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Environment Week 2014

This year’s Durham University Environment Week took place from 17th - 23rd November and hosted a great range of activities including competitions, a local food sale, talks, walks, formals and film showings. A number of college-specific events were also organised. Thanks go to all those got involved and who helped to make Environment Week such a success. 

Monday 17th November

Woodlands and Meadows Guided Walk 12.15, Meet at Botanic Garden Visitor Centre Car Park

Join Steve Ansdell (Durham University’s Horticultural Manager) on a 2 mile circular walk taking in the wonderful woodlands and meadows from around the University. 

Please note that this is a walk over uneven and wet/muddy ground. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

All welcome. Please email to book your place.

Arriva Information Stand 11.00-14.00, Palatine Reception

A great opportunity for staff and students to get helpful travel advice from local bus company Arriva. 

Staff can also find out more about the Corporate Discount Scheme and Employer Travel Club that the University has in partnership with Arriva as well as information on the opportunity to get a week's free travel with Arriva by giving up your car for a week!

‘Do the Math’ Film Screening - hosted by People & Planet 19.30, ER207, Elvet Riverside

This thought-provoking film following Bill McKibben presents startling facts about our climate, and will be followed by a discussion on how students can make a difference to global issues, such as climate change.

Tuesday 18th November

Local Food Market 11.00-15.00, Calman Learning Centre Come along to buy your groceries from University Catering's own local suppliers. With eggs from Kearsley Farm in Northumberland, vegetables from a range of local farms, Artisan breads from the Geordie Baker and plenty of samples to try, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Cash only for purchases.
Driving Simulator 12.00-15.00, Lower Mountjoy Site (outside Calman Learning Centre) Learn eco-friendly driving techniques – try out the driving simulator. Free to all.
Have your questions answered... 11.00-15.00, Science Site (outside the Bill Bryson Library - or in the Calman Learning Centre in bad weather) Visit the student Environment Reps to find out how you can get involved in environmental initiatives at Durham University and have your Livers Out recycling queries answered by Durham County Council.
Dr Bike Clinic and Bike Sale from Recyke y’bike 12.00-15.00, Lower Mountjoy Site (near the Bill Bryson Library), Durham

Bring your bike to the Recyke y’bike mechanics for free servicing and advice on maintenance and repairs.

Speak to the sales team, view a range of bikes and place your order. Refurbished bikes from around £90 to £150. Locks, lights and helmets also on sale. Cash only for purchases. 
Operation Spoke

12.00-14.00, Trevelyan College (next to the cycle racks near the main entrance)

An opportunity to have bikes marked and registered through the Operation Spoke Campaign. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Free and open to all.

Team Durham Staff Walk 13.15, meet at the New Inn

The walk will be on roads and footpaths in and around Durham City. Walk takes 30-40 minutes.

‘Why I don’t care about “Climate Change”’ – a talk by
David Saddington
20.00, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College

Do you not really care about climate change? Is it just a bunch of words about things that don't affect your daily life? Hear David Saddington explore this idea and deliver new insights into this provocative topic. 

Wednesday 19th November

Smoothie Bike Challenge

11.00-13.00, Sport Centre Reception, Queen’s Campus Have a go on the smoothie bike and see how much effort it takes to make your own Fairtrade smoothie.

Queen's Campus Walk

12.30-13.15, Meet at the Sports Centre Reception, Queen's Campus

Enjoy a guided walk around Queens’ Campus – a great way to spend your lunchtime.

The Big Durham Tidy up

12.30-16.00, Meet outside the DSU at 12.30 to walk down to the tidy up location (the Viaduct Area of Durham City). 

Come together with Durham County Council, Durham SCA and local residents to take part in the Community Clean Up this Environment Week. By undertaking tasks including gardening and litter picks, you can make a real difference this Environment Week.

Students can sign up by emailing

‘Go North East’ Information Stand

11.00-14.00, Palatine Centre Reception

A great opportunity for staff and students to get helpful travel advice from local bus company Go North East.

Staff can also find out more about the Go North East Corporate Discount scheme available to University staff.

Thursday 20th November

Walk along the Tees Barrage, Stockton

13.00-13.45. Meet at the Sports Centre Reception at Queen's Campus.

Enjoy a guided walk taking in the sights along the Tees Barrage.

Nordic Walking (with Team Durham) (Staff only)

12.15. Meet in the visitor centre entrance car park at the Botanic Garden.

Enjoy the Botanic Garden, have a break from your desk and enjoy some fresh air and exercise with Team Durham’s Nordic Walking. Sticks provided.

Please note that it is advisable to book as places are limited. Sign up via

Operation Spoke

12.00-14.00, Lower Mountjoy Site (at the corner of the Mathematical Sciences Building)

An opportunity to have bikes marked and registered through the Operation Spoke Campaign. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Free and open to all.

Friday 21st November

‘Go North East’ and ‘Arriva’ Information Stand.

11.00-14.00. Waterside, Holliday Building, Queen’s Campus.

Find out helpful travel companies from these two local bus providers.

Staff can also find out more about the Go North East Corporate Discount scheme and Arriva's Corporate Discount scheme and Employer Travel Club. Information will also be available on the fantastic opportunity for staff to give up your car for a week and travel with Arriva for free!

Saturday 22nd November

Litter Pick (arranged by Ustinov GCR) 10.50-13.00. Meet in the Fisher House Cafe at Ustinov College. Join in with this litter pick along Durham's riverbanks and help make a real difference this Environment Week. Open to all. 

Sunday 23rd November

Film Night (Students Only) 20.00, Van Mildert JCR Relax and enjoy an environmentally themed film in conjunction with Van Mildert Film - a great way to finish the week.
Bar Quiz (Students Only)  20.00, The Bar, St Aidan's College  Put your knowledge to the test in St Aidan's weekly bar quiz, this week with an environmental round. Free and open to all Durham University students