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University of Bradford atrium pictured from above

Free refreshments, including banana milkshakes ‘powered by a bicycle’ will be on offer at a sustainability day run by the University of Bradford on November 17.

The focus of the day will be ‘food waste’, with a host of top tips on how to avoid it, how to make the best of what you buy, and how people can be more sustainable in general.

There will also be a range of games and give-aways, including vouchers to spend on campus.

The Sustainability Day coincides with Cop 27 - last year, the university was awarded coveted ‘observer status’ after it sent a delegation of staff and students to Cop 26 in Glasgow.

Members of the university’s very own student-led Sustainability Society will also be on hand during the day to offer advice on how to get more involved with sustainable projects.

Qurat ul Ann Malik, the society’s president, said: “The sustainability day will be a great opportunity for students and staff to come along and see what the university is doing to boost its sustainability credentials. It’s also about showing ways in which people can spread the message of sustainability to a wider audience.

“The cost of living crisis has only focused more attention on the fact that we all need to be much more aware of how we use resources. We want the day to be informative and fun, so we have arranged a series of activities and events throughout the day.”

Banana bike in the Atrium

From 10:00 to 12:00, there will be a series of stalls, games and other activities in the Atrium, including an electric bicycle, which will be used to power a smoothie maker - Fairtrade bananas will be available to all to sample.

Panel event in Norcroft with free gift

From 13:00 to 15:30, there will be a special speaker and panel event in the Norcroft Auditorium. The event will include a range of engaging speakers who will be discussing sustainability topics including: food Wastage and recycling, human rights and water, climate change negotiations and learning from fragile and conflict contexts, and of course Cop 27.

The event will be hosted by Professor PB Anand, who was recently awarded a highly commended in this year's Green Gown Ceremony, and will be an opportunity to find out more about sustainability key topics and ask questions to a panel of speakers, which will include Prof Amir Sharif, Dean of Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences and former chief finance officer Stuart McKinnon Evans, who will introduce the new initiative of sustainability grants available for students to apply.

They will be joined by alumnus Mark Millar, who has worked for over two decades in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UN Secretary General's team, and Alexandra Ghinea, Sustainability Manager at Baxterstorey.

Subject to time there will also be an interactive game (designed by Prof Anand) to simulate COP27.

Light refreshments will also be provided during the afternoon, along with giveaways, including a lunch voucher worth £2.50 for everyone who attends the full event to spend at one of the food outlets in the Atrium. There will also be giveaways, including a lunch voucher worth £2.50 to spend at one of the food outlets in the Atrium.  

For more details and to book the event visit EventBrite.