Implementing waste reduction initiatives, smarter travelling and reducing energy consumption are just some of the ways businesses and residents can get involved in Climate Week in the Bournemouth and Poole area.
Climate Week, which runs between 4-10 March, is a nationwide campaign encouraging different activities to help create a sustainable future. Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events around the country, showcasing practical solutions from every sector of society. Events are run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others.
The Bournemouth and Poole Climate Week has a set of themed days which businesses and the community can participate in. Business students at Bournemouth University have worked with Bournemouth and Poole councils to develop the different themed days.
Watch Your Waste Monday – focuses on recycling and reducing waste. See how you could reduce costs, for example, by providing branded mugs you remove the frequent cost of purchasing plastic/polystyrene cups and increase awareness of your brand.
Travel Together Tuesday – promotes car sharing as a carbon reduction initiative. Motor vehicles produce the highest proportion of CO2 emissions and very simple procedures can be adopted in order to tackle this issue.
Woolly Pully Wednesday – This is fun and simple. If employees wear a jumper, the heating can be reduced slightly. This theme can easily be adopted by most businesses and is very simple to implement – plus, it can make a positive impact on both the working and external environment. Give a new lease of life to all those Christmas jumpers you’ve hidden at the back of the wardrobe.
Smarter Transport Thursday – aims to reduce business travel and promote working from home, as well as using public transport, cycling or walking to work.
Pull the Plug Friday – aims to reduce the amount of energy consumed by leaving on electrical equipment, such as computer monitors. Most companies are guilty of doing this and it is known that by carrying out the smallest changes, a large difference can be made.
You can find out more about Bournemouth and Poole’s plans for Climate Week on their Facebook page.