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Red poppies will show green credentials
2:35pm Thursday 13th February 2014 in News
STUDENTS at The University of Worcester have done their bit for the environment by organising a range of activities for go green week.
The event - run by student-led organisation People and Planet - kicked off on Monday, February 10 on St John's Campus and includes a community litter pick and a local food and nature fair to raise awareness of energy saving and sustainability.
Although the University of Worcester has taken part in the national initiative for a number of years, this is the first time it is being run by first year students taking the elective sustainability module.
This is an introductory module open to all undergraduates and teaches the different perspectives of sustainability.
In an attempt to monitor the success of the week, free poppy seeds will be given out during the nature fair and where they are planted will be mapped.
Katy Boom, director of environmental sustainability at the University, said: “Hopefully red poppies will proliferate around Worcester.
"We have numerous behaviour change programmes and community engagement projects as well as changes to our physical estate.
"These are part of the day to day life on campus.
"Creating a fun focused week reaches a new audience and gives people a chance to begin discussions.”
The University’s student union will also host an #EnergizeWorcester limbo competition, climate quiz, green karaoke and a can film festival where students will gain free entry by bringing their cans for recycling.
The Environment and Conservation Society are also taking part and other students have been encouraged to volunteer.
The week will also feature a sustainability question time debate held at the Hive where a panel of experts - chaired by BBC political reporter Matthew Bone - will be quizzed on the issue.
Last year, the student’s union were granted a gold award for their involvement in the green impact award scheme.