The University of Newcastle, Australia

What is Green Week?

Green Week is back this year to once again turn the spotlight on sustainability.

Students at Callaghan, NeW Space, Central Coast and Sydney can expect an exciting week of events and environmentally friendly initiatives that will help you understand how you can make a difference!

Why not also try the plastic free challenge during Green Week? Approximately 8 million tons of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans every year and we are encouraging everyone to take on the challenge and share your progress and tips on how you are reducing your plastic use. Make sure you use the hashtag #plasticfreeuon.


Selection of Events

Check out what's happening on your campus for Green Week:

Monday 14 October

  • Start your own garden with free Pot a Herbs
    12pm, Campus Green (NeW Space)
  • BBQ Lunch 
    12pm, Campus Green (NeW Space)
  • How to... Basic Bike Maintenance (and win a toolkit!)
    12pm, Ground Level (NeW Space)
  • Boomerang Bags Workshop
    12pm-2pm, IRC107 (MakerSpace Ourimbah)
    Learn how to create your own tote bag (Boomerang Bag).
    Every bag counts as an opportunity to connect and keep spreading the message of reusing!

Tuesday 15 October

  • Bush Regeneration Project
    12pm - 1pm, Ourimbah
    Enhance biodiversity and abundance by planting native species at Ourimbah. In consultation with Dr Anita Chalmers (plant ecologist/botanist within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences) and the Community Environment Network, learn about the importance of bush regeneration and how to offset your own personal carbon output.
  • BBQ Lunch 
    12pm - 1.30pm, Auchmuty Courtyard
  • E-Waste Collection
    11.30am - 1.30pm, Outside Hunter Building
  • Sustainable Swap Market (with NUSA)
    11am - 2pm, Park on the Hill

Wednesday 16 October

  • E-Waste Collection
    11.30am - 1.30pm, Auchmuty Courtyard
  • How to... Plastic Alternatives
    12pm - 1pm, Hunter Cafe
  • Wildlife Spotlighting on Campus (with NUSEC)
    Departing from 7.30pm from Auchmuty Courtyard

Thursday 17 October

  • How to... Edible Bugs
    12pm - 1pm, NeW Space
  • E-Waste Collection
    11.30am - 1.30pm, Auchmuty Courtyard
  • Community Garden Day (including free food, plants, and stalls)
    11.30am - 1.30pm, Oval 4
  • Bush Regeneration Planting (with NUSEC)
    9.30am - 11am, Meet in the Hunter Courtyard
  • Sustainability Expo
    11am - 1pm, Ourimbah
    Local environmental organisations will be showcasing their work and chatting about their projects.

Friday 18 October

  • NUSA's Free Food Friday
    9am, NUSA Building
    Pick up free groceries thanks to OzHarvest!
  • Cooking on Campus
    11.15am, Park on the Hill
  • How to... Edible Bugs
    12pm - 1pm, Sydney
  • Start your own garden with free Pot-a-Herbs
    1pm - 1.30pm, Sydney