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The Sustainability Unit and Students’ Union have worked together to host Go Green Festival 2021 which will run from Monday 22nd February to Sunday 21st March 2021. Throughout the four weeks, there will be online events such as workshops, film screenings and panels, as well as weekly challenges. The aim of the festival is to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Crisis. Many events and workshops will include departments from across the university as well as local businesses and alumni.

We have set up a Microsoft Teams channel for University of Chester students and staff to join and continue discussions as well as access our resource hub, click here to join the MS Teams channel.

Many events have been recorded, the links to view recordings are in the timetable below.

Each week, we'll be updating our top 5 priority Do Actions on Do Nation and will be asking students and staff to make one pledge for a more positive future. 

Timetable of events

Week One - Biodiversity and Community 

Date Event 
Monday 22nd February 

Welcome to Go Green Festival

Join us for the launch of Go Green Festival 2021. We’ll be talking about what is coming up throughout the four-week festival and will be answering any questions you have.
12pm – 12.30pm

 

What is sustainability?

Find out more about sustainability at the University of Chester.
2pm – 2.45pm

Tuesday 23rd February 

iNaturalist live demo

iNaturalist is an app used by millions to upload images of wildlife. Head over to Green Chester on Instagram (@greenuochester) for a live demonstration of how to use the app and join us to see what wildlife we can find!
11am – 11.20am

 

Do Nation Challenges

Throughout the four weeks, we’ll be asking University of Chester students and staff to take on our challenge and make a pledge on Do Nation. In this session, you can find out more about our challenges and how to use Do Nation.
2pm – 2.30pm

 

Volunteering Q&A

Join us on Instagram Live as we are joined by Amy from the volunteering team as we discuss volunteering opportunities with Green Chester. 
3pm - 3.30pm 

Instagram - @greenuochester 

Wednesday 24th February                                                                  

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.
9.45am – 11.45am
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.
1pm – 2pm
Click here to watch a recording of this event

Thursday 25th February

Q&A with Grounds & Gardens

Do you want to find out more about the work the Grounds & Gardens team do? Are you looking for some gardening tips? The Grounds & Gardens team are here to answer your questions on Instagram Live.
11am – 11.30am

 

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.
1pm – 2pm
Click here to watch a recording of this event. 

 

Q&A with UoC Hedgehog Friendly Campus

We’ll be joined by Rebecca Turner from the University of Chester Hedgehog Friendly Campus Campaign who will be answering your questions. Find out more about how you can get involved with the campaign and hear about the work they have done.
3pm – 3.30pm

Friday 26th February 

What difference can I make? Said 7 billion people

In this session, we’ll be discussing the small actions we can take to help tackle the climate crisis. We believe that there are many small actions we can take, individually, that collectively, make a huge difference.
10am – 10.45am

 

Digital Climate Café

We’ll be ending the week with a Digital Climate Café, discussing the themes of the week.
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Week Two - Ethical Consumerism and Water

Date Event 

Monday 1st March 

At-home alternatives to sustainable products

There are many products on the market that aim to help you lead a more sustainable lifestyle. In this workshop, we explore sustainable products and at-home alternatives you can use.
12pm – 12.30pm

Tuesday 2nd March 

Pop-Up Patch Challenge Live

The Patch Challenge is back! They have held ‘pop-up’ clothing repair events across Chester campuses and now you can find out how to repair your favourite clothes from the comfort of your own sofa. They’re all about making garments wearable for longer, so grab a cuppa, and watch them repair things live using basic hand stitching and sewing machine techniques. Ask any questions in the chat, share tips or make and mend along. All makers/crafters welcome, including members fo the local community. 
1pm – 2.30pm

 

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.
3pm – 3.40pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

 

Wednesday 3rd March                                                                                                                  

World Water Crisis documentary and discussion

The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resources, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?
10am – 10.40am

 

The Power of the Pound

We’re joined by three industry experts to discuss how our spending can influence sustainable change.
12pm - 1pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Thursday 4th March 

Do Nation Challenges

Throughout the four weeks, we’ll be asking University of Chester students and staff to take on our challenge and make a pledge on Do Nation. In this session, you can find out more about our challenges and how to use Do Nation.
10am – 10.30am

