Did you know UC has a Sustainability Office?

Well, if you didn’t… now you do! The Sustainability Office is an on-campus hub for students and staff interested in creating positive change and promoting sustainable practices, both on our campus and helping you in your own lives.

A bit about us

The Sustainability Office team works on a whole bunch of projects for our UC community to be involved in and enjoy. We promote sustainable practices and operations on campus (like sustainable transport and waste minimization); inform (about social or environmental issues, waste management and ethical purchasing); host fun events (like zero waste workshops, Fair Trade Fortnight and Bike Breakfasts), and support students and staff who initiate sustainability related projects.

Our whole team is passionate about sustainability, both on our campus and in our wider community. So, we are your go-to for any questions you have around sustainability on campus, and also the place to go if you want to be involved in helping to green UC.

What does the Sustainability Office do?

We work on healthy waterways, campus biodiversity, run volunteer programs, manage cycling infrastructure and services on campus, run two community gardens, and so much more! In 2017 UC was also recognized as a Fair Trade University by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, a huge achievement for our community – you’ll find that only Fair Trade coffee is available on campus. UC was also the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve CEMARS certification, which involves taking accountability and action towards UC’s greenhouse gas emissions.

We also work closely with UC’s Eco Clubs Network and our own Eco Volunteering team to deliver events and campaigns like Plastic Free July, and we do cool and interesting projects like UC’s composting coffee cup trial. We also manage a free weekly cycling fix-it clinic called Dr Bike (yes, they will service your bike for free!).

We’re also proud to manage two beautiful community gardens on campus. Both Waiutuutu Community Garden and Dovedale Community Garden are great places to relax and enjoy a lunch break. Or why not join in on one of our Friday afternoon weekly working bees at Waiutuutu and learn to grow your own organic veges?

Get involved with us!

Wanting to get hands-on with sustainability at UC? Here’s out top 5!

  1. Check out our Eco-Volunteering program we run on campus (get as hands on as possible with sustainability events and communications support, plus gain points for your CCR)
  2. Join one of the UCSA Eco-Clubs on offer, or the Eco-Club Network
  3. Come along to a community garden working bee at Waiutuutu and get your hands dirty!
  4. Be a zero waste warrior and BYO coffee cup, drink bottle and food reusable food container to campus
  5. Hop on your bike – there’s heaps of great services (like Dr Bike, and heaps of new cycle parks) for cyclists on campus, plus we hold fun events and activities especially for our cycling community.

We’ll be at the UCSA Clubs Days during O Week ’20, so drop by and have a chat about what we do, what we have coming up and how you can be involved with us. We’d love to meet you.

Want to get updates straight to your inbox, so you never miss a sustainability event, workshop, or any important news? Sign up to our UC Sustainability Newsletter here, and you’ll receive all the updates on what’s happening for sustainability at UC. Or, follow us on our socials and don’t forget to tag us @ucsustain #ucsustain in your fave sustainability moments on campus!

Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, how to be involved, and upcoming events.

Got a question, an idea or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office.



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