Richard Stott, Group Managing Director for Kexgill Group, said: “The Kexgill Group who own the University Quarter are primarily an investment company with assets throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
“Our world is crying out for the Green Room Project. As a company, we know our sector is lagging behind, so to be involved is hugely important. It is only through engaging with our tenant demographic that we can have a hope to make a difference. The motivated, passionate project team and housemates will really make some noise this year!
“Last year the Project was featured by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and as a main theme in a Unipol Conference which covered 97% of the UK’s student accommodation providers, a result for knowledge sharing. This year the GRP is likely to have a far greater reach. We are proud to be involved.”
The students involved in the Green Room Project will be living the values of the University of Hull’s Strategy 2030 – which has been built around two core themes of sustainability and social justice. Last year’s project was also part of one of the keynote presentations for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)* Conference 2022, which was hosted by Hull University Business School, under the theme of Students as Agents for Transformation.
Dr Yeung said: “The conference provided the perfect platform for us to highlight our sustainability credentials and the fact that we are encouraging staff and students to live more sustainably.
“The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative designed to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world and equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. It was a privilege to be able to showcase the project to a wider audience.”
Richard, from Kexgill Group, said: “As a group of companies, we have decided to investigate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to narrow down the targets we felt passionate about and have the resources to tackle.
“Robert Swan OBE, an advocate for renewable energy and the protection of Antarctica said: ‘the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it’. Upon this realisation and after research into the climate crises, we decided that it was no longer acceptable for us to be a bystander, therefore, we took matters into our own hands and intend to become sustainable within our means.”
Carbon neutral campus by 2027
The University of Hull has pledged to become a carbon neutral campus by 2027. With sustainability at the heart of its vision and strategy, students across all faculties have the opportunity to help shape and drive the University’s transformation.
The University of Hull has gained a world-renowned reputation as a leader in low-carbon energy and sustainability.
Its Energy & Environment Institute has grown from a team of two to over 100 researchers in less than five years, all exploring the impacts and causes of climate change globally.
University experts had a significant presence at COP26 and COP27, and its team at Aura works with SMEs in the Humber region to develop new technologies and find solutions to decarbonise the economy.
Kexgill Group is a pan-European student accommodation provider originating in Hull. Kexgill is sponsoring and supporting the project alongside Hull University Business School.
Students, family and friends will be able to follow all the actions in the house and the housemates’ journey on social media platforms TikTok and Instagram.
The project is supported by a range of businesses and their expertise to demonstrate sustainable living to the housemates.
The project ultimately seeks to provide knowledge for a sustainable world by putting sustainable living principles into practice.
Special thanks to all the businesses who are supporting the students and the Green Room Project:
Aldermore Bank is the main sponsor of the Green Room Project and has a long-term ambition to support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy. The bank is currently refining its plan to support the transition, having joined Bankers for Net Zero in June 2022.
The University of Hull is committed to social justice and building an inclusive society. Driven by its vision to create a fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future, the University is working to provide solutions to global challenges associated with climate change as well as widening social inclusion – shaping a society that is built on equity, integrity and respect, tackling inequalities and ensuring that every member of its community feels, valued, respected and supported.