University launches sustainability week

University launches sustainability week

From reusing and recycling to energy saving and emission reducing – the University of Aberdeen will launch a series of events this week (Monday 27 April) to encourage people to discover more about sustainability.

Signposting Sustainability 09 will see a week of exhibitions, interactive stalls, competitions and talks taking place at the institution's King's College Campus.

The week aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues and highlight the ways in which informed choices can be incorporated into how we live and work. 

Each day will shine the spotlight on a different area of sustainability, with topics including healthy living and working, Fairtrade, renewable energy, biodiversity and careers in the sustainability sector, all set to be covered.

The week's events are free to attend and open to both University staff and students, and members of the public. 

Activities will include the opportunity to have your health assessed, test whether you can drive in an environmentally friendly manner, and the chance to meet the animals cared for by the Fernwood Trust, wildlife rescue and animal sanctuary.

Daily lunchtime talks will also take place with speakers including key University academics and figures from environmental organisations, providing insights into a range of sustainability topics.

Steve Cannon, Secretary to the University of Aberdeen said: "The University of Aberdeen is committed to incorporating sustainability into all of our activity including building projects such as the new library and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare.  This week we hope to engage both our internal and local community in discovering the measures we can take as individuals to have a positive impact on the environment."

Fraser Lovie, Policy Adviser at the University of Aberdeen said: "The events this week aim to give University staff, students and the wider community the chance to boost their knowledge about the different strands of sustainability, and learn how they can incorporate it into their day to day lives. 

"From informative talks from experts, through to interactive exhibitions and lively events there will be an array of activities on offer to inspire visitors to think about the environment and how we can take measures to protect it."

Signposting Sustainability 09 will take place from Monday 27 April until Friday 1 May at Linklater Rooms, Elphinstone Cloisters and Kings Lawn on the University's King's College Campus.

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