 

What's sustainability got to do with me? *

In this Careers & Employability session,you will have the opportunity to learn more about sustainability, what it is, the Sustainable Development Goals and how it links to your subject.
1pm - 2pm

 

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. 
3pm - 3.45pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Friday 5th March 

My future in 2030 (University of Chester students and staff)

These workshops are a chance for you to share your ideas for climate action and what you think the challenges and concerns are.
10am – 11am

 

The True Cost documentary

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make theme, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays for the price of our clothing?
12pm – 1.30pm

 

Digital Climate Café

We’ll be ending the week with a Digital Climate Café, discussing the themes of the week.
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Week Three - Energy and Waste 

Date Event 

Monday 8th March                                                                                                                                                            

Live Waste Audit

Join Waste & Recycling Officer, Sam Hay, as he starts the week with an Instagram live (@greenuochester) waste audit at Parkgate Campus.
10am – 10.45am            

 

What is sustainability?

Find out more about sustainability at the University of Chester.
11am – 11.45am

 

Workshop: Designing a Biogas Production System, Steve Wilkinson, University of Chester

In this interactive workshop we will go through some of the decisions that a biochemical design engineer needs to make in order to create a full-scale anaerobic digester system to make bio-methane from waste.

There will be some simple calculations but it should be mainly common sense! Here are some of the questions you will need to consider:

  1. What is biogas anyway and what can we do with it?
  2. What waste streams are suitable to make biogas?
  3. What will the anaerobic digester look like and how big does it need to be to make enough gas for 1000 homes?
  4. How much money will we make?

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Tuesday 9th March 

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.
1pm – 1.30pm
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.
2pm – 3pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Wednesday 10th March 

TEDx talk and discussion

In this workshop, we'll be watching two TEDx talks about reducing your carbon footprint which will lead into a discussion about the actions we can take. 
1pm – 1.45pm

 

What difference can I make? Said 7 billion people

In this session, we’ll be discussing the small actions we can take to help tackle the climate crisis. We believe that there are many small actions we can take, individually, that collectively, make a huge difference.
3pm – 3.45pm

Thursday 11th March 

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.
10.30am – 11am
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.
12pm – 1pm
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. 
2pm - 3pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Friday 12th March 

My future in 2030 (local schools)

This my future session is for local schools pupils to share with us their ideas for climate actions that what they think are the challenges and concerns of the climate crisis.
10am – 11am

 

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.
12.30pm – 1.15pm
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

 

Digital Climate Café

We’ll be ending the week with a Digital Climate Café, discussing the themes of the week.
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Week Four - Construction and Transport

Date Event 

Monday 15th March                                                                                                                                                     

Do Nation Challenges

Throughout the four weeks, we’ll be asking University of Chester students and staff to take on our challenge and make a pledge on Do Nation. In this session, you can find out more about our challenges and how to use Do Nation.
10am – 10.30am

 

My future in 2030 (local schools)

This my future session is for local schools pupils to share with us their ideas for climate actions that what they think are the challenges and concerns of the climate crisis.
2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 16th March

Workshop: How to Build a Sustainable Home, Izzy Gough, DGA Life 

This is an interactive workshop in which you will work on your own or in online groups to create a modern home with much lower environmental impact than a traditional house. You will choose materials and technology for reducing the carbon emissions, both for building the house and for living in it. Although sustainable homes might cost a little more to build, they will save money over the over the lifetime of the house due to reduced operating costs. The UK needs to build affordable homes and reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050 – can we do both?

10.30am - 11.15am 

 

Working in sustainability

Meet a panel of University of Chester alumni, working in sustainability, and pose your questions to them
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 17th March

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.
10am – 11am
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

Thursday 18th March

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. 10am – 10.40am
Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

 

My future in 2030 (University of Chester students and staff)

These workshops are a chance for you to share your ideas for climate action and what you think the challenges and concerns are.
2pm – 3pm

Friday 19th March 

Go Green Festival showcase

In our final Go Green Festival event, we will look back over the past four weeks, reflecting on the messages from sessions and what actions we can take.
12pm – 1pm