Category Archives: Sustainability

UC Community Gardens win awards

We’re delighted to share that both UC Community Gardens on campus received an award at the recent Christchurch City Council Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards!

These awards are held annually as a partnership between the Christchurch City Council, Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society. The awards recognise and support individuals, groups, schools, communities and businesses that grow their own food. We’re proud to say both Waiutuutu Community Garden and Dovedale Community Garden received Community Awards for their organic and sustainable gardening practices.

Feast your eyes on some photos from our award winning gardens below!

Dovedale Community Garden

Proud Dovedale Gardeners: Melissa Xu, Aaron Kinname, Karen Hayes, Alistair Sharp, Michael Abrahamson, Kathrin Mathias, Andrew McGahan, Jane Meiforth, Ashlin Freear and Donghuan Xu with their garden award certificate

Dovedale Community Garden has existed for over 8 years as part of the Canterbury University gardens. Often used by Waiutuutu gardeners as a satellite garden to grow crops, it also has a wonderful group of regular volunteers who meet once a week to garden on private and group allotments. If you’re coming from off campus, you’ll find this hidden gem via the road from Solway Avenue. Follow the road and turn left where you will find a gateway to enter the garden straight ahead. For more information on Dovedale Garden and to join the community see the Facebook group here.

Waiutuutu Community Garden

Waiutuutu Community Garden was established in 2002 as an informal recreation and learning space for students, staff and anyone else associated with the University.  It utilises permaculture and organic growing methods –  this means no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used, and there is an emphasis on creating a self-supporting ecosystem and using natural processes.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday afternoon working bees for gardening, good conversations and cups of herbal tea. The entrance to Waiutuutu Community Garden entrance is via the walking path from Engineering Road beside Okeover Stream. For more information on Waiutuutu Community Garden see our website, Facebook or email Niki Jones, Community Gardens Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wing (top) and Jess (bottom) enjoying what both seasons have to offer in Waiutuutu

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If you’re interested in receiving regular gardening updates and news, please join our UC Community Gardens email list here.

 

Bike Pumps on Campus

UC Sustainability is busy working on different solutions to our current bike pumps on campus, due to constant breakages.  Do you have any ideas or solutions for bike pumps you’ve seen work well elsewhere? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so we can help keep you safe on your bikes this winter! Leave your comments below or send us an email at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you do find a bike pump that is broken on campus, please let the Sustainability Office know. Check out our step-by-step guide to using the bike pumps here.

For more information on services available for cyclists on campus like bike pumps, repair stations , secure bike stands and Dr Bike,  see our website.

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Latest news from the ACU – The Association of Commonwealth Universities

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ACU member introduction: International collaboration by Professor (Dr) C Raj KumarFounding Vice-Chancellor at ACU member OP Jindal Global University, India.

The future of the world will depend upon our ability and capacity to deal with adversities and challenges. From responding to COVID-19, to protecting the environment and building peaceful, pluralistic communities, our fragile planet will continue to face challenges – most of which will concern the sustainability of our future. Addressing such global challenges requires collective imagination and thoughtful action.

It is against this backdrop that the work of the ACU, including bringing together young minds across the Commonwealth, becomes increasingly important and significant. The future of our planet will depend upon our commitment to developing resilience and this work begins at the universities of the world.

Earlier this year, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) partnered with the ACU, British Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO-Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA Youth Foundation and UNESCO-MGIEP to host youth leaders from 15 Commonwealth countries for the second Commonwealth Futures workshop on ‘Inspiring global citizens’. Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the workshop examined multidisciplinary themes relating to the concept of global citizenship such as participatory democracy, community engagement, peace, non-violence, and prevention of violent extremism.

Universities have a critical role to play in preparing young minds to go on and create sustainable futures. Key focus areas include developing curricula and pedagogies oriented towards sustainable development, fostering global networks and communities of knowledge, and building close networks with local communities.

At JGU, we are striving to work on a pan-university, multidisciplinary strategy to explore innovative and sensitive ways to teach, learn, work, and live. As a demographically diverse university, in a semi-rural region in northern India that still faces enormous social and economic developmental challenges, we are particularly conscious about creating a transformative institutional model in higher education.

Given the current global health emergency, the need to innovate within higher education is more pertinent than ever. Universities across the world are demonstrating agility and an openness to change as they adapt to new ways of teaching and working. At JGU we seek to do justice to the goals and aspirations of our students, even in times of such crisis, while ensuring the safety and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, JGU was prepared to handle the unanticipated and complete immersion into virtual learning and online teaching, and a strong academic and digital infrastructure enabled us to smoothly transition to the online world to deliver over 400 courses online this summer.

We are delighted to have been able to be part of the Commonwealth Futures and ACU Digital Now events, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the ACU’s extensive network.

With warm regards,

Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar
Founding Vice-Chancellor
OP Jindal Global University

UC Science Radio Episode 5: Ending our love affair with plastics

Lightweight, strong, waterproof – plastic is a wonder material, but it’s not so wonderful for nature ???

Learn about what everyday plastic is doing to our environment, where it’s ending up, and how we can fix the problem, with UC environmental chemist Dr Sally Gaw, in Episode 5 of our weekly science podcast UC Science Radio ♻️?

Check out the episode here or listen on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Association of Commonwealth Universities – series of free virtual events

Kia ora colleagues I have received the following through our membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please promote – the topics are wide, covering:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research management
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Library
  • HR, and more.

Given the time zone differences, these times are unlikely to suit you. I note from their website that the sessions will be recorded and I can get copies so let me know if you are interested in that. I hope everyone is staying well, Karen

“International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work.  We are committed to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond.

COVID-19 continues to heavily impact higher education across the globe. To support member universities as they adapt to this changing world, we are offering a free series of virtual events to share best practice and guidance. Featuring webinars and Q&As, the events will touch on a variety of topics relating to HR, teaching and learning, research management, the SDGs, and more.

Stay connected with colleagues across the Commonwealth. Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Moving assessments online – lessons learned | 12 May, 15:00 BST

Managing a research office in lockdown | 20 May, 14:00 BST 

HR in HE responding to the COVID-19 crisis | 27 May, 12:00 BST

University libraries beyond the campus walls | 3 June, 14:00 BST

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.   If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards, The ACU.”