One Planet Week runs every year at the University of York to celebrate the work done on sustainability across the University, with lots of events for both staff and students to get involved in! Want to contribute to #OPW18? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Why One Planet?
The City of York is run with the One Planet Living framework in mind: 10 principles adopted by a number of cities across the UK (including York, but also Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Oxford. . .) to encourage sustainable living. One Planet Living reminds us of the harsh truth that if everyone on the planet lived the same way as people do in Europe, we would need THREE planets to support us.1 University of York is 100% behind this.
This year, we pledge to work towards Zero Waste and show how creative York can be! With workshops on upcycling to fixing musical instruments, with research talks & a workshop to share ideas and a Zero Waste Challenge for you to participate in, our One Planet might just stand a fighting chance.
University Pledges Their Support
See what you can do to be more sustainable by making your pledges - and if your college/department submits the most pledges you will be entered into our Prize Draw for a Zero Waste goodie bag
You can see how well your college or department is doing with the pledge counter. So spread the word!
What's On during the Week?
We have some great events lined up! Starting with a Karaoke Night in the Courtyard on Sunday 11th, a range of speakers on Sustainable topics, a college recycling audit competition, a virtual Wonder Wander in the 3Sixty Room, a Round the World Quiz and bug hotel building - to name but a few.
See our Events calendar for the full week's timetable and look on our Facebook page (UoYSustainability) for details of each event.
What more can I do after #OPW18?
Staff? Check out Green Impact and turn your office or lab into a hub for sustainability. Student? Volunteer for Green Impact 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!
There are Ten One Planet Principles
Local and sustainable food
Supporting sustainable & humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal & organic diets & reducing food waste
Using sustainable and healthy products, e.g. those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Reducing the need to travel, & encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, & ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
Making buildings energy efficient & delivering all energy with renewable technologies
Health and happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health & well being
Equity and local economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity & diverse local employment & international fair trade
Culture and community
Respecting & reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
Land use and wildlife
Protecting & restoring biodiversity & creating new natural habitats through good land use & integration into the built environment
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming & manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought & water course pollution
Want to get involved or find out more?
Contact Jo Hossell: