UC receives Carbon Management Recognition Award!

Exciting news! The University of Canterbury has received an Enviro-Mark Solutions Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management in a Large Organisation. UC was one of two large organisations to do so. Tony Sellin, UC’s Energy Manager, was presented with the award in Auckland on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

The awards celebrate the best of the best when it comes to carbon emissions reduction and environmental management. Enviro-Mark reported that the award winners have achieved a net reduction of 10,385 tonnes of carbon over the past year – that’s the equivalent of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff more than 20,000 times or flying from Auckland to London more than 1,300 times!

UC embarked on a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory programme called CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) in 2011 because it wanted to create the most energy efficient environment for teaching and research. Since then, UC has reduced GHG by 28% (in absolute terms) and has more than lived up to the initial commitment to reduce emissions by 10-20% by 2020. UC is also the first university in the Southern hemisphere to attain the CEMARS accreditation.

Tony Sellin says part of this reduction comes from a more energy efficient design for the new and retro-fitted buildings on campus. Where possible, buildings have received a better thermal envelop (such as insulation and double glazing) and old building services plant and equipment have been replaced for more efficient ones. This includes more efficient lighting (e.g. LED lights and lights that turn off automatically), radiators and air handling units. There has also been a greater use of electricity over coal for space heating. UC’s carbon reduction is also connected with a smaller campus building footprint as a result of the earthquakes. All of this has resulted in a lower energy demand.

Further information: See also Leading the Carbon Crusade

This message was brought to you by Puck Algera (puck.algera@canterbury.ac.nz) in the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

See Xenia Pestova perform live in July

During July, the School of Music is delighted to host internationally renowned performer Xenia Pestova. Xenia will be taking part in a number of events while she is here including New Music Central, the School of Music’s weekly concert series. During this concert Xenia will be performing works by UC Head of School of Music, Glenda Keam, as well as other internationally celebrated composers Ed Bennett & Miriama Young.

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Photo: Chris Webb

Xenia appears at UC courtesy of Chamber Music NZ, she is currently touring with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their 2017 Encompass Series.

This will be the premiere performance of Glenda’s work, ‘Mind Springs’. The initial images that preceded the composition of ‘Mind Springs’ work were of water springing and bubbling from the ground, and New Zealand’s geysers with their accompanying babbling flow of mineral-laden water that over time build sinter structures and pathways. But as the piece took form it became clear this was not made of bold, grand explosions but rather a more contemplative series of leaps that were inward-looking.

Another work in the programme, by Miriama Young, invites the audience to engage with the electronic part for the piece, which can be streamed during the concert performance via an interactive smartphone app. The App with its embedded audio is available for free download from the iOS App Store or Google Pay, by searching for ‘SyncSound’. Once downloaded, follow the downbeat of the pianist to press ‘play’. The downloading and use of this app during the concert is entirely voluntary.

You can see Xenia Pestova at the following events:

Composition Workshop with Ed Bennett

  • Monday July 17 at 3.30-5pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

New Music Central featuring the premier of Glenda Keam’s ‘Mind Springs’

  • Monday July 17 at 7-9pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

Watch Xenia performing Chaandanee (Egidija Medeksaite).

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Recipe: Delicious Winter warmer

Now that we’re in the grips of winter, I’m sure you can all identify with the familiar 3pm chocolate cravings and the desire to curl up in bed with a bag of chips and Netflix. Of course, it can be harder to motivate yourself to cook your own meals and eat your veggies when it feels like Antarctica outside! But for real, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during these freezing days.

So, here is an awesome cheap and healthy plant-based recipe that will help to warm you up on cold winter days.

Hearty ginger and lentil soup (serves 4 – 5)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Optional extra: 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dried red or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional extra: coconut yogurt as garnish

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add carrot and onion then cover and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chilli flakes (if using); cook for 1 minute. Add curry powder and cook for a further minute. Stir in stock and lentils; bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 – 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in frozen peas and tomatoes; cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Divide soup evenly among bowls, garnish with coconut yogurt (if using), eat and enjoy!

This recipe was brought to you by VCUC (Veg Club of UC).

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