Student recognised for environmental conscience

Second-year environmental student Max Lichtenstein (second from right) receives a scholarship from Southern Environmental Trust Committee members Kim Tanner, Athol McCully and Alan McKinnon

A well-known Lincoln University alumnus was on campus recently to honour a second-year planning student’s commitment to the environment.

Athol McCully and fellow Southern Environmental Trust Committee members, Alan McKinnon and Kim Tanner, presented Max Lichtenstein with the trust’s annual scholarship.

Mr Lichtenstein is in his second year of a bachelor of environmental policy and planning degree and was delighted to receive the $1,500 award, which the trust established 10 years ago.
Scholarships adviser, Sue Smart, said they couldn’t have chosen a better person.

“Max has participated in a number of Lincoln University projects that aim to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Last year, he was involved in a project known as Count Your Chickens, which involved providing Springston Primary School with its own chicken coop.

“The idea was to educate kids about not wasting food and getting them to bring food scraps from home to feed the hens,” Mr Lichtenstein said.

“Then people from the school and wider community can enjoy the eggs that the hens provide.” 

He is now working with a group of other students on developing a community garden for the university.

“The ultimate goal would be if Lincoln grew its own food and served it on campus, but we’re starting small with herbs that people can use in cooking,” he said. 

“We’d ideally like the garden to be centrally located on campus and people could work on it, as well as take produce to use at home.”

The Southern Environmental Trust began in 1995 through the Rotary Club of Christchurch South. It holds annual forums to encourage education and discussion about environmental issues. 


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