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Go Green Festival is back! Our annual Go Green Festival will run from Monday 21st February to Friday 4th March 2022. Throughout the two weeks, there will be workshops and activities that aim to inspire action on climate change and build on the outcomes of Collaborate for Change Week.

Go Green Festival 2022

Week One

Date Event
Monday 21st February                                                                              

Climate Action programme
Find out more about Climate Action and how to incorporate it within your department. 
3pm - 3.30pm ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join

Tuesday 22nd February

Energy Equality 
We're joined by Andy Ross from the Centre for Energy Equality who will be discussing some of the equality related issues in the energy industry.
12pm - 12.30pm ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join 

  Cycle buddies
Find out more about Cycle Buddies; a campaign run by Chester Cycling Campaign that aims to help people cycle around Chester. 
11.30am - 12pm ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join
 
  Edible Trail 
As part of the GID Sustainable Futures module, a group of 3rd year students have been working with the Grounds and Gardens team to create an edible trail around Exton Park.
1pm - 3pm ǀ Grosvenor Marquee
 
Wednesday 23rd February

Students collaborate for change competition launch
The Sustainability Unit are running a competition for students, offering you the chance to put your ideas for a greener future into practice. We would love to hear all about your ideas or innovations to improve sustainability here at the University of Chester! Find out more about the competition during this online Q&A.
9.30am - 10am ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join

Thursday 24th February Community clean-up
Take part in the annual community clean-up litter pick around Exton Park.
12pm - 2pm ǀ Meeting outside the Students' Union at 12pm. 
 
 

Sustainability and Environment Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute (SERKEI) kick-start event
The aim of SERKEI is to bring colleagues together from across the university to collaborate in interdisciplinary research and ​knowledge exchange, and to work with like-minded partners in our community and internationally.
1.30pm - 4pm ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join

Friday 25th February

Climate Cafe 
Join us for an in-person Climate Café! Open to all students and staff to talk about climate issues that interest you. 
12pm - 1pm ǀ Molloy CML102

 

Get Going on Cycling - What women need to know!
Cycle Buddies campaign member, Cathey Harrington, will be breaking down some of the barriers to cycling in this practial demonstration.
11am - 12pm ǀ Outside Grosvenor bike shed

Week Two

Date Event

Monday 28th February              

 

Grosvenor Museum Tour & Talk
Visit Grosvenor Museum and hear more about their upcoming sustainability festival, which is happening later this year, and how you can volunteer to help organise the festival. 
11am - 12.15pm, meeting earlier at Exton Park to walk to the museum. To book onto this event, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk.
 

                                                                                                                        

Pollinator patch 
Help transform the pollinator patch at Queen's Park Campus in this seed planting event.
1pm - 3pm ǀ To book, please email Green Chester

Tuesday 1st March 

Students collaborate for change competition launch
The Sustainability Unit are running a competition for students, offering you the chance to put your ideas for a greener future into practice. We would love to hear all about your ideas or innovations to improve sustainability here at the University of Chester! Find out more about the competition during this online Q&A.
9.30am - 10am ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join

 

Fairtrade Pancakes
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight and Pankcake Day, the Chaplaincy will be providing tasty treats. Find out more about Fairtrade whilst enjoying a pancake!
9.30am - 11.30am ǀ Outside Chaplaincy, Exton Park

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 
As part of the GID Sustainable Futures module, a group of 3rd year students have organised an a Fairtrade themed stall which will include a taste the difference activity. 
11.30am - 1.30pm ǀ Exton Park

 

Climate Action programme
Find out more about Climate Action and how to incorporate it within your department.
3.30pm - 4pm ǀ Click here at the start of the event to join

Wednesday 2nd March

Carbon Literacy Training 
The Carbon Literacy Programme provides the opportunity to develop your understanding of the science behind climate change, the concept of social justice and provide practical knowledge about how to reduce your carbon footprint. The programme will build confidence to talk to others including fellow students, colleagues or clients. During Go Green Festival, the training will be delivered across two sessions, in order to complete the training you will need to attend both session. 
2pm - 5pm ǀ Exton Park. To book, please email Carbon Literacy Training

 

Students collaborate for change competition launch
The Sustainability Unit are running a competition for students, offering you the chance to put your ideas for a greener future into practice. We would love to hear all about your ideas or innovations to improve sustainability here at the University of Chester! Find out more about the competition during this online Q&A.
9.30am - 10am ǀ  Click here at the start of the event to join

 

