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Sustainability Fair

Held across two days, 30 students and staff took part in the event, gaining knowledge, confidence and practical tools that can help them take action towards climate change, both in their academic and personal lives. The Sustainability Fair also included the University’s first in-person Carbon Literacy Training Day, dedicated to exploring the science behind climate change and boosting green literacy skills, which are critical to the success of workplaces of the future.

Additionally, the University’s Sustainability Fair featured a variety of workshops which explored a range of issues high on students’ agenda, including:

  • How to mend and reuse clothing rather than buying new clothes, helping minimise the amount of wearable clothing that goes into landfill in the UK every year and a shift away from fast-fashion
  • Discussing the ‘Net Zero Home’ initiative, developed by Chester Youth Climate Action Network, which shares information about ways students can reduce carbon emissions within their homes, a pertinent topic as the climate crisis grows alongside rises in fuel prices and the cost of living.
  • Exploring which activities outside the home contribute to lower carbon footprints.

Stalls also facilitated student discussions about what a low-carbon, liveable campus could look like.

Heather Johnson, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at the University of Chester, said: “We know our students are incredibly passionate about protecting the environment and combatting climate change so it is really important for us to support and nurture this enthusiasm.

“We hope these events mark the start of a new wave of awareness amongst our students and staff and that, combined with the University’s sustainability policies and initiatives, together our community can make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions and securing a greener future.”

Laura Tuckey, Welly Wednesdays student project coordinator who attended the green events, said: "As part of a group interested in the environment and sustainability, it was really valuable to be present at the Sustainability Fair not only to show students and the local community what practical actions you can get involved with if you want to play your part but also for meeting others and learning from their interests and skills."

The event was supported and attended by many local businesses and organisations which share a passion for the environment, including Veolia, Bren Bikes, Chester Cycling Campaign and the University of Chester Welly Wednesday project.

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