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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.

2021 Green Week is back and live! 1-5 November

Here are some of the events we have planned as a programme developed in partnership between the university and Greenwich Students’ Union. Please return to this page regularly as more events will be added and updated. We look forwards to seeing you soon.

All week initiatives:

Reuse Race: Bring your reusable hot drink cup (or use a cafe mug) and receive a discount that grows when more and more people do the same. Details will be posted here soon. Dreadnought (Galley), Pembroke and Dome outlets.

University of Greenwich Litter Pick Challenge. Pick litter and win prizes! As part of our work with the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative we are inviting students and staff to litter pick on campus or in their communities. Prizes will be awarded for the most bags collected and the most unusual litter collected too. Email sustainability@gre.ac.uk with an image of what you have collected and let us know anything unusual you may have picked up.

Online Sustainability Survey: complete the survey to win prizes. Link will follow soon.

Leave your leaves: Write your thoughts and ideas about sustainability concerns and hopes on the sustainability tree located in Drill Hall Library Medway.

Jabed’s EcoTips: Greenwich Students’ Union Officer Jabed Jabed will be sharing a range of eco tips to help you live a greener life. Watch this space (literally).

Monday 1st November

  • Free Talk: “Trying to say no to unsustainable consumption and why it’s harder than you’d think & learn more about the IPCC Report” Student Hub Mezzanine, Medway, 3.00-4.00 pm. Hosted by GSU Officer, Jabed Jabed, speakers include Dr Claire Coote and Dr Conor Walsh, Q&A, free refreshments and prize quiz competition. Info & book here.
  • Launch of SU–EATABLE LIFE: a carbon labelling initiative carbon labelling for meals at Greenwich and Medway outlets. (Details will be posted here soon).
  • Meat Free Monday: All Greenwich and Medway outlets will take out meat from menus for the day. Choose instead a from a range of delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes.
  • Student Switch Off stall. Find out how you can save energy in halls and at home and in halls how you and your flat mates could win Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream by cutting your carbon! Stockwell Street Foyer, 11.00-3.00pm Greenwich Campus.

Tuesday 2nd November

Wednesday 3rd November

  • Speak Carbon: An Introduction to Carbon Literacy, 10.00-11.00 free online webinar, info and book here.
  • Green Oil: Green Business (from Dragons Den to Bicycle Industry Success). Talk at the Cooper Powerhouse, 12.00-1.00 pm, run by the Generator, Free to attend please find more information and book here.
  • Litter pick at Avery Hill Campus, meet 12.00pm at the Edible Garden (below below David Fussey Building. Gloves pickers etc provided. Please wear study/waterproof shoes.
  • Avery Hill Edible Garden Open Hour: Learn about the University Community Edible Garden (below David Fussey Building) and find out how you can volunteer. 12.30-1.30 pm.
  • Planet Mark Student Energiser: This free online interactive session aims to raise awareness about sustainability and help you feel empowered to take action. 2.00 pm via Teams – link here: us02web.zoom.us/j/84708088966

Thursday 4th November

  • Staff Green Champion Workshop: Staff interested in becoming Green Champions are invited to attend this session to provide input to help us design a new staff network, that works for you, your department and the planet. 1.00-2.00 pm via Teams. Use this link.
  • EcoTeam Greenwich 0-26 Dreadnought Building, (Opposite to Change Coffee) 4.00-5.00 pm free to attend. Eco-Team is a student staff network organising for climate justice! Come along and meet other climate activists at our re-launch this year. We will be talking about some of the current global issues facing our planet and reflecting on all that we’ve achieved last year. We also want to hear from you about what some of your ideas and plans are to make the world a better place! 
  • COP26: “Decarbonising the Bank of England’s monetary policy”  discussion on how the Bank of England can decarbonise its monetary policy under its new climate neutrality mandate. 17:30 – 19:30 pm, free online event, information here.

Friday 5th November

  • “Climate finance and COP-26“. Dr. Maria Nikolaidi, Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Greenwich. 11.30-12.30 pm. Dreadnought Building (GSU Boardroom). Ask for directions at GSU Reception in the Dreadnought Atrium. Q&A, free refreshments and prize quiz competition. The event will be hosted by GSU Officer Jabed.
  • Sustainability Activism with SOS UK. Grace Corn, Project manager & Teach The Future campaign manager will talk more about their work, how students can get involved in climate activism. Online 2.00-3.00 pm. Q&A and prize quiz competition. The event will be hosted by GSU Officer Jabed. Info & book here.
  • SOLD OUT: TEDx (University of Greenwich) including talk by Professor Olga Martin-Ortega, expert in business and human rights, at Bathway Theatre, Tickets and info here.

When is Green Week?

Green Week usually occurs in either the first or second semesters (November or March) and has done all the way back until 2011! The events are supported by the Sustainability Team, but lead by students, with student collaborations 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 Summaries Through 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!

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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