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Green Week 2011

The University of Sussex will be helping to turn Brighton green with a range of fun activities to raise awareness of environmental issues during Green Week 2011 (March 5-11).

Students will be busy spreading the green message on campus and in the city in a move that organisers hope will "bring people together".

A series of eco-friendly events - free of charge and open to all - will be taking place across campus and in Brighton and at the Jubilee Library, The Basement and Sallis Benney Theatre.

Green Week 2011 launches at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Saturday 5 March with a day of green-themed live performances, food and drink, book swaps, stalls and family fun.

The Sustainable City Day on 5 March kicks off seven days of events, each with a different theme, including:

  • Garden (Sunday 6 March), including an allotment open day and a solar-powered outdoor cinema;


  • Transport (Monday 7 March), including a bike-maintenance workshop and a talk by Dan Glass, former President of the Students' Union;


  • Food (Tuesday 8 March), including a market and a demo by Love Food Hate Waste;


  • Waste and recycling (Wednesday 9 March), including a litter pick, a fashion show and a craft fair;


  •  Campaign (Thursday 10 March), including talks on sustainable fishing, sweatshops and direct action;


  •  Economy (Friday 11 March), including a forum on the ecological limits of economic growth.

A climate connections exhibition will take place at the Library throughout the week, and the winners of a specially-themed poetry competition will be announced.

Students and staff and visitors to campus will also be able to travel for free on the Big Lemon bus if they give a lime to the driver. The bus company will give all the limes to the Students' Union who will use them to make green cocktails.

Green Week is a joint initiative led by the University of Sussex Students Union and the University of Sussex Centre for Community Engagement (CCE), with input from students, staff and community organisations.

Biz  Bliss, Operations Officer at the Students' Union, said: "We all know that sustainability isn't just about going to talks and events - it's about embedding environmental thinking into our everyday lives. So this year, Green Week aims to bring people together and inspire positive action for a sustainable future - long beyond the end of the week!"

To view the full programme, with timings and venue information, go to www.sussexstudent.com/greenweek

Notes for editors

University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune, Jacqui Bealing and Daniëlle Treanor. Tel: 01273 678 888. Email: press@sussex.ac.uk

View press releases online at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/newsandevents/

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Last updated: Tuesday, 1 March 2011