COP26 activities and events at the university

COP26 starts in Glasgow on Monday 1 November for two weeks. Global leaders will come together to act on climate change and commit to new carbon reduction targets to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees. The message of the United Nations conference is clear: We must act now, and act together. Find out more about the goals of COP26.

The university has reinforced its dedication to tackling climate change ahead of COP26, with commitments to reduce emissions, improve environmental sustainability and support Nottingham’s aims to be a net zero carbon city. But we need your help in achieving these ambitions. Read more in the blog by Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability: COP26: bats, buildings and our climate pledge.

Throughout COP26 we are highlighting how our staff and students can get involved and make a difference. There are events, activities and opportunities to take part in, starting Friday 29 October with a Low-waste Living Workshop. We're be focussing on key themes which underpin the goals of COP26 and reaching net zero.

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University events during COP26 and beyond
Get involved

Calculate your environmental footprint. You may be surprised which areas of your life have the biggest environmental impact. And what’s more there might be some easy things you can do to make a change and make a difference.

Read our sustainable living guide. To help, we’ve pulled together this handy guide to get you started with what you can do to take action to live more sustainably every day.

Log the changes you make on Green Rewards. Doing so could earn you prizes and donations to charity. Throughout November you’ll also be able to find out more about COP26 and make your own sustainable pledge.

Join the COP26 Global Day for Climate Action on Saturday 6 November. Nottingham is joining cities across the world in taking to the streets for climate justice. Make your voice heard and march for climate action.

Read our blog to find out more about why these actions are so important and how we can all take action for the climate.


19 November 

Clothes swap hosted by the student Sustainability Society and Dopple. More details to follow.

Cutting Carbon

COP26 & Carbon Workshop, how can we cut our carbon emissions at the university?

Tuesday 9 November, 12pm – 1pm

To meet the challenge of the climate crisis we need to reduce our contribution to the problem by lowering our carbon emissions. The university has a target to do this by 63% by 2030. It’s going to require policy changes, behaviour change and investment in our infrastructure.

We are going to need to the help of everyone to get there.

Staff are invited to learn more about the challenges, issues and opportunities we face to be able to cut carbon and save energy. Share your thoughts and ideas with us during this online workshop.

Register here.


Go! Switch Off

From 22 November

Join in with our energy saving campaign go! Switch Off. Wherever you live, work or study you’ll be able to take part in activities to help you save energy, save water and to recycle better.

For students in university catered halls there will be a competition and a prize for the hall that performs the best over a two-week period. We’re currently recruiting halls residents to become go! switch off champions.

Find out more

Sustainable travel

How to Travel to the University Sustainably

Thursday 11 November 10am – 2pm

Visit the quad outside George Green Library on University Park to find out how easy it is travel to the university sustainably with Sustrans and Wind. Learn about safe cycling through the winter and pick up some freebies. You’ll also be able to get your bike serviced for free, no booking needed, with our regular Dr Bike mechanics from Nottingham Bikeworks.

Open to all staff and students.


Dr Bike Events

Throughout November

To encourage cycling to campus, the university offers a free Dr Bike maintenance service. Sessions take place at each campus every month and you can find out more and book onto the November sessions here.


The University Getaway: A Sustainable Tourism Space

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 November 11am – 4pm

A holiday without leaving campus? Come visit the university getaway! This is a place to relax, recharge, and explore ways that tourists can help to make tourism more sustainable. It is a place to share ideas and gain knowledge. Visitors will become more sustainable tourists themselves, taking only photos (at our selfie stations!), and leaving only footprints (on our departure board!).

Everyone welcome. Drop in to A26 Business School South Building, Jubilee Campus.

This event is part of the Festival of Scoial Sciences.

Find out more


Researchers from the university will be attending COP26 and are sharing blogs, podcasts and insights into their climate change work. You can find these on our COP26 web pages, and can follow the campaign on social media, including Twitter (@UoNresearch and @UoN_Institute).

Leading the charge Landscape

Posted on Wednesday 27th October 2021

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD