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New Cup Library at Nuts n Bolts

We’ve given the Cup Library a makeover, and we’d love to hear what you think!

A beginners guide to using the Cup Library

Step One: Grab whatever funky mug catches your eye

Step Two: Order your hot drink, and enjoy the BYO cup discount that comes with it

Step Three: Sip your coffee smugly, knowing you’ve just saved using an unnecessary takeaway coffee cup (that could have otherwise ended up in landfill)

Step Four: Pop your used cup in the ‘dirty’ tray (and don’t forget to say a big thanks to the Nuts n Bolts staff!)

Step Five: Repeat!

We hope you enjoy using the Cup Library as much as we do! If you want to know more about reducing single use plastics in your life, keep your eyes out  for our campaigns and giveaways as we gear up to celebrate Plastic Free July.

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Upcoming! The UCE Sustainability Challenge, 19 – 20 April

The UCE Sustainability Challenge is a two day Challenge running 19-20 April and is open to all tertiary students that are interested in positively contributing to our planet.

It is about innovation around environmental sustainability problems such as waste and carbon outputs. 

In just two days students will be taken through a structured programme that involves brainstorming, idea refinement and market validation in order to identify a solution.

Students will learn how to effectively work with others, how to compromise, how to communicate with mentors and experts and how to present a compelling pitch to a judging panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Students have the option of either pulling together a team of 4-5 or entering individually and getting placed in a team.

Please encourage students to apply here. Final registrations close on Tuesday 17th April, 5pm.

Join the Sustainability Awards Ceremony this Friday (23 Sept)

awards logoIt’s really important that we recognise and reward the efforts of students and staff in our UC community who are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to sustainability. Hence the Fourth Annual UC Sustainability Awards ceremony, which is happening this week as part of UC Eco Week!

At the Sustainability Office, we’ve been amazed by the fantastic nominations we received for students, staff and the wider community. Ranging from programmes to make use of office resources better, bringing students together around green actions, to sustainable building construction, and stepping out on the international stage with sustainability policy and research. The nominations tell a powerful collective story about how much we, as a university community, care about people and planet.

The awards ceremony takes place on

When: Friday 23 September, 5.30-6.30pm

Where: Undercroft 101

It’s a great moment to celebrate the successes and efforts of some fantastic people, and all are welcome. We’d love to see you there.

For more information about the event, see here. For more background to the Sustainability Awards visit this link.Eco Week snippit 2The Sustainability Awards Ceremony 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.  Events still to come:

Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Booked out at the moment, but ring 03 364 2025 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list! 1.30pm–4 pm. Also: Cowspiracy screening (by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6pm-8pm
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.                                 Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

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IT diverts eWaste from landfill

As part of Eco Week 2016 (September 19-24), the Sustainability Office is awards logo smallholding the Sustainability Awards, celebrating the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us and make UC more sustainable. In the same spirit, we are profiling some sustainability efforts of UC students and departments.

IT Services have been doing brilliant work with their IT Recycling Service. Over 2015 they diverted about 18550 kg of IT equipment from landfill. We had a chat with Brad Ash about what they are doing and why.

What do you do at UC, Brad? I am an IT Technician for Technical Support, my normal role is processing Hardware Servicing Events for IT equipment but I am currently overseeing the IT Recycling Service. Also, Ruth Emmens and Joseph Yamit have stepped up to learn the Recycling Process, more hands on deck are always welcome!

What is the IT Recycling Service and what is its purpose? The service is a collaborative effort between ITS, Distribution Services and Financial Services, providing the University with a sustainable, ethical means to dispose or re-purpose UC-owned equipment that no longer meets current business requirements or expectations. As an example, this would include items such as: a PC that is older than four years (fully depreciated); broken phones, keyboards and cables; or surplus IT equipment gathering dust at the back of the office cupboard. IT recycling requests are initiated via the Self Service Portal. Given the volume of equipment we process, I would like to encourage readers new to the service to understand the following outline of service expectations.

What is the IT recycling process? During the processing stage, we tag the items with either green redeploy or red eWaste stickers. Items which we deem as re-deployable (e.g. Philips 22” Monitors) are tested, cleaned, electrically safety tested and asset tagged if applicable. These are then assigned to Colleges to replace items that are definitRecyling Areaely eWaste. Components are used from re-deployable equipment to cater for Hardware Service Events where the Warranty has expired but the item is still economical to repair.

Items with eWaste stickers are passed to our Recycler and are mostly broken down into components which are processed at Metal Recyclers. Some items or parts are kept in stock and are passed on as donations for primary schools as an example. All data is removed from any Hard Drives in Computers that are eWasted.

