Environmental awareness is top of the agenda as Green Week returns
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) annual Green Week event is underway as students and staff come together to improve environmental awareness.
This year marks the sixth Green Week festival from the 8 – 12 February, which is run in conjunction with the UCLan Students’ Union (SU), and the University community is once again taking part in daily student-led events, talks, films, competitions, freebies and much more.
Most activities are taking place in the Students’ Union and include ethical cookery demonstrations, tree and herb planting, a cycling skills session, energy trail walks and a free bike to work breakfast. Each day is themed and over the week will cover sustainable food and travel, waste management and managing water and energy resources.
"Our free, fun activities hopefully make people think about how much energy they use and the food they waste; there is something to suit everyone and so we're hoping to see lots of colleagues and students over the next week."
Amanda Jackson, UCLan’s Environment and Sustainability Assistant, said: “Green Week has become a popular event in the calendar and each year we bring together enthusiastic students and staff who are willing to make small lifestyle changes that together can have a big impact. Our free, fun activities hopefully make people think about how much energy they use and the food they waste; there is something to suit everyone and so we're hoping to see lots of colleagues and students over the next week.”
Following the success of the DoNation pledge scheme in 2015 the initiative is back again as part of Green Week to help staff and students commit to small changes to reduce their own carbon footprint. Pledges include taking the stairs instead of the lift, drinking tap water and washing at 30 degrees. Participants commit to these small changes for two months and these then hopefully become habits for life.
Activities are taking place all over campus every day until Friday 12 February. Follow #uclangreenweek on Twitter to keep up with events
View photos from Green Week 2016.