Sustainability Summit March 11

West Lothian College will host its first Sustainability Summit on March 11 to allow staff and students to identify ways to make the college more sustainable.

During the event normal activity at the college will be suspended so that everyone can take part. The day will start at 10am to allow people to journey to the college via carpool, cycling, walking or public transport.

The day will start with a mini-conference featuring TEDX eco speakers Laura Young aka Less Waste Laura and Cameron McKay. At 12 noon there will be a free lunch with a marketplace in the college’s eMeal Café to showcase the sustainable businesses and activities which are now springing up in Scotland.

In the afternoon there will be practical sessions, ranging from litter picking, to seed planting, to discussions about how to reduce photocopying. Some classes will be creating their own activities around the theme of sustainability.

As part of continued effort to promote sustainability the college’s canteen will stop selling single use plastics from the 11th and there will be no more plastic cups at water coolers, staff will be using refillable water bottles instead.

Beth Brownlee, Depute Centre Head of the Business & Creative Centre, and chief organiser of the event, said: “At the college we’re embracing global efforts to promote sustainability and we want this event to highlight the importance of our individual and collective actions and how we can address climate change.”