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The climate crisis is on our social media feeds and news apps daily, and sometimes it really does feel like we’re just following a story, safe behind our phone screens. But we all know there are real consequences coming our way; there have been so many wake up calls already, and now we have another. All top five global risks have been linked to the climate crisis (World Economic Forum), which is another overwhelming statistic that should get us all doing our part to save our planet. So why don’t we do more?

The truth is, we’re not always sure about the individual actions we can take, and how much of an impact that’s really going to have, which is why the University of Chester’s Sustainability Unit and Students' Union have been working together to organise Go Green Week 2020.

Go Green Week is an opportunity to educate and inspire action across the University. It will cover a range of sustainability themes, for students and staff to experience through the variety of events and activities. Fairtrade pancakes, a swap shop and a community clean-up are just a few of the events that will take place during the week, which will run from Monday 24th February to Sunday 1st March. Students and staff will also have the opportunity to share with us what they’d like to see at the University in terms of sustainability as we take a pop-up display to different campuses.

Kicking the week off at Warrington Campus, we’ll be launching an energy saving competition. For one-week, the Croft, Manchester, Newton, Regent and White Halls are challenged to reduce their energy usage.  Just think about how many times you boil a kettle in a day…?

Tuesday morning is all about travel, and there are some tasty treats for all. Those who walk or cycle to Parkgate Campus can enjoy some Fairtrade pancakes at Chaplaincy whilst those who drive can have a go on the smoothie bike. There will also be free bike marking and servicing outside the Grosvenor bike store.

The University is a key part of the Chester community with many of our students living in the local area, and it’s important that our dedication to doing our part to save the planet doesn’t stop at our campus walls, and extends to into our local community. On Saturday 29th February there will be a community clean-up in the Garden Quarter from 11am to 1pm.

The University is aiming to increase recycling rates to 65% by 2025 and an important step in achieving this target is identifying how much recyclable waste is being thrown away in general waste bins. Students can volunteer to take part in waste audits, helping us understand what waste is generated at the University and what can be recycled. Waste audits will take place at Kingsway Campus on Thursday 27th February 2pm-4pm.

During Go Green Week, Chester Zoo’s Anya Moon will be talking about their Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge, which began in 2017. The University of Chester readily accepted the task along with over 50 organisations, making Chester the world’s first sustainable palm oil city in the world. The session will be at Queen’s Park Campus CCU105, sign up via Eventbrite.

We hope to see as many students and staff as possible at our activities – you can view a full timetable of events on the sustainability events web page

 

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