University launch Sustainability Week

As part of Cardiff University’s upcoming Sustainability week free bicycle security registration and bicycle maintenance is offered to staff and students.

‘Immobilise’ bicycle security and South Wales Police Cardiff Cycle Workshop mechanics will be repairing bikes free of charge and offering advice on basic bicycle maintenance in various sessions across campus over the next two weeks in an effort to encourage students and staff to travel by bike.

Over the same period, Cycle Training Wales will also be offering commuter training for cyclists free of charge.

The 50 minute sessions aim to teach cyclists new skills to help them ‘ride confidently and safely’ and are customised to each trainee’s needs.

A number of other events will be being held at the University to mark Sustainability Week, an annual event which this year runs from 23rd February – 6th March.

The event aims to showcase world-leading research and give staff, students and the wider community the opportunity to contribute to discussions on subject of sustainability.

On Thursday 5th March a debate titled ‘The future of our food – what needs to be on the menu?’ will be taking place in the Glamorgan building at 6.30pm.

The event will bring together a range of academics and practitioners from the food sector to consider the opportunities and challenges facing our food system and how sustainable food can be made a reality.

Professor Terry Marsden of the University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute which is hosting the debate said: “The world’s food production systems face a great balancing act. To meet different out needs, it must simultaneously produce far more food for a population expected to reach about 9.6 billion by 2050, provide economic opportunities for the hundreds of millions of rural poor who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, and reduce environmental impacts, including ecosystem degradation and high greenhouse gas emissions.

“Here at the Sustainable Places Research Institute we are working on sustainability issues in locations all around the world, some in relation to food. Our leading researchers will bring their knowledge and cutting-edge research to what we hope will be an informative and entertaining event.”