Students and staff from the University were invited to plant a tree along the sports pitches at Kingsway Campus on behalf of their department, society or sports team. Local residents were invited to come along as well as children from the nursery at Kingsway. Students for Organising Sustainability (SOS-UK) were supporting the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback and supplied us with 150 tree whips. The tree whips were planted ahead of Tree Charter Day across two planting sessions. Over 60 people came along and the University’s Grounds and Gardens team directed the planting and were on hand to help everyone to plant their tree. The Grounds and Gardens team provided an additional 53 trees to plant including cherry trees.
Planting trees are one of the many things we can do to tackle climate change, they store carbon, reduce pollution, provide flood protection and create a habitat for wildlife. The purpose of planting trees is to increase green space on campus and create a space for students and staff to connect with nature. Over the lifetime of the trees, we hope that they will provide a habitat for wildlife and promote clean air.
We have plans to plant even more trees this Spring and we’ll be asking staff and students across the University, as well as local residents, to join us once again and help us plant them. Keep an eye out on the Green Chester social media pages for more details!
Do Nation is a digital platform that encourages people to make healthy, environmentally friendly habits. Users pledge to complete a ‘do action’ for two months before confirming how they did. Do Actions can vary and include using a reusable cup, donating unwanted clothes and cutting back on sugar. Pledges cover themes of food, travel, home, lifestyle and work so there is something for everyone to pick.
We use Do Nation as an interactive way to encourage staff and students to make more sustainable choices in their day-to-day lives through different leaderboards. For students, there is a leaderboard for sports and societies. Each month we have a different theme; the theme for December was energy and we updated our top five priority Do Actions to fit this theme and help us save energy.
Currently there have been 27 pledges made between four societies, if all pledges are successfully completed and confirmed the collective impact will mean that 575kg of CO2 has been saved (the same as five flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam!) If you haven’t already, sign up and help your team get to the top of the leaderboard!
Our theme for January is action and it’s the perfect time to set your goals for the New Year and make a pledge (or two!). Goals can vary from cutting back on sugar to encouraging others to do more. If you’re stuck for a New Year goal, we’ll be updating our top five Do Actions to hopefully give everyone some ideas on what they can do. By taking part in a Do Action for two months, it is hoped you will form a new habit or at least help you on your way to making more sustainable choices. We love to hear how everyone is getting on with their pledges so even if you’ve only recently started a pledge, let us know how you’re finding it so we can feature you in a Green Chester social media post. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag @greenuochester in your Do Action photos on Instagram.