How clean + green is our University?

Issue date: 17 October 2011

UWE Bristol celebrates Sustainability Week, Monday 17 to Friday 21 October

UWE Bristol has enlisted the help of the Natural Theatre Company who will dress up as 1950s housewives to promote litter recycling during Sustainability Week. Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, will be joining in the fun and putting on a 'pinny' to help drum home the message about the importance of using bins and recycling rubbish.

The 'Housewives' will highlight the campaign by UWE's Sustainability Team to encourage students and staff to use the right bin for the right rubbish.

The University has received national recognition for commitment to sustainability and green working practices and last year was awarded the Green Gown award.

Mark Webster, UWE Bristol's Sustainability Manager said, “Our recycling rate is going up, currently at 46% of all rubbish and we are investing in more recycling bins on campus. But we recognise that we could do better. Last year 35% of rubbish generated by the University that could have been recycled went to landfill, so we hope this fun campaign will encourage everyone to think twice before they chuck stuff in the wrong bin or create litter.”

This is just one of the events that will take place during a week jam packed with activities to highlight UWE Bristol's commitment to the sustainability agenda. This will include a Farmers' Market, a Smart Travel day, bulb planting, Great Bottled water challenge, Fair Trade stalls across all Campuses , the Bristol Cycle Hub repair stall and film screening of 'Just do it'.

Thursday 20 October is Smart Travel Day and a group organised by the Centre for Transport and Sustainability will travel to the University by different modes of transport to find out what is the best way to commute to work in an event called the 'Smart Travel Challenge'.

The week will close with an 'Ask the Experts' event at which staff can find out what UWE is doing and get tips on how to live and work sustainably. This will be chaired by Professor James Longhurst – Assistant Vice-Chancellor Environment and Sustainability, who will also update on developments on Education for Sustainable Development in the curricula at UWE Bristol.

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