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Students' Union wins funding for transformative sustainability projects within the local community

Twenty-five institutions will share £5 million to enable student-led ventures to be brought to life
by Sophie City University London's Students' Union (CULSU) has been successful in its bid to receive backing for a sustainability project from the Students' Green Fund. CULSU will receive £182,000 over two years to establish and develop Green Dragons, a project designed to increase engagement with environmental and sustainability issues at City University London and in the local community.

It is one of a number of projects selected by the National Union of Students (NUS) to receive a portion of £5 million provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Green Dragons will enable students to take a lead role in changing their peers attitudes and behaviours towards the environment and sustainability issues. Students will submit proposals for their own initiatives, accompanied by a video pitch and a business plan, to a panel of other students and invited sustainability professionals. They will need to gain enough pledged support from their peers before funding of between £500 and £5,000 can be awarded for the project.

nullPresident of City University London's Students' Union Giulio Folino says the NUS Students' Green Fund has created a fantastic opportunity for City students to take a lead on these important issues:

"We believe our Green Dragons City Environmental Enterprise Challenge will make a major impact at the University and in our local community. I am confident that our new student environmental leaders will encourage positive changes to people's attitudes and help lay the ground work for further progression in the future".

The initiative will complement City University London's established credentials as an environmental champion. City was named the most energy efficient university in the UK by The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme and received a First Class Award in the 2013 People & Planet Green League. City has also demonstrated a university-wide commitment to reducing its impact by achieving nationally recognised standards for its environmental management systems.

The Students' Green Fund aims to engage with 50,000 students nationally, and embed sustainability into the core purpose of higher education across England. It is anticipated that the project will result in a minimum of 100 tonnes of CO2 reduction, along with a 30% increase in the number of students actively involved in sustainability projects.

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