Events, prizes & energy savings during Switch Off Week

It is Switch Off Week next week and we have some great events and competitions for you to join.


Eco Racing talk

Location: Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street

Time: Tuesday 11 November. 12.45–13.45

Hear from members of the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team, as they talk about their internationally-racing solar powered car, the World Solar Challenge and why it is all worth it!

CUER is a 60-strong student organisation that designs, build and races solar powered vehicles. They are a not-for-profit organisation that is mainly funded through corporate sponsorship and private support.

They race in the World Solar Challenge, the world’s foremost solar endurance race, held in Australia. The racing cars showcase cutting-edge sustainable engineering and demonstrate the incredible potential of electric vehicle technologies. By designing a car to run on solar power alone, they are helping to drive the step changes in vehicle efficiency and new technologies for a low-carbon future.


Chris Goodall, ‘Keeping the lights on – how to address the UK’s looming power shortage’

Location: Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, Room 3

Time: Tuesday 11 November. Doors open at 17.30. Talk from 18.00–19.00


The prospect of power cuts in the UK is becoming increasingly real as the forecasts for spare electricity capacity in the UK are getting ever more dire. So how should we act to address this – do we switch off, switch equipment or even switch energy sources? This talk will explore why electricity is under such pressure, and what tools we in the UK – both as individuals and collectively – have at our disposal to address the gap.

Chris Goodall is a Guardian columnist, author of Ten Technologies to Save the Planet and blogger at

This is a ticketed event. Sign up for the Chris Goodall event here:

Bike Powered Cinema – “The Artist”

Location: University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane

Time: 6.00pm – 8.15pm

We’re thrilled to be running a film screening of the award-winning ‘The Artist’, however there is a twist….the cinema is powered by you at the University’s first pedal-powered cinema!

However if you’re feeling like sitting back and watching, please don’t worry – that’s fine too!

Winner of an Oscar, 5 Academy Awards, 7 awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), 6 César Awards, a Golden Globe, and many more – and let’s not forget the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm Dog Award to Uggie – join us for a real treat.

This is a free ticketed event. Sign up for the Pedal Powered Cinema event here:

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  • Thermal Thursday photo competition – Take a photo of you in your silliest jumper on Thursday 13 November and send it in The winning entry will receive a fantastic hamper containing a variety of luxury teas, along with some yummy biscuits – ideal to share with colleagues. There are also two runners-up prizes of a lovely pair of woolly socks to keep you toasty throughout winter!
  • Pledge competition – Take a photo of you making an energy saving pledge and send it in to We are offering five boxes of delicious ‘Divine’ Belgian milk and dark chocolates, one box each for our five lucky winners.
  • Energy saving ideas competition – We want to hear how you think the university should save energy. The best suggestion will win a fantastic ‘Port’ solar charger, which can power up your phone. The top suggestions will be discussed before entry into the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project work plan for potential implementation, and will receive recognition in Greenlines, our sustainability newsletter.

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