The London-wide Students Go Green Week is taking place this week, with the support of People & Planet and the Mayor of London (who isn't taking every opportunity to promote himself, honest).
College has shown support by rolling out the next phase of its recycling scheme, with sets of three coloured plastic bins all around College. The bins started rolling out last month, but now should be in every department. People in the Guilds office identified a potential flaw last month, wondering how long it would take for people to swap the bin lids over. It turns out the answer was not long...
In the Union, takeaway packaging and cutlery made from potato starch has been introduced, making the utensils more appetising than some of the food. Union catering is now able to stick to the environmental policy whilst still retaining a takeaway service (and worrying less about people in Beit stealing cutlery and plates).
A series of events is planned around London, with something at Imperial every day.
Tuesday sees the talk "Poisoned by Agribusiness", in the Blackett LT1 from 6-8pm, with a film about the destructive effects of man-made chemicals and talk on agriculture chemicals working their way up the food chain. Wednesday sees a discussion on climate change with Professor Ralph Toumi of Imperial College and Lucy Pearce from Stop Climate Chaos, in Sherfield's Pippard Lecture Theatre from 12:30pm-1:30pm.
The Great Hall hosts a Green Fayre on Thursday from 12pm-2pm, with assorted green-related stalls, including the Whole Foods Market and the college recycling scheme. A talk on Biofuels ends the week on Friday, with Jeremy Woods and Richard Murphy from Chemistry discussing an area often put forward as a solution to some of our problems. Join them in Mech Eng Lecture Theatre 220 from 12:30pm to 13:30pm.
The Union will be burning hydrocarbons until late on Friday, with the Green Week Finale taking place from 8pm-2am, promising DJs, live musicians and an Ethical Fashion Show in aid of Friends of the Earth. No doubt several kilowatts of lighting and sound system will be in use, so you'd better come along to decrease the carbon footprint of the people who are going already.
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