Amabel goes green for national contest

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AN ARBROATH student has made it to the final of competition which aims to find a green project to help universities live more sustainably.

Amabel Dessain, who is originally from Inverkeilor but now a medical student at the University of Manchester, is part of a four person team which has made it to the npower Future Leaders Challenge 2012 final.

Her team’s idea is to try and challenge the health sector to be more sustainable in its operations.

They are aiming to cut down the materials used by the hospitals catering service while reducing the waste output through recycling at two Manchester NHS trusts.

They also want to promote car sharing in the NHS as they believe it would provide a more ecologically sustainable solution.

Already Amabel has spent three days on a outdoor activity course in the Lake District where her team learned about the environment and the challenge it faces.

And if they are successful, they will win a trip to the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway to see the effects of global warming first hand.

Amabel said: “We were delighted to be short listed for the npower Future Leaders Challenge. “It’s safe to say we feel reinvigorated and driven to make our project the best it can be.”