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UC Sustainability Awards

UC celebrated sustainability champions yesterday at the annual UC Sustainability Awards, presented by Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey. 

Supreme Award winner Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward led the way with her international involvement in the IPCC reports and her incredible community engagement and there were many more excellent projects that received accolades as well. 

  • Winner Supreme Award: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward
  • Winner Academic Staff – Team: Environmental Science staff team
  • Winner: Student Research: Helena Ruffell for Wastewater treatment plants as a source of microplastics to the environment
  • Winner Student-Led Project Individual: Courtney Wright-Watson for Envirosoc
  • Winner Student-Led Project Team: Amelia Dewhurst, Rose Bayldon, Florence Ferguson, Josh Watson for the Christchurch Climate Challenge
  • Winner General Staff – Individual: Linda Morris for a lifetime of reusing, repurposing and recycling
  • Winner General Staff – Team: Haere-roa/UCSA Building Project Team for Wellbeing Precinct Low Carbon Energy Scheme

Read more and watch the videos here

Next week’s School Strike 4 Climate NZ

UC recognises the School Strike 4 Climate NZ event, which is the third such protest this year, on Friday 27 September. However, this time organisers are calling on universities, and everyone who is concerned about climate change, to join them.

As a learning institution we are committed to discovering and sharing the solutions that will contribute to a sustainable future. We understand that staff and students may want to attend this event in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Staff who want to take a few hours away from work on 27 September to attend the School Strike 4 Climate can take paid leave, providing that their line manager approves their absence request and that the operations of the University will not be impacted. Teaching staff who have lectures at the time will need to put the learning needs of their students first, as classes will continue as usual.

Please apply for your manager’s approval well in advance of the day and apply for “time off in lieu” within UC People.

Students have been advised by email “to make arrangements to catch up on any lectures or other work you may miss, as classes will continue as usual on the day at UC. You will only be able to miss assessments by prior arrangement with your lecturer. Please arrange this well before the day, as lecturers are not obliged to accommodate your absence”.

You can continue to take action after the School Strike 4 Climate – see the Sustainability pages of our website for ways to help create a more sustainable future.

Ngā mihi

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

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.

Edible Campus Walking Tour

Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Join the UC Sustainability team for a lunch-hour adventure as we show you the best spots for finding lemons, limes, feijoa, raspberries, walnuts, figs, pears, plums and more. The best bit? Foraging is free, fun, and everything can be found right on our Ilam campus!

What: Edible Campus Walking Tour

When: Monday 30 September, 12pm – 12.50pm

Where: Meet the team outside Café 1894 at 12pm. The tour will wind around campus, and will finish in Waiutuutu Community Garden at 12.50pm. If you can, stay on and have a cup of fresh herbal tea or have your lunch with us in the garden afterwards.

For more information, and for any event updates, check out the Facebook event here.

See you there!

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 World Green Campus Day, where we join universities across NZ and Australia to celebrate sustainable practices on campus. For more information, see their website

UC alumna Brianne West and Ethique win Exporter of the Year award

Kiwi brand Ethique has won  Exporter of the Year to the USA (medium business) at the recent 2019 AmCham-DHL Success & Innovation Awards.

Ethique, founded by UC Science alumna Brianne West, is an award-winning international beauty brand. They create environment-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars and have been saving millions of plastic bottles from heading to landfill.

The awards are run by the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and celebrate success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.

Ethique is also a finalist at the upcoming 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards. 

Brianne West, founder of Ethique