Green Week Highlights

Climate change, pollution, waste, single use plastics and air pollution affects us all.

What is Green Week?

Green Week offers our students (and staff) the opportunity to organise and join a range of fun and engaging activities; raising awareness and encouraging change towards a more sustainable living. Do not forget that we all have the power to make a positive difference, no matter how small the action.

It occurs every November. The week is organised by the Sustainability Team, with support from students and a variety of University Departments. Student collaboration is crucial for a successful week. Anyone can join in or recommend activities; if you have an idea, or your society or club would like to be involved in future weeks please do get in touch!

Green Week Throughout the Years

If you want to get a flavour of what’s occurred in previous years, then look no further than these below activity highlights!

Greenweek 2022

Green Week 2023

Held on 6-10 November, the theme of Green Week 2023 was “Green Employability”, and has coincided with Careers Fairs at Greenwich and Medway. Events included:

Autumn Career Fair—Green Corner: Green Week was kickstarted with a Green Corner in the Autumn Career Fair at Dreadnought. Employers such as RSK, Graysons and Sodexo were invited.

Green Career Talk: To provide attendees with deeper understanding of different green career options, we have invited different organisations, e.g. RSK, HLM Architects, Wilmott Dixon and more, to share their experience. We have also invited Greenwich alumni who has worked with Sustainable Development Unit and currently working in the sustainability sector to share their experience. Recap of the talk can be found here.

Nature Monitoring and Wildlife Walk: To let university members understand more about wildlife on campus, we have conducted hedgehog monitoring and a wildlife walk in Avery Hill Campus.

Greenweek 2022

Green Week 2022

Held between the14-18th of November, and with the shift to flexible work and students not on campus the online and in-person activity option was made permanent. Such events included:

GREen Rewards launch – an app and online platform where you can record your sustainable actions and earn Green Points.

Each month, the top three point-earning staff and students win a voucher of their choice from five changing options. Find out more here. GREen Rewards also gives the chance to win prizes for your team on a bigger scale. Each term, a split of £1,200 is given to the top three performing teams to donate to their top-voted charity.

We hosted ‘Green Fairs’ at each campus throughout the week with multiple departments at the university highlighting their work around sustainability alongside a student start-up Bee Sustainable & local community charity Lee Greens. On the Sustainability Stands we were voting for our hedgehog mascot, getting students and staff to make a pledge and detailing our activities and what it means to be sustainable at Greenwich.

On the Tuesday at Avery Hill, Crafty Wizards Nursery visited our Edible Garden for a lesson with Sophie Elliot, our Student Hedgehog Friendly Campus Champion.  They learnt about what makes a hedgehog so special and crafted their own spikey friends natural items found in the garden.

Transport wise, we reintroduced our free Dr Bike sessions to fix and service bikes, with a really good turnout.

Take a look at what the Green Fair exhibitors had to say on the day.

  • Our Vice-Chancellor making her pledge
  • The Sustainability Team
  • Our GSU Office Anuj Making a Pledge
  • The Sustainability Team & SU
  • Staff Making a Pledge
  • Stand at Stockwell Street Library
  • Student Making a Pledge
  • Student Making a Pledge
Green Fair Exhibitors
Greenweek 2021

Green Week 2021

Held between the 1-5 November, and with coronavirus restrictions easing, Greenweek 2021 saw both online and in person activities:

  • Our catering outlets launched Meat-free Monday, which is a legacy of the week, and we formed a partnership with SU-EATABLE, an organisation aimed at calculating the carbon footprints of meals to inform and encourage positive change.
  • 50 people visited the Student Switch Off stand within Stockwell Street library to learn more about energy consumption and tips to save.
  • Circular Textiles (a group of students) held a clothes swap in Dreadnought.
  • Planet Mark held an online energiser to create positive vibes in both staff and students around topics of sustainability and climate change.
  • The Students’ Union held a variety of in person talks and shared tips on social media gaining 100’s of views and interactions.
  • 425 responses were received in the now annual Sustainability Survey – beating the 375 received in 2020!
  • The week coincided with COP26, the global summit aimed at tackling the impacts of climate change.
  • A sold out TEDx Talk took place at Bathway Theatre, and included talks from Professor Olga Martin-Ortega, expert in business and human rights,

Green Week 2020

Held between the 23-27 November, unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic impacted heavily on Green Week 2020. However, that didn’t put a stop to the enthusiasm or discussion, the events just shifted to being virtual instead! These events included:

  • More than 120 people joined the Vice-Chancellor (Jane Harrington) as she discussed her view on sustainability and the importance of its education within our teaching.
  • We launched the first Greenwich Sustainability Survey (now an annual tradition) to gauge how students and staff felt about how the University was reducing its environmental impact, and what could improve. Over 370 responses were received in this inaugural survey!
  • Webinars discussing how sustainability can interact with our eating habits, the role of faith and exploring the challenges faced when trying to be sustainable with a disability.
  • Involvement from the ModelUN and Politics Societies running debates around ecocide and climate change emergency commitments.
  • Eco-Team, the student and staff network held online quizzes and talks with external speakers on divestment and other hot climate topics.
  • With support from the SU, we refreshed the Green Week branding, ready for future years of engagement.

Green Week 2019

Held between the 11-15 November, Green Week 2019 had a bumper load of stalls, talks and student involvement:

  • Green Week 2019
  • The Dome Cafe, launched their partnership with Too Good To Go.
  • Dr Bike sessions to fix bicycles for free.
  • Film nights, watching documentaries including Before the Flood and The True Cost.
  • Fem Soc promoting sustainable period protection, with ecocide debates ran by ModelUN Soc.
  • Amnesty Soc Clothes Shwop, allowing students to swap clothes for marbles.
  • Waste awareness with our contractors featuring VR and quizzes.
  • Student Switch Off promotions and quizzes for Ben & Jerry’s!
  • Big news came from our Pilkington Cafe in Medway, that went Disposable Cup Free.

Green Week 2018

Two for the price of one in 2018, two Green Week’s took place; the first between March 19-23 and the other November 12-16. Student involvement lead to talks, activities, stands and one successful pilot in March, steaming to further success in November; The Reuse Race. Other events and activities included:

  • Sustainability Policy & Strategy Consultation, attended by students and staff to discuss what the future may hold.
  • Disposable free days, promoting the use of reusable items including the coffee cup!
  • Dr Bike sessions to fix bicycles for free.
  • Film nights, watching documentaries including A Plastic Ocean.
  • Bargain Corner promotions, the Medway Chaplaincy store providing essentials for students in need.
  • Waste awareness with our contractors featuring VR and quizzes.
  • Talks around plastic pollution, employability in sustainability and learning about the sustainable development goals.

Green Week has been at the University since 2011! From beekeeping showcases, to clothes swapping and the power of pedals, it has all been seen throughout the years. We are always looking for new ways to engage and encourage positive, what will you see when you next attend? Remember to check out your portal, social media and our main website to keep track of the week and all our events!

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