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28 Days of Sustainability – Time for a fairer, greener future

This year Sustainable UCL invited the UCL community not to one but four weeks of sustainability!

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15 June 2021

What a year: while COVID has had severe effects on our society, the pandemic has also highlighted the potential for change and the possibility of a green and socially just recovery.

Under normal circumstances, we would have organised a series of themed weeks spread throughout the year, including sustainability week, sustainable careers week and FairTrade fortnight. However this year, we invited the UCL community to “28 Days of Sustainability”, a four-week programme that presented a mix of activities to suit our current times: some offered the opportunity to re-charge and plan for a fairer, greener future, whilst others demonstrated how you can take action now.

From careers in sustainability and the SDGs, to Fairtrade, wellbeing and climate justice, we collaborated with student societes, UCL departments, UCL alumni and the UCL Students' Union to create a programme that addressed many different aspects of sustainability. Over the four weeks, over 2,000 members of the UCL community engaged with our offer. Take a look at the events calendar below to see all the events we included!

28 Days of Sustainability Calendar

Monday 22nd February

Reimagining our streets, Barcelona and London Talk, 5pm - 6.15pm

Once London’s residential streets were places to walk, linger and play. Over the last century too many have become roads to drive through and park cars. This is changing.  While some low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) have existed for decades, they have sprung up more recently first in Walthamstow and, in the last year, in many, especially inner, London boroughs. Having removed the through traffic, the next question is what should be done to create a greater sense of place so that people of all ages once again linger, chat and play. Walking@Tea-time will be exploring these issues, looking at how they have been addressed in Barcelona and the plans for a London-wide campaign, and what can be achieved.

Get free tickets here

Tuesday 23rd February

Introduction to Public Engagement workshop, 2pm - 4pm

Aimed at early career researchers and members of the Environment Domain this two hour interactive session will explore what public engagement is, help develop communication skills and provide toolkits to identifying and understanding your public.

The session will also include reflections and learning on honest and equitable engagement with communities around climate change from guest speaker: Dr Helene Burningham (Associate Professor) in Physical Geography, Department of Geography and Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences (https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/people/academic-staff/helene-burningham)

This session is particularly useful for those who are new to public engagement or just beginning their journey and will involve presenting to your peers, collaborating on challenges using Mural and opportunities to ask questions/discuss key aspects of public engagement. It will also signpost opportunities to get involved and further support available across UCL.

No pre-work is necessary but please be prepared to get stuck in and make sure you have a pen/pencil and something to draw on nearby.

Get free tickets here


Lets talk about sustainable consumption, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Do you want to find out more about how to live more sustainably and talk to other students about it?

This is the first of the ‘Let’s talk’ series where you meet other students across UCL to talk about sustainability! In this event you will be placed in small groups where you can meet other students, talk about sustainable consumption (how we can fulfil our basic needs more sustainably) and learn from each other. Every 15 minutes you will be moved to a different room and be able to talk with more people about sustainable consumption.

This is for all students at UCL, whether you already know a lot about sustainability or nothing at all!

Get free tickets here

Wednesday 24th February

CSR - Horizons and Challenges Panel, 3pm - 4pm

Join LSC Sustain, LSE Green Finance and UCL Green Econcomy Society for an event on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Join this panel to learn more about CSR and its challenges in the apparel, aviation, and financial sectors!

Get free tickets here

Thursday 25th Feburary

Meet the Spitalfield’s Urban Farm Talk, 6pm - 7pm

UCL’s Bentham’s Farmers are having a 'Meet the urban farm' event with Spitalfields city-farm. The City farm will be presenting their project, share a bit more about the urban farm movement, and also answer some questions!

Get free tickets here

Friday 26th February

Bake UCL’s Fairtrade Vegan Banana Bread

CH&CO, UCL’s new catering provider are kicking off Fairtrade fortnight with a competition! What better way to celebrate Fairtrade fortnight than to make a Fairtrade Vegan banana bread cake!

What do I Win?

A very stylish Fairtrade cotton tote bag containing: A bag of our Fairtrade Peruvian filter coffee ‘Circulo’, 2x seed & bean FT chocolate bars, A G&G Notebook, FT revolution book, FT Foundation Pin badge

How do I enter?

Use our recipe to bake vegan Fairtrade banana bread. Follow Instagram @foodatucl, tag a friend in the comments below and tag @foodatucl in your Fairtrade banana bread story. The winner will be chosen at random the week commencing March 8th 2021 . Competition closes 23:59 on March 7th, 2021. For full T&C go to Foodatucl/CompetitionT&C

Get our free recipe

Weekend 27th & 28th February

Relax with a Fairtrade beverage, put your feet up and pick up one of our book recommendations on environmental justice and sustainability.

See our book recomendations!

Monday 1st March

Tune in to UCL's main Instagram account @UCL, to hear from UCL alumni working in sustainability! This will give you the opportunity to ask specific questions about their roles, how to get a job in sustainability, or start up your own sustainability enterprise.

Follow @UCL on Instagram

Tuesday 2nd March

An Islamic Model of Sustainability, 6.30pm - 8pm

Join UCL ABSoc and PakSoc to learn about the importance of sustainability in Islam and the role of a muslim in combatting climate change through a lecture from guest speaker Sheikh Jaffer Ladak. 

Join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 997 4318 7723

Let’s talk about: Sustainable Development Goals, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Do you want to find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and talk to other students about it?

This is the second of the ‘Let’s talk’ series where you meet other students across UCL to talk about sustainability! In this event you will be placed in small groups where you can meet other students, talk about the SDGs (what they are, how we can work towards them and how to hold institutions accountable) and learn from each other. Every 15 minutes you will be moved to a different room and be able to talk with more people about the SDGs.

This is for all students at UCL, whether you already know a lot about sustainability or nothing at all!

Get free tickets here.

Wednesday 3rd March

Join our Sustainability Careers Panels

Careers in Sustainable Business Panel, 1pm - 2pm

Interested in roles relating to how businesses are making their practices sustainable? Want a career in sustainability investment, product management, supply chain or consulting? Find out more about the reality of day-to-day roles, highlights and challenges as well as advice on routes in and sourcing relevant experience. Guests include staff from Fairtrade, Abundance Investment, Allplants, Fever Tree and Orsted.

Get free tickets here


Careers in Sustainable Infrastructure Panel, 2pm - 3pm

Interested in power, water, buildings, architecture, transport, and all those things that make our city work? This panel takes a look at how sustainability is impacting our infrastructure and the types of careers you could get involved in to support this change. Join us for this panel event. Guests include speakers from Atkins, City of London Open Spaces, HM Treasury and WSP.

Get free tickets here


Careers in Conservation and Heritage Panel, 3pm - 4pm

Want a career that has a direct impact on creating a sustainable planet? This panel looks at opportunities within conservation, including wildlife, ecology and the climate crisis plus the importance of heritage in the preservation and conservation of our surroundings. Guests include staff from Wildlife for All, Green Alliance, Love The Oceans, ICCROM and JLL.

Get free tickets here

Thursday 4th March

Find out what UCL is doing to tackle the climate emergency and how you can play an integral part with our 15 minute short sustainability induction.

Written in partnership with our students. This interactive course will teach you:

  • What sustainability and climate action means for our student population
  • What UCL is doing to tackle the climate emergency through teaching, research and campus 
  • How you can be a sustainable student during your time at UCL.

This last section will include interactive games on how to recycle, eat sustainably and cycle. You will gain an understanding of how to incorporate sustainability into your course, meet like-minded eco friends, volunteer as a Sustainability Ambassador and join our Student Sustainability Council. 

Take our free sustainability induction here.

Dua Kumayl & Discussion Circle: Should modern day Muslims be vegetarian?, 7pm - 8.30pm

Come along to take part in a short Islamic prayer, followed by a discussion on whether or not it is important to be vegetarian to combat climate change. The discussion will consider the Islamic perspective but all points of view are welcome.

Join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 916 5295 1299 

Friday 5th March

Writing a CV for the Sustainability Sector, 1pm - 2pm

With competition intense for sustainability-focused opportunities and recruiters having to review CVs at speed, it’s important you know how to market what you have effectively. In this session, we’ll understand what employers are looking for, review example CVs for best practice and show how best to market yourself effectively for a specific sustainability position.

Get free tickets here

Climate Action Around The World Workshop, 7.30pm - 9pm

Join UCL ABSoc, PakSoc and Climate Action Society to discover more about climate action needed around the globe. Find out the issues faced by different countries and come up with your own solutions through a series of games and other online activities.

Join the Zoom event here. Meeting ID: 998 3113 2051 

Weekend 6th & 7th March

Bunker down in front of the sofa on a wet day and watch one of our favourite sustainable and climate tv and film recommendations. 

See our favourite documentaries here!

Monday 8th March

Climate justice and the role of female leadership

Climate change is a global problem, but not everyone is impacted equally. Women, particularly black, Indigenous and women of colour around the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis – the UN estimates that 80% of those who have been displaced by climate change are women. Racism and sexism also affects participation in climate action aimed at protesting many of these injustices.

How can the environmental movement become more inclusive and what is the importance of female leadership in this space?

Joins us for a panel discussion in which Aarushi Menon, UCL’s Women’s Officer, explores these questions with librarian and sustainable living advocate Chantelle Richardson, climate communicator and podcaster Dainalyn Swaby, and climate justice activist Simmone Ahiaku.

Register for free here. 

Tuesday 9th March

Art Soc x Healthy Planet: Planetarty Health Workshop, 6-7pm

What can we do through art to help inspire change? Get inspired for the Planetarty Health art competition with this workshop!

What can we do through art to help inspire change?

Introducing the SfGH UCL x Art Society competition: Planetarty Health. Join this workshop to learn more about the effects of climate change on both human and global health as well as pioneering artists who deal with this issue in their artwork.

