Category Archives: Sustainability

Save the world from your couch!

Collaborate for change and save the world from your couch: the 2021 Aotearoa Virtual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit was fully recorded and is now available to watch on YouTube!

Hon. Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, provides an Opening Address at the SDG Summit.

Packed full of inspiring workshops, project showcases and panel discussions, the Summit was focussed on using the SDGs as a tool for collaboratiing for systemic change, with Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the core of our actions.

Choose to catch up on workshops and sessions facilitated by business, community, government and eductation leaders with topics including collaboration in system change, Te Tiriti based climate assemblies, measuring wellbeing,  the future of education, innovation, tertiary institutions’ roles in delivering on the SDGs, conservation, waste minimisation, disaster risk reduction, climate research and more!

Interested? You can view, download, share & enjoy all the 35+ Summit session recordings here.

We had some amazing members of our UC whānau involved too – check out a few UC highlights below:

“Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Circular Economy” with UCE and William Murrell & Ben Scales –  UC students behind start-up KiwiFibre Innovations

School of Teacher Education: SDGs Research & Writing Group with UC’s Education, Health and Human Development Professors Glynne Mackey, Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke and Misty Sato

What next?

Incredible outcomes include the launch of the SDG Declaration with signings from the respective Vice Chancellors of the UC and LU — Professors Cheryl de la Rey and Bruce McKenzie — and an outline of their institutional commitment to the SDGs.

You can sign the SDG Declaration too – watch the recording below then follow the link here!

The SDG Alliance was also a major outcome from the Summit – check out the recording of the sesson ” Collaborating for a Better Future – Forming an SDG Alliance for Aotearoa through Collective of Pou Approach” here.

Continue the Aotearoa SDG Journey

The rākau was handed to the University of Waikato as the hosts of the next installment of the Aotearoa SDG Summit – but the mahi does’t end there! Continue to be part of the SDG story in Aotearoa by joining the Aotearoa SDG Alliance, staying in touch via social media, signing up to the SDG newsletter, and telling as many people as you can about the Sustainable Development Goals!

Interested in seeing some other amazing SDG aligned mahi from staff and students at UC? Check out the 2020 UC SDG Update here.

The 2021 SDG Summit was held online on 2 September, themed ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ and co-hosted by University of Canterbury and Lincoln University with support from Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. We thank our partners: ChristchurchNZ Tourism New Zealand New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) Te Pokai Tara | Universities NZ UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Seeds Podcast.

UCSA wants to sponsor you to attend the Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series

This event will now be held online. 

Would you like to be a part of a two-day Summit event in Ōtautahi Christchurch, focussed on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Collaborating, connecting, and working together has never been more important than right now. SDG Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, is our collective way forward. Join us for the next part in the 2020-2021 Aotearoa/New Zealand SDG Summit Series and see how by working together, we can create the world we want, and the world that we need.

The UCSA has team up with SDG Summit Series to help you get there! Simply let us know below why you are interested in attending the summit and we’ll pick two UC students to attend and we’ll cover your tickets! (T&Cs apply)

Click here to enter!

Thursday 2 September – Friday 3 September, 2021

Make a free beeswax wrap!

Feel like getting hands on for #PlasticFreeJuly? Come and make a free DIY beeswax wrap with UC Sustainability & Te Rua Makerspace! 🍯
Drop into our fun & free workshop, and be guided through the process of making a FREE reusable food wrap to replace single use cling film in your life.
What: DIY Beeswax Wrap Workshop
When: Thursday 29 July, drop in from 12pm – 2pm
Where: Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2, Central Library)
Cost: Free!
Each wrap takes roughly 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and is made with repurposed cotton and organic beeswax.
We will provide everything you need for the workshop. You are more than welcome to BYO fabric if you have something at home in mind – however please make sure this is 100% cotton.
See the Facebook event here for more information, and check out the video from last year’s event to get excited!


What is Te Rua Makerspace?
Te Rua Makerspace is a physical space in UC’s Central Library where learning is made practical by applying a range of disciplines to explore ideas, solve problems and build things through making. Make the most of the Makerspace and attend one of their many free workshops during term time, or drop in to use their facilities any time. Find Te Rua Makerspace on Level 2 of the Central Library. Walk in, turn left, come on in!
Curious about how you can live with less plastic this month? Check out heaps of tips on the Plastic Free July website, or follow the Sustainability Office on social media.