Green Week takes Coventry by storm (or soup)
In 2017 Green Week went city-wide for the first time with Coventry University, the University of Warwick (UoW) and Coventry City Council (CCC) working together for the social and environmental benefit of the city and its surrounding region. As a partnership, we engaged communities in a wide-ranging programme of activities and initiatives to make an inclusive, fun and far-reaching event.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the week has provided a platform for further collaboration, extending community partnerships and creating networks to further support the Coventry ‘City of Culture’ bid (which we have since been shortlisted for). A new, city-wide climate change group has formed following the event.
27 community organisations took part in various events, 35 schools engaged in the Plastic Fantastic competition, over 140 litres of soup were given out in Coventry City centre and £130 was raised for charity.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Work together! Joining forces = greater impact.
2 Know your audience and goals and run events accordingly.
3 Inclusivity: involve others from start to finish.