This art competition campaigns for a healthier, happier planet. The theme of this art exhibition is to consider the effects climate change has on health, such as from malnutrition due to drought and flooding causing reduced agricultural production and loss of livelihoods, or mental health strain from eco-anxiety. Our aim is to widen participation in medical education and campaigning for sustainability.

Prizes will be awarded to the best three.

Register for free here.


Let’s talk about: Sustainable Futures For Everyone, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Do you want to find out more about how sustainability action can be more inclusive and talk to other students about it?

This is the third of the ‘Let’s talk’ series where you meet other students across UCL to talk about sustainability! In this event you will be placed in small groups where you can meet other students, talk about how we can achieve a sustainable future for everyone and learn from each other. Every 15 minutes you will be moved to a different room and be able to talk with more people about how to make sustainability initiatives more inclusive and intersectional.

This is for all students at UCL, whether you already know a lot about sustainability or nothing at all!

Get your free tickets here.

Wednesday 10th March

Climate Collage workshop, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

The Climate Collage is a workshop on Climate Change, its causes and its consequences. It summarises the IPCC report in 42 cards! During the workshop, you will connect with other participants, use your creativity, analytical skills and debate this pressing issue.

Get your free tickets here.

Thursday 11th March

Read our top tips for getting a sustainability job! Sustainability is a realistic, varied, interesting and prosperous career path which has many routes in, and isn’t just for geographers! Find out for yourself!

Read our top tips for getting a job in sustainability!

Friday 12th March

Lunchtime Zumba, 12.30pm - 1pm.

Lana, one of UCL’s Departmental Sustainability Ambassadors is inviting you to Zumba! Lana believes that inner happiness and well-being are key for individuals to come together and achieve sustainability at its core. So, join Lana for a 30-minute free Zumba Fitness Class full of energy, uplifted spirits, and fun! In Zumba, every class is like a party!!

Get your free tickets here.

Weekend 13th & 14th March

Give your clothes a second chance!

We all love fashion, but it can have a huge impact on the environment and the people who make our clothes.

See some handy upcycling tutorials!

Monday 15th March

Take part in UCL's monthly photograph competition #loveUCL and make it sustainability related!

To enter – and be in with the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher – share an Instagram story on the month's theme and tag @ucl.

Each competition will start and be announced on the @ucl Instagram stories at 11am.

Once the theme has been announced you'll have 24 hours (until 11:00am the following day) to share your story. It can be a photo, video or just text but it can only be one slide max. We'll share the best entries on the @ucl Instagram stories and the winner will be selected through audience vote. We'll announce the winner on the following Friday.

Make sure you're following @ucl on Instagram and keep your eye out for each competition to enter!

Follow @UCL on Instagram

*In order to enter, you must be a UCL student, see T&C's here.

Nature DIYs at home event, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

UCL Bentham's Farm have teamed up with UCL Nature and Conservation to give you some tips and tricks on nature and gardening DIYs at home. 

Join via this zoom link.

Tuesday 16th March

Discussing the energy transition talk, 6pm - 7pm

Professon Paul Ekins, Director of Resources and Environmental Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources will be discussing how the UK and other countries can transition to a low carbon future.

Join the event via this Zoom link. 


Let’s Talk About: Sustainability Leadership, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Do you want to find out how to become a sustainability leader and talk to other students about it?

This is the final event of the ‘Let’s talk’ series where you meet other students across UCL to talk about sustainability!  In this event you will be placed in small groups where you can meet other students, talk about how we can hold leaders accountable, become them ourselves and learn from each other. Every 15 minutes you will be moved to a different room and be able to talk with more people about sustainability leadership.

This is for all students at UCL, whether you already know a lot about sustainability or nothing at all! 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Wednesday 17th March

Live Sustainability hustings with the SU - TBC

Thursday 18th March

A London Alive with Nature talk, 3pm - 4pm

Join the reserves manager of the London Wildlife Trust, Edwin Malins, for a talk about urban landscape history! We will be discussing urban nature reserves and how they fit into the wider landscape, how wildlife is managed in London today, and the landscapes and habitats of pre and post-human occupation. This event is open for anyone and everyone, so please do come along for the talk and short Q&A session afterwards!

This is the Zoom link to the event. 

Take TFL's free online Cycle Skills course

Whether you're new to cycling or just want to brush up on your skills, this course provides easy to follow tips and advice to get you going.

Self-register now to get access to the four short modules. When you've completed all four modules, TFL will send you a unique code for 15% off Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks or helmets. To get your discount, add your code to your Halfords basketTerms and Conditions apply.

Start your free training here.

Friday 19th March

Love a podcast? Queue up some of our favourite sustainable and eco friendly podcasts and get your eco-inspiration wherever you are.

See our favourite podcasts here!

Weekend 20th & 21st March

Join your Eco-Tribe, From beekeeping to clean energy, join a UCL society or a community group driving social or environmental change.

Join a green society at UCL or a community group.