Aimee Caine, School of Art, has been awarded the University’s Environmental Award for developing her project to get children involved in reducing plastic pollution.
The Highly Commended prize was awarded to a group of students from CEM for their work exploring the use of synthetic fuels in Heavy Duty vehicles (HDVs) to reduce associated carbon emissions and air pollution.
Now in its fourth year, the Environmental Award aims to reward and showcase inspiring environmental projects at the university, and promote sustainability in the curriculum. The Award is has been developed by the University’s Environment Team, with a panel judges from the School of Environment and Technology, the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, the School of Art Design and Media, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Brighton Business School, the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Green Growth Platform. It is awarded twice in the academic year, at both the Summer and Winter Graduation Ceremonies.
This year’s winner Aimee, BA 3D Design and Craft, School of Art, will receive a £200 cash prize. Aimee’s final year project addresses an issue that has become a recent global focus; ocean plastic pollution. Her project aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution through encouraging children to protect their environment and collect plastic through the Plastic Hunter children’s book and ‘Plastic Hunter Kit’, a specially designed kit for children to collect and record plastic, including a kit bag, plastic diary, sieve, net and magnifying jar. Aimee also created one of the books characters, ‘Wilbert the Whale’, as a solar powered buoy that filters water for micro-plastic.
Aimee said “Winning the Environmental Award is a huge honour, it means a lot to know that my project has been well received and the message I am trying to convey comes across. Plastic pollution is a huge global issue at the moment and to have any chance of saving our oceans we need to start acting now. Using Wilbert The Whale and my children’s Plastic Hunting Kit I hope to inspire a younger generation of Eco-warriors, who view plastic as a precious material to be treated with respect rather than as waste. Winning the award not only provides the project with recognition but it also motivates me to take my project further and get it into production so that I can start paving the way forward for the next generation to save our oceans.” Aimee pictured above with her Environmental Award certificate at her Graduation.
Find out more about Aimee’s project on her website: https://www.aimeecaine.com/.
A Highly Commended award has been given to Rebecca Desmond (MEng Aeronautical Engineering), Matthew Furr (MEng Automotive Engineering), Luke Middleton (MEng Mechanical Engineering) and Chloe Taylor (MEng Aeronautical Engineering), all from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics for their joint final year masters project.
The group said “Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) emissions are currently an unsolved problem in which our team are passionate about identifying a unique solution. Our work has driven further research by the University which will begin in the coming academic year and we hope will continue to yield positive results. We are honoured to have received the Highly Commended Award and would like to thank the Environmental Award team for recognising our work. This will help raise awareness of a significant problem for our and future generations. Finally, we would like to thank the Advanced Engineering Centre for the opportunity to be involved with this project”.
Their project aimed to understand if synthetic fuels offer a suitable alternative to electrification of HDV’s, which is not currently feasible, to reduce pollution, carbon emissions and their impact on the environment. Synthetic fuels offer an alternative as they resemble fossil fuels chemically but do not release C02 and other harmful toxins, reducing their environmental impact.
Matthew, Chloe, Rebecca and Luke pictured above at their Graduation.