Category Archives: Sustainability

Plastic Free July is here!

We’re gearing up for an entire month of celebrating all things plastic free during the worldwide Plastic Free July Campaign.

Take the challenge and ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics with us during the month of July!

Want to get started?

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup to campus, and make the most of the $ savings that come with BYO mugs
  • Bring your lunch from home and avoid plastic cling film or if you’re buying food on campus, bring a container and avoid using a takeaway box or plate!
  • Take your own bags to get your groceries – and don’t forget smaller bags for loose produce
  • Drink loose leaf tea – did you know tea bags contain plastic?
  • Keep some reusable cutlery in your bag or office, so you’re not caught short if you do buy food out. A reusable straw is always handy too!
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle to fill up on the go
  • Want to challenge yourself? Get inspired with these ‘next steps’ for taking your Plastic Free July to another level.

Remember: The most sustainable item is one you already have! If you need reusables or other items to help you ditch single-use plastic, we encourage you to use what you have first. Nothing wrong with a jam jar as a coffee cup, or an ice-cream container for a lunch box we reckon…

Want some more help?

We’ve got a whole bunch of plastic free activities planned this month to help you along the way, including a free DIY beeswax wrap workshop, student bloggers sharing their experiences about taking on the challenge, and heaps of awesome plastic free giveaways over on our Facebook page.

Join us for a month of ditching single use plastics for good!

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 is part of our contribution to Plastic Free July, where we encourage our UC community reduce single use plastics for the month. For more information and tips, see the Plastic Free July website.

Join the ACU at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is delighted to invite you to participate in this year’s UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 7-16 July, is dedicated to “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

As a global university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates again this year and is co-organising a series of virtual events, together with our partners and Members.

Click on the links below to learn about each event and register to attend. The following events are free and open to all ACU Members.

ACU at the HLPF 2020 in brief:

On all HLPF days the ACU will share a virtual exhibition space with IAU and AUF titled ‘Higher Education mobilises for the SDGs’.  

Learn more about the UN HLPF 2020 here and access the full HLPF 2020 programme here.

We hope you can join us in championing sustainable development in higher education.

Kind regards, The ACU.

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