FARNHAM ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER CANDIDATE

LEE-ANNE LAWRANCE

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ABOUT ME:

Hiya! My name is Lee-Anne Lawrance and I am a Graphic Communication student running for the position of Environmental Officer.

I am running for this position because I believe that our university can do more. Did you know that People & Planet recently ranked UCA only 122nd out of 151 in their University League Table based on our environmental and ethical performance? We need to find out where we are failing and how we can improve.

I believe that my commitment to change, interest in sustainability and 100% biodegradable body make me the perfect candidate to address environmental concerns at our university. By electing me, you will benefit from a passionate and assertive member of the council.

If elected, I would like to push the university to look into ways to improve their environmental and sustainable credentials. For example, the Epsom campus uses collected rainwater to flush their toilets and I would like to find out if we could have a similar system.

I will promote projects at Farnham that aim to inform and benefit the community, such as the UCA Food Garden and encourage environmentally aware students to create new projects that interest them.

Leave the world a little lighter by voting for me, Lee-Anne Lawrance.

IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?

The UCA Food Garden is a fantastic project being developed by the UCA Growers and headed by members of our university that have an interest in sustainability and permaculture. Activities such as these foster great relationships as people come together to improve their own communities. I would like to find students that are interested in similar projects and support them in the development of their ideas, through to their project being successful and established. I would like to do this by fostering supportive communities using social media, by linking with Environmental Officers at the other UCA campuses and creating groups of like-minded students who could encourage, inspire and support one another and the rest of their community. I would also like to be available to give students the opportunity to feed back to me any issues, concerns or ideas they may have.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?

I would like to find out what environmental concerns and career interests the students have and hold workshops that address these. I would like to invite external professionals to come in and deliver mini-lectures or workshops on these issues, depending on the interest of the students. This would enable students to network with each other and people in the field, and perhaps focus their interests and enable students to explore their career options within a context of sustainability and the environment.

UCA also house the Centre for Sustainable Design, but many students do not know of its existence. I would like to create better links between this wonderful centre and the student body.

HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?

I would like students to come together and inspire one another. If a student has a particular skill or is particularly knowledgeable, I would invite them and encourage them to present their ideas to a group of students who may be interested in their expertise. I believe our students are incredibly skilled and our diversity is a resource that we do not currently make the most of. Creating links between students who would benefit from each others skills and the opportunity to work collaboratively creates a stronger student voice and benefits the community as a whole.

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