University holds week of sustainability activities

A host of sustainability activities will be taking place across the University of Worcester next week during its annual Go Green Week.

Throughout the week students and staff will be encouraged to learn about the many ways they can be more sustainable.

Monday will focus on nature and well-being, and will include a variety of nature and wildlife stalls, as well as the chance to make a hedgehog house and take-away free bird feeders. Tuesday will explore food and well-being, with advice on reducing food waste and buying just what you need. Wednesday looks at the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, while Thursday is all about reusing and repairing items to prevent them ending up in landfill. Friday looks at energy and transport, with expert advice on how students and staff can cut their carbon footprint. The week also includes a CPR workshop and a yoga session.

Go Green Week, which has been running for 10 years, is for staff and students on campus and precedes a Go Green Week to be held in the city in April, which encourages members of the public to take action.

The University of Worcester was recently named the UK’s top sustainable university in the Green Gown Awards 2019 and earned a highly commended in the Campus of the Future category of the awards.

The university, in close partnership with the Students’ Union, has pioneered many initiatives to promote sustainability over the last 15 years, including much improved recycling, promoting walking and cycling wherever possible, and practical changes such as introducing less energy intensive lighting and solar-heated hot water. Earlier this year the university was awarded First Class Honours – for the 11th consecutive year – in the People and Planet University League, which measures sustainability performance at higher education institutions.

The university’s Director of Sustainability, Katy Boom, said: “At the university we believe that it’s important we play our part in both increasing our own sustainability but also inspiring our students and staff to take that message forward into the future. Each of us can make a difference by making small changes to our lives so we hope this will give people some ideas on what they could do to be more sustainable.”