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Sustainability Week 2023

Sustainability Week 2023

Sustainability Week is a chance to engage in sustainability initiatives across campus and learn more about what’s going on at the university and in the wider community.

Events are organised and hosted by Queen Mary students and staff, allowing for a range of events such as volunteering opportunities, socials and seminars. All events were open to students, staff and the general public.

Student volunteers digging out summer plants from the campus allotments to get the beds ready for a new year.

We hosted two allotments sessions where students worked in the gardens, digging out the summer plants and turning over the beds, and a Big Green Canal Clean to fish litter out of the canal using nets and litter pickers, finishing with complementary hot chocolate. Allotment Sessions and Canal Cleans run throughout the year, so if you'd like to get involved students can sign up on the QMSU Volunteering Page and staff can email

The online launch of the Sustainable Climate Action Network (SCAN) happened over Sustainability Week, where we introduced a channel for students and staff to collaborate with sustainability projects, ideas and events. You can sign up to get involved with SCAN via this form.

Student volunteers refilling beds with soil at the campus allotments as part of Sustainability Week.

Our student societies ran their own sustainable events: Knit & Knatter repurposed old plastic bags by turning them into yarn to create reusable bags and Sustain@BL had a movie screening of 'Living the Change'.

The Wardrobe Re-Fresh Fair gave donated clothes a new life and students a new wardrobe, saving money sustainably as these clothes were saved from going to landfill.

The workshop How to Give Your Course a Sustainability Power-Up and the launch of Action for Sustainability in the Curriculum introduced integrating sustainability into the curriculum and displayed initiatives run by staff and students. To learn more about this and get involved you can contact

Student volunteers at the Big Green Canal Clean after litter picking to clean up the canal as part of Sustainability Week,

Eco Medics gave a workshop, Creating Impactful Change in the NHS, inspiring students with how they can improve sustainability in the medical profession. The Skills Award also had a workshop on Sustainable Careers where students learnt what skills green employers are looking for.

Keep an eye out for Climate Action Week in February 2024, where there will be events just like this and more! Email for any enquiries.

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