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Durham University

Van Mildert College

Environmental Conservation Committee

The Environmental Conservation Committee (ECC) was eastablished to promote the environment within and outwith Van Mildert College. The project has seen an expansion in particpant numbers, increasing from 9 in its first year, to 32 in 2016/17.

The project has 2 pricipal activities:

Conservation

Working with partners in the local community, ECC has been involved in a number of conservation projects in the local community.

In addition to assisting with established community projects, ECC has also developed new schemes, including working with County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. This recent partnership will have benefits for the local community, through rennovation of the grounds of the Centre for Change and Extra Curricular activities for the service users going through the recovery programme.

School Projects

ECC runs a series of projects with local school children to educate them on the importance of looking after and respecting their environment. These workshops include creating notebooks and birdfeeders from recycled material. In addition, children have vistied local woodland, where the importance of the environment in which we live has been explored.

School children have been able to complete scavenger hunts and build homes for animals that live in the local woodland. These practical activities have helped engage the next generation with local environmental concerns.

The ECC is the first project of its kind set up by a college of Durham University and enables members to give back to the community in a variety of ways and to a large range of people of all ages.

The volunteers have been invovled in project design and delivery, as well as fundraising activities, to ensure the continued success of the project. The future aspirations of the ECC Team include continued engagement with the local community, delivery of additional school sessions and improvements to our local environment.

“ECC is an incredibly versatile, expansive project that promotes environmental awareness through education and conservation. As for ECC's future, the possibilities and projects it can pursue and endless ”
Hannah Pittaway, ECC Director 2015-16