RCE severn local activities

Our partnerships connect us with our community, to foster collaboration, share learning, and make progress on local sustainability goals. We see it as part of our strategic role as a university to be an anchor and connector in our local region, supporting innovation and positive change.

RCE Severn provides the platform for the University’s sustainability programme to work with partners across the public, private and third sectors in Gloucestershire and its surrounding area. We focus on shared goals at local and regional level that contribute to global sustainability.

Local RCE Severn activities connect our students and staff with people outside the university, to develop new initiatives, share expertise, create ideas and swap skills. These collaborations help us all to do more, think differently and learn new ways to move our societies and organisations forward.

Collaboration through the RCE is one of the goals in our sustainability strategy and opportunities can be developed with people from any of our research groups and course teams. The RCE is co-ordinated by the University’s sustainability team who can put you in touch with others who share your interests.

RCE Severn activities

Learning events – Mission Net Zero

As part of the Gaia art exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral in 2020, RCE Severn hosted the Mission Net Zero webinar online, to bring together an action-focused and applied learning event for organisations seeking to move forward on net zero carbon emissions. Involving major sector leaders on low carbon such as Forest Green Rovers and Interface, as well as the University and Cathedral as local actors, it aimed to explain basic strategies and approaches for action on climate change.

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Education through action – The Edible Garden

Francis Close Hall campus in Cheltenham hosts the Edible Garden, which brings together local residents with staff and students for community gardening, food growing and developing permaculture skills. It works with the St Pauls Road Area Residents Association and was set up over 10 years ago, with funding from Cheltenham Borough Council.

Informing Policy – Local Action for the Global Goals

As the Glos2050 consultation took shape in 2018, the RCE network held an event to bring together the concerns of a range of local people and organisations about how the county would position its sustainable development priorities. The participants and their networks made a joint submission to the consultation to better position a joined up approach to sustainability for Gloucestershire.

See the event programme here.

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