Go Green Week is launching today (Friday, 7 February) with the first event in a weeklong exploration of sustainability.
‘The Blackout’ event has been planned to demonstrate how much energy can be saved by switching off all non-essential equipment after work hours. Staff and student volunteers can get involved by helping with the switch off and measuring the difference using the University Energy Dashboard.
The main week’s schedule of activities, starting on Monday, 10 February, will include:
|Monday 10 February||Keen cyclists at Carnatic and Greenbank Halls can join in with the ‘cycle bus’ leaving from Carnatic Hall at 8:00am and Greenbank Halls at 8:10am.|
|The ‘cycle bus’ will end on campus, where all students and staff will get a free breakfast at the National Oceanography Centre on Brownlow Street.|
|A guided lunchtime bike ride with a bike mechanic on hand to offer free maintenance checks is also taking place on Monday.|
|University campus and Liverpool City tours with history guru Arthur Garnett.|
|Tuesday 11 February||Free tours of the University Energy Centre which holds the award-winning Combined Heat and Energy Power plant are taking place on Tuesday, 11 February.|
|Snap It Off competition – a photography challenge where students and staff can win prizes for the best images taken to raise awareness of possible energy wastage on campus.|
|Lunchtime seminar with Martyn Lowe on ‘Local and International Green Issues’, with particular reference to Martyn’s research on nuclear energy and waste, being held in the Wolfson Meeting Room, Harold Cohen Library, 12-1pm.|
|Wednesday 12 February||Make your mid-week mantra reduce, reuse, recycle with the Trash into Treasure Up-cycling Workshop where you can turn old furniture into new and attractive products – drop in anytime between 11:30am-2:00pm to join in the activities.|
|The Guild Roof Garden will also be open to staff and students to visit anytime between 2:30-4:30pm, where you can learn about giving nature a home with Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) and make a bird or bug box with the materials provided.|
|Waste recycling audits and Swap Shop collections will also be taking place mid-week with Greenbank, Carnatic and Vine Court Halls all hosting collections points for unwanted clothing and items that can be donated as part of the Leave Liverpool Tidy project.|
|Thursday 13 February||*The much-loved farmers market returns to University Square on Thursday with a special Go Green Week theme. Visitors can pick up green freebies and tasty local food.|
|*The market will also host the launch of the Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) water campaign – a project which is hoping to reduce the use of bottled water and introduce more water fountains across campus.|
|*Go Green stalls at the Market will also be showcasing some of the student-led sustainability projects currently underway.|
|Join LGoS Islamic Society for their ‘Food for Thought’ panel discussions with talks from: Dr. John Boyle, (School of Environmental Sciences), Dawud Wyn Price, (Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science), Shabina Raja, (MADE in Europe), and Leigh-Angel Bevan, Guild Student Representative Officer. This talk show event will take place in the International Lounge, Guild (Reilly Building) from 6:30pm.|
|Friday 14 February||Finish off the week with the ‘Love Your Planet Valentines Festival’ on 14 February, which runs from 7pm – 11pm and includes free food and completely pedal-powered entertainment from BandSoc and BodySoc.|
* Please note, the Farmers Market has had to be cancelled as a result of bad weather.