July 05, 2023

Young entrepreneurs impress with sustainable solution projects

On Tuesday 4th July, the University of Leicester Sustainability Team hosted an event, chaired by Prof. Turi King, where young entrepreneurs from local schools and colleges presented a range of sustainable and environmental solutions to some of the most significant global issues we face. The young people wowed the audience with their innovation and well thought out ideas, which were inspired by biomimicry.   

Students from Beauchamp College reflected on how to insulate buildings without the use of fossil fuels. Impressed by a range of natural solutions including Saharan Silver Ants, the ancient Spinosaurus, Pansy plants and Termite nests, they designed a triangular office building which would use convection currents to dissipate heat. The building would have hydrophobic properties and include tiny holes towards the top to allow heat to be released.