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Tonight: Eco Week Food Waste Event

Tonight, as part of Eco Week 2016, the Sustainability Office screens the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) food waste documentary ‘Just Eat It’ (Tue, 6-8 pm, C Block). The screening starts at 6.30 pm, and there are nibbles and speakers before hand at 6 pm. Check out the trailer here! Free entry and non-UC staff welcome too.

Jpeg posterFood waste is a big issue in New Zealand too. For instance, in just one year, Kiwis throw out nearly $11 million worth of potatoes. That’s approximately 169,000 5kg bags of white washed potatoes from a local supermarket, and loads of goodness going unnecessarily either into the landfill or green waste.  We asked Melisa Quinn from VCUC (Vegetarian Club of UC) for a quick and easy, spud-based recipe to help you use all your spuds!

Jacket potato with beans

The proportion of each ingredient is up to you. The good news is that you can eat plenty, as whole plant based-foods are low in calories. Make up double the amount in the evening, and you also have yummy lunch which can be warmed in the ‘heat and eat’ areas dotted around campus.

  • Potatoes (you don’t have to peel them!)
  • Soaked beans (e.g. red kidney beans) of your choice
  • Herbs of your choice (rosemary is a classic for potatoes, plus thyme, basil and oregano for the tomato/vege filling)
  • Salt, pepper, brewers’ yeast
  • Tomatoes (whole or canned)
  • Any other left over vegetables of your choice.

Baked-Sweet-Potatoes-with-Cannellinis-and-Baby-Spinach-recipe-on-ShockinglyDelicious.com_-480x320Wash the potato/potatoes, and roll them in a little olive oil and rosemary. Bake the potato/potatoes whole in the oven for up to an hour at 190 degrees celsius. While that is happening rinse your beans and cook them with the tomatoes, herbs and spices for 20 minutes on a medium heat. You can also add other (precooked) vegetables or other left overs to the bean and tomato mix. When the potatoes are cooked (poke with a fork to test their softness), split them open and stuff with the bean and vege mix. Top with brewers yeast for extra seasoning and tastiness. Enjoy!

What else is happening during Eco Week?

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_280x178pxThis Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events for the rest of the week:

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Also, UCSA club VCUC will screen Cowspiracy in Kirkwood, 6-8 pm.

On Friday,  learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! There are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) 7.30pm to late.

On Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

Check out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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Eco Week events coming up next week

Eco Week snippit 2A jam-packed Eco Week is just around the corner (19-24 September). Bringing you a variety of entertaining and interesting events, presented by the UC Sustainability Office and several UCSA student clubs. This year there is a big focus on food (edible campus tour, food waste & dumpster-diving, fair trade ice creams & coffee shots for the launch, cowspiracy screening). But there will also be a sustaina-ball, a tiny house tour, sustainability awards, and a volunteering afternoon.

During every Eco Week, we showcase one or two ‘leading edge’ ideas, which typically come Laurafrom subcultures or communities who are experimenting with doing things differently, or from staff who are passionate about a social or environmental issue. Examples from past Eco Weeks include showcasing fermented foods or make-your-own beauty products; raising awareness about the the plastic waste in our oceans, the environmental impact of the fashion industry or the oil and waste involved in using plastic water bottles. Whilst some of these ‘innovations’ may remain a subculture, others might slowly emerge and become mainstream, changing behaviours and systems in the longer term (like fair trade and reusable water bottles!).

If you have a particular interest in a sustainability issue, and would like to see it featured in the 2017 Eco Week, we’d love to hear from you! Email sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

The week’s events

yellow gorillaOn Monday: Eco Week Launch – we are giving away FREE fair trade goodies. Jailbreaker Coffee (supplier to UCSA cafes) and All Good Bananas will be hand out delicious fair trade banana ice creams and iced organic coffee shots – 12 to 1.30 pm (Undercroft).

On Tuesday:  A delicious Food Waste Event. We’ll screen the very entertaining, and thought-provoking, doco ‘Just Eat It.’ 6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and speakers 6.30-8 pm: Screening. Free, and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday: Jpeg posterTiny House Tour – Visit two tiny houses built by UC alumni – 1.30 to 4 pm, booking essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz.

Cowspiracy screening (presented by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6-8 pm.

On Friday: Learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

UC Sustainability Awards Ceremony – Come celebrate the sustainability efforts of our university community to improve the world around us! – 5.30 to 6.30 pm (Undercroft 101).

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) – 7.30 pm to late.

On Sunday: Do your bit for the community by joining in with the Drayton Reserve Volunteer Afternoon (presented by GEOSOC), 2-4 pm.

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRCheck out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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Origins of Eco Week

Eco Week snippit 2In less than two weeks, UC Eco Week 2016 is kicking off (19 – 24 September). The Sustainability Office will be bringing you a variety of awesome events that celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

A bit of history

Eco Week evolved out of Health Awareness Week. The Sustainability Office used to partner with the UCSA to deliver an annual programme of events in September to promote healthy living.

