How can we take more steps to 'Go Green'?

It's the time of year again when we ask ourselves what we can do to improve and lessen our environmental impact. How can we take more steps to 'Go Green'?

We've got a range of events being run across campus over the week that students and staff can get involved in, from exclusive food offers and workshops that can save you money, to glow in the dark bikes that power a cinema.

Every day has a different theme:

Meat-free Monday

  • All AHS outlets will be serving at least one vegetarian option and, for Green Week only, there will be a discount of 25% on specified vegetarian dishes.

Turn It Off Tuesday

  • BANES Council – the local council energy@home team will be here to give free energy-saving advice and to explain how you can get grants for home improvements and energy assessments for your home
  • Wessex Water – your local water supplier will be here offering free advice and water-saving equipment to help reduce your water bills at home
  • Travel West Roadshow will explain what schemes the Uni and the local councils have in place to help you cycle, walk or car-share
  • Travel West smoothie maker – come and make yourself a free smoothie on our cycle-powered machine!
  • Come and see the Uni’s electric bikes you can borrow for a free trial
  • Student Switch Off will be promoting their student residence competition

Waste Not Wednesday

  • AHS staff will be on the Parade giving out 50 free munch boxes from 12 noon onwards to students only, on a first come first serve basis.  Students will have to queue in the Fountain Canteen just before 3pm with their free munch boxes to try and get some free leftovers if there is any available.
  • The Genesis Trust will be running a stall on the Parade giving information about the items donated during the Zero Waste campaigns and the difference that it has made
  • The British Heart Foundation will be running a stall on the Parade giving students information about the items they donated during the Zero Waste campaigns and the difference that it has made, plus they will be selling some of the donated items so come along to grab a bargain.
  • AHS staff will be launching their Less Landfill = More Planet campaign where students living in Halls will be challenged to live with Zero Waste for a fortnight, please come along to sign up
  • BaNES Council are running their ever popular recycling game with the opportunity to win prizes, and students living in town have the opportunity to order new recycling boxes and bins.
  • Splat Art Workshop will be held in The Edge at 6pm for all students and staff to have a go at using recycled materials to create art.

This Thursday

  • Come along to the Fairtrade stand will be on the Parade for free samples of Fairtrade smoothies and Fairtrade coffee as well as interesting information on our status as a Fairtrade university and the work of the Fairtrade foundation.
  • Lunchtime solar panels tours – come on  tour to view the solar panels on the roof of the Chancellors’ Building, see the mini-power stations in the boiler house, and hear about some of the other energy efficiency schemes we have underway - meet outside the Library at 12.30
  • Labour Behind the Label are doing a talk on campaigning for living wages and worker safety in developing countries

Fossil Free Friday

  • Bike Doctor – bring your bike along and get it checked out for free. 10am-3pm on The Parade
  • Cycle competition at 11am on the Parade - Who can boil a kettle the fastest purely though cycle power? Hamper full of Fairtrade goodies for the winner
  • Lunchtime solar panels tours – come on  tour to view the solar panels on the roof of the Chancellors’ Building, see the mini-power stations in the boiler house, and hear about some of the other energy efficiency schemes we have underway - meet outside the Library at 12.30
  • The University’s electric vehicles will be on display outside the Chancellors' Building
  • Cycle cinema: The Lion King by pedal power. Bring your own bike! 6pm, by The Lake. Great fun and free Fairtrade hot drinks and brownies. 

More information on the Students' Union website

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