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Sustainability Action Week 2022

Join us for a dedicated week of activities and events in partnership with NTSU, University of Nottingham, UoNSU and Nottingham City Council. Running from 28 Feb-6 March we’ll share advice and guidance for sustainable living and how to make positive change.

Under the Universities for Nottingham Network, Nottingham Trent University, in partnership with 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 2021 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 a Nottingham Climate Action Panel, a talk from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on volunteering opportunities and an interactive workshop on Eco-Anxiety.

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

Use the Hashtag #NottsSAW22 to follow events and share your involvement.

Email with any queries.

Sustainability Action Week 2022


Monday 28 Feb 2022

Fairtrade and the Climate Crisis Workshop

12-1pm Online

The Climate Crisis workshop explores the impact of climate change upon farming practices for cocoa and coffee farmers. The sessions reviews how farmers are affected, the support that the Fairtrade foundation giving to mitigate the effects and will give insight into the tough choices that the farmers living in poverty have to face.

Fairtrade Coffee and Chat

3-4pm Brackenhurst Campus - Lyth Building Reception

Meet members of the Sustainability Society whilst enjoying some free Fairtrade refreshments. Also present will be a member of the Sustainability Team, and a representative from Enva, the university's waste contractor.  Any staff and students welcome, you can discuss all things sustainability with us or just come along to meet new people.

Sustainability @ NTU workshop

12pm-1pm Online

This training allows attendees to gain an understanding of sustainability at NTU, understand their responsibilities as staff members and find out ways they can get involved with sustainability projects and events. To attend this session, please get in touch with our Sustainability team on the email address

Tuesday 1 March 2022

NTSU Recyclable Clothes Fair

11am-5pm City SU-  The Level

Join NTSU and avoid fast fashion by giving a new home to clothes donated by fellow students/colleagues. Also present will be members of the Global Lounge, Sustainability Society and Sustainability Team to discuss alternatives to fast fashion and ethical ways to invest in clothing.

A small fee will applied to clothing items, money raised from the event will be donated through NTSU RAG to charities Trekstock and Women for Women International.

People Powered Nature Recovery - Notts Wildlife Trust Talk

3-4pm Live: City Campus - NEWLT1 Newton Building

In this talk, open to NTU students and staff, Erin McDaid (Head of Communications and Marketing) and Emma Sherburn (Youth Trustee) at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust discuss the charity’s response to the nature & climate crisis and commitment to mobilising people to take action locally. Erin and Emma will reflect on activities NTU and NWT have worked together on for wildlife and how communities can support create a wilder Nottinghamshire.

The talk will take place live at City Campus in NEWLT1 - Please use this registration form if you are attending the live event.

The talk will also be live streamed on this link

There will also be viewing party at Brackenhurst Campus in room in BRAMhTG2 - Bramley Building. The session will be facilitated and questions will be sent over live to the speaker. No registration required to attend the stream.

A copy of the talk will be available to view online after the event. Please email for access

Fashion Revolution: After Hours Shopping Event at Sue Ryder

6pm - 8pm: Sue Ryder store, Goose Gate, Nottingham

Join the Fashion Revolution Student Society for an amazing and exclusive event at Sue Ryder Nottingham! Fashion, drinks, and music, what more could you want?

This event will be an exclusive shopping experience where we will have an after hours shopping experience at Sue Ryder. You can bring your own drink (alcoholic or regular) and take advantage of an exclusive 25% off discount on everything (except handmade garments). There will be a raffle for 5 key pieces at the end of the evening so you can have a chance to win one of these items!

A free event - there are limited tickets available, Fashion Revolution had access to pre-sale tickets.

  • Register Here
  • Please only book a ticket if you can definitely come to the event due to limited capacity
  • The store have also asked all attendees to do a lateral flow test before the event and recommend wearing masks in the store if possible.

Wednesday 2 March 2022

Nottingham Climate Action Panel *POSTPONED UNTIL 24TH MARCH*

5:30-6:30pm Online

With Nottingham City Council's well publicised, ambitious plan for Nottingham to become the first city in the UK to achieve net zero carbon by 2028, the panel will discuss the progress of their own institutional targets towards Net Zero/Carbon neutrality with a focus on Scope 3 emissions.

The panel will also discuss their community engagement initiatives and explore ways to mobilise activism and climate positive behaviours within the community. Green Rewards, the online platform adopted by all three institutions, will be used as an example to evaluate community contributions.

The Universities for Nottingham network consists of representatives from Nottingham Trent University, The University of Nottingham, and Nottingham City Council. Representatives from each will be present on the panel.

Please complete the registration form to reserve your place.

Nottingham Climate Panel 22

Clifton Allotment - Spring Sowing

1-3pm Clifton Campus - Foodshare Allotment (Behind Peverell Reception)

Join us at our Foodshare allotment to enjoy some mindful time outside learning new skills. With spring blooming, help us to create wildflower seed bombs and sow herbs and spring produce.

No registration is required, just turn up on the day and we'll provide the equipment.  No experience necessary.

Sustainability in Laboratory Practice Workshop

2:30-3pm Online

An online workshop hosted by Biosciences academic Sheri Scott, to highlight the need for sustainability in laboratory practice.  Learning objectives include: gaining knowledge and skills which can be applied to research projects, professional development, employability and career advancement.

