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Going Green for Greenspace Fortnight

(1 March 2017)

The University will be celebrating Greenspace Fortnight from 27 February to 12 March 2017. The event promises two weeks of activities to raise awareness of how, and why we can to live, work and travel in more environmentally sustainable ways and incorporates national Fairtrade Fortnight. Working with key partners including Durham County Council and Go Smarter to Work, the event involves activities for both students and staff, at Durham and Queen’s Campus.

Throughout the fortnight there will be a range of ‘green’ themed promotions, including a choice of four additional vegetarian sandwiches available in YUM outlets across the university. This will complement the ‘Red Meat Free Fridays’ taking place in catered colleges and catering outlets. Beef requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water usage and results in 5 times more greenhouse gas emissions than for chicken production.

Visitors to Café Aroma at Queen’s Campus can also receive a Fairtrade ‘surprise’ when buying a hot Fairtrade drink

Durham University is a long-standing supporter of fair trade and has been accredited by the Fairtrade Foundation since 2007. Richard Adams, fair trade pioneer and founder of Traidcraft, was a student at St John’s College in the 1960s and the tradition of supporting Fairtrade continues today, being a key element of Greenspace Fortnight.

The University will be offering 10% discount on all Durham University Fairtrade clothing, when you shop online at

Schedule of events
Other activities include consideration of how staff and students can travel in more environmentally sustainable ways – including the opportunity to take part in Nordic walking (staff only), eco-driving and a driving simulator, and free bike maintenance sessions.

The full schedule of events includes local walks, sales of free range eggs, foodstalls to sample Fairtrade products (courtesy of Peros) and a stall where students can have their Livers Out recycling questions answered.

Many University colleges will also be holding ‘Green Formals’ during the fortnight, incorporating Fairtrade and local foods into their menus, as well as organising their own college-specific events to further support Greenspace Fortnight.

There are various competitions to get involved in:

What’s in the Fairtrade cake? The Vice-Chancellor and the Green Dean shared a Fairtrade cake to celebrate Greenspace Fortnight. Over half the ingredients were Fairtrade products – try to guess the 5 Fairtrade ingredients to be in with a chance of winning a selection of Fairtrade goodies.

The Big Fairtrade Bake members taking part can send in a photo of their Fairtrade bake during the fortnight to be in with a chance of winning a selection of Fairtrade goodies.

Every Small Step pledge– make a pledge of one new way you will reduce your impact on the environment to be entered into a prize draw to win from a selection of exciting prizes!

For full details of all events, activities, promotions and competitions happening throughout the fortnight, please visit Greenspace Fortnight page