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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.

Our objective is to provide a platform from which to promote awareness, share knowledge and celebrate sustainable actions to staff, students and the wider community. The week includes a range of workshops, seminars and social events. There's lots to get involved in!

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One Planet Week 2020: Zero Carbon

Our 2020 theme was zero carbon. Zero carbon focuses on reducing carbon emissions to an extent where no more CO2 is added to the atmosphere, to greatly benefit our wildlife, health and happiness.
  • Making buildings more energy efficient 
  • Changing behaviours on resource consumption
  • Increasing sustainable travel

For more up to date information, keep track on our Facebook and Twitter.

Previous themes and events

Find out more about our previous One Planet Week events in the dropdowns below.


OPW2019 had some great events from the Ocean Plastics Exhibition to Ethical Clothes Swaps, Quizzes, Tombola, Eco-cafe crawls and making your own Beeswax Wrap workshop.

We also had our "More Sustainable Options" labels in the Nisa in Market Square, which highlighted local and seasonal products, vegan options, fairtrade accreditations, recycled materials, and/or use of sustainable palm oil.

Our calendar below shows all the activities which ran 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.


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?

Being more sustainable isn’t just for One Planet Week!

Check out our web pages to find out more things that you can do to make sure you're living more sustainable and within our one planet's resources.

What you can do

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