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Free breakfast for cyclists – Tues 6 March

Our first event this year is a celebration of all things cycling! Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get back on your bike? Maybe you want to start cycling to work, but don’t know when or where to start? Perhaps you bike to campus already? No matter where you are at, the Sustainability Office has you covered, with a FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus on Tuesday 6th March.

What: A FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus
When: Tuesday 6th March, 8am – 10am
Where: Matariki Square (in between Matariki and Puaka James-Hight)
Why: We thought it was time to celebrate our cycle friendly campus in style. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about getting to campus without using your car. What better way than bringing everyone together to enjoy food, coffee, and talk cycling?
Who’s invited: Everyone with a bike – don’t forget you can borrow one off a friend if you don’t have your own.

Come down, show us your helmet, and enjoy music, prizes, giveaways, and the chance to meet other cyclists at UC. We’ll have the Christchurch City Council there to chat about the new cycle networks, cycle maps to help you choose the best route, Dr Bike there to do on the spot bike tune ups, students running photo competitions, and the opportunity to learn more about our cycling community at UC by chatting to like-minded people.

Did we mention you get a free breakfast? We can’t wait to see you (and your bikes!)

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. We’ve been busy bees over the summer, planning and organising events for 2018. Check out our Facebook page and our webpage  for more updates on our 2018 events, coming soon, and follow us on Instagram.

The Cup Library is back for 2018!

Did you know over a period of 12 months, UC sent approximately 400,000 single-use takeaway coffee cups to landfill?

The best way to make sure you aren’t contributing to this problem is easy – either bring your own reusable cup, or borrow one of ours!

I’m sure many of you will fondly remember the Cup Library run by the Sustainability Office in 2017. Our Library took a break over summer, but it’s back for 2018 and ready to help you ditch those pesky single-use takeaway coffee cups once and for all!

Find it at Nuts n Bolts Café in the Engineering Core, with your favourite cup ready to get you a 50c discount on your hot drink.

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

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office

Introducing the UC Community Gardens!

New to campus, or been here a couple of years? Either way, you may not have realised that UC has a beautiful community garden, right here on campus!

Our gardens are your gardens too – they provide a relaxing spot to take a break, eat your lunch, or catch up with friends, right in the middle of campus.

Feel like getting your hands dirty? Want to learn more about organic gardening? Keen to meet some like-minded people? Come and join one of our weekly working bees! Spend some time in the garden, and take home some organic vegetables for dinner…

When: Every Friday afternoon, from 1pm-5pm (summer months) and 12pm-4pm (winter months).

Where: Okeover Community Garden, off Engineering Road.

Just bring some closed toe shoes, a drink bottle and a smile, we have the rest covered. Whether you’re already a keen gardener, or just starting out, we’d love to meet you!

Any questions? Check out our webpage, UC Community Gardens Facebook page, or email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office.

UC charges up for the future

In a world where energy efficiency and sustainable practices are becoming crucial, electrical vehicles are the way of the future. Bloomberg predicts that by 2040 globally, 35% of vehicles on the road will be electrically powered.

A Life Cycle analysis commissioned the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the New Zealand environment than petrol or diesel powered vehicles, across the lifecycle of the vehicle as well as in use.

UC has now entered into a partnership with Orion and Meridian Energy to install an Electrical Vehicle Charger on the University’s Ilam campus to support this growing trend in electrical vehicles.

The UC charging station is now operational and is one of a network of public charging stations being established around Christchurch and its surrounding districts. Orion are installing the stations, and Meridian Energy are supplying the power.

Currently there are 16 stations across the city and surrounds, with a target of 20 plus by March 2017. You can find the location and type of these stations through an online map which also indicates chargers that are currently in use.

The UC station is a standard public station with capacity to charge two cars. Two adjacent car parks close to the Security Office have been restricted for use by electrical vehicles only. While there will be no charge for power, usual parking permits will be required.

If you have any questions about the UC station contact Tony Sellin Energy Manager, Engineering Services.

Sustainapalooza – travelling smart

21106675_10154935808387336_6038527362664806228_nLife can be stressful and expensive – and that’s without the added pressure of driving to University every day! Sadly, these drives are also the most harmful to the environment. During short commutes and stop-start city driving your car engine does not have adequate time to warm up, which means that fuel is burnt less efficiently and your car’s emissions are at their highest. So what’s a poor student to do? UC’s Sustainability Office team explores the solutions as part of the lead in to Sustainapalooza.

Sustainable transport is the answer! Whether you’re a barefooted CUBA kook on a skateboard or a group of flatties sharing a carpool, there are plenty of alternatives that are not only kinder on your mind, body and wallet, but better for the environment too. Figure out what sustainable transport option is right for you:


Too often we forget the simple pleasures offered by getting somewhere on our own two feet. Whether you spend this time listening to music or chatting with your mates, walking is a great way to soak up the scenery and boost your energy levels to get you ready for the day.


Ditching the car and jumping on the bike might make that 2000 word essay easier to tackle. Cycling improves your brain function, releases endorphins and lowers your stress levels, whilst keeping those pesky winter bugs at bay by strengthening your cardiovascular and immune systems. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the garden city, and for every 1km you choose to bike instead of drive, you will save enough CO2 to keep a 60 watt light bulb running for five hours!

Taking the bus

Need to catch up on lecture notes or cram for a test? Tag your mates in some memes? Schedule in your afternoon nap? Bussing takes away the stress of driving and gives you a period of free time to use as you please, whilst lowering the congestion on the roads and the pollution in the air.


Cutting down on driving isn’t always easy, especially for those who live far from campus or who need to travel throughout the day. Carpooling is a sustainable travel option that lowers the cost, stress and environmental impact of driving, while making the commute more social and enjoyable. Exciting plans are underway to extend the Smart Travel initiative to UC, which makes it easy to arrange safe, shared rides for both frequent and one-off trips.

 To learn more about the Smart Travel initiative click here>

UC Sustainability Office