Go Green Week 2017
UCA Students Union and UCA hosted Go Green Week in March 2017, with a week of events and activities to engage staff and students in sustainability issues. This ranged from meat-free Mondays in canteens, to guest lectures on The Circular Economy, Creative Solutions to Ocean Pollution and activities including a swishing event, garden task-force activities and eco-film showings. Students were also able to enjoy and make fresh fruit smoothies with UCA's own pedal powered smoothy machine.
Go Green weeks in previous years have included Swishing (clothing exchange) event, a pop-up Repair Café to assist students and staff repair faulty or damaged possessions and workshops on environmental projects in the communities around our campuses.
Farnham Repair Café (FRC)
In 2015 The Centre for Sustainable Design® (CfSD) set up a collaboration with Transition Town Farnham to establish Farnham Repair Café, a place where local people can seek advice and get free assistance from local volunteers to repair and extend the useful life of broken or faulty products, including electrical and mechanical products, furniture, clothing, textiles and bikes. Between January 2015 and July 2017, Farnham Repair Café has attracted over 1,000 visitors and achieved 382 fully repaired products, diverting over a tonne of products from disposal to landfill. During the course of its operation over a dozen Farnham students and two UCA members of staff have regularly volunteered their time and expertise to assist with repairs and help run the Repair Café. In March 2016, FRC was featured in Nature.com
Case Study: UCA Student Films on Farnham Repair Cafe (FRC)
In 2015, Sven Mattes, second undergraduate on BA (Hons) Film Production completed a short film on FRC (Available to view on Youtube) with extracts featured on Brazilian television. In addition, between January-April 2016 a project was organised between the The Centre for Sustainable Design® and first year students on the BA (Hons) Media & Communications and BA (Hons) Media & Creative Writing courses to develop and produce two short films to help promote FRC to the local community - see: http://cfsd.org.uk/events/farnham_repair_cafe/
More information on Farnham Repair Café and CfSD research on global Repair Cafés can be found on The Centre for Sustainable Design® website