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Rethink your Wardrobe – ethical fashion events coming up!

Ever asked yourself, ‘who made my clothes?’ or, ‘who really pays the price for our clothing?’

We want you to ask these questions, and we want to help you answer them too.

In a celebration of Fashion Revolution Week 2019, UC Sustainability are holding two events to get us talking about the social and environmental impacts behind the fast fashion industry.

Keen to get involved with us? Come along to our events next week, and learn about what you can do to become part of the fashion revolution!

Event One: Film night
Come and watch The True Cost with us, a ground-breaking documentary film on the real price of fast fashion.
See the trailer here.

  • When: Thursday 23 May, 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: The Living Room (next to UBS)

What to bring: Yourselves and your friends – we’ve got the popcorn and hot drinks covered!

Check out the Facebook event here for all the details.

Event Two: Clothes swap
We’re holding a campus clothes swap! Clothes swaps are fun, easy, free, and second hand threads are the most socially and environmentally friendly fashion statement you can make.  

Clear out your wardrobes, and bring in up to five good quality, pre-loved items of clothing to our clothes swap. The best part is, you then get to fill your wardrobe back up again with someone else’s treasures – for free!

Let’s flag fast fashion together and swap, not shop.

  • When: Friday 24 May, 12pm – 2pm
  • Where: Undercroft 101

What to bring: Up to five items of pre-loved clothing, and a reusable bag for carrying your ‘new’ clothes home!

You’re welcome to drop off your clothes in Undercroft 101 from 11am onwards, or you can bring them along to the film night in advance.

Check out the Facebook event here for all the details.

Be a part of the fashion revolution with us!

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Dr Bike is back for Term Two

Get your bike ready to roll into Term Two with us!

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Monday afternoon from 2pm – 3.30pm, and Dr Bike will service it for free.

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Kieran and Rory on C Block Lawn every Monday from 2pm – 3.30pm during term time. Come past, say hi and get your bike looked over 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 Mondays!

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The bike breakfast is back for 2019

Do you like bikes, coffee, bagels and pedal-powered banana smoothies?

Are you a UC staff member or a student?

If you answered yes to the above then you’re in luck, because the UC Sustainability Office is bringing back their most delicious event of the year: the annual Bike Breakfast!

All you need to do is cycle to UC on Tuesday 19 March, and come and see us in the Undercroft (don’t forget to bring your helmet!) between 8 – 10am to grab your FREE breakfast!

We’ve got fair trade filter coffee thanks to Prima Coffee Roasters, fair trade tea from Scarborough Fair, bagels from Grizzly Baked Goods, and you can even make your own pedal-powered smoothie thanks to All Good Bananas and the famous smoothie bike!

  • What: A FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus (GF and vegan options too!).
  • When: Tuesday 19 March, 8 – 10am.
  • Where: Undercroft.

What do I need to bring? Yourself and your helmet.
We are using only reusable cups and plates for this event, so please BYO mug or cup if you’d like to take your tea or coffee away with you!

  • Who’s invited: Everyone with a bike and a helmet!
  • Why: Because you deserve it!

What else is happening?

  • Dr Bike will be doing on-the-spot bike repairs and tune ups (so bring your bike to get tuned for free and grab a bagel while you wait!)
  • The Christchurch City Council will be there to show off the new city cycle routes, and hand out cycle maps of the city.
  • You’ll have the chance to chat and hang out with like-minded people, and ask us any questions about all the services and facilities we offer for cyclists on campus.
  • Plus we’ll be running some photo competitions to win some cycling goodies!

…did we mention you get a free breakfast?

We can’t wait to see you there! Keep your eyes out for student volunteers directing (and reminding you) from the bike stands around campus from 8am that morning.

For more, check out the Bike Breakfast Facebook event here. Please click ‘attending’ or ‘interested’ to make sure you don’t miss any event updates.

 

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The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back for February 2019

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February (for just 10minutes or more!).

Regular commuter cyclists rejoice: this is a great opportunity to encourage your colleagues to give cycling a shot during February. There is plenty of awesome prizes to tempt your team along the way (like cycle trips, bike accessories, chocolate, more chocolate, morning tea shouts and even a new bike!). Plus, there’s some great inter-department competition opportunities (bragging rights are totally up for grabs).

How does it work?
You and your workplace team earn points for every km you ride, every day that you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign up across UC during the month. The competition is organised so we only compete against other workplaces of comparable size – UC falls into the 500-1999 staff category. By participating in the challenge you’ll earn individual points for days ridden, kms travelled and people encouraged, plus your points contribute to your department and organisation’s total tally.

The best part is, it’s not just about cycling to work. All rides during the month count, so while cycling to work is a great option for some, we know it doesn’t work for everyone. You can log all rides: your commute, your weekend mountain bike, your family day out, or your trip to the shops!  

UC’s track record 
We’ve got a pretty good track record in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, with UC coming third in our category for Christchurch last year! During Feb 2018, UC staff cycled a total of 115,467kms, with 9.5% of our staff registering a ride during the month.

Our own Diana Hinterleitner from the UC Enrolments Team is the “Challenge Champion” here on campus, for the work she did in 2017 setting up UC as an organisation to participate in the challenge. She also is our Top Encourager, encouraging 11 people to sign up and log a ride during the challenge last year. Since 2017, a number of departments have joined the fun and taken on the challenge – from Product Design to Financial Services. We reckon there’s a pretty good chance your department is already registered, but if not, it’s easy to sign up. You can see all the UC team members and departments that participated in the challenge last year here (there’s some pretty impressive numbers of kms there, College of Engineering we’re looking at you!)

I’m interested, how do I take part?
Follow these easy steps:

  1. Register yourself and/or your department on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge website.
  2. Ride a bike anywhere, any time for at least 10minutes during the challenge (1-28 Feb)
  3. Record your ride on the Bike Challenge website, and tell your friends and coworkers about the challenge
  4. Reward yourself and your team by winning prizes!

Is your team already participating in the 2019 Bike Challenge, or planning to now? Let the Sustainability Office know! We would love to hear about it, so we can support you all the way.

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year, and what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge! Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

A big thanks to Diana Hinterleitner for providing the photographs for this blog.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

UC’s Edible Campus

Missed our Edible Campus walking tour? Here’s the link to our Edible Campus Map, so you can take yourself foraging on campus whenever you like!

The fruit, nuts and berries you see on campus are all free for you to forage as you wish. However, we ask you do some research if you’re unsure – some edibles may look ready before they are actually ripe for picking!

You can always be in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about foraging on campus.

The Sustainability Office has a long-term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing the plantings and ecological restoration work we have been supporting. As issues of food accessibility and affordability become better understood, we are committed to proving an edible landscape for our UC community. The idea of an edible campus and a food forest is embedded in UC’s landscape master plan.

We already have two community gardens on campus – those on the tour visited Okeover Community Garden with us, and we also have an allotment style community garden based at Dovedale.

Interested in volunteering in our community garden? All volunteers are welcome to take home fresh produce in return for their time. See more about volunteering with us here.

Found an edible on campus that isn’t on this map? Please let us know! We’re in the process of updating and refreshing our Edible Campus maps and guides.

Happy foraging UC!

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz