This year’s Green Week will be entirely online, so you can join in no matter where in the world you are! Keep an eye out for new events and don’t forget to book to avoid disappointment!

Monday 8th March '21

Getting started with Upcycling: Fabric Tote Bag
Time: 10am-2pm
Speaker: Gina Austin (Fab Lab Technical Skills Instructor)
Audience: Anyone

Upcycling is an environmentally friendly solution to reducing waste by taking something old and turning it into something new. It can be done with clothes, furniture, or general household materials which can become bespoke presents for friends and family, or bringing a new lease of life for that old piece of furniture that’s seen better days.

Sessions are either 1-hour long or a 4 hour supported session. The 1-hour sessions are a mixture of demonstrations, general information, example products, finishing with a question and answer session. In the supported sessions, you will be guided through our specific upcycling tutorials, working through each step one at a time allowing you to ask any questions as you go along.  For any session, you can request a 1-2-1 with one of our team afterwards if you have any more questions or want some more specific information.

You can book onto all sessions or just those that are most useful to you:

  • Furniture Renovation (1 hour)
  • Textiles (1 hour)
  • Sustainable face mask (4 hours)
  • Fabric tote bag (4 hours)
  • Pallet garden planter (4 hours)

Book your place here.


Sustainability 101
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Speaker: David Chapman (Sustainability Champion at Warwick University)
Audience: Anyone

Join David Chapman, Sustainability Champion at Warwick University, about some of the many simple ways we can be more sustainable in our daily lives.

Book your place here.


Motivation Monday Education Talk
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Speakers:
Audience: Coventry University Students

Join our CUSU Student Sustainability Champions as they discuss the growing importance of sustainability when it comes to their courses! See from the student perspective the value that learning about sustainability can add to your overall University experience. The talk will be shared on our CUSU Sustainability Facebook from 12pm Monday 8th March and be available to watch again and again thereafter!

Sign up link coming soon.

Tuesday 9th March '21

Sustainability and Science: Our Greener lab
Time: 10am - 11am
Speaker: Patrick King and Bethan Grist
Audience: Coventry University students and staff

Science labs have a significant impact on the environment. They use a substantial amount of energy and can produce a lot of waste, both from chemicals and single-use plastics. We are becoming increasingly aware of how we affect the environment in all aspects of our lives. In this talk, we will explore our journey towards sustainability within our lab, our successes, and our plans for a greener future.

Book your place here.


10 Tips to Enhance Your (Green) Pitch
Time:
11am - 12pm
Speaker:
Constantina Katsari (tech entrepreneur)
Audience: 
Students

Join Constantina Katsari as she discusses 10 tips you'll be able to apply to your pitch to make it more impactful to investors. Constantina is a tech entrepreneur who has already set-up several start-ups and is particularly interested in start-ups that want to increase their market traction and raise funding. Other webinars offer by CUE can be found via our Organiser Page

If you are considering starting your own business - or have recently done so, why not check out CUE's website? This is only one of our activities to support prestart and new start businesses. CUE Business Solutions is offering this FREE workshop to you through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, the session is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. If you are interested in further support then please get in touch.

Eligibility Criteria:

Prestart: If you have a technology-based business idea and have not yet started a business and you live in the Coventry or Warwickshire region.

New Business: If you have a technology-based business idea and have registered your business with HRMC or Companies House less than 12 months ago and are operating out of the Coventry or Warwickshire region.

Places are limited, so make sure you book yours now.


How can you decide whether a company is really green or just covered in greenwash? Live Webinar
Time: 11am - 12pm
Speaker: Gideon Howell - Associate Head (Enterprise & Commercial) School of Energy Construction and Environment, Coventry University
Audience: Anyone

Greenwashing is an attempt to capitalize on the growing demand for environmentally sound products, whether that means they are more natural, healthier, free of chemicals, recyclable, or less wasteful of natural resources. During this webinar, we will be looking at how to identify a company is genuinely green or is just providing misleading information about how their products are more environmentally sound.

Webinar link coming soon.


Green Careers in the 21st Century
Time:
12:30pm - 2pm
Speaker:
Dr Ben Vivian 
Audience:
Anyone

Join This lunchtime discussion with:
Dr Ben Vivian Course Director MSC Sustainability and Environmental Management at Coventry University  and Special guests:
Martin Baxter (Director of Policy and External Affairs, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment)
Lucy Davies – former CU MSc graduate now a Senior Sustainability Consultant with WSP

Register for this event here.


Sustainable Pensions
Time: 
2pm - 3pm
Speaker: Jaliyyah Ahmadu-Bell
Audience: Anyone

The session would look at sustainable pensions and how these are becoming more common in retail investment funds. It will consider the growing impact of ESG as a style of investing in pensions and why firms like this idea.

