University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Sustainability Week 2019

4 November 2019


Sustainability Week 2019, organised by The Students’ Union and supported by Falmouth and Exeter universities and FX Plus, runs from 4 to 8 November.

It’s packed full of events, talks, activities, films and more. You can help us out with tree and bulb planting, listen to a talk about bees and then watch bee posts being installed, shop sustainably at the Green Fayre or come and find out how we’re doing re campus sustainability (TEVI talk on Thursday and ‘Where are we Now?’ on Friday).

To find out about more about #OurEffect and how we are supporting sustainability across our campuses see

Below is a list of Sustainability Week events (or follow the Students’ Union Sustainability Week page for updates). For extra news see @FalmouthExeter on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where we are promoting special vegetarian and vegan menus and telling you about sustainability work around our campuses.

Monday 4 November:

11am Falmouth Campus (lawn near Reception) - Bulb Planting.

The Stannary Kitchen and Fox Café are offering special vegetarian and vegan menus.

1-3pm Penryn Campus bus stop.: Beach Clean - Penryn Campus to Falmouth Town Walk. Meet The lovely Beach Clean Society at Penryn Campus bus stop for a leisurely wander into town, litter picking on the way. A great social, bring a sturdy pair of shoes, a suitable jacket and maybe some pennies for refreshments on the way!

6-7.30pm, PL Seminar 6: How Effective Are Extinction Rebellion? The Politics society is discussing the actions and motives of the Extinction Rebellion and whether their mission is in progress or protest.

Tuesday 5 November:

Noon – 3pm,  Marquee Outside the Upper Stannary: Green Fayre. Shop sustainably at an afternoon of great stalls. Explore local sustainable and eco-friendly organisations and societies such as great veggies from Penryn Produce, Lush cosmetics, Bee Soc cakes (yum), ReClaim clothes and many more!

6-8.30pm Exchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus: Wild Doc Soc Film Screening. As part of their weekly film screenings, the Wild Documentary Society will be screening a lovely wildlife documentary for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Wednesday 6 November:

11.30am – 1.30pm Outside the Stannary – along the big white wall by the herb garden: Big Bin Rummage: FX Plus team volunteers (cleaners/caretakers) will be going through black bins, take out the recyclable material (that shouldn’t be in there) and use it to highlight the potential recycling that could have been done.

Noon – 1.30pm The Allotment, Walled Garden, Penryn Campus: Green Living Allotment Session. Come along to our small veg growing space at the far end of the walled garden to help out with creating a plentiful veggie paradise.

In these sessions we sow seeds, manage and plant seedlings, prepare the veg beds, compost, keep everything tidy.

1-3pm The Walled Garden, Penryn Campus: Bulb Planting. Offset your carbon footprint, and keep the bees happy! Join the gardening team for some bulb and flower planting.

1-3pm DDuM Seminar L: Bird feeder making workshop.

1pm - 2pm Glasney Lodge: Social Run with Athletics. The opportunity for a run, chat and exercise around Glasney Lodge.

5pm - 7pm Exchange Red and Blue: Green Gathering. What do you think about the current campus sustainability efforts? Are we doing enough? Could we be doing more? What should we be doing? Here is your chance to give valuable feedback and ideas to the student Green council and facilities staff - so that stuff gets done! Topic tables will include:

Waste and Recycling

Energy and Water

Biodiversity and Estates



Thursday 7 November:

10.30am to noon PL Seminar 6: TEVI Progress Presentation. Circular economy talk from Ed Glucksman. Our Procurement Team works with University of Exeter’s TEVI project on ways of being more sustainable, including using local suppliers such as Fuerte Fire and Westcountry Fruit and Veg. Ed will explain what TEVI is, what TEVI is doing in terms of promoting circular economy, the process for current suppliers they sign and more.

11am – 1.30pm Lower Stannary: Enterprise Car Club: Car Club is a self-service hire car that can be hired for as little as 30 minutes and  is based at Penryn Campus. Car Club vehicles are a more cost effective alternative to most one and two day rentals and anyone, including students, aged 19+ can join. A representative will be in the Lower Stannary hosting a drop-in session to encourage the use of the Car Club.

1-5pm REEF Building, Penryn Campus: Repair Cafe Workshop. You are invited to bring your broken household items along to repair. Repair Cafes are pop-up workshops for people to bring their broken items and we work with them to fix the items together. Items can include: electrical appliances, clothes, furniture, bicycles, ceramics, toys, etc. The Repair Café aims to provide visitors with the knowledge and tools to complete the repair themselves or with assistance from our team of skilful repairers. Bring your things, and get help, information and assistance repairing that useful something. Volunteer your skills to help others, or just come along to see what it's all about.

1-3pm Outside the Stannary: Bike Repair Workshop: Safety assessments, small repairs and an opportunity to get some lights & reflectors for those darker evenings.

Friday 8 November:

10.30am to 3pm Penryn Campus, venue TBC: Tree and bulb planting.

Noon-1pm Exchange Red: "Where Are We Now?". This is a talk from Tony Sanders (Managing Director of FX Plus), Professor Juliet Osborne (Director of the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute), Peter Cox (Chief Operating Officer of Falmouth University) and Sarah Redman (Student Experience President) about where we are now in terms of sustainability. It will cover progress that has been made on our campuses and the strategic direction we will be heading in.

3.30-4.30pm Trevaskis Room – ESI: Kate Christman Talk. Come and learn about the secret life of solitary bees from Kate Christman; and the little things you can do to help them prosper. Kate works for the Green and Blue company who create 'bee bricks' from local china clay waste from St Austell. They also create other beautiful biodiversity-friendly items from waste clay such as Swallow boxes.

To coincide with this talk, bee posts will be installed on both Falmouth and Penryn campuses.