Date for the Diary: Go Green Week 13 - 17 March 2023

Go Green Week is a great initative that gets everyone thinking about sustainability and encourages them to take positive actions in their own lives.  It is organised by the University and the Guild.

See last year's programme below and keep an eye on this page for 2023 events and activities. 

2022 Go Green Week

The University and the Students’ Guild teamed up with a range of student societies, academics and local community members for Sustainability Week, which took place from 28th February to 4th March 2022.

The week included a host of events and activities to encourage everyone to consider a range of environmental issues, and to provide support for people to take positive action in their own lives.

This included a sign up to make a daily pledge to support the environment:

  • Student sign up daily pledge organised by the Students’ Guild

Green Rewards users can also take part in a daily pledge

Please see below for the activities and promotions from 2022. We hope to share the 2023 Sustainability/Go Green Week dates with you soon! 

EARLY BIRD EVENT: Thursday 24 February 2022

EventTimeHost Further InformationKey Outcome & SDG Alignment
 St Luke’s cross college event including SHS, GSE and CMH


St Luke's

Julie Mills Director of Quality (CMH)

FREE pizza and drinks

2 x ‘Be the Change’ workshopssession with Beth Lewis from the ‘Be the Change Society’  in the marquee as below:

13.15– 13.45 Beginners crash course to student eco activism. Definitions of words like: Intersectional environmentalism; Decolonisation; Net Zero; Sustainable food systems; climate justice; eco anxiety versus eco grief; COP26 and how the University was involved.

14.00 – 14.30 How to take your worries about climate change and channel them (a wellbeing approach)

Definitions of: Eco grief, resilience, burnout, Eco anxiety, climate optimism.

What do you think about the Uni's approach? Do you know what the Uni is doing.

Have your say on environmental issues scroll in marquee.

Dr Bike workshop from Saddles and Paddles.

Your Students’ Guild will be present at the event providing community building activities and information on more ways to get involved with Go Green Week.

To ensure that students are aware of how they can take part in eco-activism and to explain what they can do to deal with eco anxiety.  There will also be wellbeing stands and 2 x therapy dogs on site.

The student feedback scroll will feed into a CMH/CLES staff workshop on 4th March.

Sustainable Development Goal:

11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

13 Climate Action

Tuesday 1 March 2022

EventTimeHost Further InformationKey Outcome & SDG Alignment
Plant-Based Unis Stand




Students at over twenty universities across the UK are demanding 100% plant-based food on-campus catering by the 2023-24 academic year, to ensure a sustainable future.

Come and visit our launch stall in the Forum on Tuesday the 1st of March between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm to learn more.

More about the campaign can be found on Instagram @plantbasedunis.
Wellbeing Walk with Be the Change Society


Bottom of Forum Hill

Be The Change Meet the Be the Change Society at the bottom of Forum Hill for a chilled walk and talk around Belvidere Meadows.  
Plant-Based Unis Launch Event


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Be The Change

The Be the Change Society will be launching our official link with the national plant-based unis campaign. We will hear from:

  • Stefano Pascucci - on sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Natalia Lawrence - on the psychology of reducing meat consumption
  • A representative from the National Plant-Based Unis campaign (speaker tbc)
  • Emma De Saram from Be the Change society about the ongoing Exeter campaign

A representative from 'Slow Food on Campus' and Veggie Soc.


This event will be held online, and the aim is to raise awareness about our 25% off vegetarian & vegan meals promotion running throughout Go Green week at selected University outlets, and the national student led campaign, with explanation of the relationship between climate change and diets.
Sustainable Finance Panel


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Exeter Student Investment Fund ESG Advisors

Luke Henderson

Ben Wood

Jack Pearce

Join our three ESG Advisors on Wednesday 2nd March at 6:30-7:30pm online in a Sustainable Finance Panel as part of GoGreen Week, talking about the ESG investing space considering the key questions about how and where money could be best allocated to make a real difference! Find the LINK in our bio (EMOJI)

 The panellists include two industry experts:

-Cindy Rose: Head of Responsible Capitalism at Majedie Asset Management

-Jill Jackson: CEO of The Big Exchange, a market-leading online sustainable investment platform

It also includes three academics from the UofE:

-Dr Radek Stech: Senior Lecturer as well as Head of the PSSL, working to improve governance in ESG investment

-Professor Chendi Zhang: Director of the Sustainable Finance Centre

-Dr Rajesh Tharyan: Senior Lecturer in Finance


Wednesday 2 March 2022

EventTimeHost Further InformationKey Outcome & SDG Alignment
Sustainability Showcase



Join us in the Forum for our Sustainability Showcase where you can get involved and have a chat with student groups, the Guild and the University on different projects going on throughout the university community.
Education Thematic Forum – Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Teach In


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Fraser Browning, E&CE Technical Evaluator Learn more about our E&CE Education Forum, and how it’s contributing to our E&CE Agenda.

Interactive session on how you feel SDGs can be embedded into the curriculum.

