Date of release: Monday, March 21, 2016

Sustainability HubThe benefits of organic food, 'living' river walls and a multimedia campaign to give Syrian refugees a voice are just a few of the sustainability-themed research projects by University of Greenwich students which are being showcased in a new exhibition.

The projects are the outcome of the Whole Earth Fellowship programme, in which six students were each awarded a £1,000 grant to explore topics of how to lead society towards a more sustainable future.

Other subjects include the future of the Thames Barrier, development of electrodes that can generate hydrogen using solar power, and a Scandinavian-style 'green tax' on disposable beverage cups.

The exhibition will take place in The Crystal in East London, home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, between Friday 8 and Friday 15 April, during which the students' work will be featured in the form of posters. It is free to attend and all are welcome.

The Fellowships programme and exhibition are the work of the Greenwich Sustainability Hub. Part of the university's Students' Union, the Hub promotes and campaigns on environmental issues across all Greenwich's campuses.

Chantal Beaudoin, Sustainability Hub Manager, says: "This is a unique opportunity for visitors to see how our students have tackled real-life issues and tried their hand at finding solutions. The projects are all very different, but what links them is a strong desire by the students to apply their knowledge and skills towards the creation of a
sustainable world.

"Those attending can also put forward their own ideas for how they would have approached the Whole Earth challenges, so altogether we're looking forward to sharing some great ideas on the future of the planet."

The exhibition launch takes place on Friday 8 April at 2pm, and will include presentations by University of Greenwich academics Dr Isil Onol, Senior Lecturer in Design and Digital Arts, and Dr Benz Kotzen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture & Landscape.

At the launch event, visitors will also be able to meet the Fellowship students and also visit the Crystal Building's current exhibition, The Future Of Cities.

Those wishing to attend the launch must register attendance in advance:

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Story by Public Relations