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25 Feb 2015

Be inspired with Loughborough University’s first-ever Environment and Ethics Week

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The importance of ‘green thinking’ to help make a positive difference to communities around the world will come under the spotlight during Loughborough University’s Environment and Ethics Week.

Running from Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March, the week will offer staff, students and the public the opportunity to participate in a variety of sustainability-themed activities and events.

A Fairtrade sugar producer will reveal his first-hand experience of the difference Fairtrade makes to everyday lives in Malawi. Taking place on Monday 2 March at 12.45pm in the Brockington building (chaplaincy), the talk will include a short film, question and answer session and refreshments will be available. And at midday there will also be a guided Fruit Routes walk around the campus, meeting at the Pilkington Library.

On Tuesday 3 March, the Fantastic Home mobile exhibition will be set up outside the Edward Herbert building from 10am to 3pm, showcasing interactive energy efficient technology and techniques. Examples include a carbon countdown game for the children and a thermal imaging camera to demonstrate heat loss. Expert staff will also be on hand to answer questions and give advice on how to switch fuel tariffs.

Meanwhile, Green Party Deputy Leader for England and Wales Amelia Womack, a member of the Young Greens’ 30 Under 30 programme, will lead a talk titled ‘Another future is possible’ on the same day at 7pm in St Peter’s Community Centre, Storer Road. She will reveal her vision for a political system which works for the benefit of all.

A highlight of the week will be an Environment and Ethics Week Fair running from 11am-3pm on Wednesday 4 March at Loughborough Students’ Union. And on Thursday 5 March at 12.30pm, Loughborough graduate and local Green Party candidate Matt Sisson, will lead a seminar on his first book ‘The Astronaut, the Cake, and Tomorrow’ which explores environmental challenges and the economy. This will be followed at 6.30pm with a screening of 'Project Wild Thing' at the Cope Auditorium, a film by David Bond where he attempts to get his family away from the television and tablet, and back to nature.

For those who enjoy a ramble, there will be a guided woodland walk to end the week on Friday 6 March, meeting at 12pm at the Holywell bus stop. Guided campus walks are a great way of seeing not only what the university has to offer, but also to chat with the university’s sustainability team.

Jo Shields, sustainability manager at Loughborough University, said: “There’s so much to see and do at Loughborough University during Environment and Ethics Week as we look to raise awareness of environmental, social and economic issues. From free film screenings to talks and interactive stands, there’s something for everyone of all ages, including a fun ‘Trashion Show’ put together by the students.”

Environment and Ethics Week is a collaborative event between Loughborough Students’ Union and the university’s sustainability team.

For a full listing of all events taking place during the week or to book a free place on a public talk or seminar click here.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: February News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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