UWTSD student design skills set to help city’s climate campaign


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Graphic Design student has given new impetus to a project that’ll help the city fight climate change and the nature emergency.

Agi Olah, a student at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has devised a brand identity for Swansea Project Zero

Agi Olah has devised a brand identity for Swansea Project Zero. This is an initiative that supports businesses, groups, residents and organisations as they help the city achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Her design concepts won a competition run by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on behalf of a body that’s driving the project, the Climate Change and Nature Action Signatories Group.

The drive to make Swansea net zero by 2050 is being spearheaded by Swansea Council.

Council joint deputy leader Andrea Lewis presented Agi, a third year graphic design student at UWTSD, with her £500 prize at Swansea Guildhall.

Agi said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to work on the city-wide climate campaign.

“Using skills I’ve learnt at UWTSD, I’ve created a design which I hope will inspire and move people in Swansea to build a greener, more sustainable future.

“As a designer, knowing my concepts will be part of a campaign that will run for decades is very rewarding". 

The winning design concept was selected by a panel from the signatories group. They’ll now work with Agi to bring her vision to life. The final designs will be revealed in due course.

Cllr Lewis said: “We thank Agi for her outstanding, forward thinking design concept; it’ll be highly visible across Swansea over the coming years.

“Students offered a number of high-quality concepts – and Agi’s stood out.

“We’re working with significant partners, including UWTSD, across the city to help save the planet for future generations – and Agi’s creativity will help!”

Donna Williams, programme manager for graphic design at UWTSD, said: “We were delighted to offer our graphic design students the opportunity to collaborate with this meaningful and essential campaign, which has brought Swansea Project Zero to the public view.

“This subject is very close to our hearts, which is reflected by the volume of outstanding design concepts that illustrated the passion our students feel about combatting climate change.

“Agi was up against some strong competitors for this winning design. Well done, Agi!”

Cllr Lewis said: “It is everyone’s business to cut emissions and to help save the planet for future generations.

“At the council we’re leading by example and are working with citizens, businesses, public sector organisations and others to help make Swansea a net zero city and county by 2050.”

For the city to achieve a transition to net zero by 2050 that’s reasonable to all, key factors include protecting the health and wellbeing of citizens. Key factors include changes to the use of transport, improvements to homes, and cutting emissions from industry and business, decreasing waste.

The council is already collaborating with others on this wider agenda. Work being undertaken includes establishing an environmental partners framework and setting up an energy awareness hub.

The council itself aims to be net zero by 2030. Already, much work is being undertaken that will help the process.

The council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and a nature emergency two years later. It launched its Climate Charter and this has been adopted by organisations such as UWTSD, Swansea University, Swansea Bay University Health Board, South Wales Police, the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Swansea Environmental Forum.

Photo: Swansea Net Zero 2050 design competition winner Agi Olah is pictured with Swansea Council project manager Jane Richmond and joint deputy leader Andrea Lewis, Gower College’s Laura Wilkins, and UWTSD’s Donna Williams and Harry Richmond.

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