Welly Wednesday allotment session
Welly Wednesday are a student-led volunteering project that organise regular conservation activities. Join them at the University allotment which is a great place to meet new people, enjoy the outdoors and learn new skills.
1pm - 3pm ǀ University of Chester allotment

Thursday 3rd March

Waste audits
The University of Chester is working towards a recycling target of 65% of waste recycled by 2025. Come along to a live waste audit to see the scale of the challenge and share your ideas on how to improve recycling rates across the University.   
9.30am - 11.30am ǀ Outside Grosvenor bike shed, Exton Park 

 

Sustainability Tour
Find out more about sustainability at the University of Chester on this tour around Exton Park. To book on, please email Green Chester
12pm - 12.45pm 

Friday 4th March

Shrewsbury gardening 
Take part in the creation of a growing space at Shrewsbury, sharing your ideas and planting flowers provided by the Grounds and Gardens team.
11am - 2pm

Go Green Festival 2021

Catch up on events

Business Growth Club: Sustainability 
A panel of expert speakers will discuss the importance of sustainability and its prominence for businesses now in a new era focussed on decarbonisation and the rise in consumer expectations of businesses to commit to the sustainability agenda. We will hear from three businesses; Protein Rebel, Peel NRE and Cadent Gas.
Click here to watch a recording of this event.

Ethical influence and the power of words to change minds *
Leading psycholinguist, Felicity Wingrove, will be sharing insights into the true power of words and how we can all educate, enthuse, and drive positive environmental change through our choice of language.
Click here to watch a recording of this event

Living Walls
Terry McBurney will examine the current role and potential of green wall systems in the urban landscape and the technical, economic and regulatory constraints that have impeded development of wider applications.
Click here to watch a recording of this event. 

Ethical Consumerism and Farmed Animal Welfare
Professor of Theological Ethics, David Clough will delivering a presentation on farmed animal welfare, sharing findings from Christian Ethics on Farmed Animal Welfare project.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

The Power of the Pound
We’re joined by three industry experts to discuss how our spending can influence sustainable change.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Q&A with Esther Olojugba, Founder of Gola Treasures 
Esther Olojugba will talk about setting up her company, Gola Treasures, a bean-to-bar confectionery business uses forest-friendly cocoa beans from the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone. Esther will also discuss her reasons for wanting to support sustainable local farming and the protection and reforestation of the area. 
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

An Introduction to Organic Solar Cells
BSc Physics Programme Leader, Theodoros Papadopoulos, will be discussing the working principle, challenges and benefits of organic solar cells.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Energy and Carbon Efficiency at University of Chester
Whether you have inclusive bills in your accommodation or not, there are lots of things we can do to reduce our environmental impact and save a bit of money in the process. You will probably know some changes you can make, and understanding the impact may help you to make them part of your daily routine. The ideas and tips don’t just apply to accommodation, they can be used where ever energy is consumed.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Recycling myth busters
How big a problem is plastic? Does recycling actually make a difference? In this session we’ll be exploring common recycling myths and discussing the truth behind them.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Energy suppliers and billing Q&A
Energy bills can seem scary and confusing, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Energy providers are keen to help customers, especially young people, to understand energy billing and avoid potentially costly mistakes. Choosing suppliers and tariffs has never been easier and with information and tips, there are some steps we can take to make sure we get the most suitable deal. Even if your accommodation has inclusive bills, its worth understanding energy bills and how to get the most suitable supplier and tariff for you.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Refill shops panel discussion 
We'll be joined by three, local refill shop business owners: Just Footprints, Chester, Green Options Zero Waste Shop, Shrewsbury and Powered by Plants, Warrington. They will be sharing more of an insight into the running their refill shops, the challenges faced and future trends. 
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Net Zero at University of Chester
The University of Chester is currently developing its strategic carbon management plan and setting net zero targets. This will involve changes to how we operate and management the estate, introduction of new low and zero carbon technologies, changing our expectations and creating a sustainable future for the University and all staff and students. We welcome all contributions from students and staff. Whether that’s ideas, questions and future visions to help shape a net zero University in the future. We welcome everyone to discuss their thoughts during this session.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Nurturing green shoots: how to hang onto greener habits after lockdown
Senior lectures in the Department of Geography and International Development, Rebecca Collins and Katharine Welsh will be delivering an interactive workshop and showcase their Lockdown Life project.
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

North Cheshire Community Rail Partnership
In this session you can find out more about the North Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and how you can get involved with the partnership group. 
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.