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 One Planet Week 2019 - Sustainable Materials

One Planet Week

One Planet Week runs every year during Week 6 of Spring Term to celebrate sustainability research and work completed at the University of York, encouraging further action through events and competitions. There's lots to get involved in!

Want to contribute to #OPW19? Hit us up at!

Why One Planet Living?

The inspiration for One Planet Week came from Bioregional's One Planet Living framework, made up of 10 principles (shown in the column to the right). This framework was developed as a response to the harsh truth that if everyone on the planet consumed the natural resources as the average person in western Europe, we would need THREE planets to support us.1 

Thus, we must ensure that everyone, everywhere can live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of our one and only planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness: One Planet Living. The University of York is 100% in support of this (and is even a member of One Planet York)!

So...One Planet Week was created to advocate a more sustainable way of life to staff and students - reducing our impact on the planet. Each year a One Planet Living principle is chosen as a theme for the week, which events, competitions, and campaigns are centered around.

One Planet Week 2019 #OPW19

Week 6 of Spring Term is One Planet Week! What's on?Running from 11 - 17 February 2019, this year we have some great events lined up. 

Click on an individual event to see more details of the work that's taking place. You can see them on the calendar below. This calendar is visible to all members of the University - you need to be logged into your University Google account to view it. Click the + Google Calendar button to subscribe to this calendar.

Follow our social media (TwitterFacebook and our blog) to keep up to date with event announcements and more details.

University Pledges Their Support

During #OPW19 you will be able to see what sustainable actions your college or department is commiting to with the pledge counter! So spread the word!

Think about your own impact on the planet and reflect on how to improve by making pledges yourself (coming soon).

What more can you do after #OPW19?

Staff? Check out Green Impact and turn your office or lab into a hub for sustainability.

Student? Volunteer to be a Green Impact Project Assistant or get involved with Student Switch Off! Want to read up on sustainable practices? Check out our handy Sustainable York Guide or read our Sustainability blog!

To find out how many planets your lifestyle is using, try the One Planet Living Calculator!


Last year, staff and students demonstrated their commitment to the theme (and principle) of Zero Waste! 

Starting with a Karaoke Night in the Courtyard, #OPW18 included a range of workshops from upcycling to fixing musical instruments; a college recycling audit competition; a Zero Waste Challenge; a virtual Wonder Wander in the 3Sixty Room; and building a bug hotel building - to name but a few.



‌‌There are Ten One Planet Living Principles

Health & Happiness logo Health and Happiness‌

Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health & well being

Equity and Local Economy logo Equity and Local Economy ‌

Creating bioregional economies that support equity & diverse local employment & international fair trade

Culture & Community Logo Culture and Community ‌

Encouraging the involvement of people in respecting and reviving their community and creating a new culture of sustainability

Land Use and Wildlife Logo Land Use and Wildlife 

Protecting & restoring biodiversity & creating new natural habitats through good land use & integration into the built environment

Sustainable Water Logo Sustainable Water ‌‌

Using water efficiently in buildings, farming & manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought & water course pollution

 Sustainable Food Logo Local and Sustainable Food‌

Supporting sustainable & humane farming, promoting access to healthy, local, seasonal & organic diets & reducing food waste

Sustainable Materials Logo Sustainable Materials ‌

Using sustainable and healthy products, e.g. those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources

Sustainable Transport Logo Sustainable Transport

Reducing the need to travel, & encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions

Zero Waste Logo Zero Waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, & ultimately sending zero waste to landfill

Zero Carbon Logo Zero Carbon

Making buildings energy efficient & delivering all energy with renewable technologies

Want to get involved or find out more?