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Nottingham’s universities lead climate action discussion as part of Sustainability Action Week

Nottingham’s two universities will bring their world-leading sustainability expertise together with partners across Nottingham to run Sustainability Action Week – raising awareness and sharing guidance on sustainable living and how to make positive change.

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Sustainability Action Week 2022
Sustainability Action Week 2022 logo

A Universities for Nottingham initiative - Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and University of Nottingham (UoN) will host a series of events from 28 Feb-6 March in partnership with the universities’ student unions and Nottingham City Council.

Activities will focus on how everyone can play a role in supporting Nottingham’s commitment to become the first carbon-neutral city in the country by 2028.

The flagship event of the week is the Nottingham Sustainability Action Panel Discussion and Workshop - a collaborative discussion addressing the impacts of COP26 to Nottingham's own climate goals, and what we, as institutions, plan to do reduce carbon emissions.

Following the panel discussion, workshops will take place where participants can share ideas and explore pathways to carbon neutrality through individual and collective action.

Other highlights of the week include a talk from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on volunteering opportunities, an interactive workshop on Eco-Anxiety and spring sowing at the NTU Clifton allotment.

Among the events being held across the University of Nottingham’s campuses, will be a Sustainability Fair on Tuesday 1 March, which will offer the chance to find out more about the action we can all take to reduce energy, waste and carbon emissions, pick up some freebies and see the university’s solar powered racing car.

Both universities are already leading the way in terms of taking positive action through the use of the Green Rewards Programme, which, due to its success was recently adopted by all the local authorities throughout Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Through the Green Rewards App, users log their sustainability actions, which collectively across the City and County has already saved over half a million kilograms of avoided carbon emissions.

Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University said: “Our two universities are in the top five most sustainable universities in the world and the City Council has an ambitious carbon-neutral by 2028 target which is UK leading. However, there’s much more that we need to do together and individually.

“There’s a lot of expertise on our doorstep, and much we can learn to help reduce our impact on the environment, we all have a responsibility to act on the climate emergency that we are in, that’s us as a large University and also us as individuals. We’re hopeful that our Sustainability Action Week will go some way to help raise awareness and encourage that action, no matter how small.”

Andy Nolan, Development and Sustainability Director at the University of Nottingham said: “The newly updated Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement reflects that it is better to do things together wherever we can to make a bigger impact. I am delighted we’re not only making a commitment but that we are actually delivering things, like Green Rewards, that can involve everyone. Whilst we are avid champions for these issues within our own organisations, it is our partnership working on these issues which will really help us to deliver the step change we want to see for Nottingham.”

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    NTU was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards). It was the University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is one of the UK’s largest universities, with over 33,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 4,000 and an NTU community representing around 160 countries.

    In the past 15 years, NTU has invested £450 million in tools, technology and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2019 UCAS UG acceptance data) It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is 4th globally (and 3rd in the UK) for sustainability in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

    About Universities for Nottingham

    The Universities for Nottingham initiative is a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and wider signatory organisations, working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As part of the response to the challenges we collectively face, we have announced a refreshed Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement with our partners, setting out our joint plans for the future.

    Find out more at #UnisForNottingham

Nottingham’s universities lead climate action discussion as part of Sustainability Action Week

Published on 21 February 2022
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