The award has been devised to recognise the contributions of UoB and UWE students to Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. Yi Zeng is one of our Green Capital Change Makers…
Yi Zeng is an international student, studying Msc Nutrition Physical Activity Public Health. She volunteered as one of the welcome team volunteers for Bristol 2015 and since then has volunteered for numerous events throughout Green Capital year, assisting more than 14 local organisations. Talking about her experiences, she said:
“At the beginning of this year, I knew nothing about Green Capital year. I attended some workshops for public health research which related to my masters course and I started to hear about Green Capital. Out of curiosity, I searched this term online and I found the opportunity to do some volunteer work for the Green Capital Lab during Easter. I thought it would be a really interesting volunteering opportunity.
In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Through volunteering in the lab, I met lots of people in different backgrounds and discovered various activities in the city. I started volunteering for different events and organisations including Youth Day, Redland May Festival, Food Connection Festival, Walk for Health and Changes Bristol. I am really glad that I did all this volunteering, it helped me learn a lot more about Bristol and enriched my student life in the UK.”
If you have done 7 hours of work on social, economic or environmental sustainability in 2015 then you can claim a Green Capital Change Maker award recognising your efforts. The awards are open to all students- full time, part time, undergraduate and postgraduate.
This could be a volunteer project, research dissertation, paid employment, anything- as long as it is relevant to sustainability, it qualifies. You need to have shared your action too, a social media post being a great way of doing so.
It is an exciting year for Bristol – if you have contributed, get it recognised!