Why is the IT Recycling Service important? The IT Recycling Service is important for the University as a whole as each item is removed from the Universities financial records when we confirm that it has been disposed of. It is important for us at Technical Support because we can use parts from redeployed computers for service events, and do upgrades at no cost. Also, it allows us to assist Colleges that are low on budget, by replacing eWaste equipment with redeployed equipment. And of course it is important environmentally, with less eWaste ending up in landfill.

How is it going with the service? The Service is going well, numbers started high since proper reporting begun in 2013. They are dropping slightly yearly, and we assume this is happening because the eWaste that Colleges have stored over the years are gradually being processed. Eventually, the numbers should mirror the equipment replacements that happen each year.

In 2015, a total of 2,383 items were processed which saved the University $5,250 in landfill costs. This price includes skips being hired and the cost per KG for disposal, this doesn’t include the effort from staff to actually dispose of the equipment at the Refuse Station. Eventually, we should not dispose of equipment in the Landfill anymore at all, we should always attempt to dispose of items in a sustainable manner. The process is constantly evolving to have minimum input from required members but to keep up the high standard of reporting, and less paperwork is always a good thing.

Are there other sustainability-focused improvements/initiatives you are looking at for the future? Nothing planned right now, but about mid-way through 2014, we started exchanging selected eWaste, “All In One” computers from student workrooms, for “repair credit” with a service agent. This gives us repair credit that we use for Mobile Phone and Tablets repairs. So far, cost savings have been approximately $4200 for 2015. So remember, if you drop your work Phone or Tablet, log a job through the Assyst tool and we can assess it for you!

Any other messages for staff ? What we ask at the moment is for Colleges to please refrain from holding on to eWaste equipment ‘just in case’. Please log a Recycling job through the Assyst Self-Service Tool for eWaste processing. And if you require equipment where new purchases are not viable, please log an Assyst job and we can most likely provide a solution for you.

Since we started reporting on the number of redeployed Computers passed on to Colleges in mid-2015, we have re-assigned 310 Computers (mostly for Engineering Post Grad workroom replacements).

Please click here for more information on the UC IT Recycling website.

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UC Eco Week 2016 is a festival of events that celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. See our webpage for updates on the events or see the event listing here.

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Human Resources is saving trees

awards logo smallAs part of Eco Week 2016 (September 19-24), the Sustainability Office is holding the Sustainability Awards, celebrating the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us and make UC more sustainable. In the same spirit, over the next while, we will be profiling some of the sustainability efforts and achievements of UC students and departments.

Human Resources is one of the departments within UC making great progress in becoming ‘more sustainable’. HR Advisor Melanie Seidel explains how they reduced their paper usage by more than 40,000 pages.

Who are you and what do you do at UC? 

My name is Melanie Seidel and I am part of the Development Team within the Human Resources Department. In my role as HR Advisor – Business Process Improvement & Policy Portfolio I support the wider HR team with regard to continuous improvement of our business processes and to provide overall stewardship of the HR Toolkit.

HR has made some great progress in paper savings: What inspired this change?

A key area of focus for Human Resources has been operational excellence. This includes continuous improvement of HR processes and systems to create efficiencies, as well a consistent approach and practice across UC in support of Teaching and Research. As part of these efforts ‘sustainability’ has played an important role.

What changes did HR make?

We developed the UC Temporary Vacancies (UCTV) system with the help of ITS.  This system automates the generation of high volume casual and fixed term academic offer packs. This system went live in January 2015 and since then more than 120 staff have been trained and are now actively using the system. Offer packs are sent electronically to new appointees replacing printed hardcopies.

This means that as of 24 May 2016:

  • an estimaTrees smallerted 1500 electronic Offer Packs have been sent out using the UC Temporary Vacancies system
  • on average we have saved around 45 pages of paper per Offer Pack
  • paper savings since the introduction of the UC Temporary Vacancies system is estimated to be around 43500 pieces of paper

Do you integrate sustainability in other decisions?

Where possible we do consider sustainability when making decisions. Because our department is traditionally quite reliant on paper, this means we are being particularly mindful about printing.

Are there other sustainability-focused improvements you are looking at for the future?

Yes, there are. We have recently developed an online business case for fixed term roles (less than 12 months, not advertised). This will ultimately replace the paper-based version of the business case for these roles. All Managers/Heads now have access to this online version via UCPeople/PeopleSoft.  Please contact your HR Advisor for further information or visit the HR Toolkit> Recruit & Select> Employ a Fixed Term Staff Member Under 12 Months (not advertised) UCTV.

Another initiative we are currently looking into is how we can convert our forms into electronic forms with workflows and software that can save important documentation into our digitised electronic HR Personnel Filing System (HRPF).

Want to nominate someone (or yourself) for a Sustainability Award? You can find the nomination form here. Nominations are open till the 31 August. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 23 September, 5.30 – 6.30 pm at Undercroft 101.

UC Eco Week 2016 is a festival of events that celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. See our webpage for updates on the events or see the event listing here.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

 

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