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University stages first Sustainability Week

12 Tachwedd 2009

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Cardiff University is staging its first Sustainability Week with a programme of special events, web pages, and initiatives running from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November.

Offering the chance for staff and students to celebrate the University’s achievements in driving the sustainability agenda across its research, teaching and operations, it will also be an opportunity for the University community to get involved and work together to support the University’s ambition of becoming a more sustainable University.

There will be a range of activities throughout the week to inspire staff and students to take small steps towards becoming more sustainable at work and at home.

The week begins with eminent writer, broadcaster and environmentalist Jonathan Porritt, who is delivering this year’s Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Monday 16 November on what it means to live in a low carbon economy.

Other key events during the week include a special Students In Free Enterprise event on Tuesday 17 November.

On Wednesday 18 November, the Sustainability Debate promises to be a lively and engaging question-time style discussion at which political figures, students and academics will debate whether we can eat our way sustainability.

On Thursday 19 November, leading Welsh poet and environmental campaigner Rob Minhinnick will reveal his views on how culture does have a role to play in sustainability. Also attracting academic commentators, staff and students will have the chance to come along and give their own opinions on the subject.

Other highlights of the week include:

  • Post a Pledge, through which staff and students will be asked to pledge to make at least one change, large or small in their daily routines to live or work more sustainably.
  • Your Sustainable Idea, an online initiative offering the chance for people to come forward with innovative, workable and cost-effective ways the University could become more sustainable.
  • A Detox Box for staff and students to consign unsustainable items or activities to history, never to be used again.

With the Students’ Union backing Sustainability Week, the University has partnered with them to stage some of the events and initiatives, including the chance to go along and have your eco-footprint measured. Staff and students also have the chance to attend a screening of the hit movie, Yes Men Fix the World, which has been described as "hilarious, therapeutic, and inspiring".

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement said: "The University has come a long way in becoming more sustainable, but we recognise we still have a way to go.

"The University is also on the cusp of developing a University-wide strategy and action plan to reflect the current and future sustainable development agenda which will further embed sustainability across the University’s research, teaching and operations. Sustainability Week is designed to inspire the whole University community to work with us in becoming more sustainable, and shine the spotlight on how the University’s world-leading research and public engagement work is helping to drive the agenda on in Wales and beyond.

"I hope everyone finds something they can get involved with – it will be the small changes made by everyone which will have a big impact in securing a sustainable future."

For more information on what’s on during Sustainability Week, to book your place at any of the events, or to Post A Pledge, send Your Sustainable Idea or use the Detox Box, visit .