This workshop will be recorded and available after the event, please email for access.

Thursday 3 March 2022

The Great NTU Book Swap

12-2pm Brackenhurst, City, and Clifton

Join us at City, Clifton and Brackenhurst Campuses for a "The Great NTU Book Swap" World Book Day Book Exchange as part of the NTU Sustainability Action Week.  Come along with any books you wish to donate and/or pick up something new that you might like to try.  We'll be in at the following places between 12-2pm so just pop along to drop off or pick up a book:

  • Upper Coffee pod by the main entrance at Newton, City Campus
  • Main entrance (near security/reception desk) in the Pavilion, Clifton Campus
  • The Library at Brackenhurst Campus

We also have donation points at Mary-Ann Evans (Clifton), Maudslay Reception (City Campus) and Brackenhurst Library (Brackenhurst Campus) if you would like to drop off any books to exchange before the event.

Managing Eco- Anxiety Workshop

12-1pm Online

Eco-anxiety is the term used to describe a sense of fear or worry about climate change. Learn more about eco-anxiety and how to tackle it including tips on reducing stress and anxiousness, suggestions for practical actions, insights from research insight, ideas for creative expression plus a demonstration of embodied, nature-based wellbeing techniques using Tai Chi Qigong movements.


  • NTU Green Academy
  • UoN Estates Environment Team
  • NTU Student Wellbeing Officer Paul Dodsley
  • UoN researcher Neil Chadborn
  • NTU Student Sustainability Society
  • NTU Arts & Humanities lecturer Lisa Clughen

The Fairtrade Coffee Game

2:30-4pm City Campus - NTU Global Lounge

Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee, but do you know the various trades which take place on your coffee's journey from bean to cup?

Join the NTU Green Academy and NTU Global Lounge to play a game where you will flex your negotiation skills and learn about the global coffee supply chain.  The game will be followed by a discussion on Fairtrade. All students and staff welcome. This event is being run as part of Fairtrade Fortnight and the NTU Sustainability Action Week.

  • Link to register
  • (Registering helps us to gage numbers but do feel free to turn up on the day)

Inclusive Assessment Workshop

1-2pm Online

This interactive workshop supports colleagues to explore links between inclusive assessment practices and social and other sustainability goals.

Colleagues can register by joining the Learning and Teaching Development Teams space and clicking on the Register Here tab, or directly by clicking on this link: Register Here. Alternatively, they can email:

Friday 4 March 2022

Students as Changemakers Workshop

12-1pm Online

During Global Goals Teach-In Week we take a deep dive into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the 'Global Goals') and explore how these can be used within curriculum for students to understand and take action on some of the most complex challenges of our time such as ending poverty, creating peaceful institutions, planning sustainable cities, and halting or reversing climate change.

Workshop hosted by the NTU Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

Facilitators will be Helen Puntha, Leader of the NTU Green Academy and Megan De Ste Croix, Educational Developer in the NTU Centre for Academic Development and Quality (CADQ)

This session is part of the NTU Sustainability Action Week and Global Goals Teach-In Campaign.

Interactive Recycling Game

12-2pm City Campus- Newton Building,  Level 1 (opposite Coffee Spot)

Find our stall and test your knowledge with Enva, NTU's waste contractor, on what surprising materials can and can't be recycled. Prizes and sustainable freebies on offer for those who play along.

TILTSpotlight - How to Integrate Education for Sustainable Development into your Teaching

1:30-2:20pm Online

In this workshop, Alex Meredith (Psychology) will talk about approaches to teaching about sustainable behaviours, and introduce a toolkit that staff can use to help facilitate their teaching. The workshop will also explore interdisciplinary conceptualisations of sustainable behaviours, and introduce a new initiative to develop a University wide network to facilitate such understandings.

Workshop hosted by the NTU Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).


Cycling is Sustainable

Download the Moves+ app to take part in our NTU Sustainability Action Week Challenge!

We have a challenge for you to encourage cycling to wherever you need to get to this week! Either cycle to work or your campus the next 5 days, or an average of 3 miles per day. By logging your progress in the Moves app, you will be automatically entered in to our prize draw to win a Chilly's Water Bottle and NTU reusable Coffee Cup!

You can also upload a photo of your progress on Twitter, tagging @NTUEnvironment and @NTUPlayForFun using the Hashtag #NottsSAW22

  • Moves is an app which you sync to your health app or device which gains you points for any activity you do including walking, running, cycling or swimming. The points you earn can redeem rewards on offer such as Amazon gift vouchers, NTU hoodies or jumpers, coffees, Chilly’s bottles and many more things. There are also challenges which you can take part in that reward  points upon completion. We have giveaways for bigger prizes too like Amazon Echo dots, gift voucher giveaways and Apple Airpod’s (coming soon), to just name a few. Download the app by typing in “Moves +” into the app store and registering under NTU.
Happening All Week
  1. Sign up to Green Rewards: NTU Green Rewards or University of Nottingham Green Rewards and start earning points for your positive actions!
  2. 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.
  3. Fairtrade Fortnight, runs simultaneously from 21 Feb - 6 March. Check out ongoing events across the university and take our Fairtrade at NTU Survey