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Fair Trade Fair this week!

Come and meet our suppliers who make our Fair Trade University possible!

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight (Aotearoa’s biggest fair trade campaign) the UC Sustainability Community is holding a Fair Trade Fair on Wednesday 14 August, so you can meet our campus fair trade suppliers (and most importantly, try their yummy fairly traded treats!).

What can you expect?

  • Common Good Coffee Roasters providing free fair trade filter coffee to sip on while you chat, and a chance to WIN coffee for your flat
  • Karma Cola will be there handing out tasters of their delicious, fair trade, feel good fizz
  • We’ll be cranking the smoothie bike thanks to fair trade banana company, All Good Organics (plus the chance to win a box of bananas!)
  • Trade Aid will have your chocolate cravings covered, with a chance to try their whole fair trade, organic chocolate range
  • The Native Loom will be showing off their ethically made, organic produce bags and textiles
  • And Office Max will be there teaming up with Robert Harris to bring you some fair trade cold brew coffee samples!

What: Fair Trade Fair

When: Wednesday 14 August, 11am – 1pm

Where: Haere-roa

What to bring: a cup for your coffee and/or banana smoothie!

For all the info, see the Facebook event here.

See you there!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.


Opening Doors Globally

Join us for a special two-hour event featuring presenter Monique Surges as she discusses her highs and lows in her journey to language acquisition. Monique is the CEO of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce- a job role that was just the beginning of some great experiences she would like to share with you.

11am – 12pm: Presentation by Monique Surges

12pm-1pm: A panel discussion with:

Monique Surges (Chief Executive of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Auckland)
Associate Prof. Jörg Finsterwalder (UC Business School)
Dr. Stefanie Gutschmidt (College of Engineering)
Associate Prof. Chris Jones (College of Arts)

and Prof Natalia Chaban (Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies/National Centre for Research on Europe) as moderator

The free event is being held on Thursday 26 Sept,  from 11am-1pm, in Undercroft 101 of the Puaka-James Hight building.

For more information visit: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/opening-doors-globally.html or email Vera Leier: vera.leier@canterbury.ac.nz

UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Peters | Masters in Marketing, Plastic Free Blogger and Eco VolunteerThis year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our latest Sustainability Champion profile from plastic free blogger Elizabeth – and just in time for Plastic Free July!

29871827_10155490801062336_7562871590863254003_oElizabeth making a ‘plastic free promise’ during Plastic Free July 2018

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Elizabeth, I grew up in Christchurch. I did my undergraduate at University of Canterbury in Marketing and Management and I am currently doing my Master’s in Marketing on the topic of non-profit advertising. I spent my later years of my childhood growing up in the country and love being in nature. I now flat in town and love biking through the greener areas of Christchurch that remind me of home.

Tell us how you became involved with sustainability at UC.

I started coming along to a few events throughout my undergraduate studies, but it wasn’t until this last year that I got involved with the UC Sustainability Office and started helping more.  I love the work that the sustainability team is doing and wanted to be a part of it which I do through Eco Volunteering.

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

For an assignment at university we were set with a challenge to change a behavior of ours that would not only better ourselves but also the society in which we live. I chose to give up plastic. I began with the broad goal to give up all plastics… However, it was not until I started recording my plastic consumption that it started to dawn on me how pervasive plastic was in my life! Since I began this journey in 2017, I have learnt and continue to learn about the problem, and various ways in which I can be a part of the solution. I have learnt through personal experience and from the experience and research of others. Over the summer I started a blog called Glasshouse Refillery to share my journey. I also share some of my regular rhythms to living a more sustainable lifestyle on my Instagram and Facebook page – if you’re interested you can find me here: @glasshouserefillery.

I’m also volunteering my time (and my sewing machine!) at the Sustainability Office’s Plastic Free July workshop on Tuesday. Drop in and learn to make (and take home) a produce bag and a beeswax wrap and take a stand against plastic pollution with us! See the Facebook event here for all the details.

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC? 

I often bike to university and leading up to UC Sustainability’s Bike Breakfast event the bike shed was so full I had to go to one on the other side of campus! While the bike shed isn’t always full (particularly in winter!), it is great to see so many students and staff choosing to cycle to university. I am also proud to be a part of UC Sustainability’s journey in their BYO cups and containers initiative (and the cup library) at the various cafes and food establishments on campus.

Where to next for you?

Though I will soon finish my studies and no longer be a student, I will continue to do my bit for this wonderful planet that we are blessed to live on. I still have a long road ahead on my sustainability journey, but I will endeavor to be an eco-advocate where my life leads me. Endeavoring to encourage others and myself to continue to make small changes that have a big impact.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.