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Sustainable City Week



Join us as we celebrate City’s 10th annual Sustainable City Week. We are hosting a whole load of free events for students, staff and the public with a chance to get involved and find out more about sustainability here at City and beyond. Why not try…

  • Cycling your way through Avengers: Infinity War
  • Exploring the Future of Cities exhibition
  • Discovering how psychology can change the planet
  • Joining the debate about the future of our food
  • Making your own lip or beard balm

Bike sale

Monday 29 October 2018
11:00 – 15:30, Main entrance, Northampton Square

Find your ideal bargain bike from The Refurbished Bicycle Specialists, a social enterprise who refurbish bikes and sell them on at very reasonable prices. There’ll be a selection to choose from on the day, ranging from £50 – £150, but get there early as there’s a limited supply.

City Cycle Cinema

Monday 29 October 2018
18:30 – 21:30, CityBar, Northampton Square

Join us for a cinema powered entirely by pedal bikes.  Members of the audience can take it in turns to ride the bikes powering the cinema’s screen and sound. This year we’ll be showing the latest Marvel hit, Avengers: Infinity War. Entry is free and popcorn will also be provided for attendees.

Lip and Beard Balm Making Workshop

Tuesday 30 October, 2018
12:00 – 14:00, Main entrance, Northampton Square

Drop in to make your very own pot of lip or beard balm out of beeswax from City's hives! Learn about City's bees and take your pot away with you. It only takes 10 minutes!

Global Cities - drivers for a more sustainable world

Wednesday 31 October 2018
10:00 – 11:00, Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Northampton Square

Find out about Tokyo's plans to become the world's leading financial and environmental city and the educational and employment opportunities this offers.

In July City, University of London took part in the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to Tokyo, which aimed to develop closer links between the financial and professional services sectors in both cities. As part of the visit, City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Metropolitan University. City are now hosting a visit from senior officials from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan University who will be speaking about drivers for a more sustainable world. This is an opportunity to hear from and put questions to two prominent leaders from Japan. It is also a chance to learn about some of the emerging educational and employment opportunities in Tokyo.

Governor Yuriko Koike, the first female Governor of Tokyo, will share her vision for Tokyo as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will focus on her financial and environmental policies and the opportunities for collaboration between Tokyo and London. Through this, she will share her insights on the challenges facing women in Japanese politics.

Dr. Haruo Shimada, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Tokyo Metropolitan University, will speak about the history of mutual co-operation between Japan and the UK and the importance of cooperation between our respective capital cities.

This event is part of City’s Global Talks programme, an ongoing series of talks that aim to provide students and staff with an opportunity to gain global insights and perspectives from inspiring people from around the world.

Trip: The future of our cities

Wednesday 31 October 2018
13:00 – 16:00, meet at the main reception, Northampton Square

For the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Cities keep on growing and by 2050, 70% of us will be urban dwellers.

Join us on a trip to explore what the future of our cities will look like. We’ll be heading to the Crystal Building in London which is home to the world's largest interactive exhibition on urban life. Find out about the major global trends facing our cities today and explore the latest technologies and innovative solutions that will help us improve our health, well-being, energy, security, water, nature and city infrastructure.

How can psychology change our planet?

Thursday 1 November 2018
13:00 – 13:50, AG22

Professor Martin Fry (School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr Lara Zibarras (School of Arts and Social Sciences) will be exploring behaviour change and the environment in this one-hour lunch time lecture. Bring your lunch and join us as we find out how we can use behavioural insights to become more energy efficient, and what the world is doing to bring psychology to the forefront of our efforts to tackle climate change.

Supported by the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership.Watch a recording of the event here.

Watch a recording of the event here.

The Fish in the Sea and the food on our plates

Thursday 1 November 2018
17:45 – 19:15, B200

How do we tackle global food challenges locally; climate change, resource depletion.

The world is facing major food system challenges, locally, in nations and globally; the huge burden of food poverty, malnutrition and diet-related disease; climate change and ecosystem degradation; and millions of people’s lives are affected by the often low paid and hazardous work involved in the food system.

We will be screening two short documentary films, The Fish in the Sea and Black Isle which explore local food production and sustainable fishing in Scotland, which will be followed by a panel discussion with experts involved in sustainable food and fishing, and the film maker himself.

Watch a recording of the event here. Please note, the sound quality may be low at times.


Daily from 11:00-15:00 along Level 1 main walkway in University Building, including activities and freebies.

Free bike doctor

Bring your bike along for a free maintenance service, no need to book.

  • Tuesday 30 October, 9.00 - 17.00 at Northampton Square, main entrance
  • Wednesday 31 October, 9.00 - 17.00 at Northampton Square, main entrance
  • Thursday 1 November,09.00 - 12.00 at City Law School, Princeton Street
  • Thursday 1 November, 13.00 - 17.00 at Cass Business School, Bunhill Row

For more information about Sustainable City Week, be sure to follow #SCW18 on Twitter @Sustain_City or check out what we did for Sustainable City Week 2017 here.

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When and where

From Monday 29th October 2018 to Friday 2nd November 2018

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom