Events and Campaigns
The Environment and Sustainability annual budget is used to implement sustainability projects and to raise awareness amongst both students and staff. This involves managing a variety of different projects, including staff / student engagement schemes such as Green Champions to participating in Green events. Our events are designed to get everyone thinking about energy, sustainability and carbon reduction. We also celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and are right behind the Fairtrade message, simple shopping choices enabling farmers to obtain better deals, allowing them to make their own decisions and control their own futures, leading a dignified life.
Along with this we also look to engage with other organisations. Take a look at the below link that was published in the Public Sector Sustainability Magazine.
The article is about how Wrexham Glyndŵr University and Wrexham County Borough Council are encouraging their employees to help reduce their energy consumption. Employee awareness campaigns are being launched across the main offices of both organisations. These campaigns will be based on office energy audits which will identify potential areas for reducing energy usage.
Upcoming Events and Campaigns across the University
Plastic Free Wrexham
Wrexham Glyndwr University and Wrexham Glyndwr Students Union have joined forces with Marc Jones, Wrexham Councillor and a group of dedicated individuals with the aim of acheiving the Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Community Status for Wrexham and have joined the 165 communities working towards it. The plan is to intergrate the Refuse, Reuse and Recycle custom in relation to single use plastics into the comunity. Take a look at the campain here - Plastic Free Wrexham
Read the latest news here
WGU are holding a clean-up of Crispin Lane on Tuesday, 27 March between 4-6pm. The road gets more than its share of rubbish and we want to give it a good spring clean.
A group of volunteers will provide spare litter pickers and bags to collect rubbish if you want to join us for an hour or two.
Both Wrexham AFC and Wrexham Glyndwr Students Union have expressed support and we hope to inspire WGU Green Champions and environmentally conscious people to get involved.
“Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great!” - Fred KentRead more on WGU waste here
Go Green and Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
The University actively participates in People & Planet’s, Go Green week. This year WGU have conbined Go Green with Fairtrade Fortnight. The purpose of the fortnight is to engage and encourage staff and students at the university to get involved with our green and Fairtrade issues. The timetable of events includes a whole range of exciting activities including a lunchtime bike ride lead by WGU VC Professor Maria Hinfelaar. The week is aimed at making sustainability and Fairtrade fun and accessible for all.Find out more News
Recycle with British Heart Foundation – Throughout 2017/18
WGU currently have BHF Recycling drop off points around our campuses. The aim is to encourage staff, students and visitors not to throw away their unwanted items in a bid to save the environment and with BHF, saving someone’s life.
So far Week 1-13 (1st April – 24th June 2017) WGU have donated £952.00 worth which is fantastic.
Dropping your clothes in a BHF collection bin means that they will be given a new life. Recycling your old items will not only prevent those greenhouse gases from being emitted, but also lessens the need for newly manufactured clothes, effectively cutting down on the environmental damage incurred in the textile manufacturing process.Find out more about recycling at WGU
National Walking Month - May 2018
For most of us, walking is as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and opening our front door. Yet it’s not always that easy. In 2018 WGU are getting involved and will be promoting walking throughout the university. Together we can create a nation where people from all generations walk and enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings whilst reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.Find more information on sport and exercise at WGU
Bike Week – June 2018
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and WGU will be showing how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.
Find out more about WGU's cycle hire scheme
Fairtrade Christmas Hamper Winner 2017
WGU, WgSU and Aramark collaberated in organising a Christmas Fairtrade Raffle. People who bought any Fairtrade product (excluding drinks) were given a raffle ticket which was entered into a prize draw to win a Christmas Fairtrade hamper. The raffle not only raised awareness for Fairtrade but throughout December sales of Fairtrade products rose across the university. Huge thanks to Lisa Jones (Member Pioner) from the Co op for the kind donations of Fairtrade products towards our hamper to promote Fairtrade products and the simple accessibility to purchase Fairtrade.
Pictured: Charlotte Kennemore picking up her Fairtrade hamper full of goodies.Read more about Fairtrade here
World Vegan Month – November 2017
WGU celebrated World Vegan Month by putting a vegan option on the menu every week. There were vegan recipes for staff and students to try at home and information on what it means to be vegan. The Vegan Society first began as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society in November 1944, when Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and friends felt the important need to distinguish the difference between not eating meat, and not eating any products from animals.Find out more about Sustainable food at WGU
Fresher’s Fair Sustainability and Fairtrade Network Recruitment – 27thSeptember 2017
WGU’s Fresher’s Fair 2017 was a fantastic day. The Sustainability and Fairtrade Network where there promoting the benefits of Sustainability and Fairtrade and recruited a record number with a whopping 115 new members signing up from all campuses which they hope to get involved with upcoming events and become ambassadors for both Sustainability and Fairtrade.
