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Reading College goes green

Yesterday Reading College supported all things sustainable at its go green fair.

Courses from across the College had the opportunity to showcase how they are being more sustainable or to show others how they can become more green.

Local green organisations and campaigning groups also attended to speak to students and staff.

Here are some of the ideas and plans from our students:


The LLD/D department are building a sustainable garden within the College. The students are growing vegetables and after careful research will grow other plants and flowers for the latest residents of the College – stingless bees and butterflies (once they’ve hatched!)

LLD/D are also turning their sustainable garden into a sustainable business. Vegetables they grow will be turned in delicious food in The Kitchen to be sold in The Shop.


Hospitality, hair, therapy and travel and tourism

Students wanted to promote an eco-holiday. From travelling by bike to a campsite, travel and tourism students had ideas for fun and sustainable activities. Catering students were on hand to cook food around the campfire using leftover produce to make bubble and squeak and sausage kebabs. Hair and beauty students pulled in the crowds as they showcased a range of treatments made from produce you find around the house.



The carpentry department demonstrated the wood recycling system they have, from using offcuts for kindling to making sawdust to sell to a local farmer.

Motor vehicle

Motor vehicle had created a diagram of the life of a car from the time it is produced, life on the road, what happens when it ends up in the College workshop and finally what a car is recycled into.


Student sound collages were played on Soundcloud. This project focused on the students using rubbish and recycling to create some interesting sound samples. These raw samples were then sequenced using Logic Pro to create short 1-minute pieces.   


Scrapbox is an initiative in art and design to find unwanted materials which can be used in student projects.


Plumbing had made a video and posters promoting sustainability in the industry.

Judging the competition was Craig Nimmo, Estates and Building Services Manager at Canterbury College who have won awards for being green.

So the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the results!

3rd place – Scrapbox.

2nd place – LLDD/D eco-garden.

1st place – Congratulations to Foundation!

Example of the types of projects they’ve been working on include carpentry students building furniture out of pallets and donating them to the Whitley Growallot project, horticulture students using newspapers to make pots which then compost and IT students have built website to promote the work the department has been doing. Nathan and Susanne are going to speak to students about how to use the prize money in an environmentally friendly way.   

Once again congratulations to Foundation and well done to everyone that took part!