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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!

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UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Abby

This year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from now until the 31 August (see our website for the nomination form and all the details).

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Abby – she’s a keen advocate for climate justice, one of our regular community garden volunteers, and is on the exec for two of our fave UCSA clubs: Digsoc and the Eco Clubs Network. You might also recognise her from the recent UC Me campaign, or perhaps one of her regular pieces in Canta.

Somehow, she’s doing all this while studying towards her BA in Philosophy and Te Re Māori – so make sure you check out the video below of Abby singing a beautiful waiata during last year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori!

Tell us about yourself!

Kia ora koutou katoa! My name is Abby and I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Te Reo Māori. I am passionate about eco-sustainability, languages, and music. A fun fact about me is that I am slightly obsessed with my dungaree collection – I own six pairs of dungarees and one pinafore, and am always on the hunt for more. I have also been teaching myself guitar for 3 years, and have aspirations of becoming a high school languages teacher in French and Te Reo Māori, as well as maybe English, Music and/or ESOL.

Abby in gardens

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Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

I initially started studying a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Psychology (I’m now doing a BA in Philosophy, Te Reo Māori and French – but that’s another story) and I have always been passionate about the environment and advocating for climate justice. When I changed my study pathway I still wanted to keep myself involved in sustainable/eco/environmental pursuits and I started volunteering at the Waiutuutu Community Gardens on campus (previously Okeover Community Gardens). I started helping out there in June 2017 after I accidentally found myself at their end of term pizza party (homemade in a pizza oven onsite!) which was absolutely delicious/glorious, I might add.

Kim, Varvara, Andrew and Abby

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

An ongoing sustainability project has been the process of moving towards a more bilingual community garden at UC, which acknowledges te ao Māori and the relationship tāngata whenua have with their taiao (environment). This includes the new name/ingoa hou that was gifted by Kai Tahu kaumatua at the end of 2018: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu, or in English, Waiutuutu Community Garden.

Waiutuutu is the historic/original Māori name for our Okeover Stream that runs through UC’s main campus. It translates to waters of reciprocity.

Abby leading a waiata as part of te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week 2018 in Waiutuutu Community Garden

Tell us about some other areas of your life at UC.

  • QCanterbury, Social Media Manager
  • DigSoc, Events ‘Wormlord’
  • CANTA Contributor
  • Thursdays in Black, General Exec
  • Eco Clubs Network, General Exec

 What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

End of year sustainability party

I helped to organise a pizza party last year at the gardens last year that had an amazing turn out. It was a little overwhelming to have fifty to eighty hungry university students, staff, and Ilam locals wander through our māra and feed them homemade oven fired pizza. We also had the smoothie bike up and running, and finished with pineapple sage tea and an outdoor movie screening of Occupy the Farm. I loved being able to share my favourite place on campus (and best kept secret) with new people.

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Where to next for you?

I am finishing off my undergraduate degree, after which I intend to complete my Masters of Teaching (Secondary) to become a high school teacher in Te Reo Māori and French.

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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 Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

Positive change – UC Sustainability Office

ENGS4379_Mailchimp_BNR (2)Did you know that UC has a Sustainability Office?

We are an on-campus hub for individuals and groups that are interested in creating positive change and promoting sustainable practices within UC and the wider community.

We organise events (e.g. Ecoweek with lots of sustainability focused events); we communicate pathways for change (like, promoting fair trade, sustainable transport, informing staff and students about recycling), and support a network of individuals and working groups across the campus and in the wider community (for instance, we provide input into the campus master plans, and we work closely with the student Eco Clubs). We also organise exciting projects, like the compositing coffee cups trial for instance, or Dr Bike.

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Our whole team is passionate about sustainability. Jane looks after the Community Gardens at UC (with a group of students), Katie is  focused on waterways, tiny houses and fair trade, Matt is finding more and better ways to look after cyclists and handle waste (think worms and composting), and Puck works on different sustainability projects and does the communications side of things.

Want to know more, get involved, or curious about our events? Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website. Any questions or ideas you want help with? Email us on: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

 

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Beautiful makeover of UC Community Gardens

The Okeover Garden (off Engineering road), one of UC’s Community Gardens, has been transformed over the last months as part of Project ReScape. If you have not visited recently, it is worth having a look during a sunny lunch break.IMG_1615

The new planter boxes are now showing the beautiful design, which blends the simplicity of straight edges with the unique character of the mandala. Jane Aistrope, UC’s Community Gardener, reports that the newly raised beds, which have  solid edges to rest on, are enjoyed by the gardeners as they do not have to bend down all the time! With lovely rich compost amendments (UC’s own leaf mulch, rotted wood chip and soil), the plants have made good growth and are cropping well. Despite the interruption of the makeover, the gardens increased their vegetable production again in 2015.

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2016 will be a year of continuing and finishing this project as we work on the orchard glade, a wheelchair accessible planter box, an outdoor kitchen and re-cladding the tool shed. Come and be part of the action whether you’re new to gardening, have green thumbs or are handy with tools. Friday afternoon working bees (1-4 pm during term time) can be as relaxing or energetic as you choose, but good people and fresh produce are guaranteed.

For other information about the community gardens, check here. The community gardens also have a dedicated Facebook Page. The community gardens are coordinated by the UC Sustainability Office.