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Cambridge Green Week

Green week is about taking some time to think Cambridge Green Weekabout our environmental impact and what we could do for the environment, rather than what the environment does for us.

The Cambridge Green Week runs in partnership with the People and Planet Go Green Week. In 2012, this was from Monday 6th February to Sunday 12th February.

Have a look below for what events have taken place in the past.

Events in 2012

Click on a link below or scroll down to see all the events in chronological order!

All week: The one-week Student Switch Off

All week: The Carbon Challenge

All week: Vote for the best green project

Monday: Film screening: Blood of the Amazon

Tuesday: Film screening: the Economics of Happiness

Wednesday: Talk: The power of markets to protect nature, by Ian Cheshire

Wednesday: Vegetarian formal at Fitz

Thursday: Lifebottle sale

Thursday: Ethical formal at Christ's

Friday: Energise Cambridge rally

Friday: Charity ceilidh

Saturday: Swap shop at Darwin

Sunday: Student Switch Off green social

Events running for the duration of the week

The one-week Student Switch Off

Student Switch Off is a campaign that encourages students to save energy while living in university halls. Already running in over 40 UK universities, Student Switch Off will be launched for real in a number of Cambridge Colleges from October 2012. However, for Green Week, we are bringing you the one-week Student Switch Off. Sign the energy pledge (to go live on Monday night) or take part in the online climate quiz, and enter into a draw to win a solar-powered mobile phone charger, worth £60! At the end of the week, join us for a green social to celebrate our energy saving achievements in Green Week and beyond.

Join the Student Switch Off Facebook fanpage or visit their website for more information on the campaign.


The Carbon Challenge

Could you reduce your carbon footprint by 10% for a week? Or maybe go for a more ambitious target: halve your normal footprint? Or, if you're feeling really ambitious why not go for an amount equivalent to the sustainable global average? If you're signing the Student Switch Off pledge, then it won't be much more effort to combine the two, but will enable you to think about how you could reduce your impact in all areas. By spending a few minutes at the start and end of green week calculating your footprint using CUECS's newest carbon calculator, you could live up to the challenge.

To share your results and have a chance to win one of 3 free Cambridge Climate Forum tickets, 2 carbon counter books and 1 Transition Handbook, visit the Carbon Challenge website.

Vote on the best green project

An online vote on Green Giving will determine which of four shortlisted projects will get funding to take their campaign further.

One of the projects, the Close the Door campaign, started in Cambridge and has spread to other cities in the country. The campaign aims to stop retailers wasting energy by closing their doors when using heating or air conditioning, saving up to 50% on energy usage and associated carbon emissions and costs. It works at both street and head office level to get shops to reconsider their door policies. It is competing against three other, very worthwhile projects.

Pick your favourite and vote for it!

Monday 6th Feb

Film screening: Blood of the Amazon

6.30pm in the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court (on Queens Road). Map.

This 80 minute documentary charts the journey of one woman from the headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador downriver. In documenting the impacts of the oil industry on the environment and indigenous people, she encounters the indigenous people themselves, oil company representatives, doctors, lawyers, Amazon warriors, environmentalists. The film maker, Nicola Peel, will give a talk about her work after the screening.

Cost: voluntary donation of £1

Tuesday 7th Feb

Film screening: the Economics of Happiness

6.45pm at the Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's Street. Map.

The Economics of Happiness explores how capitalism transforms communities it comes in contact with and questions whether our current economic model is damaging our wellbeing. The screening will be followed by a talk by renowned economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. The screening has been organised by Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Cost: normal Arts Picturehouse charges apply.

Wednesday 8th Feb

Talk: The power of markets to protect nature, by Ian Cheshire

5.30pm for 6pm at the Lecture Theatre 0, Dept of Engineering, Trumpington St. Map.

Ian Cheshire is Group Chief Executive of the Kingfisher Group and a member of the UK and EU Corporate Leaders Groups on Climate Change. The lecture is part of the Annual Distinguished Lecture Series of the Centre for Sustainable Development.

Cost: free

Vegetarian formal at Fitz

7pm for 7.30pm at Fitzwilliam College. Map.

Eating less meat is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint - significantly. To make having vegetarian meals easier, have someone cook them for you by coming to a vegetarian formal! To secure your place at the formal hall dinner, email the Fitz Green Officer, Amber Morley, on[a] stating your full name and college by Friday 3rd Feb and leave a cheque for £8 in either Amber's pigeonhole at Fitzwilliam, or the pigeonhole of Otava Piha (CUSU Ethical Affairs Chair) in Clare College Old Court porter's lodge by Sunday 5th Feb.

Bring your own wine or buy a bottle of Fairtrade wine from the Fitz College Bar. Gowns are optional.

Cost: £8

Thursday 9th Feb

Lifebottle sale

12pm to 2pm outside CUSU Offices, New Museums Site. Map.

The aim of is to promote the drinking of tap water and to reduce the number of plastic bottles out and about, damaging our environment. During Green Week, they will be selling their high quality stainless steel lifebottles, which do not accrue the strange taste that normal plastic bottle do when refilled too many times. They also sell taptabs, so you can have a flavoured tap water drink!

The bottles will also be sold at the Energise Cambridge rally on Friday.

Ethical formal at Christ's

7pm for 7.30pm at Christ's College. Map.

Do you ever wonder why food has to travel half-way across the world to end up on your plate? It doesn't. But when you decide you want that banana or that chocolate, buying Fairtrade can make a huge difference. This ethical formal offers you locally sourced food, sustainably sourced fish, free-range eggs, and Fairtrade dessert. To book your place for the ethical formal, email the Christ's Green Officer, Charlotte Hill, on green[a] stating your full name and college by Saturday 4th Feb and leave a cheque for £8.30 in her pigeonhole in the porter's lodge by Monday 6th Feb.

Half a bottle of wine allowed per person. If you would like to arrange sharing a bottle, mention it in your email to Charlotte. Gowns are optional.

Cost: £8.30

Friday 10th Feb

Energise Cambridge rally

12pm on Parker's Piece. Map.

Join us for the launch of our new campaign, Energise Cambridge, which aims to persuade the University to move towards a greater share of renewable energy in their energy supply and to engage students on issues of climate change in a creative way. Together, we will form a large pattern on the green, which will be filmed and photographed from the roof of the University Arms Hotel. This is not a protest, but a show of support for the campaign. There will be food, music and a chance to be part of a 'bigger picture'!

Your views on this issue are important and we'd like to know what the student body thinks. It'd be great if you could take two minutes to fill in our online survey.

Cost: free

Charity ceilidh

8pm at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church. Map.

A green themed charity ceilidh organised by CUSU Ethical Affairs. Dress up for the environment! There will be a prize for the best costume, whether a solar panel, a wind turbine or the quirkiest green costume ever. All proceeds will go to the Wildlife Trust, for projects near Cambridge.

Cost: £3 on the door

Saturday 11th Feb

Swap shop at Darwin

3-5pm in the Darwin Common Room. Map.

Bring clothes, shoes, books, any items that you no longer need, and swap them for something else! To attend as a non-Darwinian, you must email the Darwin Green Officer, Charlotte Rae, on so she can let the porters know you are coming.

Cost: free

Sunday 12th Feb

Student Switch Off green social

1pm-3pm in Pembroke New Common Room. Map.

Anyone who signed the energy saving pledge (going live on Monday night) or took the Student Switch Off climate quiz is invited to chill out with other energy savers! Fairtrade food, good music and entertaining company!

Cost: free