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Bike Fest is BACK!

Spring has finally sprung, and UC Sustainability and UC Bike have teamed up to bring you a cycling event like no other!

Come along to C Block Lawn to enjoy some free kai in the sun and hang out with other cyclists. Maybe you’ll want to make a pedal powered banana smoothie, join a tube changing workshop, or get your bike fixed by Dr Bike? Or maybe you’re feeling a little bit competitive and want to beat your friends on the Rec Centre’s watt bikes, or compete in a mini bike race? We’ve also got heaps of awesome cycling goodies and spot prizes up for grabs!

Our Bike Fest has something for every type of cyclist, so come along and celebrate the joy of riding bikes with us!

What: Bike Fest

When: Monday 7 October, 11am – 1pm

Where: C Block Lawn

What to bring: Yourself, your helmet and/or bike, and a reusable cup for your smoothie!

Check out the Facebook event here for more details, and keep your eyes peeled for more groovy cycling activities to be announced.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This event is part of our contribution to Biketober, Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling. For more information, and for the full line-up of cycling events happening in October, check out their website.

Last chance to nominate your sustainability hero!

 

Get those nominations in quick…  Because today is the last day to nominate your sustainability superhero for a UC Sustainability Award! There are awards for individuals and teams across 6 categories, with the awards being presented by UC Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

What are the UC Sustainability Awards?

The Sustainability Awards are all about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation and imagination of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, academic or post-graduate research, or a green department, team or a staff project? An eco-warrior changing the world?

Get nominating!

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations close at 5pm Monday 9 September, with the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 2 October in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, Rehua.

For a recap on the previous UC Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some more inspiration.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

 

 

Want to see how we celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight on campus?

Last week, UC Sustainability celebrated all things ethical and fair trade with one of our favourite events of the year: our annual Fair Trade Fair! Missed out? Read on, we’ve put together a highlights reel so you can see what we got up to.

 

Held in the beautiful Haere-roa, we welcomed over 200 students and staff to come and learn about fair trade, try some yummy (and fairly traded) goodies, and meet our suppliers who make our Fair Trade University possible. The fair trade cold brew, banana smoothies (made by pedal power on a smoothie bike of course!) and hot chocolates went down an absolute treat, and we loved seeing our suppliers share their stories of the real people and communities behind their products.

What is fair trade, and why should we care?

Fair trade supports marginalised farmers and workers in developing countries. By supporting them, we’re enabling them to take better care of their environment and to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. From the coffee you drink, the chocolate you eat and the clothes you wear – products that are fairly traded create a real, positive difference in people’s lives. By choosing to buy fair trade, we are guaranteeing producers receive a minimum price regardless of global trends. We’re also ensuring that workers receive liveable wages, safe working conditions, access to clean water and schooling for their children.

Our University has been proudly Fair Trade since 2017. To learn more about who we’re working with to make our University fair trade, and real  examples of what they are doing for their communities, check out the suppliers stories below (and spot them in the photos!)

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed seeing our fair trade celebrations – and we’ll see you again next year!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. If you’d like some more information on our Fair Trade University, see our website. Big thanks to Corey Blackburn and Mark McNeill from UC Marketing for the photos and videos of the event.

Common Good Coffee Roasters: More than just your daily coffee

You love their coffee but do you know their story?

Common Good card

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we’re getting up close and personal with people and businesses connected to UC who are making the world a better (and fairer) place. Read on to learn about the people behind UCSA’s fair trade coffee supplier, Common Good Coffee – who are doing so much more than just good coffee!

So what makes Common Good Coffee so special?

On top of an epic roast and a 100% commitment to a fair trade supply chain, Common Good Coffee is using its profits for good in Aotearoa and around the world. From the fair trade principles behind their coffee supply, to the roasting of that same coffee right here in Christchurch, and the reinvestment of their profits into communities around the world, Common Good Coffee is a very, very good time. And the best bit is, all you have to do be a part of their story is simply drink their coffee!

The man behind your coffee addiction: Vernon roasts (and delivers) kilos of coffee each week to UC

So, about that coffee…

The coffee you’re sipping on has come a long way before the baristas at UC (and you) got their hot little hands on it. For example, the Ethiopian Sidamo coffee bean that makes up your brew has come all the way from the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union of Ethiopia (OCFCU).

