthusiastically by students and teaching staff in courses across the whole of WCG and, to help the group with its sustainability journey, we recently hosted a group of twenty five students from the Rugby College at The Eden Project in Cornwall.
“We value our partnership with Prologis and the important role it plays in the education of students about sustainability,” said Mark Bonham, Assistant Principal for WCG.
“This trip to the Eden Project was not only insightful, but provided a great opportunity to open the minds and thoughts of our students from Rugby College, and we were honoured to be the first college selected as part of this new initiative.”
Over a two-day period, students left the classroom behind and explored sustainability through a range of tailored workshops and behind-the-scene tours of The Eden Project. Students also engaged in problem-solving and debate around sustainability and were encouraged to explore how creative thinking could help solve global sustainability issues.
The visit had a powerful and long-lasting effect on the students:
“It was incredible to see how everything is interlinked and how much we depend on plants and trees for our survival. It really opened my eyes to how precious plants and trees are and how many species are dependent upon them. I never realised plants had such a wide range of uses.”
‘As clichéd as it might sound this trip has actually made a big impression on me and I hope I can do more in relation to sustainability and The Eden project in the future.”
“I have learnt so much more than I thought I would. Just being outside and understanding where different plants come from and the things they can be used for was incredible and I will definitely be more conscious of my own impact on the environment in the future.”