News and events

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We organise a range of events throughout the year across our Colchester Southend and Loughton campuses. These events focus on environmental issues, from reducing our carbon emissions to exploring the grounds and biodiversity at our campuses.

Our events include:

  • Environment Week in which we look at ways we can reduce our impact on the environment.
  • Our Sustainable Essex environmental accreditation programme, bringing together staff and students to make the University more sustainable.
  • Pop-up stalls, allowing students and staff to discuss, learn and suggest ideas regarding sustainability at the University.

Key Events

Dr Bike

Dr Bike from the charity Re-Cycle will be on our Colchester campus at the North Towers Causeway fortnightly on Wednesdays in term time between 8.30am – 2.30pm. The team offers free checks as well as providing servicing, repairs and affordable second-hand bikes. 

Environment Week

Each year the Sustainability Team hosts the week-long Environment Week. This is where the team engage with staff and students through a variety of different activities which look at different topics of sustainability. In 2021 the theme was around the climate ecological emergency that the University of Essex declared in December 2020. The team organised a variety of events including:

  • panel discussion on the human impact of climate change
  • a hedgehog talk presented by Hedgehog Friendly Campus
  • creative workshops with Artexchange
  • virtual tree walk tour of Wivenhoe park
  • an environment digital wall that showcases all things sustainable

Sustainable Essex Awards

The Sustainable Essex Awards is an environmental accreditation internal programme run by the Sustainability Team. It brings staff and students in a department together in a team and provides them with a tangible framework to make their department more sustainable whether that is in the office or at home.

This is a great event for staff and wider departments to take part in:

  • It demonstrates an environmental commitment to prospective staff and students.
  • It is an opportunity to save resources and money.
  • It increases staff collaboration and morale.   

 Students can get involved in Sustainable Essex by taking on roles such as auditors.

Find out more information about the Sustainable Essex Awards

Pop-up stalls

Each month we will be hosting a pop-up stall in which we will explore a theme around sustainability. Students and staff can join us in discussing and coming up with new ideas to combat environmental issues.

Welcome Week and Freshers Fairs

Each year the Sustainability Team takes part in Welcome Week. This is a chance for all new and returning students to learn more about the sustainability team and what events and activities are coming up in the next academic year. 

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Get in touch
Rebecca Moss
Sustainability Engagement Officer
Ben Taylor
Sustainability Engagement Assistant