The Waterline
Student Challenge 2021

The Waterline Student Challenge

We partnered with some of the region’s stand-out businesses and organisations for The Waterline Student Challenge 2022!

Marketing Humber and the University of Hull, along with The Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge 2022 sponsors, Equinor and SSE Thermal, were delighted to welcome finalists of the challenge and schools and colleges from across the region to The Waterline Summit 2022 on Monday 17th October.

The Student Event centred around the Awards Ceremony and celebration for this year’s Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge, and included a keynote speech from guest speaker, Ed Clancy OBE of Team GB, plus interactive exhibitions and experiences hosted by key regional businesses to give students an insight into exciting updates, projects and opportunities in sustainability across the Humber.

The Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge gave students aged 9-18 across the Humber region the chance to make a positive impact on communities and the environment by creating inspiring solutions to harmful climate problems.

Students from across the region created a range of innovative ideas and Finalists were selected from a shortlist of high-quality entries following presentations to the judging panel in July. The panel was made up of business representatives Richard Royal, Equinor; Jade Fernandez, SSE Thermal; Stephen Munn, Absolutely Cultured; Emma Lingard, Associated British Ports; Caroline Morris, KCOM; Lauren Little, Orsted, and Eve Pierrepont, Yorkshire Water.

Awards Ceremony & Student Event at The Waterline Summit 2022

The Waterline Summit saw the Overall Winner of the challenge crowned, alongside Year 10-13 Age Category Winner.

Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire's Year 9 Loyal Leaders were chosen by the judging panel as the Overall Winner. The team developed an energy pledge to share within and outside of the college, explored methods of reducing energy consumption within the college and worked to secure savings of a third on college energy bills, working with senior managers and leadership team.

The team won £2,000 to put towards developing their eco plans within the college, plus a unique opportunity to visit an Equinor facility in Norway, with challenge sponsor.

The Year 10-13 Age Category winner, Wyke College's Conserve2Preserve, was chosen for producing an excellent, runner-up project. The team created the concept of a social networking app, through which users are able to receive daily sustainability tips, and track carbon emissions in real time, while being able to see the impact on their community and local area.

The finalist teams were each praised for their innovative, unique ideas, and their hard-work and commitment to their projects.

  • Grimsby Institute, Ellie Daynes – Produced a television advert focused on saving energy in the household, to inspire adults to save and use less energy
  • Malet Lambert School, LeafStyle – Created a fashion-focused app with multiple functions, including sustainable shopping, design-your-own sustainable fashion, a selling platform, and advice and information on big fashion brands
  • Marshlands Primary School, Sustainability Heroes– Relaunched the school’s sustainability club. Carried out tree-planting, and integrated composting and waste-management into the day-to-day operations of the school. The team led a survey for teachers and students to find out more about their attitudes to sustainability 
  • Ron Dearing UTC, Emma Giblin – Designed striking murals highlighting the damaging impact of climate change and rising sea levels on Hull and the Humber

Each of the finalists will receive £250 and a VIP experience with a judging panel business. The experiences include workshops, mentoring and behind-the-scenes site visits.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's challenge, and to the fantastic finalist and winning teams.

Check back in the new year for updates and information on how to get involved in 2023.

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