You can register for this session here.


Become a Staff Sustainability Champion
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: Joanne Sharma (Sustainability Advisor)
Audience: Coventry University Staff

Are you a Coventry University staff member who is interested in sustainability and the environment
Come along to this meeting to:
-Meet the Environment Team
-Find out about our role what is happening across the University
-How you can support Coventry University to become more sustainable
-Share ideas

Register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Climate Reality: #WeAreGreen?
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Speakers: David Chapman (Sustainability Champion at Warwick University)
Audience: Anyone

Climate Reality Leader, David Chapman, presents the Climate Reality presentation looking at the climate emergency and actions we are taking.
Having received training with Al Gore in Berlin in 2018, David has spent nearly a decade in the field of sustainability. This presentation looks at how many impacts of climate change are interlocked and what we, as humanity, are doing to fight it.

To attend this event please book your space here.


Tasty Tuesday Netflix Party
Time: 
7pm
Audience: Anyone

Take some time to unwind in the evening by coming along to our Netflix Teleparty! Get involved in the fun as we watch the phenomenal 'Kiss the Ground' Netflix film together that will make you think twice about modern-day agriculture. We look forward to seeing you there!

Event link coming soon!


Cycling in a Medieval Town: A Simon Munk presentation
Time:
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: Simon Munk (London Cycling Campaign)
Audience: Anyone

Simon Munkis an Infrastructure Campaigner from London Cycling Campaign who helped develop the internationally-lauded Waltham Forest mini-Holland schemes. In this talk about cycling in Warwick, Simon will discuss:

- Political will - what it looks and feels like, how to get it
- New DfT guidance and funding streams - Gear Change, LTN 1/20, the government finally getting risks of climate, dirty air, inactivity etc. and need to act
- Temporary schemes - what can be achieved and how fast
- What good cycling looks like and what it doesn’t look like – the need for campaigns to be bold, but also constructive
- How to achieve stuff in narrow streets and congested medieval centres

You can find out more and book your free place on Eventbrite here. Attendance is limited so book now.

Wednesday 10th March '21

Severn Trent - Using Water Wisley
Time: 
1pm - 2pm
Speaker: Beth Parker (Education Officer)
Audience: 
Anyone

An overview of Severn Trent, how water is treated, how to use water more efficiently, how wastewater is cleaned up, the challenge of water scarcity, blockages and future developments. The session includes two videos, an interactive session and a time for Q&A. Details of which water-saving gadgets are available and how to get them will be covered.

Access the live stream link here.


Creating Sustainable Change - Motivational Interviewing
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Speaker: Vince Schutt (Enviromentum)
Audience: Anyone

Motivational Interviewing is a non-confrontational approach to communication with the focus on building repertoire and enacting tangible change.

This workshop aims to introduce the concepts of MI and apply them to implementing climate change policies at local government levels and include interactive group activities to test your new motivational interviewing abilities!

You can access the Zoom link here.


Carbon Literacy Program - taster session
Time:
2pm - 3pm
Speaker: Selina Fletcher (Head of Sustainability) and Ellie Rathbone (Energy Data Assistant)
Audience: Coventry University students and staff

The carbon literacy programme is designed for staff and students to gain an understanding of climate change and how this impacts us all. The programme will run in April and this session gives a taster on what to expect and also how staff may use this in teaching.

Access this session here.


Wellbeing Wednesday Walk and Talk
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Speakers: Favour Sanusi and Will Garnett
Audience: Anyone

Join Favour and Will for the Green Week Walk & Talk Wednesday Special! They will be talking about the often missed link between sustainability and wellbeing as well as some of the wider benefits of getting involved in the BRIT2021 Challenge. Catch them at 4pm on Wednesday 10th March when the video will be shared on the Sport Coventry YouTube Channel!


Coventry Green New Deal Hustings
Time:
7 pm - 8:15 pm
Audience: Coventry residents

Join the candidates of the West Midlands Mayoral Election and Chair as they take questions and discuss their plans to tackle the climate emergency.
This is your chance to ask questions directly about climate change and the environment in the West Midlands.
#WMMayorClimateHustings

Candidates:
Chris Crean:
Panel chair and Regional Campaigner at Friends of the Earth.
Liam Byrne MP: Labour MP for Hodge Hill
Jenny Wilkinson
: Liberal-Democrats, chartered accountant at KPMG.
Steve Caudwell: Green Party, Group Leader Solihull Borough Council.

Book your place here.

