Week of activities puts spotlight on sustainability

26 September 2017
Portrait of Lesley, Maria and Charlotte taken outside in greenery.
Lesley Stone (right) and sustainability team members Maria Baldoni and Charlotte Blythe look forward to bringing Sustainability Week to fruition.

A week of activities is planned to showcase sustainability-related research, teaching, and operations across the University. The week will also provide opportunities for staff and student groups to highlight some of the activities they undertake to promote sustainability.

Sustainability Week (2-6 October) is a high-profile part of an ongoing programme to give effect to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the University’s membership of the UN-initiated Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Sustainability and Environment Manager Dr Lesley Stone says the week will feature a travelling expo to highlight the contributions that exemplary researchers and teachers are making in terms of the SDGs. 

This will include an exhibition of shortlisted entries from the Showcasing Sustainability Photography Competition. In addition to six awards categories, including one for photos taken with a cell phone, visitors will be able to vote on their favourite photo for a People’s Choice Award.

Other activities include a special screening of True Cost, a ground-breaking documentary about the clothes we wear, the people who make them and the clothing industry’s impact on our world.

Sustainability issues in the fashion world are also the focus of a special seminar and
staff and students will be able to bring pre-loved clothes to a pop-up clothes swap.

An interactive ‘Know your Goals’ session will offer a fun, interactive chance to engage with the SDGs, explore, celebrate and extend the contributions that staff and students already make in their personal and professional lives.

A range of workshops throughout the week will engage participants in subjects including zero waste, composting at home and on campus, bee keeping and a gently thought-provoking game that highlights the role that infinite and finite values play in relation to our interaction with the natural world that sustains us.

Staff and students will have the chance to get their hands dirty on a working bee to revive on-campus community gardens, or to get their hands on sustainable goods and produce and mingle with stallholders at a special Market Day.

“Sustainability calls on us all to get involved, and Sustainability Week is about raising awareness and engagement across the University,” says Dr Stone.

“We aim to do this by showcasing the wide range of SDG-relevant research, teaching and service activities, by demonstrating the value of getting involved, and by encouraging sustainability champions to take the lead in realising the opportunities presented by the SDGs and SDSN.”

For further information and the full programme of events visit the Sustainability webpages.