Line up of UC Eco Week events: 14-18th September 2015

Eco Week is coming soon! Eco Week is a festival of FREE sustainability events, which celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

Eco Week will run from 14-18 September and we’ll be bringing you inspirational, fun and educational events that will not only get you thinking but provide opportunities to Make A Difference, both in your own life and in the wider world.

This is the line up  for now (more events to come!):

Saturday 12 September

8.30–5 pm:  Te Ara Kakariki planting day (field trip)
We are kicking off Eco Week 2015 with a Te Ara Kakariki planting day (field trip).  Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees, shrubs and grasses at one of Canterbury’s ecological restoration sites.  Keep an eye out here for more information.

Planting Day Young Woman

Monday 14 September

12–2 pm:  Go Bananas for Ecoweek – Free ice creams!!
FREE fair trade banana ice creams in the Undercroft to launch Eco Week!! Yummelicious! Thanks to All Good Bananas!! You guys rock!

12–12.50 pm:  Sustainability at UC and the draft campus master plan

Lunch time presentation about how sustainability principles could be integrated into the future of UC’s campus in the next 50 years.

Tuesday 15 September

12:10–12:40: Tiny House Tiny Talk
Tiny houses tickle your fancy? Lucie Ozanne shares her research highlights on tiny houses. Psychology-Sociology 151.

1pm-4pm: Tiny House Open Day
Visit real life tiny houses built by UC students!

From Christchurch Tiny House Communty

6pm: What if I Eco My Life?
Brought to you by UC student club Kakariki, this is a workshop that challenges the idea that you need to choose between a great life and saving the planet.  Where: The Living Room

Wednesday 16 September

12 pm : Climate Kilometre Grand Parade
Do your #ClimateKilometre en masse with Generation Zero, to raise awareness about the UN Climate Change Confrence in Paris this November. The Grand Parade will feature electric cars, crazy bikes, colourful costumes, and whatever modes of zero carbon transport you like – be creative! Bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades welcome.

Meet at 12pm by C Block lawn to get kitted out, the parade starts at 12.30pm. Treats and talks in the Undercroft lounge 1pm.

5.30–7.30 pm:  Eco Week Documentary: The True Cost
This year we are screening the ground-breaking and harrowing documentary “The True Cost”. This recently released documentary film pulls back the curtain on the untold story of fashion and asks, who really pays the price for our clothing?

The True Cost

Thursday 17 September

12.00–2.00: Make Your Own body products & Op-shop pop up stall (Eco Week 2015)
Join in with this DIY Eco Week workshop and learn how to make your own eco-friendly body products. You don’t just save money but help the planet too! And: shop for some second hand threads at Op Soc’s pop up stall. Help counter the true cost of fashion, and buy second hand. 

Friday 18 September

12.00-1.00 pm: Fermented Friday for Foodies
Find out why fermented foods are eco-chic power foods! Taste a sample of fermented goods and nip home with a few recipes.

All Week!

11am-1pm:  EWB Paint By Numbers Mural Fundraiser For Gift Of Light
This event is run by the fabulous student club Engineers Without Borders. Pay a koha and help paint a shipping-container-sized, sustainability-themed mural to raise funds for the ‘Gift of Light’ program in rural Cambodia. Run by Beekeeper Global, this program focuses on implementing solar powered systems which provide a safe, clean and reliable alternative to kerosene lamps and car batteries. 

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Cheerio from the Sustainability Office!


What’s the haps?!

Here’s what is happening this coming week!

Monday 24 August
The Ladykillers: From the writer of The IT Crowd, Father Ted and Black Books comes this irresistibly twisted black comedy in which a gang of criminal misfits pose as an amateur chamber orchestra.

Tuesday 25 August
Festival of Voices: A huge range of Christchurch choirs and vocal groups, all with a contemporary flair will entertain with repertoire from pop, rock, barbershop, musical theatre and more.

Wednesday 26 August
What If… Computers Could Save Lives?: The IBM Watson supercomputer, in winning the TV game Jeopardy, set a new standard for the use of computers in data analytics. Today, the generation of data about our own health is growing exponentially. But can we really leave the decisions about health to a computer that can play Jeopardy, or do we need something else? Professor Tim David will look at the current state of the use of computational resource in the health arena. Some important social and philosophical questions will be asked. Maybe we get to play Jeopardy ? Who knows and do we care?

Friday 28 August – Tuesday 1 September
So’otaga 2015CUSSA is proud to be hosting the annual Samoan Student’s Association Conference for 2015 here at UC. So’otaga is an annual gathering of university Samoan student associations from across New Zealand where we get to celebrate, discuss, practise, compete and preserve Samoan customs, language and traditions. Our theme this year is Ua tali i lagi vai o A’opo- A’opo is waiting for water from the heavens, this will underpin all that we do for the week we are together.

Saturday 29 August (and every Saturday)
Arts Central Craft and Food Market: Remember the Arts Centre Market?  Many of our stall holders and ethnic food caravans used to be at the Arts Centre on weekends, and now they are relishing the opportunity to start again on a regular basis, especially as it’s in the central city.

Emergency exercise on campus – Friday 28 August

On Friday 28 August UC will host an emergency exercise involving Police and other emergency services. Their presence on campus on the day should be no cause for alarm.

The exercise will not be particularly visible, but will involve armed police and other emergency services, and a number of UC staff including the Senior Management Team. It will focus on two areas of campus – the Emergency Operations Centre and the Central Lecture Theatre block. Please avoid these areas on the day of the exercise.

UC Security are contributing substantially to the exercise which will mean a reduced level of service at the UC security office on the day of the exercise and issue of parking permits will be suspended for the day.

Should a serious incident occur on campus on the day of the exercise, there are measures in place to halt the exercise and attend to that incident, so should security be required, please don’t hesitate to call 6111.