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Katie has a BA in Sociology from the University of Canterbury, and an MA (Applied) Social Science Research from Victoria University of Wellington. She has over ten years work experience in community-based sustainability projects. The role of the Sustainability Projects Facilitator is to foster communities of sustainable best practices, working with both staff and students. This is achieved primarily through initiating and supporting university-based demonstration projects.

Eco Week Launch Monday 14 September

Eco Week is launching next Monday!  Grab a yum banana ice cream and come and find out about UC’s draft campus master plan and sustainability….. more details below.

Monday 14 September

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

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

A lunch time presentation by Brian Phillips, (Programme Director for UC Capital Works) about how sustainability principles could be integrated into the future of UC’s campus through the draft campus master plan. Where: Undercroft 101.

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office

Eco Week Volunteers Needed Wednesday 16 September 12-1pm

Next week (Wednesday 16 September) the UC Sustainability Office in partnership with Generation Zero are running a Climate Kilometer Grand Parade!  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of climate change and the UC Climate Change Conference in Paris this November.

The Sustainability Office requires volunteers to marshal traffic in order to keep students and staff who are participating in the parade safe, plus comply with our Traffic Management Plan requirements.

Your time commitment will be no longer than an hour (12-1pm), and include briefing. You will also be supplied with a high visibility vest.

Not only will you be doing your bit for climate change, but you’ll get a double shot of feel-good factor knowing that you are keeping people safe as well!  PLUS you’ll get a FREE reusable coffee cup (rrp $15).

If you can help, please email katie.nimmo@canterbury.ac.nz, or call xtn 6025

Eco Week is just around the corner! 14-18 September

Next week (September 14-18) is Eco Week! Eco Week is a festival of FREE sustainability events brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office, which celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

These events will get you thinking and provide opportunities for you to Make A Difference, both in your own life and in the wider world.

Visit our Eco Week page for a full programme, or scroll down for a few tasters. Each event has a Facebook page for more details.

Monday 14 September

12–2 pm:  Go Bananas for Ecoweek – Free ice creams!!
FREE fair trade banana ice creams in the Undercroft lounge 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

A lunch time presentation by Brian Phillips, Programme Director of UC Capital Works about how sustainability principles could be integrated into the future of UC’s campus through the draft campus master plan. Where: Undercroft 101.

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. Where: Psychology-Sociology 151.

1pm-4pm: Tiny House Open Day
Visit real life tiny houses built by UC students! Places are limited to 22 people and bookings are essential. Contact ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz to book.

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 Conference 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  from 1pm onwards.

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? Where: The Undercroft 101

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! Shop for some second hand threads at Op Soc’s pop up stall. Where – Undercroft 101.

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 (yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and sour dough bread) and nip home with a few recipes to try. Where: The Living Room.

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. 

Keep in touch via our Facebook page. Look under our Events tab to find all eco week events!