College stars in eco film

Showing off the new solar panels at Blackpool Sixth Form College (from left) Sean Waring Mitchell, Chris Powers and Izzy Lomas.

Showing off the new solar panels at Blackpool Sixth Form College (from left) Sean Waring Mitchell, Chris Powers and Izzy Lomas.

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BLACKPOOL Sixth Form College is one of the UK’s top green colleges, according to an environmental charity.

Several students took part in workshops run by two champions of the Sustainability and Environmental Education charity (SEEd), who are completing a 1,400-mile cycling tour around the UK in celebration of the nation’s environmentally-friendly colleges and schools.

The Sixth Form was chosen, and students had to produce a short film to be used in a documentary for the charity, in which they boasted about the college’s eco-facilities.

Air source heat pumps, a rainwater harvester and newly-installed solar panels are just a few of the attributes that show the college is leading the way in being climate-friendly.

Jon McLeod, head of admissions and eco-schools co-ordinator, said: “We were delighted to take part in this Cycling for SEEd project.

“It’s a fantastic example to our students of what can be achieved when people are committed to seeing improvements in the world around them.

“We were able to share our experiences, as a college, of what we are doing for sustainability, and learn about what’s working well elsewhere in the UK.”

Izzy Lomas, a student at the Blackpool Old Road college, said: “Meeting with the Cycling for SEEd was great, and finding out about the ways we could try and help sustainability and the environment was really interesting.

“It was good to let them know about our efforts towards sustainability, such as our new solar panels.”