Feast of Fools event

Feast of Fools event held by the Oxfam society in La Touche.

Go Green Week raises awareness of sustainability

Go Green Week, 11-17 February 2013, is a national week of action on climate change in universities, colleges and schools.

The first of the week’s events, the ‘Feast of Fools’, was organised by three Students’ Guild societies, The Oxfam Society, Slow Food on Campus and Food for Free.  The event helped to raise awareness of the volume of surplus food that is wasted in every day life, despite being edible, by creating a feast from food that would have otherwise been thrown away.  University food supplier 3663 and Riverford Farm provided the produce for the feast which was cooked and prepared by Chefs from Riverford as well. 

Later in the week, on Thursday 14 February, the Students’ Guild Arts Society unveiled a sculpture of a peacock.  The sculpture has been made from the metal and Perspex components of the building hoardings from the construction of the Forum.  The society worked with the Education Enhancement Team and local artist Ed Crumpton, creator of the Mariner’s Way sculpture on the Streatham campus.  The sculpture can be seen on the edge of the woodland by the west entrance to the Forum.

Dominic Jinks, Head of Arts and Culture Services, said: "I think this is a fantastic project. It is great to see how the Arts Society and Ed have used the various bits of material to make the sculpture. I think they have done an absolutely brilliant job". 

The sculpture will be added to the University’s Sculpture Walk which allows students, staff and visitors to view the various sculptures on Streatham campus whilst discovering the campus grounds.

Also on Thursday, the Estate Development Service (EDS) exhibited their plans for the energy efficient upgrade of Cornwall House. This demonstrated the steps the University are taking to refurbish buildings to make them more sustainable.  A series of works will be undertaken during the summer to reduce the carbon footprint of the building which include over cladding of the building to provide a good layer of insulation.  To find out more about this project and the other energy efficiency measures which will be introduced, visit the project web page.

The week’s events concluded with the Go Green Week Fair in the Forum on Friday 15 February.  Representatives from Devon Wildlife Trust and Devon County Council Travel Roadshow attended the event to provide information on volunteering opportunities and sustainable travel.  The popular ‘Dr Bike’ bicycle check up service was also available free for members of the University’s bike user group, Unicycle.  A small free stuff stall consisting of folders and stationery was part of the fair which encouraged students to re-use items rather than throw them away as part of the Student Re-Use Project.

The University of Exeter’s Sustainability Manager, Karen Gallagher said: "Go Green Week a great opportunity to raise awareness of sustainability across the campus. The Students' Guild and the Sustainability Team have worked in partnership to deliver some fantastic, interactive events this week". 

For more information on any of the events and projects detailed please email Lucy Kimberley, Sustainability Project Officer.

Date: 22 February 2013

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