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Going green at UCLan

02 February 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Annual event back to raise environmental awareness

Green issues are at the heart of campus life this week at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as students and staff take part in an annual campaign to increase environmental awareness.

The fifth Green Week event is taking place from 2 – 6 February and encourages
the University community to adopt greener lifestyles by becoming more environmentally and ethically aware through a variety of activities.

This year campus visitors can try out free rickshaw rides, visit a pop-up soup kitchen and check out the student built eco car. Each day is themed and over the week will cover sustainable food and travel, waste management and managing water and energy resources.

The Change Tree is also back for the second year in a row for people to sign up to one of 20 easy environmental pledges at www.dg4b.com/uclan and hang their commitment for change on its branches.

"We’ve got a Farmers’ Market selling locally sourced goods, a pedal powered smoothie maker for people to try and lots of films and talks taking place throughout the week."

Clair Challen, UCLan’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “As always Green Week is bringing loads of fun, free activities to the Preston Campus for everyone to enjoy and learn from at the same time. We’ve got a Farmers’ Market selling locally sourced goods, a pedal powered smoothie maker for people to try and lots of films and talks taking place throughout the week.

“These are just some of the highlights; there is something for everyone and we’re delighted with the number of staff and students who have got involved so far.”

Activities are taking place all over campus every day until Friday 6 February. Find out more by visiting www.uclan.ac.uk/greenweek or by following #uclangreenweek on Twitter.

Last month UCLan was recognised by The Guardian as one of the consistently top performing ‘green’ universities from over the past five years for its strong environmental and ethical performance. It named the University as joint 5th in a list of the best ‘green’ national higher education providers since 2010.

The honour came as the institution was awarded a First class degree classification in the 2015 People and Planet Green League. It was ranked 27 out of 151 universities and colleges.

View photos from Green Week 2015.