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Students Urged to Go Green at University

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A week of activities has been organised at the University of Worcester to encourage students to 'Go Green'.

Staff and students promote Go Green WeekGo Green Week takes place from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 14 and will include a variety of activities themed around food, energy, waste and travel. 

There will be a Can Film Festival, where students get free entry by turning up with cans for recycling, and a Keen Green Karaoke, where students get a free drink for singing Sting songs.  

The week starts with pledges and button badges, and the circulation of You Count branded coins. You Count I Count- it all adds up is the student devised campaign to help people to realise that small changes can make a big difference.

Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University, said: “The You Count campaign was developed a couple of years ago by design students and includes a series of nine information posters, giving information to students about how they can reduce carbon. The statistics and images on the posters are all pertinent to the campus, depicting for example the University’s own recycling bags, and the First UniBus to try to make it feel real.”

The posters and banners for this year’s campaign have been designed by local graphic designer Will Hemming, whose twin sister is a student at the University.

The week will also include the University’s first World Café where all students and staff are invited to have a conversation over drinks and snacks about their vision for the University; discussing sustainability in the curriculum, on campus and community in 2020.

There will also be cooking demonstrations by staff member Jo Dyson, who runs her own food blog (http://joskitchen.wordpress.com/) showing students how they can cook healthy food using local products.

Student Charlotte Taylor, who is part of the organising committee, said: “We have all been very keen to get involved, not only because we see it as our responsibility to help to reduce the impact of climate change but also because it’s fun. 

“There will be events like the Can Film Festival where you get free entry by turning up with cans for recycling, a Keen Green Karaoke, where you get a free drink for singing Sting songs, and a bring and buy sale. We’ve been meeting for a while devising and refining the events and two drama students have even written a play.”

The University’s partnership with charity Motov8, whereby staff and students can buy refurbished bicycles and accessories, will also be promoted throughout the week, plus Worcester Produce will be selling boxes of locally grown vegetables and Worcestershire County Council’s Choose How You Move team has donated 100 goody bags to give out.

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