They also managed to get Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, a big Fairtrade supporter, behind the stall for a few minutes.Read more about WGU Sustainability here
WGU and WFC Coalition
Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition (WFC) joined the university on Tuesday 8th November 2017 as part of the Respect Fair. The day organised by Wrexham Glyndŵr University Chaplaincy’s Naomi Squire, focused on looking after ourselves and each other both spiritually and mentally. The day brought in many diverse groups which helped staff and students understand others who have a variety of backgrounds, including multi-faith & transgender. The WFC highlighted the reasons behind the Fairtrade organisation’. “The university is a perfect centre point to meet and raise awareness about the many different backgrounds both here at home and internationally”, said Naomi.Find more events
Go Green Day
Go Green day is a project that helps raise money and awareness to tackle deforestation - one of the biggest contributors to climate change - and works directly with local and indigenous communities through a range of programmes that address empowerment, equality and entrepreneurship.
On 13th October 2017 WGU got involved with Size of Wales, Go Green Day by raising awareness of deforestation, the causes and what individuals can do to tackle it. Many people enjoyed the palm oil free cakes on offer and took home palm oil free recipes as well as a wealth of information surrounding the subject.Find more events
Green Champion Training
Today it is more important than ever to become a greener, more efficient university. WGU offers training to it's green champions to spread awarness troughout the organisation. This years training was in the woods with PDT training and the champions learned about sustainability, What it means to be a Green Champion, Biodiversity, Energy/pollution, Food Systems, Resource Use and our environment.
“PDT training were great, I feel enthused to be a Green Champion and I have come away with lots of ideas on how to engage others and make a difference within my department” - Pip FrancisBecome a Green Champion
Fairtrade Open Days - June
We take the opportunity to promote Fairtrade at some of our open days. The last one being 10th June 2017. We included a delicious Fairtrade flapjack along with a leaflet explaining what Fairtrade is, why it is important and how everyone can make a difference. The open day was busy and went very well. The Fairtrade flapjacks went down an absolute treat which raised Fairtrade’s profile within university amongst staff and visitors as well as students.Find more Campaigns
Green Champion Training – July
Green Champions are a network of volunteers made up from staff and students. They work together to make WGU a more sustainable & greener place to work and study. They report to the Sustainability, Environment Team and Sustainability Action Working Group.Today it is more important than ever to become a greener, more efficient university. WGU provides annual outdoor training session for all it's green champions.Become a Green Champion here
Christmas Switch Off - December
Annually, the Carbon Management Team hold a ’Christmas Switch off Campaign’. Take a look at the report below to see what happened at our last big ‘switch off’.Find more events
Go Green Week - February
The University actively participates in People & Planet’s, Go Green week every February. The purpose of the week is to engage and encourage staff and students at the university to get involved with our green issues. 2017’s Go Green Week was a great success. The events were well attended by staff and students alike and hundreds of timers and shower water reducers were given out to encourage everyone to make a small change in their own daily lives. The week aimed to make sustainability fun and accessible for all. WGU and WGSU ran a range of activities across campuses including Wildflower Planting, Eco Art Workshops, Crafting your Own Apple Tree and Bee Conservation Workshops. There were skill shares and food-based events. Our society’s efforts even got a mention in People & Planet. Each year we invite organisations in to help us promote the event and visitors to our Go Green week include, the local Fairtrade group, Bring and Take, Local allotments and local producers using ingredients from the area.
We have already started planning for Go Green Week 2018. Staff and students are becoming more involved each year as Sustainability becomes increasingly important.Find more events
Fairtrade Fortnight – February/March
WGU host a Fairtrade fortnight and as next year is the 10th anniversary for Wales being a Fairtrade Nation we hope to team up with other Fairtrade universities in Wales to hold a joint Fairtrade event/competition, details are yet to be confirmed but we will still be running a whole range of events and activities that will include:
- Fairtrade afternoon teas
- Fairtrade bake-off contests
- Speakers and debates
- Fairtrade pub quiz
Earth Hour - March
WGU joined Earth Hour for the first time in 2017 and we are committed to make it a bigger event next year. It was observed in March 2017 with students choosing to star gaze with some sparklers and play board games instead of watching TV or using their computers.
All over the world supported the environmental day by turning off their lights. The world turned dark from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to conserve electricity as well as to unite in the battle for the environment. This year’s World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) marked a decade of Earth Hour celebrations which tries to highlight the importance of climate change and how to battle it.
Images from all over the world have flooded the internet and the impact made by Earth Hour 2017 is phenomenal.
One of the most important environmental events, Earth Hour, was first started on March 31, 2007, in Australia. The first Earth Hour was marked as 2.2 million homes, businesses and individuals contributed to the blackout and inspired people all over the world to contribute. The event has since turned into an annual international event.Find more events
Leavers Food Donation – May – July
Unwanted tinned and packet food will be donated to our local food bank as students are departing. We encouraged students to get involved by dropping off their donations at our accommodation office before they checked out of WGU halls.
2017’s collection had a great response and we want to make 2018 even better.
The Flintshire foodbank relies on goodwill and support. They always welcome donations and use them to provide help to people in crisis. Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbank is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.Find more campaigns