Go Green at BCU

Go Green at BCU

Each year we run a range of events and activities, including:

    • Environmental stands at Welcome Week
    • Go Green at Graduate+ Week
    • Waste Awareness Week
    • Go Green Week activities and events
    • Sustainable travel sessions

Waste Awareness Week

Go Green at Graduate+ Week

Upcoming events




18 - 22 March 2024

Waste Awareness Week 2024

BCU’s Waste Awareness Week returns from Monday 18 – Friday 22 March. Find out more about waste and recycling, plus there’s an opportunity to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker!

Coordinated by the Facilities Management (Contracts) and Environmental teams, the series of events that form Waste Awareness Week are an opportunity to learn more about what happens to your waste and the importance of recycling.

Staff can also meet our waste partners to understand how our waste can be turned into a resource, and enter the recycling quiz to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

Past events

Date Event Description
20-24 March 2023 Waste Awareness Week

Following the success of our first Waste Awareness Week in 2022, we brought you more opportunities to learn about waste and recycling, win prizes, get involved, and have fun!

We hosted a series of fantastic events, to learn more about what happens to your waste and the importance of recycling. Events included BCU’s first ever Common-Waste Games!

March 2023 SDG Teach In

The annual SOS-UK SDG Teach In takes place throughout March, calling on educators to pledge to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their teaching, learning and assessments.

To support the SDG Teach In, we ran an online session on Thursday 16 March 12-1pm, which provided an introduction to embedding sustainability in the curriculum.

We also encouraged staff to join the BCU Education for Sustainable Development community of practice.

6-10 March 2023 Go Green at Graduate+ Week

We organised a variety of environmental activities for Graduate+ Week, including two sessions run by The Globe Foundation; Climate Change and Climate Futures.

The Community Environmental Trust and the Environmental Team also ran running drop-in activities in Curzon atrium on Monday 6 March 10am - 4pm, including the opportunity to make your own bee home from natural materials.

31 January 2023 January Welcome

The Environmental Team took part in the City South Campus January Welcome event, encouraging students to sign up to the mailing list and play How Bad Are Bananas.

16 November 2022 Information Supermarket

A refresh week was run for students, which included a variety of stalls to promote initiatives to students. The Environmental Team ran a stall to encourage joining our mailing list and sustainability groups. 

31 October - 4 November 2022 Go Green at Graduate+ Week

Instead of a running a separate Go Green Week this year, we incorporated environmental activities into Graduate+ Week. This included a wildflower plug planting session at Conservatoire, willow weaving with the Community Environmental Trust and workshops on Eco Eats and Eco Gifts by The Globe Foundation. The Environmental Team also ran stall to promote their work and play the How Bad Are Bananas game.

14 September 2022 Welcome event

We ran an engaging stall at the BCUSU Welcome Fair, with goodies from The Clean Kilo to be won by anyone that signed up to our mailing list. We also promoted Hedgehog Friendly Campus and encouraged students to sign-up to our Sustainable Students Teams group and Bicycle User Group.

25 May 2022 Cycle security and safety event

Drop-in sessions were held at both City Centre and City South Campus by  by the BCU Security Team, with WM Police and Bike Register. Advice was given, and discounted D-Locks and bike register marking kits were on sale.

21 - 25 March 2022

Waste Awareness Week

We ran our first ever Waste Awareness Week, to encourage and promote reducing, reusing and recycling. Events included litter picks, a waste sort and segregate session and waste and recycling fairs. 

21 Feb - 6 March 2022 Fairtrade Fortnight

We celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight  this year with competitions, online events and delicious Fairtrade freebies.

January 2022 Veganuary

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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021

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 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.