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Go Green Week 2014

Friday 28 February 2014

Queen Mary held its annual Go Green Week from Monday 11 – Saturday 15 February to promote why we should all love our climate - even when the weather is against us! The week was a huge success with various teams around Queen Mary holding themed events every day, covering a number of sustainability issues.

Catering and Hospitality QM offered a vegetarian menu for Meat Free Monday, local dishes for Local Food Tuesday and free muffins with any large Fairtrade coffee purchased by cyclists on Travel Light Thursday.

The Students’ Union teamed up with various services from around Queen Mary to offer free stationery to students on Take Back Tuesday. The Sustainability Team partnered with NUS to offer a waste workshop for Green Impact Teams on waste not Wednesday. On Travel Light Thursday the Metropolitan Police Force visited the Mile End campus and offered free security marking, whilst the Tower Hamlets Council provided a free bike maintenance session courtesy of Dr Bike. And to finish the week off, the Green Mary Society collected green pledges and gave away goodies such as reusable bags and four minute shower timers.

These events resulted in the following achievements:

  • Take Back Tuesday - over £800 worth of stationery was donated to students
  • Waste not Wednesday - eight green impact teams participated in the Waste Workshop
  • Travel light Thursday - 17 bikes received free maintenance and advice, over 15 bikes were security marked and catering ran out of muffins because so many people cycled in!
  • Green Mary Friday - over 50 goodie bags were given out and over 30 pledges were made.

Stephen Wells, Director of Estates and Facilities, commented on the achievements of Go Green Week: ‘This year’s Go Green Week proved to be a huge success with staff and students braving the cold and wet weather to engage in sustainability at QM. The way everyone contributed to collecting stationery throughout the organisation for the SU amnesty was my highlight of the week and not only demonstrated the benefits of reusing and recycling but also directly benefited the students by saving them money’

If you are interested in finding out more about sustainability at Queen Mary, would like to join the Green Mary Society or form a Green Impact Team contact the Sustainability team.

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