Staff and Students Go Green to Promote Sustainability

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The chance to drive an electric car, play dodgeball and wheelie bin races are among the activities taking place at the University of Worcester for Go Green Week.

Organised by students in conjunction with the University’s sustainability department, the event runs from Monday, February 6 through to Saturday, February 11.

Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability, said: “There are so many activities going on all week and we are hoping to get all students and staff involved. The University of Worcester is already one of the greenest universities in the Country and this is down to the vast range of initiatives we have introduced and the fantastic commitment from students and staff.”

A host of activities are taking place to promote sustainable ways of travel, recycling and conserving energy and buying local healthy food.

It kicks off on Monday with a staff versus student dodgeball game and the chance to make a pledge to be more environmentally friendly. Tuesday is food day with an Eco Food Fair, veggie/vegan tasting stall, cake sale and Worcester Produce vegetable box scheme, and the 2012 metre walk around the campus, bringing in an Olympic theme.

On Wednesday, staff and students are encouraged to think about more sustainable ways of travel, with a bicycle sale and the chance to try out an electric car and the launch of a new bike loan scheme. Thursday is energy day with representatives from Act on Energy and Friends of the Earth, where everyone can learn how they can save money and save energy.

To finish the week there will be a waste/recycling challenge on Friday, plus a second hand clothes stall, and free chilli plants, followed by wheelie bin races. And on Saturday staff and students will be planting an orchard at Battenhall Playing Fields.

Student Rory Dimond, who is also the Sustainability Officer for Worcester Students’ Union, said: “It’s important to get the wider community of the students engaged in sustainability in fun and exciting ways.”

Student Luke Flaherty, Chair of the Go Green Committee, added: “Next week is about getting everyone engaged and involved and to show what we can do when we all pull together, most of all about having fun whilst we change the world.”