Everything you ever wanted to know about going green but never thought to ask...

Wednesday 5 March 2009

Recycle your 'little black number' into a fancy bolero, consult the green guru on your every environmental concern, sell your business on its environmental credentials, eat organic and travel ethically - all these and more visitors can learn at 'Going for Green', a one day sustainability fair in Cardiff on 12 March 2009. 

The fair is organised by the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science. It is designed to help visitors take the first steps towards becoming more environmentally aware. 

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to interact with local suppliers, councils, businesses, research organisations and community groups in order to change the way they approach issues of sustainability in their business and home life. The fair will offer displays, demonstrations and interactive stands to help us take actions to change the way we travel, eat, buy and sell. 

Re-vamp, run by a group of elegant eco-minded women from Cardiff, will bring along their sewing machines to show visitors how to revamp old clothes and create fashionable accessories from unwanted materials.

Green Achiever will advise businesses on how to attract new clients by promoting their green credentials through certification schemes. ARENA Network will provide practical support to businesses and other organisations on environmental management and training. Eco-travel companies will help visitors travel in a way that doesn't 'cost the earth'.

Environmental lawyers will offer visitors information on their legal rights in waste, planning and nature conservation. They will also be demonstrating the new environmental law 'e-library'.

These are only some of the many events scheduled for the 'Going for Green' sustainability fair. The organisers hope the event will help visitors understand how the smallest changes can make a difference to our environment and to our hopes of achieving a sustainable future.

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council to celebrate some of the country's leading social science research. It provides an exciting opportunity of seeing how the work of UK's social scientists makes a difference to our lives. 

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Notes for editors

  1. 'Going for Green' sustainability fair will take place in the Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Park Place, Cardiff.
    • Date: 12 March 2009
    • Time: 11.00 - 15.00  
    • The event is free and open to everyone. Further information about the event can be found at the BRASS website.
  2. The Festival of Social Science week is run by the Economic and Social Research Council which runs from the 6 to the 15 March 2009, alongside National Science and Engineering Week. It celebrates some of the very best British social science research, as well as highlighting the ways in which social science makes a difference to everyday lives. Press releases detailing some of the varied events are available at the Festival website
  3. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. It supports independent, high quality research which impacts on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC's planned total expenditure in 2008/09 is £203 million.  At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.