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The University of Reading is aiming to halve its landfill waste by August 2012 and make 20% reductions in carbon emissions by 2013.

To help kick start this initiative the university has launched a Green Week, filled with fun events but which have an underlying serious message.

The week, which runs until Friday 6 November 2009, aims to raise the profile of green issues on campus.

Nearby residents can also take part in the series of planned activities.

During the week, they can take a guided tour of the vast array of trees on the Whiteknights campus or take in a lunchtime concert.

Prof Tim Wheeler will present a public lecture on climate change and global food security, while Prof Geoff Mitchell will explain how we can start to recycle the unrecyclable in an informal talk and debate.

Over the past three years the university has reduced its carbon emissions from 25,350 tonnes to 23,700 tonnes
Since August 2007, the university has recycled 372 tonnes out of 1,153 tonnes of waste collected from all university properties (excluding farms)
All the energy generated on campus comes from green hydro-electric power stations - that is the equivalent of powering 11,300 houses a year

The newly-opened Hopkins Building, a state-of-the-art facility home to biomedical and pharmaceutical teaching and research, will open its doors to visitors

There will be an opportunity to tour the building followed by an update showcasing the university's green credentials and how they benefit the community.

Thursday 5 November 2009 will be a no-car day for University of Reading staff and will also see senior staff take place in the Low Carbon Challenge: is it possible to get from Caversham to Henley without using a car?

Our rowers, cyclists, canoeists and bus users take up the challenge to find out which is the quickest way to travel from the heart of Reading to the university's Greenlands campus in Henley.

This year, the university formed its Environment, Energy and Sustainability Team (EEST).

The team of four will focus on the management of energy, waste and transport and aim to coordinate environmental progress at the university.

The university's students' union is also holding many events during the week including a Make Plastic Look Fantastic fashion show with recycled fancy dress and a clothes swap.

This year, students living in halls will be encouraged to take part in The Student Switch Off, where halls will compete against each other to come top of the class in energy efficiency.

Reading University Student Union (RUSU) president, Sinead Brennen, said: "Environmental campaigning is at the heart of RUSU and year on year we work to reduce both our and the university's carbon emissions.

"Student campaigners will be holding stalls and raising awareness of current environmental issues.

"We will also be recruiting student volunteer eco-champions who aim to reduce the carbon emissions in their academic departments over the next year."

Find out more about the university's Green Week here.

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