Friday, 07 February 2014
University of Worcester students have organised a week of activities designed to encourage their peers to ‘Go Green’.
People and Planet – Britain’s largest student network – run a national Go Green Week every year, with schools, colleges and universities across the country urged to raise awareness on climate change.
University of Worcester events will be led by students studying sustainability in a range of different disciplines, including Art, Business, History, Education and Geography.
The week will feature a ‘Question Time’ style debate – ‘Is Leadership for Sustainability Possible in a Market Economy? – which will take place at The Hive and see an expert panel quizzed on the issue.
BBC Political Reporter, Matthew Bone, will Chair the debate panel which will include Professor Carolyn Roberts, Director of the Environmental Knowledge Transfer Network, and Dom Anderson, Vice President of the National Union of Students.
Elsewhere, students will be able to get a close-up view of the biodiversity of their campus by completing the University Mile as part of the Around the World in 80 Days campaign, while milk floats currently used by the Campus Services team will be decorated with reusable items from the Worcester Resource Exchange to highlight the importance of recycling.
The Students’ Union will be running a ‘Can’ film festival, to which students gain free entry by bringing their cans for recycling, a Green karaoke and a climate quiz.
Students will also be encouraged to think about small changes they can make to how they get around – bus company First Bus will be offering reduced price tickets for students, while the University bike loan scheme will be promoted by the charity Spokes, who work in partnership with the University.
Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University, explains: “There have been a number of large studies showing that students expect to learn about sustainability when they are at university, and all students are getting the opportunity to do so at the University of Worcester.
“As well as their sustainability studies, they are getting practical, hands-on experience, and Go Green Week is a great example of this.
“Student teams have designed and project managed the initiatives and will evaluate the impact of the events throughout the week. It is something that students have really embraced and they have some terrific ideas to help raise awareness and make a real difference on campus.”
Student Jasmine Loake, who is part of the organising committee, adds: “We have all been keen to get involved, not only because we see it as our responsibility to help reduce the impact of climate change, but also because we’ve been able to put some fun, exciting ideas in place.”