Highlights of Go Green Week this year included charging your phone via solar panels outside the library, making your own cushions from old t-shirts or fabrics and redecorating them into cushions, a smoothie bike, and a bike sale where individuals could come and pick up a second hand bike at a bargain price with Cycle Chain.
Go Green Week has taken place here at Aston University for the last four years and is designed to showcase Aston’s commitment to the environment and sustainability. It is a national initiative organised by the student campaigning group People and Planet.
One activity in particular; Sculpture Building, included many students coming together and using their creative imagination to build sculptures out of recycled materials. These sculptures were exhibited inside the Students Union for the day.
Other activities included a Film Night held in the Students Union where students could vote for which environmentally themed movie they wished to watch, a solar PV and Green roof tour which involved taking a tour of the green roof as well as seeing areas which you would never normally have seen with the Birmingham City Council Ecologist, and a tour of the solar PV panels on the Vision Sciences roof.
Victor from Sustrans, an organisation also involved with go green week at Aston University shared his views about the programme: “I think it is something that should happen, more and more, the more people see things going green then it is more likely they’ll take an interest. I think that in general what is happening here in the University is great as it is something that will benefit the environment, so there is a lot of benefits of going green and what the University is doing for go green week is great.”
Aston University already has a number of environmentally friendly technologies on campus. For example a combined heat and power plant, an electric car and charging points, and a wind turbine, a green roof on the student residences and solar PV panels, which were installed on the main building in March 2012, as well as striving targets to reduce carbon emissions by 48% by 2020. The University have also purchased a Rocket Composter to compost all of the food.
By Avaani Johal
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