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Beard balm, a pedal powered cinema and a one-stop fixing workshop: It's Sustainable City Week

The week of events kicks off on Monday 17th October

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Each year, City hosts a series of unusual events and workshops to inform staff and students about sustainability and encourage them to live a greener life. This year is no exception. During the 2016 Sustainable City Week, attendees can watch a film powered entirely by pedal bikes, learn how to upcycle their old clothes and take part in a massive campus-wide scavenger hunt. The programme of events begins on Monday 17th October, running until Friday 21st October.

The Sustainability Team say they hope the week will demonstrate how easy it can be to make sustainable choices. Ellie Simes, Sustainability Officer said: “City is the greenest University in London and that’s partly down to the enthusiasm of the staff and students. We hope that the events and workshops we are holding during the week will show how sustainability can also be fun. Small changes like cycling more, eating less meat and reducing the amount we throw away can all have a big impact.”

Environmentally friendly transport will be promoted during the week. A bike doctor will be on campus to provide free maintenance services and bargain bikes will be on offer at a refurbished bike sale.

On Monday evening, a free pedal powered cinema will be popping up at CityBar. The screening of American superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy will run entirely on electricity generated by the audience on pedal bikes. Later in the week, people can help themselves to a free, healthy smoothie, made on a pedal-powered blender bike.

Sustainable food is also on the menu, with EatCity participating in Meat Free Monday and Quorn giving away free tasters. The Great City Bake Off on Friday will persuade competitors to try switching to sustainable ingredients, whether that’s organic, Fairtrade, free-range or locally-sourced produce. Great prizes are on offer for the winners, so get baking!

City has partnered with Fire Hazard Games to bring CityDash, a high-energy scavenger hunt, to campus. Described by the Guardian as “absolutely brilliant”, CityDash challenges teams to crack cryptic clues and outrun patrolling guards, whilst learning more about sustainability. CityDash is free and will take place on Wednesday afternoon, spaces are limited so register now!

Finally, there are many activities planned for those who want to learn creative ways to reuse and recycle. The free Stitch it, Don’t Ditch it workshop on Tuesday will provide a lesson in how to fix clothes and upcycle old garments. A drop-in Beard and Lip Balm Making workshop will show attendees how to make balm using the beeswax from City’s beehives.

For more information on all the events and to register your attendance, visit the event pages.

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