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Sustainability Action Week

Join us for a dedicated week of activities and events in partnership with NTSU, University of Nottingham, UoNSU and Nottingham City Council. Running from 1-7 March we’ll share advice and guidance for sustainable living and how to make positive change.

In partnership, Nottingham Trent University, NTSU, University of Nottingham, UoNSU and Nottingham City Council are bringing together sustainability expertise from across Nottingham to run a week of events to raise awareness about environmental and social issues.

Both universities are leading the way in sustainability, ranked in the top five of the most sustainable universities in the world 2020 and will play an important role in supporting Nottingham’s commitment to become the first carbon-neutral city in the country by 2028.

We encourage staff and students to take part in this dedicated week of activities, where we’ll share advice and guidance for sustainable living. Highlights of the week include Nottingham Sustainability Action Panel Discussion and Workshop, Low Waste Living Workshop and Telling the story of NTU's Peregrine Falcons.

Check out this poster or the timetable below for details on the activities happening throughout the week.

Sustainability action week timetable


Monday 1 March 2021

Nottingham's Sustainability Action Week

Join in on the action as we aim to collectively achieve 2,021 actions across the week!

We’ve pulled together this handy guide to get you started with what you can do to take action to ‘Embrace Sustainability’ and address climate change.

Whether you’re at home, on campus, taking part as an individual or as part of a group, there’s something for everyone. Check out the list of suggested activities and get stuck in! Don’t forget to log your actions on Green Rewards.

We’ll also be sharing hints, tips, and guidance on reducing your environmental impacts across the week on our social channels:

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Low Waste Living – Is it Possible and How Can We Do It?

2 pm – 3.30 pm

Join us for a discussion and workshop on Low Waste Living. This is open to staff and students at NTU and the University of Nottingham, but registration is required, please register here.

This session will cover:

  • why it is important to reduce waste
  • what happens to waste once it leaves the University and the key issues preventing better resource recovery
  • some practical low waste living swaps we can make in our everyday lives

This event has been collaboratively put together by the NTU Vegetarian and Vegan Society, along with the University of Nottingham Veg Society, the University of Nottingham Students' Union, the NTU and the University of Nottingham Sustainability Teams, and Enva, the waste contractor for both Universities.

Find out more and book a place

University of Nottingham Launch of Green Rewards

11 am - 11.45am

UoN are launching Green Rewards sustainability platform to show that your sustainable choices matter. The online platform and mobile app will show you what actions you can take and what impact they have – in return you’ll earn Green Points and the chance to win vouchers for yourself and charity donations for your team. More information.

The launch webinar will show you how the platform works and give you a chance to put questions to our Sustainability Team. Sign up to the launch, join Green Rewards and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a zero-waste kit worth £30!

All staff and students at NTU and UoN  can get involved, sign up for the webinar below.

Register here.

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nottingham Sustainability Action Panel Discussion and Workshop: Harnessing the power of our individual and collective actions

2 pm – Panel Discussion

3 pm – Workshop

Join the carbon conversation! This collaborative between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham and representatives from both students’ unions around addressing the global challenge of climate change and what we, as institutions, plan to do reduce carbon emissions.

Immediately following the panel discussion, we will be hosting workshops where participants can share ideas and explore pathways to carbon neutrality through individual and collective action.

Please complete the registration form to reserve your place. A link for joining the virtual session will be sent to you prior to the event.

Thursday 4 March 2021

Telling the story of NTU's Peregrine Falcons: The trials and tribulations of managing public engagement with the Newton Peregrine nest cam

2 pm

It’s been nearly 20 years since a pair of Peregrine Falcons naturally chose the ledge of Newton Building as their nesting location. In 2012, the NTU Falcon Cam was launched in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust allowing millions of people around the world to view the falcons.

Join us as we reflect on the Peregrine journey thus far, with special guest, Erin McDaid, Head of Communications with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who will give an insight into the high and lows experienced during a decade of handling publicity and social media engagement linked to the peregrine nest perched high on the Newton Building.

This event is open to NTU staff and students. Please complete the registration form to reserve your place.

A link for joining the virtual session will be sent to you prior to the event.

How to have a sustainable diet

The need to start consuming more sustainable food and drinks is imperative if we want a more sustainable food secure future. Adopting a more sustainable diet as part of a shift in lifestyle choices is seen as one solution in tackling the global challenge of climate change.

Hannah Ford from the University of Nottingham’s Sensory and Consumer Sciences department will be sharing an insight into research to understand consumer behaviour regarding sustainability in the food and beverage section.

You can also be part of that research by taking part in the online sustainable dietary survey. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you can opt into a prize draw where 4 lucky winners will receive a £50 Amazon voucher!

Friday 5 March 2021

Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop

11 am to 12 pm

Join us for this interactive session to explore ways of incorporating sustainability in meaningful ways into the curriculum.

This event is hosted by TILTOnline (The Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching) and the NTU Green Academy and is open to all NTU and University of Nottingham staff and students.

The session will be held virtually over teams, no need to book, just click on this session link to join the session on the day.

Share your thoughts about ways to embed sustainability into the curriculum.

Carbon Literacy Training, Session 1 to 4

10 am to 12 pm

Learn about high-impact solutions to reduce your carbon footprint, develop your systems thinking and work with like-minded people to co-create your own action plan. Here’s what NTU students have told us after completing the full Carbon Literacy Training (CLT):

Book your place now

A Sustainable future at UoN

UoN is committed to their University being truly sustainable. They are already doing a lot, but now’s the time to really step it up. So, they're launching a new campaign to bring together everything sustainability and encourage and support staff and students alike to be more sustainable at the University.

Whether you’re a student or a member of staff you can make a difference. Even the smallest actions add up to big impacts. Every sustainable change we make takes us closer to our goal, and change is possible when we all work together.

So let's go.

Join UoN across their social channels on 5 March when our campaign launches. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Happening All Week
  1. Take Action: Check out this list of suggestions for what you do as an individual or a team to take action against climate change!
  2. Sign up to Green Rewards: NTU Green Rewards or University of Nottingham Green Rewards and start earning points for your positive actions!
  3. Reducing carbon at home! Check out this handy guide for top tips to cut your carbon emissions where you live!
  4. Educate yourself on Sustainability: complete the free, online Sustainability in Practice module designed to enhance your employability and sustainability literacy in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Choose a theme of clothing, energy or food and find out how it links to your own discipline.