UC’s Senior Management Team recently developed and adopted a Sustainability Framework.
This document establishes the approach that the University will take to meet its environmental commitments and to incorporate sustainability concepts into decision making at all levels, while staying within the University’s resources.
The Framework covers approaches to teaching, learning and research, operations, and partnerships for sustainability.
AVC Māori and Acting Learning Resources Director Darryn Russell headed the Framework, and believes that “universities are uniquely poised to offer sustainable solutions to the problems of our day – notably climate change – something that is recognised throughout the higher education sector world-wide.” He added that “having this Framework in place will focus attention on this fact and makes a firm statement that these issues are viewed as important within the UC community.”
Key elements of the Framework include fostering research that will lead to a more sustainable world and offering opportunities for students to learn about and contribute to ways their disciplines can contribute to sustainability outcomes. It states a goal of being a “role model in our community for environmental leadership and sustainable practises”, and that UC will draw on the special significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and commit to being good stewards of our environment.
There are lots of ways to get involved now that this Framework is in place, acknowledging that we have been on a sustainability journey as a university community for nearly twenty years.
For an idea of how the University is performing in the areas covered by the Framework, have a look at the 2017 Sustainability Report.
Get in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about how you can incorporate more sustainability practices and principles into what you do here at UC and in your everyday lives!
Many of you may have wondered how to dispose of the compostable packaging the cafes on campus are now using.
The Sustainability Office has the solution to some of the compostable packaging options at UC!
You already know coffee cups are accepted in the blue bins on campus, well now the blue bins will accept some types of compostable packaging too.
It is important to check the new signage on the bins, to see if your packaging can go in the blue bins.
Remember, although some types of packaging may say it is compostable, they are not all accepted in Christchurch by our commercial composting facility!
A quick and easy way to check, is to see if there is anything that looks like plastic on your packaging (regardless of whether it says compostable or not!). If there is, please empty your food waste into the green organics bin, and place the packaging into the red landfill bin.
Packaging that is not accepted in the blue bins include:
- noodle boxes
- cardboard boxes with a clear PLA plastic panel
- wedge sandwich boxes with a clear PLA plastic panel
- clear PLA plastic bowls
Remember, everything in the blue bin will be sorted by hand. Please help us by only putting the approved items in these bins, and everything else into organics, landfill or recycling.
Follow the simple guide above to be sure, and help make this a success at UC!
For more information, please contact the Sustainability Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who are new to cycling at UC, or haven’t heard of this before, Dr Bike is a free fix-it clinic for bike issues available to both staff and students, funded by the Sustainability Office. This service provides basic maintenance and repairs such as puncture repairs, tuning of brakes and oiling chains.
This semester, we are running extended Dr Bike sessions, to help you get your bike ready for the year ahead. You’ll find Olly and Kieran on C Block Lawn, every Tuesday from 12.00pm – 1.30pm during term time. Come past, say hi, and get your bike looked at while you’re there!
If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.
Keep an eye out for these guys on Tuesdays!
UC Sustainability Office