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One Planet Week #OPW18

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!

Week 6 (11-17 February 2018) is our One Planet Week!

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.

Look out for our daily Sustainability quiz links on Facebook and Twitter so you can test out your sustainable credentials.

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

Sustainable materials

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

Sustainable transport

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

Zero waste

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

Zero carbon

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

Sustainable water

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: