Dr Fannie Yeung, Lecturer in Marketing and Director of Student Experience at Hull University Business School, said: “As well as sustainability skills, the students developed life and CV-boosting skills such as time management, team work/cooperation, communication, creativity and decision-making.
“I have been so impressed by the students’ enthusiasm to live more sustainably, to challenge each other and also to work as an effective team.
“By partnering with the Kexgill Group and our project sponsor, Aldermore, we have been able to offer this innovative project for Business School students for a second year. In addition to taking part as housemates in the project, students are also given the opportunity to provide support and gain employability skills as project, marketing and launch managers, social media and content creators, as well as camera and editing roles.”
John Carter, Commercial Director for Commercial Real Estate, Aldermore Bank, said: “We’ve backed Kexgill for some time now, impressed with their drive to enhance the lives of the many students they house across the regions they operate in, always with a keen eye on sustainable growth.
“This mirrors Aldermore’s drive and beliefs in a more sustainable future, which is why we’re heavily invested in the student accommodation sector, but it’s not just funding – we’re also an active player in helping young people, from school age through university and into employment, aiming to promote social mobility and create a level playing field for all.
“It’s therefore an honour to be able to support the University of Hull and Kexgill with this great initiative and something we intend to build on beyond this project with both in the future.”
Richard Stott, Group Managing Director for Kexgill Group, said: “When I visited the Green Room Project this year, meeting the team was so inspiring. It really gave me confidence in the future direction of travel for real sustainability. There is much more legacy research happening post event in particular by EyeSeaGreen measuring the energy used throughout the project through the use of its Eyesense sensors. Each year the project gets bigger and we as a company are extremely proud to be involved.”
The students involved in the Green Room Project were living the values of the University of Hull’s Strategy 2030 – which has been built around two core themes of sustainability and social justice. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Dave Petley, visited the students to congratulate the housemates on their sustainable mission and find out more about the week’s activities.
All the students were able to build on the ways they were already trying to live sustainably and to gain greater insights into the changes that they can make. The sustainable practices that some of the students had already adopted included: thrift store shopping, using reusable cups, supporting eco-friendly brands, not buying fast fashion clothing, vegan diet, choosing walking and public transport, renovating old furniture, always using bags for life, showering instead of taking a bath, and eating fresh, local produce.
Business management student Céleste Missud, who helped project manage the challenge, said: “I am going to try to be more sustainable and eat less meat, recycle, take shorter showers, and will buy more of my clothes from charity shops.”
Postgraduate Advertising and Marketing student Komal Ahmed, who provided social media support, said: “Through the project, I gained a deeper appreciation for how even small actions can have a significant impact, and I have since made several eco-friendly changes to my own lifestyle.”
Project manager Will Mellor, a Business Management and Marketing student, said: “I’ve been trying to eat less meat since the project, as I was introduced to a lot of great vegan food. I’m also trying to be more aware of what I leave plugged in overnight, and have been less obsessed with keeping my phone fully charged all the time.”
Special thanks to our main sponsors and all the businesses who supported the students and the Green Room Project. Here’s what they have to say about the experience: