University of Worcester students have hosted a week of themed activities to inspire people to adapt more sustainable living habits.

The annual Go Green Week, which is organised collaboratively by students, staff, Worcester Students’ Union, and several external organisations, features a range of in-person and online events to boost awareness of sustainable living practices.

The week was packed with a mix of events, both physical and digital, that were accessible to students, staff, and the community.


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A few of these included a Repair Café that gives people the chance to mend items before they reach landfill, birdwatching walks around the campus, community litter picks, and a workshop on making terrariums.

Stalls run by the students offered visitors not only a chance to learn how to create bug hotels and bird feeders, but also how to prepare affordable nutritious recipes, and waste less.

As part of this, they also shared information on sustainable food production, re-used everyday items, and gave away free plants.

Teams from Worcestershire County Council's Let's Waste Less initiative and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, among other external companies, also shared their expertise during the week.

Oldbury Park Primary School students joined in some of the activities too, while the online workshops covered topics ranging from sustainability in prospective careers, a carbon literacy taster session, and a workshop on climate justice, decolonising, and decarbonising.

Sam Rogers, a first-year environmental management and sustainability student at the university, said: "It is important for the university to hold events like this as it can set the example for the community as well as influence the actions of people on campus to try and become more sustainable."

Katy Boom, the university’s director of sustainability, said: "This success is a testament to the collective effort and dedication to building a more sustainable future for our university and the wider community."

The university was named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the Green Gown Awards for UK and Ireland in 2019, and has been recognised internationally.

It was also recently awarded first class honours in the 2023/24 People & Planet's University League, marking the 14th consecutive year of achieving the honour.