Tag Archives: Eco Club Network

A bit about the UC Sustainability Office

ENGS4379_Mailchimp_BNR (2)Did you know that UC has a Sustainability Office?

We (that is: Katie, Jane, Matt and myself, Puck) are an on-campus hub for individuals and groups that are interested in creating positive change and promoting sustainable practices within the University of Canterbury and the wider community.

We organise events; we communicate pathways for change (like, promoting fair trade, sustainable transport, informing staff and students about recycling), and support a network of individuals and working groups across the campus and in the wider community (for instance, we provide input into the campus master plans, and we work closely with the student Eco Clubs). We also do cool projects, like the compositing coffee cups trial for instance, or Dr Bike.ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNR

Our whole team is passionate about sustainability. Jane looks after the Community Gardens at UC (with a group of students), Katie is  focused on waterways, tiny houses and fair trade, Matt is forever finding more and better ways to look after cyclists and handle waste (think worms and composting), and I (Puck) work on different sustainability projects and do the communications side of things.
Want to know more, get involved, or curious about our events? Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website. Any questions or ideas you want help with? Email us on: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

UC Eco club network established

In late February, the UC Eco Club Network was established, bringing together various eco clubs on campus including Kakariki, DigSoc, GenZero, CUTC (tramping club), Fossil Free UC, VCUC (Veg Club), SVA, Biosoc, GEOGSOC, Engineers without Borders (EWB) and more.

The aim of the network is to improve coordination between UC’s many eco clubs and events, and ultimately increase the number of people taking part in eco activities. The network is also hoping to organise a big eco-event later on in the year – watch this space!

Want get involved? Check out the The Eco Club Network Facebook page, or get in touch by email: hello@ucecoclubs.nz.12733631_1030468210328387_3204237549022655504_n

First ECN meeting a success

The formation of the network originated  in January this year, with the idea to get more collaboration between eco clubs happening. The first ECN meeting was a success, with  close to 20 people attending and UCSA president James Addington stepping in as well. Exciting and important sustainability ideas and concerns were shared (like garden rooftops, reducing foodwaste and plastic pollution, UC building materials and Avon River conservation).

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