Sustainability Week 2021

The University and the Students’ Guild have teamed up with a range of student societies, academics and local community members for Sustainability Week, which will be taking place from 1st – 5th March 2021.

The week will include a range of events and activities to encourage everyone to consider a range of environmental issues, from choosing local produce to traveling in a sustainable way, and to provide support for people to take positive action in their own lives.

Would you like to get involved?

Expressions of interest are still open for societies that would like to host their own event/campaign as part of Sustainability Week 2021! Sustainability applies to all and therefore we are hoping for involvement across a whole range of disciplines – you don’t need to be an environmental society to take part.

Get in touch by contacting, including the name of your society and your activity idea.

Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team events open to Exeter students and staff

Our friends in Cornwall have coordinated a fantastic range of events for Sustainability Week 2021; including guest speakers, workshops and daily film screenings. Most of these are also open to all and we've included a few highlights below - but check out their full programme here.

All week:

  • The Eat and Shop team are offering £1 off reusable cups and food containers for the whole of sustainability week - cups are available in all outlets and food containers in the Market Place Forum. Read more about their commitment to supporting the University's Environment and Climate Emergency response here.
  • Sustainability week also coincides with the Sustainable Development Goals Teach In campaign - check out our campaign page here.

Social media highlights:

  • Follow Exeter Fashion Society's 'Small business week' Instagram (@exefashsociety) takeovers each day - showcasing small, sustainable, student-led business in Exeter each day. Keep an eye out for their giveaways too.
  • Follow the English Society on Instagram (@exeterenglishsociety) for their campaign showing students where they can recycle their books
  • Follow the University Cycling Club on Instagram (@exeterunicyclingclub) to find out about local cycling routes that could benefit your health and carbon footprint
  • Follow the Lifestyle Medicine Society on Facebook (@LifeStyleMedicine) to find out about food's vital role in planetary and human health
  • Follow Exeter Uni Amnesty International Society on Facebook (@ExeterUniAmnesty) to find out about eco offending brands operating in the fast fashion industry
  • Follow Exeter Vegetarian and Vegan Society on Instagram (@exevegsoc) to get involved in their #shoplocal campaign promoting smaller produce



EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Cook along with The Plastic Freegan 1-3pm Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team   As part of our Sustainability Week campaign, take part in a a digital cook-along of a delicious mushroom carbonara with The Plastic Freegan! Eventbrite link here.
Guest speaker session - What does sustainability mean to you? 4-6pm Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team   Join the Sustainability Team for a healdine guest speaker session to kick off Sustainability Week. Eventbrite link here.



EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Sustainability in labs 11:30am-12pm Environment & Climate Emergency Team   Join Daniela Farina and Andy Seaman for a short teams live session focusing on our work to improve the sustainability of our labs on campus. Part of a short series of talks for Sustainability Week. Full event listing here.
Reducing the Impact of UoE Bought Goods & Services 2:30-3pm Finance Team and Environment & Climate Emergency Team   Find out more about what our finance department is doing to reduce the impact of bought goods and services. Full event listing here.
Scientist Rebellion with Dr Tim Hewlett
6-7pm Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team   Dr. Tim Hewlett, member of 'Scientist Rebellion', outlines the need for rapid societal transformation to tackle the climate crisis. Eventbrite link here.
Instagram takeover: Day in the life of a vegan All day Exeter Student Investment Fund (ExSIF)  Instagram:  @exeterstudentinvestmentfund Scott is cooking his 3 favourite vegan meals while discussing the environmental impact of veganism.



EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Zero Waste Hour: Repair and re-wear!  11am All Hands Together society 

Instagram: @allhandstogetherexeter

Facebook: @AHTExeter

Get involved in our hands on workshop. Link to Facebook event here.
Cash of the Titans: Screening & Q&A
12-12:45pm Environment & Climate Emergency Team  

We will be screening Chris Guggiari-Peel’s documentary – Cash of the Titans. This documentary explores the different aspects of the little-understood global trade of insects, how regulations and collectors' behaviours are changing and what this means to the conservation for the world's largest beetle species. Full event listing here.

Climate and coffee catch up 4pm Cool Runnings Society Facebook: @exetercoolrunnings Join Cool Runnings for Exeter’s Sustainability Week for an informal catch up and discussion on how we can take individual and collective steps and use running to help tackle the climate emergency! Link to Facebook event here.
Climate Change Quiz  5pm Exeter Student Volunteers – Environmental Project  Facebook: @esvenviroproj An online climate change quiz to learn more about the impacts global warming has on our planet. Link to Facebook event here.
Wellbeing Wednesday tbc All Hands Together society

Instagram: @allhandstogetherexeter

Facebook: @AHTExeter

‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ covering eco-grief and activism burnout. 



EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Bringing back the wolf and restoring the UK's biodiversity 10am Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team   Join the Sustainability Team as they welcome rewilding specialist and author Derek Gow to talk rewilding & reintroducing apex predators! Eventbrite link here.
Instagram takeover: sustainable finance All day Exeter Student Investment Fund (ExSIF)  Instagram:  @exeterstudentinvestmentfund Josh (ESG Advisor) will be discussing the way finance overlaps with sustainability.
Penryn Campus Biodiversity Video Tour 1-2pm Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team   Join this session for an exclusive virtual tour of the beautiful Penryn Campus! Eventbrite link here.
Decarbonising the University's energy network 2-2:30pm Environment & Climate Emergency Team   Join us to explore the University's action and plans to deliver a Net Zero energy network. Full event listing here.
How students can learn for and lead on sustainability 3pm-4pm SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability)  Instagram: @sosuk_charity A workshop for students and how they can use the For Good platform -  delivered by SOS-UK - to find placement, research and project opportunities to use their education as a force for environmental, social and economic good.



EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Thinking into the future  10am-12pm  University of Exeter & Falmouth University    Hear from leaders from both Falmouth University and the Univesrity of Exeter, to discuss the institutions’ sustainability achievements, projects & ambitions. Eventbrite link here.
Dr Bike sessions 10am-1pm Ride On - Cycling For All Facebook:  @RideOnCyclingForAll  Free 30 minute bike safety check and maintenance tips with a qualified bicycle mechanic from Ride On - Cycling For All at their premises in Exeter. Booking essential using this link.
Guest Speaker Session - The role of carbon capture technology in the future 1-3pm Cornwall Campuses Sustainability Team  

Join the Sustainability Team for a headline guest speaker session set to educate & inspire! Eventbrite link here.

Sustainable Food 101 6pm-8pm  Slow Food Society  Facebook: @XSFOC

6-7pm: A talk on 'Sustainable Food 101' by Claire Liboureau, Partnership Manager at Fairtrade.

7-8pm: A talk on 'Low Mileage Food' Link to both


EventTimeHost Social mediaFurther information
Nothing New Month swap shop 3pm Be The Change

Facebook:  @btcexeter

Swap clothes and more with other students at our virtual event. Link to Facebook event here.
Vegan cook-along 6:30pm Cool Runnings Society

Facebook: @exetercoolrunnings

Get your ingredients and get cooking for the virtual cook-along. Link to Facebook event here.