What is Green Chester?

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Green Chester is the campaign run by the University’s Sustainability Unit. It is for staff and students, driven by shared values, to have the opportunity to transform the environmental impact of the way we work and learn together.

Over the last 12 months, we have seen our students join in the Climate Change strikes in the centre of Chester, reuse over 400,000 bottles at the water fountains across campus, and demand that they are able to use reusable cups in the catering outlets. The University is committed to improving its environmental impact. We have installed solar panels on 10 buildings and are working to identify other suitable locations.  We endeavour to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do and welcome suggestions from you!

We share details of our sustainability initiatives, from how to travel across the city sustainably, saving you money and keeping you fit and healthy. We work with our Grounds and Gardens team to host workshops to build bird boxes and bug hotels, plant wildflowers to encourage wildlife, provide recycling bins and information on what to recycle. We host regular events in partnership with other departments, to help promote sustainable food options from locally growing your own on the allotment to supporting campaigns for improving food standards and purchasing, such as our Fairtrade accreditation and our Sustainable Palm Oil City Champion status, working in partnership with Chester Zoo.

Take action!

We have a variety of ways for you to get more involved in sustainability action. From supporting events for an hour to longer term/regular opportunities. If you have an idea for something you’d like to do, get in touch @GreenChester or greenchester@chester.ac.uk

  • Become a Green T – volunteer with Green Chester at events such as VeggieFest, work with us to promote a campaign or a cause you’re passionate about, become a Green Impact or Responsible Futures auditor.
  • Come along to the allotment – fresh air, exercise, grow your own FREE food and meet new people.
  • Head to the monthly Sustainability Forum – where local guest speakers share what they’re doing in the local community and how you can do more. Last year we had Steve Hughes talk about the SuperTrees project which you can see taking shape at the roundabout near Mecca Bingo, at the top of Frodsham Street.
  • Commit to making a change through our DoNation programme, where you can pledge on behalf of your sports team/society to switch off lights, go meat free one day a week, take the stairs instead of the lift plus many more. Confirm how you get on to be in with the chance of winning prizes.

The Warble – every term you will receive The Warble (your sustainability newsletter) arming you with all the opportunities you need for learning, campaigning and volunteering, to leave University with the skills to meet the challenges of the future.

If you have a specific project in mind that you’d like to set up, drop us an email greenchester@chester.ac.uk. Like us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and events www.facebook.com/greenchester  @GreenChester

What can I do? At Uni/At home

Re-use a water bottle. We have a network of water fountains across the University where you can keep hydrated with cold filtered water for free. #refill #reuse #reduceplasticwaste

Need a coffee? Make sure you bring a reusable cup, if you don’t have time to sit in, and save yourself a 20p charge for a disposable cup!

Leave your car at home. Chester is easy to navigate on foot, or by bike and you can get from the Parkgate Road Campus to Queen’s Park in around 20 minutes. We have partnered with Bren Bikes to provide affordable bikes and they regularly come on to site to carry out maintenance and repairs.

Electricity. Switch off lights when not in use, unplug chargers and report any problems with heating to the Facilities Helpdesk.