Thursday 11th March '21

Virtual Repair Café
Time: 10am - 2pm (virtual drop in throughout the day)
Speakes: Helen Lewis (Fablab Manager), FabLab Technical Skills Instructors:
Gina Austin, Kevin Taylor, Jack Shuttleworth, Adam Wicketts
Audience:
Anyone

Repair Cafés offer you the ability to learn how to fix toys or furniture that have broken or are in need of repair. This virtual repair café will provide live video support to find out the problem with your item and support you through making the repair yourself. It will be run throughout the entire day and you can drop-in at any time

When you do so, the team will ask you questions about your item to match you up with one of the Fab team to support you in your repair journey. Once matched with our team, they will work with you to try to repair your item. Whilst we can’t guarantee that we can help to fix everything, we will do our best to support you to try and get your item back in working order.

Book your place here.


Fuel poverty and energy saving
Time: 11am - 12 am
Speaker: Sandra Newey and Amanda Munro
Audience: Anyone

A session by Act on Energy that provides an interactive discussion on:

  • What is Fuel Poverty
  • How you can save money on your energy bills hence cutting down your carbon footprint and helping the environment.

Act on Energy is a charity which has been working in this sector for over 20 years. We help people in Coventry and Warwickshire to cut their energy bills and support them with applying for grants for insulation and heating measures.

Book your place here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Angela Eason: angela@actonenergy.org.uk


Climate Reality: #WeAreGreen?
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Speaker: David Chapman (Sustainability Champion at Warwick University)
Audience: Anyone

Climate Reality Leader, David Chapman, presents the Climate Reality presentation looking at the climate emergency and actions we are taking. Having received training with Al Gore in Berlin in 2018, David has spent nearly a decade in the field of sustainability. This presentation looks at how many impacts of climate change are interlocked and what we, as humanity, are doing to fight it.

Book your place here.


Cycling UK Commuter Webinar
Time: 
4pm - 5pm
Speakers: Alexander Appleyard-Keeling (Cycling Development Officer - West Midlands), guest speaker Adam Tranter (Bicycle Mayor for Coventry).
Audience: Anyone

This webinar will help people get in the saddle and on the road to safely commuting to work, discover the benefits as well as the best way to approach your ride.
Introduction by guest speaker: Adam Tranter- Bicycle Mayor for Coventry.

Webinar link coming soon.


Warwick Sustainability Summit
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker: David Chapman (Sustainability Champion at Warwick University)
Audience: Anyone

We will have updates of actions the university has taken towards tackling the Climate Emergency and well as talks from staff, students and keynote.
More information to be announced...

This event is open to all staff, student and the general public. Book your place here.

Friday 12th March '21

Getting started with Upcycling: Furniture Renovation
Time: 1pm-2pm

Upcycling is an environmentally friendly solution to reducing waste by taking something old and turning it into something new. It can be done with clothes, furniture, or general household materials which can become bespoke presents for friends and family, or bringing a new lease of life for that old piece of furniture that’s seen better days.

Sessions are either 1-hour long or a 4 hour supported session. The 1-hour sessions are a mixture of demonstrations, general information, example products, finishing with a question and answer session. In the supported sessions, you will be guided through our specific upcycling tutorials, working through each step one at a time allowing you to ask any questions as you go along.  For any session, you can request a 1-2-1 with one of our team afterwards if you have any more questions or want some more specific information.

You can book onto all sessions or just those that are most useful to you:

  • Furniture Renovation (1 hour)
  • Textiles (1 hour)
  • Sustainable face mask (4 hours)
  • Fabric tote bag (4 hours)
  • Pallet garden planter (4 hours)

Book your place here.


SDGs and a cup of tea
Time:
Speaker: Selina Fletcher (Head of Sustainability)
Audience: Anyone

The SDGs provide a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. This extends to how we protect the planet, our resources, reduce inequality and provide sustainable economic growth. Join us for a discussion on the SDGs ... and a summing up of Green Week 2021.

Join us on Zoom here.

Saturday 13th March '21

Events coming soon..

Sunday 14th March '21

Sustainable Switch Sunday Talk
Time: 12pm
Speakers: Charlie (Zero store), Claire (Reyousable)
Audience: Anyone

To round up Green Week, we reached out to local sustainable brands to learn more about what they do as well as get their top tips for students! Catch the video on our CUSU Sustainability Facebook from 12pm Sunday 14th March where you can watch again and again thereafter!


Coventry Climate Change 2021: Green Assembly
Time:
2pm - 4pm
Audience: Anyone

Join a workshop with your fellow citizens from the local Coventry and Warwickshire area to map out some of the opportunities individuals and communities have to tackle climate change.  People attending the assembly will be free to contribute, listen to others, and be empowered to act and initiate / effect change.

Please note: this event will take place via Zoom. Book your place here.

Green Week+ (Events the weeks before/after Green Week)

Events coming soon..