one based in east kilbride The college held a sustainability launch to promote two new initiatives to enhance its environmental credentials.
South Lanarkshire College is aiming to become a net zero campus with the arrival of its brand new purpose-built E-Cargo tricycle and wood recycling ‘briquettes’ maker.
The launch event was held in the college’s gardening studio, with guests including Collette Stevenson, MSP for East Kilbride, Bronah Byrne leads South Lanarkshire Council’s environment team and Phil Jones freelances as a cycling specialist, working with manufacturers XYZ CARGO Bikes and Cycling Scotland.
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The aim of the event was to share South Lanarkshire College’s sustainable practices with external partners and stakeholders.
Throughout the morning, presentations were given explaining the environmental benefits of cycling, recycling and capital investment in renewable energy.
Phil Jones said: “South Lanarkshire College’s trike, which we have renamed ‘The Green Machine’, is the first bespoke e-cargo trike in the UK.
“It’s made from fully recyclable materials and runs on electric assistance. The tricycle is an ideal way for staff and students to move across campus when transporting items between each Faculty building.
“Tricycles are great for transporting items that are too bulky or heavy to carry on foot. The E-Cargo Trike is really eco-friendly.”
Anne Doherty, Head of Alternative Funding at South Lanarkshire College, continued: “The tricycle will be used for a number of purposes throughout the campus, one of which is to assist students and staff in the Department of Horticulture to move plants to and gardening tools from gardening classrooms to college gardens.
“We are grateful for the support of South Lanarkshire Council’s environmental health team and their financial support through the Air Quality Action Plan Fund, allowing us to invest in sustainable practices across the College for the benefit of students and staff.
“We are also very grateful to Cycling Scotland and our cycling officers who have contributed over the years to expanding our cycling fleet and events to promote active travel.”
To accompany the trikes, South Lanarkshire College has also launched a new briquette making machine.
Alisdair McTavish, Construction Course Manager at South Lanarkshire College, said: “The Briquette Maker is a new type of wood chip recycling machine that can be used to recycle wood chips into small briquettes.
“After cutting, the briquettes are used as fuel and as a source for lighting domestic and commercial log burners and stoves.
“These briquettes will then be sold for maintenance of the machine and to help local charities.
“We will also use the briquettes machine as a teaching tool to help promote sustainability practices at the college.”
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