A work-stream of the project compares the situation for non-student houses of multiple occupants in the Arboretum area of the city. Four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts, are currently based at the University of Worcester to lead this work initially.
The students, Chas Frick, Alex Shoop, Nick Lemere, and Stefan Smith, recently met Lord Faulkner of Worcester, a Fellow of the University (pictured), who commended them on their work.
He said: “I’m delighted it’s proved possible to get students from WPI here, it’s something I have been hoping to do for a couple of years now. I’m sure they are having a great time and doing some very useful work.”
Peng Li, Energize Worcester Project Manager, added: “We were delighted to welcome Lord Faulkner and to hear his thoughts on Energize Worcester as the first year of the project draws to a close.
“We hope that, during the next academic year, we can involve even more students in Energize Worcester so collectively we can achieve even more.”
Katy Boom the University’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, added: “This is a fantastic project for Worcester Students’ Union to lead on. The learning from the first year is not only ploughed back in to a second year of the project in Worcester, but the team will also be working with Birmingham University and their Students’ Union where they are now recruiting 30 students to be energy advocates and assessors to run the project with their 500 student homes.”