In 2010, when the UCSA decided not to run Health Awareness Week, the Sustainability Office launched Eco Awareness Week instead, which later became Eco Week. The first Eco Week in 2010 was of course affected by the September earthquakes and as a result we ran it as Eco Survival Week – focusing on practical sustainability skills for surviving in an uncertain environment.

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRTo begin with, Eco Week involved a series of small events that continued the theme of healthy living with an eco-twist: so we did things like vegan cooking and gardening workshops.

In 2011 we expanded the idea of Eco Week to really showcase all the sustainability programmes at UC and package them as a comprehensive whole. We also trialed the Sustainability Awards, which, for the first time, rewarded, members of the UC community for their sustainability efforts. After a hiatus in 2014-15, the awards are back in 2016.

They are so important because “lack of recognition” for sustainability efforts has been identified as one of the key barriers to people getting involved in activities that are not part of their work programmes or courses of study.

Growing Eco Week

In 2012 we experimented with a high profile, large scale event. Cycle Runway was a fashion show on bikes that was attended by 200 people, gained national media coverage and involved dozens of designers.

Since that time we focused Eco Week around a few high impact events, such as film nights (we are screening the award winning doco Just Eat It this year!), the tiny house tour, the edible campus tour and the fair trade banana ice cream and coffee launch (all free!),  which is always very popular and has now become a tradition.

Since 2014 the communications around, and the reach of, Eco Week has improved dramatically, and every year more staff and students get involved. Every year students and student clubs volunteer at the Eco Week events, or organise their own events during Eco Week. (Check here to keep an eye out for the clubs are holding during Eco Week.)

What’s on

We have some great events lined up for you:

Monday 19 September, fair trade Eco Week launch: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

indexTuesday 20 September is about Food Waste. Come for a short food waste get-together with speakers and nibbles, followed by the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too.

Thursday 21 September, tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Later on Thursday, Cowspiracy screening by VCUC. Kirkwood, 6-8 pm.

Friday 22 September, learn about where to find free food on UCUntitledcampus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp. Later, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network, and the theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.

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Sustainability Office screens award-winning doco about Food Waste (Eco Week event)

03The Sustainability Office screens the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) food waste documentary ‘Just Eat It’ during Eco Week 2016, which kicks off the week after next.

New Zealanders are lucky enough to be living in a county which is effectively a ‘food basket’, where food is plentiful and relatively affordable. But perhaps we as a nation are taking food too much for granted and our baskets are overflowing unnecessarily. Up to 12% of families in New Zealand experience severe food insecurity over a period of twelve months.

Some of the significant sources of food waste in developed countries are:

– Perfectly edible food being dumped because it doesn’t look perfect. See this article, ‘why you should eat ugly food,’ for more information.

– Supermarkets dumping food because it hasn’t been sold within a predetermined time . See here for more info on ‘use by’ and expiry dates.

– The food consumers buy, but fail to eat.

– The huge volumes of food packaging sent to landfill.

Jpeg posterDuring Eco Week 2016 we will screen the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) documentary ‘Just Eat It’. This documentary dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through to retail, all the way to fridge in a lighthearted way. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, film makers Jen and Grant pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue (dumpster diving anyone?), the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Check out the movie trailer here. Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.

When: 20 September, 6 pm Speakers and nibbles, 6:30 pm Movie screening ‘Just Eat It’

Where: C Block

Cost: Free, all welcome (not exclusive to UC staff and students).

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The Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events during Eco Week:

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. CBlock 6–8 pm
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz,  1.30–4pm
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12pm sharp
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.

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UC Eco Week coming up (19-24 September)

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRIt is almost spring, which means UC Eco Week is coming up too! Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. And this year it runs from 19 – 24 September. Here is what is happening that week…

On Monday, the Eco Week launch is all about fair trade: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Food Waste. Food Waste is a massive issue, which is getting more traction in Christchurch too. There will be a short food waste get-together with speakers (Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste) and nibbles, followed by a screening of the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too.

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. Tiny houses are hailed as one of the solutions to the housing crisis and as a way to live more sustainably. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential though, so email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz asap if you are keen!

On Friday,  you can learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour. Did you know there are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat? Find out where and finish at UC’s Okeover Community Gardens. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony. The Sustainability Awards recognise the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us.  They will be held at Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Nominations still open til 31 August. Download the nomination here.

13668877_1129345150440692_2944166230395402891_oAnd finally, on Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Visit here for more information. The ball will be held at Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) from 7.30pm to late.

All good bananasDuring Eco Week some UCSA clubs will also be holding events: for instance, VCUC will screen Cowspiracy on Monday,  GEOSOC is planning a Quiznight on Wednesday and the UCSA will run an eco mug scheme at cafe 1894. To keep in touch with all events, subscribe to events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page. (Click Events and click Subscribe 🙂 Easy), or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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