What’s it all about?
“Exciting, engaging, fast-paced, collaborative, interactive” White Design
“It was an eye opening experience.” Student
Your Green Future is an interactive event, providing fun, hands on workshops for 12 to 18 year olds, helping them to engage with a low carbon economy and better understand what this might mean for their future and their career choices.
How does it work?
“The event is a great platform to showcase not only your company’s image but to inspire students to think outside the box and open their ideas to alternative technologies and thinking.” Jaguar Land Rover
This isn’t a careers’ fair, it is so much more than that! On the 17th and 18th May 2016 over 500 students will join us at the University of the West of England. Throughout the event they will meet with businesses to investigate and discuss the changing face of industry and develop their own ideas and solutions to support a low carbon future.
“Fantastic event that really promotes thinking about the future for our students.” Teacher
The day is divided into a series of creative workshops....
Your Business Future: Roll up, roll up for the Future Retail Awards
Teams of students will work with businesses to develop retail products fit for 2025 (think cosmetic, fashion and food). They’ll explore how they will need to adapt to a changing climate, resource scarcity, consumer trends and perhaps increased regulation. You’d be amazed at what they come up with!
Your Innovative Future: So you think Dragons Den looks easy?
During this Dragon’s Den style workshop, businesses pitch their innovations based on real industry developments to teams of student ‘Dragons’ who, with their stash of monopoly money, then discuss which innovation they would like to invest in and why.
Your Energy Future: Powering the park
Students are challenged to develop a sustainable energy plan for Snowdonia National Park looking at different renewable technologies, planning restrictions and the role of energy efficiency.
“The session about energy was excellent and the students really enjoyed the challenges it set them.” Teacher
Your Resourceful Future: Tapping into waste solutions for the next generation
Teams of students take on the role of local organisations and working with staff from these companies help to tackle their real life waste issues by adding their own twist - from celebrity endorsed campaigns for Virgin Trains to a G“less”tonbury festival campaign.
Your Green City: Creating an edible town
Thinking like architects, planners and landscapers, students develop 2D and 3D design ideas, which maximise the amount of food that can be grown in a future city.
“Was lots of fun! Really important issues but dealt with in an engaging way.” Buro Happold
Career Pathways Exhibition
Students will interview a selection of organisations and training providers in order to find out about the diversity of sustainability related jobs and to consider this information against their own interests, talents and aspirations.
Who’s behind the event?
Your Green Future is run by the not-for-profit charity Severn Wye Energy Agency. Since 2012 we’ve used our expertise in education and sustainability to develop and deliver a series of Your Green Future events across the South West and Midlands. These have proven to develop the students’ knowledge, prospects and skills and have been extremely well received by students, teachers and businesses alike.
To deliver the 2016 West of England event we are working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE), South Gloucestershire and Bristol Councils, Rotary, and Graphic Science (the local STEMnet coordinators).
Why should I support this initiative?
Help overcome youth unemployment, skills shortages and create a low carbon future
Your Green Future looks at the background challenges of youth unemployment, skill shortages and the need to develop low carbon, resilient communities. The UK low carbon economy is growing yet businesses are telling us they do not have the skills to meet growth, notably critical Science Technology Engineering & Maths (predicted shortfall of 50% by 2020 - Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
To address these challenges and the skills bottleneck we have facing us, we need to engage with young people, show them the opportunities open to them and help them identify the qualifications and skills they would need.
Proof it works!
"I most enjoyed getting involved and sharing my opinions about having a greener future and interacting with people who are currently working to make the world a greener place" Student
It isn’t only the students that get something out of the day; feedback from the businesses involved has shown how useful they find it. Unfettered by practicalities and limitations, students are creative with their ideas often providing truly novel solutions to problems put to them.
“The children provide many insights into how businesses should think in terms of how to approach sustainability issues.” H & M
Check out feedback from the 2015 West of England Your Green Future event: http://issuu.com/severnwye/docs/ygf-brochure_uwe-aw-pages-nobleed/1?e=12912665/14691306
So why have we turned to Crowdfunding?
We already have 75% of the funding required to make these event days happen but we still need £5,000 to ensure the participants get the maximum benefit from the event.
We want to give all young people across the region the chance to come along and so we don’t charge them or their schools to attend.
We are also keen not only to have big businesses come and get involved but also the start up’s and innovative entrepreneurs who have exciting stories and experiences to share. We know that these guys don’t have the finances to pay to come along and therefore, we offer the exhibitor stands free of charge. Sadly, providing these opportunities free of charge to businesses and schools eats into the funds we have available to develop and deliver all the workshops.
We want to put on an event that the students will really remember.
Please help us and offer a pledge...
Your organisation would also be welcome to take part in the workshops and exhibit at the event. If you’d like further details please contact Karen Robinson (Project Manager, Severn Wye Energy Agency) on 01452 835060 or at firstname.lastname@example.org