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UC’s first Sustaina-ball coming soon

13668877_1129345150440692_2944166230395402891_oOn 24 September, at the end of UC Ecoweek 2016, the Eco Club Network will bring you the inaugural Sustaina-ball. George Moon, coordinator of the Eco Club Network explains what it is all about.

The first UC Sustaina-ball, how did it come about?
A lot of eco events can be quite serious! Being environmentalists, there are always issues to focus on such as climate change, conservation, fossil fuel divestment and promoting more eco-friendly lifestyles. We thought it would be good to have a chill social event so like-minded people can socialise.

Are you hoping for this to become an annual ball?
Can’t say at this point – it can be a surprisingly large amount of work coordinating a social event! If it turns out to be an awesome success and people want to do it again, then we’d look into it again for next year.

Why is the Sustaina-ball different from other UC balls?
We’re trying to make the event as eco friendly as possible. This includes things such as:
– The tickets are printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper
– We’re minimising waste where possible, for example by not using plastic cups and by using reusable decorations
– The food chosen has been selected because of the low environmental impact of producing it.

What will be the theme this year?
The theme is a classic ‘Garden Party’, which leaves plenty of scope for people to decide how they want to dress! Hopefully there will be some great outfits on the night.

Date: Saturday 24 September
Time: from 7:30pm
Where: Bentley’s (UCSA Events Centre)
Price: $40, includes 2 free drinks, canapés, chips and entry. Discount drinks on the night.

Find out more (and buy tickets): https://www.facebook.com/events/1559228887708977/

The Sustaina-ball is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Here is the programme for Eco Week:

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm.
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. C Block 6–8 pm.
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential, 1.30–4 pm.
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12 pm sharp.
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30 – late.

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How Eco Week came to be!

Eco Week snippit 2In less than two weeks, UC Eco Week 2016 is kicking off (19 – 24 September). The Sustainability Office will be bringing you a variety of awesome events that celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

A wee bit of history

Eco Week evolved out of Health Awareness Week. The Sustainability Office used to partner with the UCSA to deliver an annual programme of events in September to promote healthy living.

In 2010, when the UCSA decided not to run Health Awareness Week, the Sustainability Office launched Eco Awareness Week instead, which later became Eco Week. The first Eco Week in 2010 was of course affected by the September earthquakes and as a result we ran it as Eco Survival Week – focusing on practical sustainability skills for surviving in an uncertain environment.

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRTo begin with, Eco Week involved a series of small events that continued the theme of healthy living with an eco-twist: so we did things like vegan cooking and gardening workshops.

In 2011 we expanded the idea of Eco Week to really showcase all the sustainability programmes at UC and package them as a comprehensive whole. We also trialed the Sustainability Awards, which, for the first time, rewarded, members of the UC community for their sustainability efforts. After a hiatus in 2014-15, the awards are back in 2016.

They are so important because “lack of recognition” for sustainability efforts has been identified as one of the key barriers to people getting involved in activities that are not part of their work programmes or courses of study.

Growing Eco Week

In 2012 we experimented with a high profile, large scale event. Cycle Runway was a fashion show on bikes that was attended by 200 people, gained national media coverage and involved dozens of designers.

Since that time we focused events in Eco Week around a few high impact events, such as film nights (we are screening the award winning doco Just Eat It this year!), the tiny house tour, the edible campus tour and the fair trade banana ice cream and coffee launch (all free!),  which is always very popular and has now become a tradition.

Since 2014 the communications around, and the reach of, Eco Week has improved dramatically, and every year more staff and students get involved. Every year students and student clubs volunteer at the Eco Week events, or organise their own events during Eco Week. (Check here to keep an eye out for the clubs are holding during Eco Week.)

What’s on

We have some awesome events lined up for you:

Monday 19 September, fair trade Eco Week launch: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

indexTuesday 20 September is about Food Waste. Come for a short food waste get-together with speakers and nibbles, followed by the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too.

Thursday 21 September, tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Later on Thursday, Cowspiracy screening by VCUC. Kirkwood, 6-8 pm.

Friday 22 September, learn about where to find free food on UC pears free to usecampus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp. Later, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network, and the theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

UC Eco Week coming up (19-24 September)

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRIt is almost spring, which means UC Eco Week is coming up too! Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. And this year it runs from 19 – 24 September. Here is the low-down as to what is happening that week…

On Monday, the Eco Week launch is all about fair trade: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Food Waste. Food Waste is a massive issue, which is getting more traction in Christchurch too. There will be a short food waste get-together with speakers (Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste) and nibbles, followed by a screening of the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni! Tiny houses are hailed as one of the solutions to the housing crisis and as a way to live more sustainably. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential though, so email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz asap if you are keen!

On Friday,  you can learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! Did you know there are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat? Find out where and finish at UC’s very own Okeover Community Gardens. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! The Sustainability Awards recognise the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us.  They will be held at Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Nominations still open til 31 August. Download the nomination here.

13668877_1129345150440692_2944166230395402891_oAnd finally, on Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball!! This is presented by the UC Eco Club Network, and the theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information. The ball will be held at Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) from 7.30pm to late.

All good bananasDuring Eco Week some UCSA clubs will also be holding events: for instance, VCUC will screen Cowspiracy on Monday,  GEOSOC is planning a Quiznight on Wednesday and the UCSA will run an eco mug scheme at cafe 1894. To keep in touch with all events, subscribe to events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page. (Click Events and click Subscribe 🙂 Easy), or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

 

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