Volvo Selects Belfast Young Environmentalists For Global Competition

Young environmentalists from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast have been selected by Volvo to represent the UK at the Volvo Young Environmentalist Youth Conference taking place in Sweden this September.

The team has also been awarded a £500 grant by Volvo Car UK’s Practical Environmental Projects (PEP) scheme earlier this year1 for their tremendous success in raising the profile of waste and consumption within their local community.

This winning team now goes through to the International round of the Volvo Young Environmentalists Awards where they will compete with other national winners from around the world. This will take place between 21 and 25 September at Volvo Car Corporation’s global headquarters in Gothenburg in Sweden and will culminate in an Awards ceremony to announce overall winners who will win prize money of several thousands of pounds2.

Holly Porter, Vanessa Quigg, Andrew Tumlinson, Kriss Wallace and Alex Winton from Grosvenor Grammar school worked on the project ‘Where does all the school’s rubbish go?’ which researches and identifies simple ways of reducing the quantity of waste produced by the school.

Judges from the Volvo PEP Scheme were particularly impressed by the students’ efforts to involve other community members and businesses in addressing local issues of waste and recycling.

John Pitts, Environment Manager at Volvo Car UK commented: "Volvo is delighted to be able to reward these five young people from Grosvenor Grammar School with a UK grant and the opportunity to travel to Sweden and represent the UK in a global competition. They have shown a good understanding of environmental problems and created a good, practical solution that can make a real difference."

Published 27 June 2002 Melanie Carter

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