Climate Week is here

Climate Week runs from 21-26 March. Learn about our new carbon management plan, plus our commitment to cut carbon emissions by 35% by 2020/2021 (that equates to more than 24,000 tonnes of C02).

There are numerous events taking place on campus throughout the week, including:

  • a marquee opposite Leeds University Union (LUU) with:
    • a bike-powered cinema screening short films with a climate change theme
    • an exhibition about energy use at the University
    • complimentary tea and coffee - drop in for a chat to meet the team!
  • a free Fairtrade hamper and other prizes can be won in the Climate Week marquee
  • CCCEP public lecture, 'Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: are the carbon markets up to the job?' Keith Allott, WWF (22nd March)
  • a 'Get cycling' event outside Roger Stevens building, near the Velocampus bike hub (24 March)
  • a competition with a prize of £500, seeking suggestions to help us meet our carbon reduction targets
  • a screening of Dirty Oil (24 March)
  • a Waste Watch 'Feed 1,000 people' event, highlighting food waste in the UK will be held outside the Student Union on (24 March)
  • events throughout the week run by LUU open to staff and students.
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Don't forget the Big Switch Off!

As part of Earth Hour and to mark the end of Climate Week, we're asking people to switch off as much University equipment as possible on 26 March, before they leave for the weekend. We'll be turning off the lights on the Parkinson Building and looking at other opportunities to save energy.

"There's currently a high, constant demand for electricity at weekends and late at night," says James Dixon-Gough, Sustainable Development Officer. "This means there are plenty of things that can be turned off over the weekend, and especially during Earth Hour on Saturday 26 March at 8.30pm. We'll be measuring the impact and see how much energy we save."

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