Sustainability Action Week is back in 2024, 18-22 March!

Join us for a dedicated week of activities and events highlighting environmental and social issues and action at UoN. There is something for everyone across our UK campuses, from wellbeing walks to nature talks.

This year we are excited to be joining forces with the Department for Music and the BBC Concert Orchestra with performances of 'Wild Isles' and student compositions on 20 and 21 March.

Organise your own event

Further events during the week are being confirmed, but get in touch if you have an idea or would like to run an event or activity in your area.

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Find out what we have planned so far below. 

Further details of other events will be released in the coming weeks. Stay up to date by subscribing to the university’s Sustainability Newsletter

Lakeside listening posts - from 1 March

Can a buttercup be a musical instrument? Can a spider’s web be a source of poetic inspiration?

The Lakeside Listening posts at Highfields Park have been taken over by two university researchers, Dr Duncan Macleod and Dr Lila Matsumoto. Duncan’s research looks at how the nature around us can inspire and even create pieces of music, while Lila’s research focuses on eco-poetry. Eco-poetry is creative writing which raises awareness of the environment and ecological crises.

Take a wander around the lake at Highfields and listen to the poetry and the music composed and performed by Lila and Duncan for you and for Sustainability Action Week 2024. 


Monday 18 March

Dr Bike at Sutton Bonington

10am-12pm Outside the Hive Cafe

Dr Bike is an on-site bike maintenance service. The Dr Bike mechanic will give cycles a thorough check and make any minor repairs such as changing brake blocks and tightening brakes. 

Book a place 


'Rewilding our campuses' Lunch and Learn Talk

12pm-12.30pm Online Microsoft Teams

Across the globe nature is in rapid decline as habitats are destroyed and polluted. The University of Nottingham is lucky to have one of the greenest campuses of any UK university with a rich variety of habitats and wildlife.

The university has pledged to become a Nature Positive University. This means we are committed to understanding the impacts of the university's activites on nature and setting targets to reverse this.

Find out more about how can we use our campuses to tackle the nature crisis and help the wildlife that lives here thrive and the part you can play. 

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Tuesday 19 March

Pro Bono Society Charity Book Sale

11am-3pm Hallward Library

Fiction and non-fiction books for sale from 50p. All proceeds going to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.


Wednesday 20 March

Sustainablity Fair at Humanities

10am-4pm Humanities Building Atrium

Visit the fair to find out about sustainability initatives at UoN,  brush up on your recycling knowledge and win some freebies with our eco Play Your Cards Right game!

All staff and students welcome. 


Wild Isles in Concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Sustainability Showcase

7.30pm Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall will host ‘Wild Isles in Concert’, a spectacular symphonic encounter with the wildlife of the British Isles as captured in Sir David Attenborough’s landmark series. With a cinema-size screen showing highlights from BBC One ‘Wild Isles’, expect breathtaking images as award-winning composer George Fenton conducts the full BBC Concert Orchestra in a live performance of the soundtrack music he composed for them.

Would you ever eat an insect? What can a talking deckchair teach us about climate change? How can we flood- and future-proof our cities?

These are some of the questions being answered as we take over the entire 6 floors of the foyer space at the Royal Concert Hall for a Sustainability Showcase, running from 6.30pm.

The foyers will be filled by research from across UoN and NTU with interactive displays and installations show the wide range of work happening at our university to address sustainability and climate change.

Experience cutting-edge research on materials, greenhouse gases and landscape protection measures, educational equipment such as talking deckchairs and boardgames, and think about what you can do to help protect our planet through even the most local actions, such as what plants can you grow at home.  


Thursday 21 March

Cycle fair at University Park

10am-2pm Quad outside George Green Library and Physics 

Nottingham Bikeworks will join Dr Bike with a refurbished bike sale. Fully serviced, second hand bikes are available for as little as £80 to help you travel to campus sustainably and save some money too. There will be free bike registering by Nottinghamshire Police and cycling freebies from university security.

Book on to Dr Bike in advance


Wellbeing walk

12.30pm-1pm, Meet outside Portland Coffee

Green spaces have been proven to have a positive impact on our mental health, reducing levels of anxiety, depression and fatigueTake some time out to explore our beautiful University Park campus. Visit some spaces you might not have been before and see what wildlife you can spot.

This walk will be around Highfields Lake to experience the special listening post installation for Sustainability Action Week.


BBC Concert Orchestra perform student compostitions

Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

Musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra will perform compositions by University of Nottingham students to films created by Nottingham Trent University students. The culmination of workshops with acclaimed filmmaker Alastair Fothergill and composer of BBC TV documentary ‘Wild Isles’, George Fenton, this is an opportunity to experience the next generation’s creative powers. 

Throughout the lobby spaces there will be stands and interactive exhibitions highlighting the incredible work of members of our university and those of NTU on environmental sustainability.

There is a performance at 7.30pm (sold out) and 8.45pm.

Free - Book now


Friday 22 March

 Events TBC


Careers in sustainability

A range of events are being planned throughout the week to highlight green jobs and help students prepare for future careers in sustainability. More information coming soon.


Sustainability Team

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