The Layo Teraga Cooperative in Southern Ethiopia (part of the OCFCU) currently has 1200 members and has maintained Fairtrade certification since 2009. Since becoming certified, the fair trade social premium has paid for depulping equipment, two transport trucks, and in 2010 the community was able to build an elementary school. Before this, the nearest school was a two hour walk away.

Common Good Coffee also contributed directly to the building of the elementary school – last year they donated $19,000 towards teacher’s accommodation, allowing itinerant teachers to spend less time travelling and more time teaching.

Elementary school - common goodTeacher’s accommodation in the Layo Teranga cooperative’s elementary school, Sidamo/Guji region, southern Ethiopia

But wait, there’s more!

Common Good ladies Kolkata

He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Before, we mentioned that Common Good Coffee reinvested their profits into communities around the world. This is where the bigger picture stuff comes in: Common Good Coffee Roasters is actually part of a wider business called Common Good, based in Kolkata, India. Common Good has since created jobs for fifteen women to make products like bags and wristbands, which are proudly worn all around the world. Better still, 100% of the profits from Common Good are going directly to services like sanitation, clean water and education – meaning not only do fifteen women have dignified and meaningful work, but their families and communities are now able to make choices that weren’t available to them before.

And finally, they get local too

Just in case you thought they were done…

Addington Coffee Co-op

Common Good Coffee is roasted at Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Road (definitely worth checking out, make sure you go hungry), and they recently donated $100,000 to the local Addington Primary School. The Addington Te Kura Taumatua Whanua Room was funded by Common Good to grow community connections within the school, and is used by a diverse range of people from the school community.

whanau room

So, it’s more than just a cup of coffee! (but at the same time, it’s all about that cup of coffee…). And to think that every time you buy a Common Good Coffee from The Shilling Club, Cafe 1894 or Chilton’s, you’re actually directly contributing to all the above goodness…. who knew making good more common would be so easy?!

Want to know more about Common Good and what they’re doing locally and globally? Come and meet them at our annual Fair Trade Fair on Wednesday 14 August, 11am – 1pm in Haere-roa. We’ll be showcasing the incredible suppliers that make our Fair Trade University possible, and celebrate the impact they are having on communities around the world. See the Facebook event here for all the details.

This message was brought 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 Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.

Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

From the 2 – 15 August 2019, we’re celebrating all things fair trade and ethical –  because it’s officially Fairtrade Fortnight! We’d love for you to come on this journey with us, as we stand with organisations around Aotearoa to raise awareness that trade isn’t always fair.

What is fair trade and why should we care?

Fair trade supports marginalised farmers and workers in developing countries. By supporting them, we’re enabling them to take better care of their environment and to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. From the coffee you drink, the chocolate you eat and the clothes you wear – products that are fairly traded create a real, positive difference in people’s lives. By choosing to buy fair trade, we are guaranteeing producers receive a minimum price regardless of global trends. We’re also ensuring that workers receive liveable wages, safe working conditions, access to clean water and schooling for their children. If you’re interested to see what fair trade looks like in action, check out this video of coffee farmers in Papua New Guinea.

We’re committed to supporting fair trade, and UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited University since 2017. That means all the coffee found in campus cafes is 100% Fairtrade certified, you can find a range of fair trade chocolate and sweet treats on campus, and you can order a huge selection of fair trade goods through Unimarket for your department kitchens. Yum!

Get involved with us this Fairtrade Fortnight! You can join us in a couple of different ways:

  1. Choose to buy fair trade food and drink – both on and off campus. You can tell if something is guaranteed fair trade by looking for these two symbols:

As well as in our campus cafes, you can find fair trade goodies like chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and even ice cream (!) at New World, Countdown and in organic stores like Piko Wholefoods.

2. Follow along on our social media channels as we share stories from our UC fair trade suppliers, and the chance for you to enter in our sweet (and fair) giveaways – find our UC Sustainability Community Facebook page here.

3. Attend our Fair Trade Fair next week – it’s our annual fair trade celebration on campus! This year, we’re holding our Fair on Wednesday 14 August from 11am – 1pm. It’s a great chance to meet our UC suppliers, and try their yummy fairly traded treats. See the Facebook event here for all the details.

4. Check out Fairtrade NZ’s webpage, or follow their socials for more info on fair trade, the fair trade movement, and the impact this has on communities around the world.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.