Each year we run a range of events and activities, including:
- Environmental stands at Welcome Week
- Fairtrade Fortnight
- Go Green week activities and events
- Sustainable travel sessions
21 - 25 March
|Waste Awareness Week||
This year will see our first ever Waste Awareness Week, which will be held on campus to encourage and promote recycling within BCU.
You can learn about how each of our waste streams are processed and recycled, meet with our waste partners to understand how our waste can be turned into a resource and enter quizzes to win prizes such as a wireless Bluetooth speaker. There are also opportunities to get involved with local litter picks as well as observe a Waste Sort and Segregate Session.
|21 Feb - 6 March||Fairtrade Fortnight||
We celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with us this year with competitions, online events and delicious Fairtrade freebies.
We spent the month celebrating all things plant based, including Meat Free Monday menu options, plant-based food on a budget cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions, as well as a talk on how to make more environmentally friendly food choices with renowned Food Forward chef Jenny Chandler. BCU Catering also held vegan home baking stall roadshows across our campuses. The amazing Food Forward visited each campus, with cooking demonstrations and talks around the benefits of plant-based eating.
We have also set up a Veganuary Teams group for staff and students to share plant based recipes and ideas!
|8-12 November||Go Green Week||During the second week of COP26, one of the most significant events in the climate movement, we ran a series of environmental events for BCU Go Green Week. COP26 was the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties and was hosted in Glasgow. The summit brought international parties together to accelerate actions towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.|
|Wednesday 15 September||Welcome event||We had an engaging stall at the BCUSU Welcome Fair, where we promoted the Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme and encouraged students to sign-up to our Sustainable Students Teams group, Bicycle User Group and receive updates from us. We also had sustainable giveaways including reusable cups.|
|Wednesday 21 July||BCU Biodiversity Action Plan consultation||Ecological surveys have been carried out across BCU sites over and this was an opportunity for staff, students and the local community to find out about the results of the surveys and how they could input into our Biodiversity Action Plan.|
|Thursday 13 May||Dr Bike at City Centre Campus||Staff and students could book a 15 minute slot with a mechanic, who would made minor repairs and ensure that your bike is roadworthy.|
|Monday 10 May||Dr Bike at City South Campus||Staff and students could book a 15 minute slot with a mechanic, who would made minor repairs and ensure that your bike is roadworthy.|
|Thursday 29 April||Dr Bike at City Centre Campus||Staff and students could book a 15 minute slot with a mechanic, who would made minor repairs and ensure that your bike is roadworthy.|
|Wednesday 14 April||Commuting by bike webinar||Cycling UK ran a webinar for BCU staff and students, who commute by bike or are thinking about it. The session included tips and tricks on the practicalities of cycling in an urban environment, including road positioning, bike set up and equipment basics. You can watch a recording of the session here.|
|8 – 12 March||Go Green Week||We organised a series of virtual talks, including Eco Eats: Budget-friendly food, Surfers Against Sewage - Plastic Free talk, Bats in Birmingham and the Black Country and Helping Hedgehogs, as well as Dr Bike sessions. Information on the events can be found here.|
22 Feb – 7 March
|Fairtrade Fortnight||This year we celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight remotely, with lots of activities for you to get involved with. These included our Fairtrade banana selfie competition and Fairtrade cooking demos from @BCUCatering. Information on the events can be found here.|
|20 January 2021||Clean Air Zone webinar||We joined BCC to find out all about the upcoming Clean Air Zone in Birmingham, which goes live on 1 June 2021 and will charge the highest polluting vehicles to drive within the city centre. A recording of the session can be viewed here.|
|January 2021||Veganuary||We hosted a Veganuary photo competition and shared your favourite plant-based recipes.|
|December 2020||Sustainable Christmas||Online workshops were run by The Globe Foundation, teaching the art of Furosjiki gift-wrapping and origamic Christmas cards.|
|September 2020||Welcome event||We hosted virtual welcome events including 'keen to be green?' and travel updates with TfWM and National Express.|