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UC receives Carbon Management Recognition Award!

Exciting news! The University of Canterbury has received an Enviro-Mark Solutions Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management in a Large Organisation. UC was one of two large organisations to do so. Tony Sellin, UC’s Energy Manager, was presented with the award in Auckland on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

The awards celebrate the best of the best when it comes to carbon emissions reduction and environmental management. Enviro-Mark reported that the award winners have achieved a net reduction of 10,385 tonnes of carbon over the past year – that’s the equivalent of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff more than 20,000 times or flying from Auckland to London more than 1,300 times!

UC embarked on a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory programme called CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) in 2011 because it wanted to create the most energy efficient environment for teaching and research. Since then, UC has reduced GHG by 28% (in absolute terms) and has more than lived up to the initial commitment to reduce emissions by 10-20% by 2020. UC is also the first university in the Southern hemisphere to attain the CEMARS accreditation.

Tony Sellin says part of this reduction comes from a more energy efficient design for the new and retro-fitted buildings on campus. Where possible, buildings have received a better thermal envelop (such as insulation and double glazing) and old building services plant and equipment have been replaced for more efficient ones. This includes more efficient lighting (e.g. LED lights and lights that turn off automatically), radiators and air handling units. There has also been a greater use of electricity over coal for space heating. UC’s carbon reduction is also connected with a smaller campus building footprint as a result of the earthquakes. All of this has resulted in a lower energy demand.

Further information: See also Leading the Carbon Crusade

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NCEA Japanese Day biggest ever

Japanese NCEA school day, 8.6.17Client, Rachel Payne, Japanese.

UC hosted a NCEA Japanese workshop for secondary school students on Thursday 8 June. The workshop was attended by 370 students from 15 schools and was the 5th annual event hosted by the UC Japanese programme with support from the Canterbury Network of Teachers of Japanese. The event attracted the largest number of participants since it began in 2013 and is the largest event of its kind on Japanese language education in New Zealand.

Japanese Day Guests

Left to right: Dr Kyoko Mikami, Mr Mitsuru Murase, Mr Tim Williams, Professor Paul Millar, Dr Rachel Payne, Masayoshi Ogino

The day started with a warm welcome from Professor Paul Millar (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – College of Arts), and greetings from Mr Mitsuru Murase (Consul, Consular Office of Japan). A special talk was delivered by UC alumni and internet marketing pioneer Mr Tim Williams, on his encounters and experiences in Japan, as well as the skills required for the rapidly changing world.

The secondary school students had three intensive language sessions, with 30 UC students who helped them to learn Japanese as role models and mentors. The feedback was overwhelming, indicating those involved enjoyed their day at UC.

CUP Book Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards ’17

You could be forgiven a slight sense of deja vu on hearing the news that Aaron Beehre and Gemma Banks of Ilam Press have been shortlisted for the Best Non-Illustrated Book in the PANZ Book Design Awards 2017.

This year they’ve been recognised for their work on My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions by Frankie McMillan (CUP, 2016); last year they, together with Jose Sanchez, were shortlisted for the same category for  McMillan’s poetry collection There are no horses in heaven (CUP, 2015). The design awards will be announced on 20 July in Auckland.

My Mother and the Hungarians cover

My Mother and the Hungarians is the fourth book designed and produced by Ilam Press in collaboration with Canterbury University Press (CUP) and was launched at the WORD Christchurch readers’ festival last year. The book comes highly recommended in terms of content and form: it also made the long list for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and we’re delighted that both the author and the designers of this work have been acknowledged in two national awards.