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What is UC’s carbon plan?

At UC we hear about all the amazing sustainability-oriented research happening here – and many of us are involved in this research – but then we hear that UC is burning coal to keep us all warm. Why?

We are updating the Sustainability webpage ‘Our Energy Journey’  to explain where UC is at, and where we are going next, but in a nutshell…

Good news: UC is moving to biomass boilers, which burn carbon-neutral forestry waste-wood. The Ilam campus boiler upgrade is planned for the 2020 summer break and the Dovedale campus boiler upgrade for 2021 summer break.

John Britten Engineering facility 

Bad news: until then, UC has to burn coal to heat its buildings.

Good news: UC will move to clean ground-source heat-pump (GSHP) energy, when all of the university’s buildings have been upgraded ready for the new system.

What can you do? Check out suggestions for reducing fossil fuel dependence here. 

UC Business School joins 1% global elite

UC Business School graduates can now claim to be from the top 1% of Business Schools globally after the school achieved EQUIS accreditation this week. This gives UC Business School the Triple Crown of international accreditation, adding EQUIS to AACSB International (US) and AMBA (UK) accreditation. This is a huge achievement and shows just how amazing our Business School is!

Read more here: UC Business School among 1% global elite with Triple Crown accreditation.

Low dose trampolining for health study – call for participants

Tane Clement is lead researcher on a PhD study investigating how sustained low dose trampoline use affects health. You can be part of this study. You will need to bounce 100 times 4 to 5 times a day, for an 8 week period, on a trampoline set up in Mechanical Engineering, Robert Scott Atrium.

At 0, 4 and 8 weeks, Tane will measure your weight, body fat percentage, aerobic capacity, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose to assess any improvements in health variables from participating in low dose trampolining.

The study uses the Springfree™ trampoline, known as the world’s safest trampoline. The study has been approved by the Human Ethics Committee and is supervised by Keith Alexander and Nick Draper.

For complete participant information email: tane.clement@pg.canterbury.ac.nz.