Green Week (16-20 February 2015)
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Join us as we celebrate our annual Green Week here on campus with UPSU and Plymouth University. We are a leading award winning university for sustainability and want to encourage staff and students to get involved in Green Week and learn more about what’s happening at the University for all-things green.

There are events planned throughout the week across University and UPSU and details can be found below. Other UPSU activities can be found on the UPSU Green Week events page

Bicycle workshops

Monday 16 February: Students' Union

Does your bicycle feel a bit neglected? Learn some basic tips to keep it happy and healthy at free workshop sessions in the Students' Union. Contact Brett Nicolle to book a place: 

  • 10am: Replace an inner tube
  • 11am: Fix a broken chain
  • 12pm: Adjust your gears.

Sustainability session: learn how your actions affect your world

Monday 16 February, 12-1pm: Room C1, Portland Square Building

Are you wasting the world’s resources? Increasing extreme weather events can affect the availability of items that students use every day. How would you manage limitations in supply? Where do these materials come from and where do they go when you have finished with them? This interactive 1 hour session will increase your awareness of how your actions affect your world.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential, please book the sustainability session here.

Green Week Ladies Running Group

Monday 16 February, 4.30pm-5pm: meet at Nancy Astor Sports Centre

Whether you are looking to try running for the first time, want to get in shape or you are training for an upcoming event this session is for you. Meeting at the Nancy Astor Sports Centre our friendly run leader will guide you around the local routes. This is an UPSU event for Plymouth University students. Further information

Sustainable technology in the developing world

Monday 16 February, 7pm: Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

The Plymouth branch of Engineers Without Borders are hosting a discussion about the technology and policy of sustainable energy in the developing world. The guest speaker will be Ray Holland, who has had more than 30 years' experience in delivering demand-driven community infrastructure investments, practical issues concerning technology development and transfer, and small enterprise development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. All welcome to hear the speaker and engage in what should be a lively discussion. 

See the Facebook event page for more information.

UPSU Campus Green & Fairtrade Fayre

Tuesday 17 February, 11am-3pm: Students' Union

Come along to the Green & Fairtrade Fayre in the Students' Union to have a go on an electric bike, go on a led ride, participate in Plymouth City Council’s consultation for the Plymouth Plan and get your hands on some locally produced sustainable food amongst other activities. All welcome.

Lecture: Smarter logistics using rail

Tuesday 17 February, 6.15pm: Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Does your company send products and parcels to London?  Do you use a courier or send a man in the van?

This free lecture will discuss Smart Logistics and using the passenger rail service to transport small and medium sized consignments from the South West, reducing road congestion and transport related emissions. 

Full details of the event and booking information

Visualising the University’s carbon footprint

Wednesday 18 February, 12.15pm: Immersive Vision Theatre

The University has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and has installed hundreds of meters across its campus so it can identify utility consumption in much greater detail. If you want to know what know what our carbon footprint looks like, we have created an animated short depicting the amount of carbon produced by the University from gas and electricity use on a daily and annual basis – more than 11 million kilograms.

Seating is limited so book to ensure your space.

Plymouth Growing Futures gardening session

Wednesday 18 February, 12.30pm-2pm: Students' Union Garden

Come and meet Plymouth Growing Futures and get involved in campus growing initiatives. The session will include a tour of the sites around campus followed by an informal discussion session at the Hive. Any questions, email Caroline Mikhail.

Social cycle

Wednesday 18 February, 3pm-4.30pm: Meet at Nancy Astor Sports Centre

Celebrate Green week by escaping the city centre and exploring the local Saltram National Trust Parkland. The pace will be easy and the emphasis on getting out and enjoying the local area with friends. We'll take some lunch and grab a coffee on route. Bike hire and helmet included. Contact to reserve your free space

Clothes sale and swap shop

Thursday 19 February, 11am-3pm: Students' Union

The clothes sale is your opportunity to find some absolute gems at charity shop prices! Primarily made up of donated smart clothes that could help you with those future job interviews.  

The swap shop is a cashless bring and take sale! Bring in any of your unwanted CDs, DVDs, books or household items and trade them in for something much better! For free! Want to find out more or ask any questions? Contact for more information.

Twitter chat: Sustainable food

Thursday 19 February, 12-1pm

Want to learn more about Plymouth University’s award winning sustainable catering, cutting edge research on food as a lifestyle motivator, food sourcing and the link with homelessness?

Find out and get answers to your questions in our sustainable food twitter chat with Plymouth University experts! Join us on #FoodPU

Panel includes:

  • Dr Clare Pettinger, Lecturer in Public Health Dietetics
  • Dr Victor Kuri, Lecturer in Food Quality
  • Darren Procter, Plymouth University’s Head Chef
  • Dr Samantha Price, Sustainability Manager

Green Week exhibition

Friday 20 February, 9am-5pm: (venue tbc)

An exhibition of artwork by Plymouth University students relating specifically to the environment, sustainability, the green agenda and the issues of litter in Plymouth. Students are also invited to collaboratively create a painting that combines the themes of the environment and the impact of litter during the exhibition. There’s an exciting possibility that this piece could then be recreated on a large scale, on a wall, in the city centre. So drop by to get involved. Contact for more information.

Lecture: Impact of renewables on power distribution systems

Tuesday 24 February, 7pm: Lecture Theatre 5, Babbage Building (Note: this is the week after Green Week)

This lecture will discuss how the successes and challenges of renewables impact electrical distribution systems in the South West.

Full event information and booking details 

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter during the week!

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