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Cass students win through to final of npower competition

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Two Cass students, David Hama and Grzegorz Drach, have teamed up with two others from City University, Theodore Larn Jones and Einar Kristoffer Sunde, for the npower Future Leaders Challenge where they have qualified for the final.
The Future Leaders Challenge is a nationwide search to find the UK's top four greenest university students. Teams of four students across the UK entered the competition by sending in a short film describing their plans for a local green project which will make their community more sustainable. The team from Cass and City plan to install a test geothermal heating system at a local secondary school.
The projects are judged based on the impact they will have on the community. The top team will win a trip to Antarctica where they will get to experience the effects of global warming first hand.
The Cass and City team joined the other nine teams recently to participate in an outdoors activity weekend in the Lake District. This weekend was designed to help develop team building skills and extend the students' environmental knowledge.
The weekend was also attended by Antarctic adventurer Robert Swan, whose company, 2041, will be taking the winning team to Antarctica. Robert talked to the university students about the effect climate change is having on the South Pole and how a series of small actions and projects, such as the ones they are working on, can make a real impact on the environment.
Clare McDougall, npower's head of education programmes said, The npower Future Leaders Challenge has been developed to find the next generation of Robert Swans: young people with drive and passion, committed to learning about climate change and discovering new solutions to tackle its harmful effects.
Grzegorz Drach, who is studying the BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management, said: "In order to succeed in the npower Future Leaders Challenge, we established the Alternative Energy Academy which focuses on promoting alternative energy resources among school pupils and university students.
It is very exciting to run an environmental project which involves cooperation with engineering and commercial businesses as well as the education sector in London. This initiative also feeds into the consortium of engineering and asset management companies which we have brought together to install geothermal heating system in a London-based school."
The teams will be working on their projects for the next two months, before the winning team is announced on 18 December.

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