Get involved in Sustainability Week 2021

Join us for a dedicated week of activities and events from 1-7 March to raise awareness about environmental and social issues.

In partnership, University of Nottingham, UoN Student Union, Nottingham Trent University, NTU Student Union and Nottingham City Council are combining expertise to share advice and guidance for sustainable living and how to make positive change.

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 as part of Universities for Nottingham 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. Events are detailed below.

1 – 5 March 2021 is also Student Switch Off Week of Action! There will be competitions, an online self-study masterclass, volunteer training sessions and action planning to encourage, enable and empower you to take action on sustainability.  Find out more and get involved.

Highlights of the week:
Monday 1 March 

Welcome to Nottingham’s Sustainability Action 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.

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

We have an interactive padlet wall of individual pledges. Tell us how you plan to take sustainable action or make changes in your life.


Defining our priorities – Strategic Delivery Plan for Environmental Sustainability

As we head into a critical period for tackling global warming, the UoN Sustainability Committee will outline the key priorities the University will be delivering on over the coming years.

Learn more about some of the challenges we face and how we hope to overcome them, from reducing our carbon emissions to increasing biodiversity.

Tuesday 2 March

Get rewarded for your sustainable actions with Green Rewards

11.00am to 11.45am

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we want to make it easy (and rewarding!) for all University of Nottingham staff and students to take positive environmental actions.

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.

Our 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 the University of Nottingham can get involved, sign up for the webinar below.

Register here.


Low waste living – Is it possible and how can we do it? 

2.00pm to 3.30pm

Join us for a discussion and workshop on Low Waste Living. This is open to staff and students at UoN and NTU, 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 Universities 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 UoN Veg Society, the UoN Students' Union, the NTU and UoN Sustainability Teams, and Enva, the waste contractor for both Universities.

Find out more and book a place.

Wednesday 3 March

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

2pm: panel discussion      3pm: workshop

Join the carbon conversation! This collaborative between Nottingham City Council, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, 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

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 is exploring consumer behaviour regarding sustainability in the food and beverage section. Read her blog piece today on how to reduce food wastage.

You can also be part of her 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

A sustainable future at UoN

We’re committed to our University being truly sustainable. We’re already doing a lot, but now’s the time to really step it up. So, we'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 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 us across our social channels at 3pm on 5 March when our campaign launches.


Bike sale and Dr Bike event at University Park
10am to 2pm

Nottingham Bikeworks will be selling fully serviced, second hand bikes at George Green quad (near the Chemistry and Physics buildings). Bikes will be available from £60, including a range of frames and each bike comes with a minimum 30 day guarantee against any mechanical faults.

The event will coincide with a Dr. Bike maintenance service for University of Nottingham students and staff. Book your bike in for an MOT.


NTU Sustainability in the curriculum workshop

11am to 12pm

Join NTU 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 UoN 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 on the TILT padlet board.


Posted on Monday 15th February 2021

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD