A big thank you from the Environmental Sustainability team to everyone who took part in Go Green Week! We’ve had a great time getting out and about, meeting staff and students and raising awareness of our impacts on the world around us. If you missed us we’ll be back with a bang next year, and make sure to watch this space for more events in the meantime! Below check out a few highlights from the week.
As a Fairtrade University, we’re committed to promoting the Fairtrade message and educating our staff and students about the importance of paying farmers a decent price for their produce. Our Fairtrade banana pancake breakfast in NCS gave us an opportunity to chat about Fairtrade in a fun, relaxed (and delicious) environment. What they say about there being no such thing as a free lunch goes for breakfast too though – the pancakes were ‘free’ but only if you agreed to a photo in our Fairtrade banana suit. Lucky for us Uni of Westminster is populated by such fun people and we had a huge queue all morning for both the suit and the food.
Next up we headed down to the university sports ground in Chiswick. Even if you’re not athletically inclined it’s still worth your while heading down to our sports ground to have a look around as we’ve got some really lovely natural spaces including a section of riverbank and an orchard. A group of brave student volunteers joined us down there to pick up litter by the Thames, and we found all sorts of things including a shoe, a wrench, a chair, and some carrots.
At Marylebone we ran a bunch of cycling and energy events, including one of our regular Dr Bike sessions and a session with our absolute favourite gadget – the smoothie bike. This is a blender attached to a bike, so you can blend up your breakfast using the energy generated by putting your feet to the pedals. Sitting on the bike and powering a the blender gives you an opportunity to think about the energy required to run everyday appliances that we take for granted. We also invited students to take part in an energy quiz to test their knowledge and one lucky participant will win a smart speaker!
Besides these events we ran stalls where we spoke to students about recycling, open sessions at our community gardens and a drop in stand to talk about the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet. Big thanks to everyone who came along and got involved – looking forward to seeing you all again at future events!