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Climate Action Summit - Wednesday 11 November 2020

Keen to learn more about sustainability and how we can make a positive impact? The Sustainable Development Team and the Nottingham Trent Students' Union are hosting this event to bring people together to learn more, share ideas and help shape NTU's plans for reducing our carbon footprint.

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The Sustainable Development Team and Nottingham Trent Students' Union are hosting this internal Virtual Climate Action Summit to bring people together to learn more, share ideas, network about ways we can Embrace Sustainability as individuals and as part of the NTU community. You’ll have an opportunity to share your views about which sustainability topics are most important to you, through virtual voting and posting of ideas. So, whether it’s air travel, switching to more plant-based diet, or finding ways to cut out single use plastic, we want to hear more about what matters most to you.

A series of topical workshops will allow for a deeper dive into topics such as plastics, upcycling and recycling where you’ll learn practical skills for addressing sustainability challenges now and in the future. We’re also super excited to have a session all about hedgehogs where you can learn more about how to protect this adorable creature, whose numbers are in decline across the UK.

You can take part in some, or all sessions, and you’ll be able to drop in and out of sessions throughout the day so that it fits your schedule.


11.00am to 11.30amEmbracing Sustainability in partnership with NTSU This session will provide an overview of sustainability at NTU and beyond, showcasing how the NTSU partners with NTU Sustainable Development team to achieve positive sustainability outcomes.
11.30am to 12.15pm

Climate Action Now for a Carbon Neutral Future

This workshop session will include a guided ideation session where we imagine a future ‘carbon neutral’ world and then we’ll work together to identify a roadmap for getting there through our individual and collective actions. You’ll get to hear from sustainability professionals and there will be an opportunity to weigh in through virtual voting and posting questions and comments.
12.15pm to 1.00pmLunch Break

Join the NTU Veg Society for a virtual cooking demonstration! Recognising that many people may now be self-isolating, Veg Soc are hosting a cook-a-long to give people some ideas on what to cook.

1.00pm to 1.45pmWorkshop Session 1 (Choose between Option A or B)

Workshop Session 1, Option A: Beyond the bottle: practical ways to get rid of single-use plastics

Learn more about the impacts of plastic and how we can reduce our dependence on single-use items. We’ll brainstorm ways we can go beyond our own behaviours to influence organisations, business and government to work toward eliminating single-use plastic for good!

Workshop Session 1, Option B: Introduction to Hedgehogs Webinar

Hedgehogs are massively under threat in the UK due to increased road deaths and shrinking habitats. This webinar will provide an overview about hedgehogs and how we can all play an active role in protecting this adorable creature.

2.00pm to 2.45pmWorkshop Session 2 (Choose between Option A or B)

Workshop Session 2, Option A: Emmanuel House X NTU: Fashion Education meets Textile Waste

Learn more about the circular design research project that brought together NTU students and Emmanuel House, a local charity supporting homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults in Nottingham.

Workshop Session 2, Option B: Recycling, what a load of rubbish!

Keen to know where our waste ends up? This workshop will provide a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how our waste is managed and will also highlight why it’s so important to get the right stuff in the right bin. Help us to find ways to improve recycling by brainstorming ideas and discussing best ways encourage everyone to recycle more.

3.00 pm to 3.30pmThis is where change begins! In this closing session you’ll get the chance to share your personal pledge and be inspired by like-minded students and staff. We’re all in this together, so let’s make it good! No pledge is too big or too small.

Registration for this event is required, you can register here. You will be emailed a link for attending the ‘virtual’ conference prior to the day.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Sustainable Development Team

Please note if you are looking for more info about Carbon Literacy Training please see information here.

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