Funded by the National Union of Students’ Green Fund, the University of Birmingham’s students’ union the Guild of Students will work in co-operation with students and landlords in Birmingham to ensure that all students are ‘energy aware’ as they move into private rented accommodation.
The project will see a number of students in private rented homes supported with peer to peer help by professionally certified student Energy Advocates. Three University of Birmingham students have secured employment in the role to date. They will be given City&Guild level 3 Energy Awareness accreditation training in order to assist student tenants with energy advice, in home energy reports and general awareness raising throughout the coming year.
A further two students will be recruited for the same position and twenty five as Energy Assessors. Trained with energy/property surveying skills to conduct property energy assessment, the works of Energy Assessors will also be adopted across wider city energy efficiency improvement projects.
Energize Birmingham aims to replicate a successful nine months for sister programme Energise Worcester, labelled a resounding success following its launch twelve months ago.
Project Manager Peng Li says: “As a Students’ Union, we regard sustainability as a top priority, therefore we are delighted to launch what has been a very successful project in Worcester, into Birmingham.
“The project is student-led, and uses an innovative online feedback system to help student tenants learn more about energy consumption and to encourage them to adopt appropriate energy habits for life.”
Bethan Dovey, Vice President of Democracy, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students adds: “Energize Birmingham is a refreshing take on how to tackle green issues at university. With students leading the charge, the Guild can get started on creating the next generation of eco warriors. I’m looking forward to supporting the scheme throughout the year.”