Students to Highlight Aspects of Sustainable Living During Go Green Week

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University of Worcester students are again marking People and Planet’s Go Green Week with a variety of events over the next five days.

The annual event sees universities, colleges and schools across the country run activities to raise awareness of climate change, and Worcester students have put together a week-long programme designed to highlight five different aspects of sustainable living.

Today (Monday), activities including a guided bird walk and community litter pick will highlight issues around nature and biodiversity. Tomorrow’s events focus on food and health, with a local food fair and two Fairtrade cooking demonstrations taking place, while students will also be able to hear from representatives from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Wednesday’s theme will be travel, and commuters on Worcester’s public transport services will be entertained by some of the University’s Drama students, who will be on buses performing sketches to highlight sustainability and positive impacts made by students on the local community.

Energy consumption within student housing will be tackled on Thursday, with students able to pick up advice and guidance on using energy wisely and reducing their utility bills, while Friday will see the week come to a close with an ‘Igloo Build’ when over 450 plastic milk bottles will be recycled to create a new play facility for the University’s nursery.

It is hoped that the entire University community will get involved with the themed events, and the University’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, Katy Boom, believes that the week will create valuable opportunities to pick up increased knowledge and skills.

She says: “We were recently named as the second greenest university in Britain, and we are delighted that our students are so committed to the University’s green ethos and have organised plenty of interesting, fun and valuable activities for this year’s Go Green Week.

“One of the aims behind the project is to inspire students to change their habits and live more sustainably. We have a student population of around 10,000 at Worcester, so it is vital that we show them how small changes can make a big difference, and teach them things that will help them both now and in the future.”

The Worcester Students’ Union will also be hosting a series of events throughout the week, including a candle-lit, ‘hippy’ themed acoustic session in their Pear Tree bar on Thursday evening.