Published: 18 December 2013

Liverpool students are Future Leaders

Team grasSLands

Four University of Liverpool students will be taking a trip of a lifetime to the Amazon Rainforest after winning npower’s Future Leaders competition.

Management School undergraduate Matthew Dugdale led the University of Liverpool ‘grasSLands’ team which includes James Carter, Tess Skyrme and Mary McEvoy to victory in the national competition.  The four students will now visit the world’s largest rainforest to help the Kaxinawá tribe install renewable technology such as solar energy panels and water pumps.

The team have also secured a summer internship at npower where they can gain work experience across many different business areas and gain valuable understanding of the dynamic energy industry.

Npower Future Leaders launched in May and involved teams of students from universities across the UK running a green sustainability project in their local area. All teams had to produce films of their campaign which were judged by an npower panel.

The project undertaken by the ‘grasSLands’ team turned redundant spaces in less developed areas of Liverpool into urban, community focused green spaces for the local people to grow fruit and vegetables to use in their homes and schools. Their mission was to help people to benefit from having locally grown produce on their doorstep.

Sustainability Manager at npower Dave Horton said: “Team ‘grasSLands’ ‘identified three key areas to target; the urban community in Liverpool, primary school children and university students. They successfully ran fun educational sessions at a primary school in Anfield and designed educational packs and distributed these out to 10,000 primary schools across the UK to offer ideas around teaching sustainability issues and growing your own fruit and veg.  Hard work, perseverance and great communications have been major contributors to their success.”

Team Leader Matthew Dugdale commented: “We can’t believe we’re off to the Amazon! It’s an absolute trip of a lifetime and one which we think will be a real challenge. We worked extremely hard on our campaign which has reached thousands of students within our own university area, together with school children across Liverpool and the UK.”

RWE npower’s SME Director, Jason Scagell added: “I would like to congratulate the Liverpool team for their commitment and enthusiasm in delivering sustainable projects which will make a real difference to their university campus.

“The npower Future Leaders Challenge has offered a platform to develop specific skills to help them in their future careers. I am positive that their projects will continue to develop and that they will have inspired others to consider how they too can make a difference.”

Heading off to the Amazon with the Liverpool Team will be seven other university students from the universities of Bristol and Edinburgh who all generated individual sustainability projects, ranging from a project which challenges students and local businesses to reduce the use of disposable promotional t-shirts to educating local school children about the values of environmental sustainability.

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