18 Feb 2019
Ethics and Environmental Fortnight gets underway today
Over the next two weeks (18 February – 3 March), the Students' Union's Ethics and Environmental Committee will be hosting a range of activities for students and staff to get involved in.
In partnership with the University’s Sustainability Team, the group will be running themes for each day, such as transport, recycling and energy, where you can learn more about how you can be environmentally friendly in your day-to-day life.
Sonja Peacock, Environmental Management Assistant at the University, said: “The Sustainability Team have been working closely with LSU to provide a host of exciting environmental and ethical events over the next two weeks, ranging from advice on how to reduce food waste while sipping free smoothies, or diving into bins to explore how we can improve our halls’ waste and recycling over Grime Scene Investigation Day.”
See below for more information on some of the events taking place throughout the two weeks.
Happy Mondays will be running a special session in Cognito’s, showing students how to upcycle old clothes into cushions. More information and booking is available online here.
There will also be a vintage clothes bus selling a range of clothes and accessories in the Shirley Pearce Square from 10am-4pm.
This day will see the second Grime Scene Investigation take place outside the Students’ Union. Last semester, waste from 16 halls were audited as part of Loughborough Sustainability’s Green League to identify where students were going wrong with identifying what is classified as general waste and what can actually be recycled.
FREEC reps and Action volunteers will be helping once again on Wednesday from 10am-4pm to see if halls have improved, and Leicestershire County Council and the University’s waste contractor, Enva, will also be there on the day to speak to.
Between 10:30am-4pm, race against your friends on the Scalextric track for the chance to win a Kinch bus pass, which will be based in Room 1.
Staff and students can also learn more about sustainable travel options with Loughborough’s Sustainability Team, and bring their bike to Uni Cycle’s Dr Bike sessions for free check-ups and quick bike fixes
Head down to the Students’ Union between 10am-4pm to find out more about how you can save energy and water - they’ll also be games to get involved in and some freebies to take home too!
Need a break from studying? Head to the Library, where the team and Leicestershire County Council will have the smoothie bike station available between 10am-1pm. As part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, there’ll also be some handy resources and recipes available.
Come down to Martin Hall between 10am-12pm, and the SU between 12-4pm for Loughborough Cup Day, where the Sustainability Team will be offering their renowned cup stacking game and a chance to win rCups and Loughborough Cups. Their mascot, Cupbert, will also be floating around giving some advice on recycling disposable cups correctly.
Students will be litter picking across campus from 10:30am-11:30am, and then staff and students from across the University will gather for a flag-raising ceremony between the Hazlerigg and Rutland buildings to celebrate the Green Flag Award Loughborough was presented with last year.
All are welcome to attend this presentation, which will commence at 11:30am, and include guests such as the Vice Chancellor and the Mayor of Loughborough.
Naomi Howlett, Loughborough Students' Union Ethics and Environmental Development Officer, said: “During Ethics and Environment Fortnight, we are highlighting ethical and environmental issues that face our planet, educating students on environmental issues and ethical dilemmas and engaging students in practical ways to reduce their impact.
“Our belief is that if we can educate our students, they will be shining beacons in the world once they enter the workplace, trailblazing the way for others. We are all super excited for the next two weeks and hope to see you all come along to our events.”
Sonja added: “We’ve lots to offer, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming information and we hope to see you there!”