Go Green: CCF Low Carbon Travel Project
Edinburgh College Students' Association is running a two year project to help students travel more sustainably, and to raise awareness of climate change.
ECSA has been awarded over £170,000 as part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). Transport is an issue that students have consistently raised with us. This grant enables ECSA to provide support to students to get to college through methods of transport that are healthy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.
We will offer free support to students to help them walk or cycle, to use public transport, and to drive using more fuel-efficient techniques. This will include cycle training, travel planning, eco-driving simulators, and accompanied journeys for vulnerable students. We will also engage and educate students on the issue of climate change more generally, and how they can reduce their environmental impact. A sustainability club will be established, providing social opportunities for students who want to work together on environmental projects. Two full time staff members (Alex and Claire) are delivering this project, and there will also be lots of opportunities for students to join in and gain experience, both as volunteers and paid part-time staff.
The CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.