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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. Our objective of the week is to provide a "platform from which to promote awareness, share knowledge and actions on sustainability to staff, students and the wider community". The week includes a range of workshops, seminars and social events. So there is lots to get involved in! 

We are currently planning #OPW20 so if you want to get involved or have any ideas contact us at! In support of Climate Action, the theme for 2020 is Zero Carbon! 

To keep up to date, check out our social pages, Facebook and Twitter

How sustainable is your lifestyle?

How many planets do we need to support your lifestyle? Are you Carbon Careless, a Sustainability Superhero or somewhere in between?

Take our Quick Sustainability Quiz (here) to find out how you rate and what more you can do to improve. 

Do you have any top tips for being more sustainable? Email with your suggestions or let us know on social media (Twitter or Facebook)

One Planet Week 2019


OPW2019 had some great events from the Ocean Plastics Exhibition to Ethical Clothes Swaps, Quizzes to Tombola, Eco-cafe crawls to making your own Beeswax Wrap workshop. We also had our "More Sustainable Options" in Nisa in Market Square, which highlighted local & seasonal productes, vegan options, fairtrade accreditations, recycled materials, and/or use of sustainable palm oil.

Our calendar below shows all the activities which run throughout the week. (The calendar is visible to all members of the University - you need to be logged into your University Google Account to see it. Click the +Google Calendar button (bottom right) to subscribe to the calendar.)

One Planet Week 2018


In 2018 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.

What next?

What more can you do after #OPW?

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!


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