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Durham University


Environment Week 2018

Environment Week was held between 26th February to 4th March 2018 and various activities took place to raise awareness of how and why to live, work and travel in a more environmentally sustainable way whilst promoting all of the Greenspace icons. Environment Week ran during the first week of the national Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.

Due to adverse weather conditions some of the events were cancelled. We are happy to announce that these events have now been rearranged and details of events are as follows and a full schedule with further details is also available.

Wednesday 2nd May 10:00-15:30 How to Reduce Waste Event by Durham Council Council Lower Mountjoy
Wednesday 2nd May 11:00-15:30 Driving Simulator Lower Mountjoy
Wednesday 2nd May 12:00-14:00 Learn more about the Blyth Off-Shore Wind Farm Palatine Centre
Thursday 3rd May 11:00-14:00 Durham County Council Travel Team & Leaving Streets Calman Learning Centre
Thursday 3rd May 11:00-14:00 Durham Bicycle User Group (DBUG) Calman Learning Centre
Friday 11th May 10:00-14:00 Enerprise Car Club Lower Mountjoy
Friday 11th May 11:30-14:30 Public Transport Event: Arriva (Bus) & Northern (Train) Calman Learning Centre

Schedule, Activities, Competitions and Events:

A full schedule for Environment Week 2018 was available listing all the planned events, a selection of which can be seen below:

  • Information on recycling in Durham from Durham County Council Waste Team and O'Brien Waste Recycling Solutions (rearranged)
  • The Living Streets stall with information about the new walking app (rearranged)
  • Multiple guided walks both in Durham and at Queen's Campus
  • Represenatives from Arriva and Northern to talk about bus and rail travel (rearranged)
  • The sale of local produce including vegetables, bread, cheese, yoghurts and free range eggs
  • The chance for staff to win public transport vouchers if they used a different mode of travel to work during Environment Week
  • Free bike safety checks at the Durham Recyke Y'Bike shop during the week

Also throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, the following took place:

  • 20% discount on all Durham University Fairtrade clothing
  • Fairtrade surprises with every Fairtrade hot drink purchased in Café Aroma (Queen’s Campus, Stockton)
  • Those taking their own mug to any YUM cafe outlet received 20p off any hot drink. Also, the opportunity to purchase a Durham University ‘keep cup’ and receive a free drink
  • Many college formals during the fortnight had a Fairtrade or Environmental theme whilst wine receptions were encouraged to consider Fairtrade or vegetarian wine. Menus also promoted our local food suppliers
  • The chance to guess the Fairtrade ingredients in the Vice Chancellor's muffin competition and win Fairtrade goodies.


There are 3 exciting competitions for University members to get involved in: