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Plastic Free July is almost here!

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

Interested in taking part? All you have to do is ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics for a month (or longer), and you’re automatically an eco-warrior!
Want to get started?

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup to campus, and make the most of the BYO cup discounts on offer
  • Bring your lunch from home and swap out plastic cling film for a reusable beeswax wrap or a container. Or, if you’re buying food on campus, bring a plate or bowl from your office and avoid using that takeaway box!
  • 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?
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle too!
  • Already got those covered? Why not try some simple swaps at home – like switching your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one, or giving solid shampoo bars a go!

Want some more help?

We’ve got a whole bunch of plastic free activities planned next month to help you along the way, including a DIY zero waste workshop, student bloggers sharing their experiences about going plastic free on campus, and heaps of awesome plastic free giveaways over on our Facebook page!

Join us for a month (or more) of ditching single use plastics for good!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page during July for event updates and those giveaways – you don’t want to miss them.

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 quit single use plastics for the month. For more information and tips, see the Plastic Free July website.

 

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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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

 

Blue bins now accepting compostable packaging

Many of you may have wondered how to dispose of the compostable packaging the cafes on campus are now using.

The Sustainability Office has the solution to some of the compostable packaging options at UC!

You already know coffee cups are accepted in the blue bins on campus, well now the blue bins will accept some types of compostable packaging too.

It is important to check the new signage on the bins, to see if your packaging can go in the blue bins.

Remember, although some types of packaging may say it is compostable, they are not all accepted in Christchurch by our commercial composting facility.

A quick and easy way to check, is to see if there is anything that looks like plastic on your packaging (regardless of whether it says compostable or not!). If there is, please empty your food waste into the green organics bin, and place the packaging into the red landfill bin.

Packaging that is not accepted in the blue bins include:

  • noodle boxes
  • cardboard boxes with a clear PLA plastic panel
  • wedge sandwich boxes with a clear PLA plastic panel
  • clear PLA plastic bowls

Remember, everything in the blue bin will be sorted by hand. Please help us by only putting the approved items in these bins, and everything else into organics, landfill or recycling.

Follow the simple guide above to be sure, and help make this a success at UC.

For more information, please contact the Sustainability Office: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

Sustainability Framework – UC’s approach

UC’s Senior Management Team recently developed and adopted a Sustainability Framework.

This document establishes the approach that the University will take to meet its environmental commitments and to incorporate sustainability concepts into decision making at all levels, while staying within the University’s resources.

The Framework covers approaches to teaching, learning and research, operations, and partnerships for sustainability.

AVC Māori and Acting Learning Resources Director Darryn Russell headed the Framework, and believes that “universities are uniquely poised to offer sustainable solutions to the problems of our day – notably climate change – something that is recognised throughout the higher education sector world-wide”. He added that “having this Framework in place will focus attention on this fact and makes a firm statement that these issues are viewed as important within the UC community”.

Key elements of the Framework include fostering research that will lead to a more sustainable world and offering opportunities for students to learn about and contribute to ways their disciplines can contribute to sustainability outcomes. It states a goal of being a “role model in our community for environmental leadership and sustainable practises”, and that UC will draw on the special significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and commit to being good stewards of our environment.

There are lots of ways to get involved now that this Framework is in place, acknowledging that we have been on a sustainability journey as a University community for nearly twenty years.

For an idea of how the University is performing in the areas covered by the Framework, have a look at the 2017 Sustainability Report

Get in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about how you can incorporate more sustainability practices and principles into what you do here at UC and in your everyday lives!