Past Events

Show Your Stripes 2023 took place on 21 June 2023, the last day of Reading Climate Festival. This was a staff celebration and sustainable action event, as well as raising awareness of the work of the University in this critical field. The day attracted over 600 staff, inspiring lots of fantastic conversations and ideas.

Activities included:

Garden Games Dr Bike Cycle ride around campus
Interactive stalls Greening your home lecture - sign up here Tours of the Atmospheric Observatory - sign up here
Flag displaying the Stripes for Berkshire Free ice cream Gaia exhibition

The full programme is now available.

Reading Climate Festival 2023 ran from the 10 June to 21 June. It incorporated a wide range of different types of in-person and online events, ranging from informative talks on climate action to performances and interactive workshops. The University of Reading was a key partner in the festival, delivering and supporting a number of high profile events - Luke Jerram's Gaia exhibition which attracted over 12,000 visitors, Everyday ways to save our planet with Chancellor Paul Lindley and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society Laura Tobin and Empowering young people to tackle the climate challenge with Sir Alok Sharma.  The full programme of events is available.

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and we hosted our celebrations on Wednesday 7th June between 12 and 14:00 in Palmer Quad. Supporters included:

Reading Buses

Reading Cycle Campaign

Reading Bike Kitchen

Dr Bike

Reading Borough Council

Air Quality Project - Marta O’Brien

-Wokingham’s Air Quality Project

Come along, become more informed about air pollution and see how you can help by travelling more sustainably.

On 3 May 2023 the Sustainability team hosted a mastermind challenge event in the Library from 11-13:30. Entrants had to answer 3 questions correctly in a minute to win a prize. A fantastic way to engage different audiences.

Green Festival is our annual sustainability celebration where we engage with our University community to promote, educate and celebrate sustainable actions.

Green Festival 2022 timetable

Low carbon main meal recipe competition

Win a Catering meal voucher for two people and the winning recipe will feature on a Catering outlet menu

Monday 7th November 2022

Meet the Sustainability team at The Dairy, London Road

Wednesday 9th November 2022

Sustainable Travel and Air Quality Day
Find out about our sustainable travel offers, meet Reading Buses and air quality experts

Thursday 10th November 2022

Engagement Day
Student societies' volunteering fayre, community litter pick and green careers event

Friday 11th November 2022

Energy Day
Meet the sustainability team, go on an energy tour and find out more about how to be sustainable and save money

All staff and students can earn 150 Green points for every Green Festival event you attend!

Sign up here:



The best low carbon main meal recipe will be selected by an expert from Catering Services.

How to enter
Submit your entries with the subject ‘Low carbon main meal recipe’ to
With your name
Course / department
Details of low carbon main meal recipe - including ingredients, method, why you chose the recipe and how you believe it is low carbon

4pm 11 November

The winner will receive a Catering meal voucher for two people and have their winning recipe featured on the menu of a Catering outlet for a period of time.

Please see and note the terms and conditions of the competition here.

11:15-13:45 The Dairy, London Road - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

Come along and meet your UoR Sustainability team who can highlight all the great ways that you can be more sustainable at work and home

10:00-15:00 Library foyer, Whiteknights - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

Come along and find out about all our great sustainable travel offers, including free bike maintenance, lift sharing platform and car club. Also, you can meet:

  • Reading Buses
  • From 11:30-13:30 meet Marta O’Brien who will be talking about her pioneering work researching pollution and poor air quality outside schools in Reading.
  • From 11:30-13:30 meet Mark Mason from Design Nature talking about how he works with schools to tackle air pollution.

12:00-17:00 Day of Cycling, Palmer Quad, Whiteknights - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

12:00-14:00 Dr Bike, Palmer Quad - find out everything about cycling at UoR:
- Dr Bike for free bike maintenance
- Meet Reading Bicycle Kitchen
- Find out more about the work of Sustrans
- Find out more about Reading Cycle campaign (RCC)
- Meet Thames Valley Police and get bicycle security advice
- Free cycle training
- Low cost bike hire
- Campus Security - how to keep your bike safe

Learn to ride taster session  - come and try out one of our bikes with experienced instructor. Sign up here:

Please meet our cycling expert at 13:00 on the 9th November at Dr Bike in Palmer Quad. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

