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Wales Sustainability Week

11 May 2011

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The University is supporting the Welsh Assembly Government’s second Wales Sustainability Week by joining forces with individuals, organisations and communities across Wales to help create a more sustainable nation.

The week (14th-21st May) encourages people to take specific action to make Wales more sustainable, and also celebrates and promotes what is already going on.

Cardiff will be using Wales Sustainability Week to highlight the University’s strengths in sustainability-related research, and to promote its on-going commitment to becoming a more sustainable University in its operations.

Recent developments in this area include the installation of 36 new waste and recycling bins across the Cathays campus to help increase the University’s recycling rates. The University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute is also exploring innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. The Institute was officially launched in January 2011 and brings together world-leading experts across ten of the University’s disciplines to work on creating comprehensive solutions to sustainability for all parts of the world.

In the build up to the Wales Sustainability Week, staff from the University’s ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) will be hosting the Wellbeing Tourism conference. Taking place on Friday 13th May the conference will include presentations on green space, health and biodiversity, amongst others. Dr Calvin Jones, Dr Julie Newton and Cerys Ponting of the Centre will lead one of the discussion sessions exploring how wellbeing can be measured.

An Office of National Statistics (ONS) report looking into what wellbeing means to young people in Wales, will be launched during Wales Sustainability Week (May 18). BRASS and Techniquest worked with the ONS by studying 129 young people (16-19 year olds) to explore what wellbeing means to them. The launch at the National Museum of Wales will include speakers from the Welsh Assembly Government, ONS and BRASS; followed by a lunch and networking opportunity. More information and registration details can be found here.

Cardiff-Foodbank WEBDuring the week, staff will also be able to take part by donating food as part of the Foodbank project. Cardiff Foodbank is a city-wide initiative which helps support members of the community who are facing poverty and the reality of not being able to feed themselves or their families.

The University has supported the Cardiff Foodbank project since July 2010, and in that time staff and students have donated more than a tonne of food. From Monday 16 May until Friday 20 May a Foodbank collection box will be situated in Main Building’s VJ Gallery, encouraging people to donate an item of food from Foodbank’s shopping list.

Beyond Wales Sustainability Week, Cardiff staff will be sharing their research and expertise in sustainability and related fields at other events. Dr Chris Groves and PhD student Evelyn Nava Fischer, both of BRASS will introduce the film Into Eternity, a documentary that considers the dangers of storing radioactive waste, at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday May 22nd as part of the UK Green Film Festival.

Professor Justin Lewis, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies will also speak on the subject of climate change and the media at the world-famous Hay Festival of Literature. His talk on 2nd June will explore whether the media treat the issue of climate change in a way that allows the public to appreciate its seriousness. Professor Lewis is one of four academics from the University presenting their latest research to audiences at the event.

Following the success of the University’s own Sustainability Week in 2010, planning has also begun for Sustainability Week 2011. To be staged again during November, the week will be aimed at encouraging staff and students to become more sustainable in their everyday lives, as well as showcasing the University’s world-leading sustainability research. If you would like to stage a sustainability-related event during the University’s Sustainability Week 2011, please email

Related links

Sustainable Places Research Institute