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We organise and host events and activities throughout the year for students and staff to get involved in. This page is updated regularly to show our upcoming activities, as well as sharing local and national events. If you have any questions about upcoming events, or would like to host your own, please email Green Chester.

Ongoing events

Digital Climate Cafe 

Digital Climate Cafes are fortnightly, online events for students and staff to join and discuss climate issues that interest them or to listen along.They are held every other Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Click here to join our MS Teams channel and access the link for the next climate cafe, alternatively, you can email Green Chester

University Allotment

The University has space for students/staff to grow fruit and veg. The Volunteering and Mentoring team have created a new student-led project, Good to Grow. Student project leaders will work with the sustainability unit with the management of the allotment and harvesting food. If you would like to be involved with the allotment, you can join our MS Teams channel or email Green Chester.  

Throughout the summer, we will be visiting the allotment on a fortnightly basis, to keep on top of the weeding and general running of the space. These sessions will run every Tuesday from 1pm – 2pm, if you would like to attend, please email Green Chester.

Green Tie Awards

The Green Tie Awards are  taking place on Thursday 21st October in Small Hall on Exton Park (and streamed online). The Green Tie Awards are annual awards hosted by the Sustainability Unit to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Climate Action teams (formally Green Impact). Climate Action is a programme designed for staff to improve the sustainability performance of their department and this year, 11 teams from across the university took part. During the awards, we will present team and individual awards, as well as launch the new workbook for 2021/22!  

Prior to the awards, there will be a showcase where you can find out more about the Climate Action programme and what the teams do. There will also be a pop-up sustainability display and opportunities to share your thoughts on different sustainability matters. As part of the display, we’ll be asking students and staff to put pen to paper as we ask ‘what does climate action mean to you?’ in our bunting decoration activity.   

Schedule: 

1pm – 3pm: Drop-in showcase  

3pm – 4pm: Awards presentation 

The awards will be streamed online, if you would like to attend in person, please use this link to register. If you would like to attend virtually, please use this link to register.   

Past events

Welcome Week 2021

Day Activity

Monday 20th September                           

Sustainability Pop-up at Shrewsbury
Meet the Sustainability team for advice on energy saving/recycling tips, travel options, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with the courtyard garden and Carbon Literacy Training.
Guildhall Courtyard ǀ 11am - 2pm 

Tuesday 21st September

Walking tour to Kingsway 
Meeting at Exton Park, the sustainability team will take you on a walking tour to Kingsway campus. 
Meet outside Binks Building, Exton Park ǀ 8.30am - 9am

Sustainability Pop-up at Kingsway 
Meet the Sustainability team for advice on energy saving/recycling tips, travel options, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with the courtyard garden and Carbon Literacy Training.
Kingsway Reception ǀ 11am - 1pm

Sustainability Pop-up at Wheeler  
Meet the Sustainability team for advice on energy saving/recycling tips, travel options, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with the courtyard garden and Carbon Literacy Training.
Wheeler (Riverside) Reception ǀ 2pm - 4pm 

Wednesday 22nd September

Secret Sustainability Tour
Walking tour of Exton Park, highlighting sustainability initiatives that are sometimes hard to find/ PV/ Bike stores, changing rooms, insect/ hedgehog hotels and more....
Various times throughout the day, email greenchester@chester.ac.uk to book. 

Thursday 23rd September

Sustainability Pop-up at Warrington Opportunities Fair
Meet the Sustainability team for advice on energy saving/recycling tips, travel options, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with the University allotment, Hedgehog Friendly campus and Carbon Literacy Training.
Outside the Cafe ǀ 11am - 2pm 

Friday 24th September

Sustainability Pop-up at Exton Park
Meet the Sustainability team for advice on energy saving/recycling tips, travel options, volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with the courtyard garden and Carbon Literacy Training.
Marquee outside Grosvenor House ǀ 11.30am - 1.30pm 

Welly Wednesday Allotment Taster Session
Join the student led volunteering project Welly Wednesday for an afternoon at the University allotment. Please email volunteering@ chester.ac.uk to book for this session as spaces are limited.
University Allotment ǀ 1pm - 3pm 

Go Green Festival 2021

The Sustainability Unit and Students’ Union worked together to organise Go Green Festival 2021, which will ran from Monday 22nd February to Sunday 21st March. Throughout the four weeks, there were online events such as workshops, film screenings and panels, as well as weekly challenges. The aim of the festival was to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Crisis. Many events and workshops included departments from across the university as well as local businesses and alumni. Click here to view the full timetable. 

TED Countdown

On 14th October 2020 the University hosted a Ted Countdown event. Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. If you missed it you can watch the video here

Induction 2020

During induction 2020, we organised a number of online and in person events. New and returning students were invited to join us for a Digital Climate Café special; we discussed sustainability at the university and opportunities to get involved through volunteering and attending our regular events. Students also joined us on an allotment tour where we talked about the history of the allotment and shared ideas for how we can develop the area. Our induction activities ended with a film screening of ‘The Age of Consequences’ followed by a discussion.

Prior to the start of induction, we worked with a group of computer science students and staff from the informatics centre to create a virtual escape room. Throughout September and October 2020, students could complete the virtual escape room to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Tree planting at Kingsway

In November 2019, students, staff and members of the local community helped us plant over 150 trees at Kingsway, as part of the Woodland Trust 'Big Climate Fightback'. Trees have many benefits; they store carbon, reduce pollution and provide flood protection. It is hoped that by increasing the amount of green space available on campus, students and staff will have a space to connect with nature. Over the lifetime of the trees, we hope that they will provide a habitat for wildlife and promote clean air. In March 2020, we planted a further 450 trees and were once again joined by students, staff and local school groups.

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New tree plants at Kingsway
March tree planting session

Go Green Week 2020

Green T Volunteers

    Become a Green T

    • Bicycle User Group - BUG
    • Sustainability Forum
    • University Allotment.