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University pledges support for happier, healthier Bristol

Staff pressing Big Green Button

From left: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Guy Orpen, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Judith Squires and Head of Sustainability Martin Wiles press the Big Green Button at the University's internal Green Mingle event in May Bhagesh Sachania

27 May 2015

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Guy Orpen, pledged his support for Bristol 2015’s latest campaign for a greener, happier and healthier Bristol, at the University’s internal Green Capital mingle on Monday 11 May.

Professor Orpen and colleagues from across the University made their pledges with the help of Bristol 2015’s Big Green Button as part of the Do 15 in 15 campaign. The campaign aims to encourage local people to make up to 15 pledges towards living more sustainably and is part of Bristol’s programme of activities during its year as European Green Capital.

Located in the Merchant Venturers Building, staff and students pressed the Big Green Button to make their pledges. Professor Orpen pledged ‘not to use the car to shop’. Among the other pledges made by University staff were promises to cycle more, to be less wasteful and to do more gardening.

The Big Green Button will be available again for staff and students to make their pledges at the University’s Open Day on Saturday 19 June, outside Royal Fort House, and during Freshers’ Week in September. Come along and make your pledge and send us a photograph of you and the Big Green Button. If you are a member of the University and are interested in attending the next internal Green Capital mingle, please contact

Further information

Do 15 in 15

We all know that little changes can build up to make a great difference. That's why Bristol 2015 is asking everyone in Bristol to try and make 15 ecologically friendly changes this year. We tweet using #Do15 and you  can view the tagboard of everyone’s pledges so far at

Make your pledges at

European Green Capital 2015

Throughout 2015, the eyes of the world will be on Bristol as the European Green Capital – the first UK city to win this prestigious award. We won not just because of our plans for the future, but because of the city-wide efforts Bristol people and businesses are already making towards creating Britain’s most liveable city. This award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really show what’s possible when everybody comes together to inspire, create and achieve a shared vision for Bristol. The ultimate aim is to create a blueprint for city living worldwide. Many organisations and groups are involved in activities for this special year, but the work is spearheaded by Bristol2015, a limited company set up specifically to deliver Bristol’s ambitions as European Green Capital.

The green University

The University of Bristol is proud to be part of this city-wide initiative, working to make Bristol a world leader in sustainability as part of its designation as European Green Capital 2015. Contributing to the collective efforts of 800+ organisations, the University is hosting a series of events, seminars and public debates that build on its long-standing ambition to generate knowledge that will shape a future we all want to live in. From research that tackles the challenges of environmental uncertainty, through to voluntary community projects that see students engaging with local residents, the University has pledged its commitment to the lasting legacy of #Bristol2015.

For further details, and to join the conversation, visit us @BristolUni and

We tweet as #UoBGreen

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