The University of Newcastle, Australia

Green Week is a green light towards sustainability

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Greek Week 2019 is bringing a wide range of sustainable events and initiatives to our Callaghan, NeW Space, Central Coast and Sydney campuses starting from Monday 14 October.

As climate change becomes the single most important issue for young Australians within the space of 12 months, according to triple j's What's Up In Your World? Survey, UON's Green Week not only teaches you ways to live sustainably, but also covers how these small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.

Green Week is also being celebrated amidst the University of Newcastle embarking on our Environmental Sustainability Plan (PDF, 2.06MB), which has already seen UON become the first Australian university to sign a 100% renewable electricity contract, as well as working towards being carbon neutral by 2025.

We’re encouraging everyone to try and take on the Plastic Free Challenge during Green Week. Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on Earth (approximately 8 million tons of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans every year) and we want everyone to try and reduce their plastic use for one week to recognise the amount of plastic that we rely upon in our daily lives. Share your progress and tips on social media and learn how others are minimising their impact using the hashtag #plasticfreeuon.

There’s a number of great activities and events that you can also participate in during Green Week.

On Monday 14 October at NeW Space, you can start your own garden with free Pot a Herbs, or learn how to perform basic bike maintenance. Ourimbah will be holding a Boomerang Bags Workshop where you can learn how to create your own tote bag.

On Tuesday 15 October, you can 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, you’ll learn about the importance of bush regeneration and how to offset your own personal carbon output.

Park on the Hill will have a Sustainable Swap Market in collaboration with NUSA where you can come along and swap clothes and other goods to support reusing and recycling.

There will also be e-waste collection bins outside the Hunter Building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11.30am-1.30pm, so you can dispose of old e-waste in a safe way for free.

Wednesday at the Hunter Café you can learn how to substitute plastic for more sustainable alternatives such as metal straws and beeswax wraps in our How to.. Plastic Alternatives Workshop.

You can also go Wildlife spotting on campus at night from 7.30pm.

Thursday 17 October, How to... Edible Bugs will present information about the future of this sustainable industry, as well as… you guessed it – taste testing edible bugs!

If you’re not into taste testing bugs, Oval 4 at Callaghan will be hosting a Community Garden Day including free food, plants, and stalls.

There will also be Bush Regeneration Planting with NUSEC (Newcastle University Student Environment Club).

Ourimbah will also be holding a Sustainability Expo, where local environmental organisations will be showcasing their work and chatting about their projects.

Green Week heads to Sydney to wrap up the week on Friday 18 October, where How to… Edible Bugs will be popping up and you can Start your own garden with free Pot a Herbs.

Visit Green Week 2019 for the full schedule.


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