Category Archives: Sustainability

Free Breakfast for Cyclists: BYO Cup!

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back next Monday 23 March from 8am – 10am at the Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park!This year your reward for biking to UC is coming in the form of vegan danishes, banana smoothies and fair trade coffee… and it’s all for FREE! All you need to do is ride to UC, park up your bike in the snazzy new bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you with breakfast on us.

Please note: There will be no single use cups at this event and the Cup Library won’t be available so please bring along your own coffee cup. UC is following advice from WHO and Ministry of Health regarding all upcoming events, read more>

What else can you expect?

On the spot bike repairs thanks to Dr Bike, cycling chat and information about the city cycleways thanks to the wonderful Anne from the Christchurch City Council, and more cycling banter than you’ve ever seen before…

Did we mention there’s FREE breakfast on the line?!

See you, your bikes and your coffee cups next Monday 23 March in Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

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Sustainable Students Blog: Refill not Landfill

Ever seen an image like the one below and gotten mad eco-anxiety?

Ever wondered how you can reduce your own waste (to avoid images like above) but don’t know where to start?

This new series of blogs written by uni students for uni students will tackle this issue, to make being an eco-warrior easier, cheaper, and less time-consuming!

Starting off with… BRING YOUR OWN DRINK BOTTLE TO UNI!

We all know that drinking water is ESSENTIAL to our health, particularly concentration while in lectures or smashing out those assignments. And with images of plastic bottles washing up on our beaches, we know it’s time to STOP being a part of this problem.

We reckon the easiest way to start off your eco-warrior journey is to bring your own bottle to uni, and be a part of the Refill not Landfill movement!

Benefits: save so much money (how expensive is bottled water to buy though), stay hydrated, save the world, feel like a super hero… the list goes on.

Use: any bottle you already own and keep reusing it! Make sure you clean it regularly and if it’s a bit manky, chuck a few grains of uncooked rice in the bottle with a tiny bit of water and shake around – it’s pretty magic at removing the scungy bits.

How: You’ll be surprised at how many water fountains and refill stations we have on our campus! In fact, UC Sustainability is teaming up with RefillNZ to bring you some snazzy posters showing exactly where to find them, so you’re never caught dehydrated (or having to use a single use bottle) again!

 

 

Challenge yourself this month to bring your drink bottle every day, everywhere you go.

Keep an eye for our next sustainable student bog, for more tips on how to be a super savvy eco-warrior!

Written by Helena Ruffell, see more of her sustainable student life hacks on Instagram: @eatsleepsustain

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Greening UC Challenge winners

The Greening UC Challenge was the first two-day challenge in the UCE Disrupt series for 2020.


Participants were asked to transport themselves to 2030 and design a venture that will help UC transition to being carbon net neutral, with the potential to be used in other universities and businesses in New Zealand and beyond.


More than fifty challenge participants came from a huge variety of backgrounds, from first year to postgraduate students, studying everything from education to engineering and economics to environmental science. Teams were randomly formed to allow for a multi-disciplinary approach, with each team’s range of expertise helping to produce creative solutions. 

The challenge involved two busy days of idea generation, speed mentoring, and pitching at the showcase, all fueled by sustainable and delicious food. At the end of the challenge, each team presented to a judging panel made up of Tony Sellin, Energy Manager at UC, Michaela Balzarova, a UC Associate Professor with an interest in business sustainability, and Jill Borland, Impact & Change Strategist at Enable Change.

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First prize was awarded to the Lean Mean Grean Team, consisting of  Nadhirah Hisham, Patricia Coutts, Savannah Egerton, Samuel Sheung, and Charlie Barker. Their idea was to establish a pyrolosis plant at UC which could thermo-chemically decompose any organic or carbon-based material, such as food waste, plastic and paper into biofuels. It would provide ample research opportunities for the university as well as a potential income source, as excess fuel that is generated can be sold.

Second place went to team Kayam, made up of Maliha Gangat, Alex Manikam, Yutika Rangari, Catherine Hattaway and Amelia McLuskie. Kayam impressed the judges with their solar paint concept, which involved painting buildings around UC with bright solar paint which generates electricity like solar panels. The team made a convincing argument for their paint idea over traditional solar panels, as it will be cheaper to implement, and would make the UC campus more attractive.

Team Baby Fish took home third place with their carbon offset solution. The team was made up of Jessica Goodall, Josef Power, Kayla Drummy, Hamish Winstone and Kíra Lancz. They proposed a new approach to carbon offsetting, using a crowdfunding-style model. To offset the carbon emissions created by travel or other university activities, money is paid into a fund that goes towards supporting local offset activities, such as Student Volunteer Army tree-planting and other community projects.

Other solutions included plantings on roofs of UC buildings to offset carbon and reduce energy use, fitness equipment for the UC RecCentre that converts people’s efforts into electricity and educates people on energy use while they work out, and an on-site compost plant for compostable food packaging.