Leisure ride around Whiteknights, Palmer Quad
Sign up to enjoy a scenic leisure ride:

Please meet our cycling expert at 14:00 on the 9th November at Dr Bike in Palmer Quad. Please bring your bike and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

Explore Reading cycle routes with commuting skills ride
Sign up to explore Reading's cycle routes:

Please meet our cycling expert at 15:30 on the 9th November in Palmer Quad. Please bring your bike and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

11:00-15:00 Student societies volunteering fayre, Mondial, RUSU

  • Come along and check out our student societies’ volunteering fayre with representatives from all the green groups
  • Speak to UoR Sustainability team about our Doing #UoR Bit sustainable action platforms for staff and students
  • Find out more from our careers team about the RED awards, including the new RED Sustainable Action award

13:00-14:00 Explore Green careers, Room 108 in Palmer building

14:00 Litter pick - Outside the front of RUSU - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

10:00-15:00 Library foyer, Whiteknights - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

  • Find out how we are working to reach Net Zero by 2030
  • Get expert energy and money saving advice from RUSU’s Advice Service and Citizens Advice
  • Find out how our sustainable action platforms, Doing #UoR Bit, save you money and help you to be more sustainable

11:30-14:00 Energy tours, meet outside the main entrance to the library, Whiteknights - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

How to save money and be more sustainable podcast - FOR ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

UoR Staff Celebration & Sustainable Action event
Tuesday 21 June 2022 10:00-15:00,
Palmer Quad, Whiteknights campus
Join the Sustainability Services team on 21st June to explore the different opportunities, activities and benefits available to UoR staff as part of the University’s Environmental Sustainability strategy. Join Doing #UoRBit and then get an extra 500 points just for attending, along with a free reusuable climate stripes cup!

Dr Bike

Lift sharing

Climate Stripes bus

Live solar generation display

My Journey Wokingham

Free cycle training

Car Club

Recycling Challenge

School carbon footprints

Cycle rides

Reading Buses

Low carbon energy tours

Warpit furniture reuse

Salix project energy savings

Free ice cream (with climate stripes pin)

In collaboration with the Walker Institute, RUSU and local community groups

31st October to 12th November
University of Reading and Walker Institute Online from COP26

Throughout Green Festival 2021 and COP26 we worked with the Walker Institute to enable remote participation in real time:

Daily Newsletters plus videos for schools

The COP Climate Action Studio (COP CAS) enables doctoral students to remotely participate in the annual UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Conference of Parties in real time.  COP CAS 2021 | Walker Academy

Wednesday 3 November
Green Festival Showcase event
Day of Cycling

Green Festival showcase event from 10-1pm in 360 at RUSU, giving the opportunity for staff and students to meet local environmental and sustainability groups

12-2pm Day of Cycling in Palmer Quad - Day of Cycling in Palmer Quad with Reading Bicycle Kitchen, Dr Bike, My Journey WokinghamSecurity Services and Reading Cycle Campaign

At 2pm join us for a leisure ride around campus for an hour and see the beautiful Autumn colours.

Friday 5 November
Shout for Sustainability

12-1pm ‘Shout for Sustainability’ outside Carrington, with senior University staff and RUSU discussing the ambition to put sustainability at the heart of our University

1st November to 5th November
Photography Contest

Sustainability photography contest took place throughout Green Festival to show sustainability through the eyes of staff and students


Thursday 4 November
Launch of Doing #UORBit
Online saving energy in your home webinar
All staff briefing on acheiving Net Zero Carbon by 2030

11-1pm Library foyer - Sustainability team and Green Rewards presented the new Doing #UoRBit platform

11-11:45 Online webinar ‘Saving energy in your home’

How to save energy in your home while possibly making financial saving and protecting the planet in the long term.

Dr Emmanuel A Essah  - Associate Professor in Sustainable Technologies
Dr Mehdi Shahrestani - Director of Architectural Engineering - TBC
Dr Maria Vahdati - Programme Director, MSc Renewable Energy: Technology & Sustainability 
Professor Jacopo Torriti - Co-Director, Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS)
Luke Cantellow - Energy officer from the University of Reading

1pm All staff briefing

A presentation from our Energy and Sustainability Director, Dan Fernbank, talking about how we will achieve net zero carbon by 2030

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