Monday 6 February – Friday 10 February 2012
Go Green Week, a five-day programme of inspiring free events, talks, activities and exhibitions open to the public and celebrating Aston University's commitment to sustainability, is to take place between Monday 6 and Friday 10 February around campus.
Visit the Go Green 2012 website to view the programme of events: www.aston.ac.uk/go-green-week
Building on the success of last year’s Go Green Week, Aston University’s Environment and Sustainability Team has organised the third annual week of free events to demonstrate sustainability and carbon reduction, as part of the nationwide Go Green week run by People and Planet.
Highlights of Go Green Week this year include an Eco-Marketplace offering greener living advice from organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, The Body Shop, Traidcraft and the Digbeth-based business walkit.com; a screening of the award-winning deforestation film ‘Green’; a second-hand bicycle sale with Cycle Chain; a discussion on faith and climate change organised by Aston University Chaplaincy; a Campus Developments Showcase with architects, contractors and suppliers displaying info on our green projects and technologies; and an inspiring talk from the comedian turned environmental activist Robert Newman.
Also, if you're too busy to go to an Oxfam shop why not bring your donations into work during Go Green Week and they’ll collect them for you! Oxfam really needs your unwanted good-qualityclothes, books, CDs, DVDs, and household itemsto make money for their fight against poverty and injustice. Make your donations 25% more valuable to Oxfam by signing up for Gift Aid: www.oxfam.org.uk/collects/atwork. Just take your donations along to the Go Green Week Eco-Market on Tuesday 7 February (11.30 – 2.30pm in the Student’s Guild Hall).
Aston's Vice-Chancellor Prof Julia King, who is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and a member of the Government's Committee on Climate Change, said: ”We hope that our diverse programme of events and our convenient campus location in central Birmingham will help to make this year’s Go Green Week our most successful yet, attracting visitors from the wider community and local businesses as well as increasing awareness of sustainability issues amongst the University’s staff and students.”
Aston University ranked within the top 10 of People and Planet’s award winning Green League for the past two years. As a recognised leader in the field of sustainability, the University already has a number of technologies on campus, such as a Combined Heat and Power plant, a wind turbine and green roof on the recently built student residences, and an electric car and charging points, as well as ambitious targets to further reduce carbon emissions by 48% by 2020.
Aston's Environment and Sustainability Assistant Kathy Hopkin said: “Following on from the success of Go Green Weeks 2010 and 2011, we've put together the most varied programme of events yet, designed to appeal to students and staff alike as well as reaching out to the wider community. Visitors can receive advice on reducing energy use and costs in the home, explore alternative travel options or simply learn more about environmental issues.”
All events are free of charge and open to the general public.
Visit the website to view the programme of events: www.aston.ac.uk/go-green-week
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GreenAstonUni #AstonGGW
Words by Kathy Hopkin
25 January 2012