Cardonald student raises money for College green projects by winning ‘Green Dragons Den’
24 April 2012Cardonald student Bethany Gale was one of the winners of a national ‘Green Dragons' Den' competition held at Jewel and Esk College on Saturday 21 April, to find young entrepreneurs with green business ideas.
Bethany, from Priesthill, Glasgow, is studying NQ Social Care. Her business idea was to offer rewards to students who recycle regularly. Bethany was awarded £150 to be invested into green projects at the College.
"Students would be given a loyalty card, similar to a Nectar, Advantage or Club Card, that would build up points each time they recycled their rubbish while in college. At the end of each term, the students with the most point would receive a prize," explained Bethany.
"My idea was inspired by my dad who is mad about recycling" she continued, "He is very proud of me for being one of the winners of the competition."
Bethany's lecturer, Patricia Miller, said: "Everyone in the department is really proud of Bethany. She devised her idea in her own time as it was not part of her course work. She put a great deal of thought into it and came up with an idea that would appeal to students whilst also making a difference to the environment."
The competition was organised by People & Planet, a charity working with students on sustainability issues.The final of the competition was part of a day-long event focused on engaging students not previously involved in campaigning in sustainability issues via workshops around vocational skills and the 'green jobs' market.