Sustainable Development Goal:

4 Quality Education

13 Climate Action




Nigel Morris, Strategic Waste & Resource Manager & Sarah Binti Azizi from BinIt

An activity/quiz to see who puts the right things in the right bins, enabling the University to get the best results from our recycling.

There will be prizes for the high achievers!

To gain further understanding of the level of existing awareness for waste and recycling, giving the scope for improved segregation and reduction of contamination.

Sustainable Development Goal:

11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

12 Responsibility Production & Consumption

13 Climate Action

Beach Clean

1330-1730 Meet in the Forum (near SID desk)

Students' Guild

Come and join us for a beach clean at Exmouth Beach. We'll be doing a walking bus from the Forum (just after our Sustainability Showcase) to Exeter Central at 13:30 and catching the 13:55 train to Exmouth. If you want to meet us at Central that's fine too! Once we arrive in Exmouth, we'll be heading to the beach and collecting rubbish along the front for around an hour. We'll provide the litter pickers, bin bags and gloves! After we've done our clean, we'll be heading to a nearby cafe to get a hot drink before heading back to the station for the 17:23 train.



Thursday 3 March 2022

EventTimeHost Further InformationKey Outcome & SDG Alignment
Improving Sustainability in Labs  1130-1200 Daniela Farina & Freya Branley

Join Daniela Farina and Freya Branley 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.

Please note this will be a 20 minute talk followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. Any questions not addressed during the event will be responded to via email.

Grow your knowledge of best sustainability practices in labs and how to implement changes.

Sustainable Development Goal:

12 Responsible Production & Consumption

9 Promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

Waste Innovation to help us to Net Zero


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Nigel Morris, Strategic Waste & Resource Manager

Teams Event

Sharing our approach to waste and recycling on the Exeter campuses and our plans for the future.

30 minute presentation with Q&A


Opportunity for students to share their ideas and views to feed into future strategy and operations.

Sustainable Development Goal:

11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

12 Responsible Production & Consumption

13 Climate Action

Nature & Biodiversity Walk with the Grounds Team 1130-1300  Dave Evans, Head of Grounds Operation

Join us for a tour of the grounds to see how we sympathetically manage the University estate.

Meet outside the main entrance of Reed Hall.

Please note that numbers are limited to 20 persons and will be managed on a ‘first come’ basis.

Understanding how our campuses are looked after and the thinking and practicalities of supporting biodiversity.

13 Climate Action

15 Life on Land


Friday 4 March 2022

EventTimeHost Further InformationKey Outcome & SDG Alignment
'Are we going green enough? A panel event with the university on their climate commitments.'


Location: XFI Building Henderson Lecture Theatre
 Students' Guild

Join us for a panel discussion with the leading University team and student activists, on our University Environment and Climate Emergency Plan.  We will be asking:

Are we sticking to our targets

Does the University plans go far enough?

What more can we do to be real leaders in the climate emergency?

And much more!

There will be a chance for you to get your own questions answered too.

Book your place here: 

Launch of the Students Sustainability Alliance  

4th March


Location : XFI Building Henderson Lecture Theatre
  The Students Sustainability Alliance is a group of students who will come together to discuss and organise ideas around tackling climate change. During this event, there will be a presentation about what the SSA is and how it will work. We will then have some time for questions and possibly start to talk a bit about the group's priorities. You don’t need to know anything about climate change to come, and you don’t need to have done any work around sustainability, everyone is welcome! After this event, we will send out more details about when the group will meet next and what exciting things we can get working on first.

If you can’t make it to the event but want to sign up to find out more about SSA join our email list here.

Book your place here:

For more student led events, blogs from our students and more information about ways to get involved with sustainability through the Guild visit

We have also arranged some promotions to help you take that positive step for change:

Thinking of reducing your food carbon footprint?  Eat meat less, there’s no better time to give it a try!  Throughout the entire week the Eat & Shop Team will be offering a 25% discount on selected vegan & vegetarian meals at La Touche, Cross Keys, iSCA Eats and the Ram Bar.  They are also introducing a new plant based hot drink loyalty card.

Go Green Week also coincides with Fairtrade Fortnight (21 Feb – 6 March) with the Eat and Shop Team offering special deals on Fairtrade products.

Buddah Bowls Pop-Up Food Outlet will be located in the Forum on Thursday 3 March from 1130am, selling delicious plant based dishes all priced at £4.95.


Be Rewarded for Taking Part

This year we’re supporting Go Green Week by encouraging you to take part in Go Green Week events or activities and, for doing so, you can earn Green Reward points.  If you attend 3 Go Green Week events/activities you will also be entered into a raffle to get the chance to win a £100 voucher!

To take part you will need to sign up to Green Rewards, if you haven’t already,so that you can log your activity.

We are also want and need to here your views on Green Rewards.  Is it working for you?  Are the activities challenging enough?  What new activities would you like to see?  Please share your ideas and activities through the Green Rewards Get Involved Section.

SDG Teach In

Sustainability week also coincides with the Sustainable Development Goals Teach In campaign - check out our campaign page here.  As a University we are committed to embedding the SDGs and to support this we have created 17 Vodcasts – one for each SDG – to highlight how we are approaching and contributing to the delivery of each.