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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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Edible Campus Tour during Eco Week (Fri 23 Sep)

UntitledIncreasing numbers of universities around the globe have planted edible varieties and created edible landscapes on campus as issues of food accessibility and affordability are becoming  better understood, particularly within their student population.  Edible Campus initiatives often go beyond having a campus garden, and are about changing how people see the role of food as part of general landscaping.

Many students and staff have asked the Sustainability Office to explore the potential of doing the same here at UC, not realising that there are a number of food varieties already flourishing on campus! Current plantings are already well browsed without much publicity – demonstrating there is an interest in, and demand for more food to be grown on campus. We already have two community gardens, and the Sustainability Office has a long term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing existing indigenous plantings and ecological restoration work.

During Eco Week (19-24 September), Join Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardener, on a tour around campus to find out where you can forage and nibble your way around campus.

When: Friday 23 September, 12-1pm.

Where: Meet Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardener outside Café 1894 at noon sharp!

The Edible CampusTour 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.

Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Screening of the “hugely entertaining”(Variety) food waste doco ‘Just Eat it’. Preceded by nibble and speakers. Non UC staff also welcome. C Block 6–8 pm.
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Only a few places left! Bookings essential, 1.30–4 pm. Also: Cowspiracy screening (by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6-8 pm
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30 – late.                                 Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4 pm.

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Today: Eco Week 2016 launch with free goodies

yellow gorillaEco Week 2016 (19 – 24 September) starts today! A proud tradition  of Eco Week is to start it with a bang by giving away FREE fair trade goodies and this year Jailbreaker Coffee (supplier to UCSA cafes) and All Good Bananas will be handing out delicious fair trade banana ice creams and iced coffee shots! Everyone welcome.

When: Today, 19 September – 12 to 1.30

Where: Undercroft

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What else is happening this week?

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Dumpster-diving and Food Waste. We’ll screen the very entertaining, and thought-provoking doco ‘Just Eat It.’

6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and speakers 6.30-8 pm: Screening of award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’.

Free, and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Only a few spaces left. Booking is essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Also, UCSA club VCUC will screen Cowspiracy in Kirkwood, 6-8 pm. More info here.

On Friday,  learn about where to find free food on UC campus on the Edible Campus Tour! There are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony. Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Saturday, UC’s first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Visit here for more information.

On Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

Check out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the UC events page.

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Tiny house, big idea: UC alumni Kerry explains why she built a tiny house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Eco Week 2016,  you can tour tiny houses built by UC alumni.

One of these tiny homes was built by Kerry Mulligan, who graduated from UC in 2007 with a PhD in Engineering. She shares her experience of building and living in a tiny house below.


I visited South America in 2014 and was so inspired by all the people there just getting on with things. I decided that I was not going to pay rent ever again. It’s so important to observe how you live and question whether this is the way you want to live, or whether it is just habit or what you think you should be doing. It is amazing what happens once you start this process. I love experimenting and I wanted a home that would work for me and be a place that is an expression of myself and enables me to be creative.

Building a tiny house has helped me to develop a confidencIMG_3860 smalle in approaching situations. I now believe that I can most likely figure it out, or find someone who can. I’ve enjoyed learning new skills, the feeling of accomplishment from doing something I hadn’t done before, and the people I have met during the process. I learned how to take calculated risks too – it is important to ‘go for it’, but I also made sure I knew what I was getting myself into.

Good quality shelter is one of the fundamentals of human life and should not cost the amount of financial and material investment that our current culture demands. There is huge potential for reducing the impact our housing system currently has on our social, economic and environmental sustainability.

I hope to share land with other tiny home people and share resources (for example the washing machine), knowledge and work. Ideally we would have a large vegetable garden, orchard and shared workshop. I don’t yet know what to call this idea. It’s not a commune as everyone still has their own place and can make decisions around that, but maybe it’s a community in the true sense of the word.


The Tiny House Tour will be held on Thursday 22 September, from 1.30pm – 4.00pm. Meet at Erskine/Science car park, Ilam Campus. Bookings are essential as there are seats available for 22 people only. To register, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz or call 03 364 2025. Bring snacks, drinks and clothes suitable for the weather (footwear with closed toes, no jandals or sandals please).

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRTo learn more about tiny houses, read Living Big in a Tiny House.

The Tiny House Tour 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.

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm.
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. C Block 6–8 pm.
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential, 1.30–4 pm.
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12 pm sharp.
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30 – late.

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Eco Week events coming up next week

Eco Week snippit 2A jam-packed Eco Week is just around the corner (19-24 September). Bringing you a variety of entertaining and interesting events, presented by the UC Sustainability Office and several UCSA student clubs. This year there is a big focus on food (edible campus tour, food waste & dumpster-diving, fair trade ice creams & coffee shots for the launch, cowspiracy screening). But there will also be a sustaina-ball, a tiny house tour, sustainability awards, and a volunteering afternoon.

During every Eco Week, we showcase one or two ‘leading edge’ ideas, which typically come Laurafrom subcultures or communities who are experimenting with doing things differently, or from staff who are passionate about a social or environmental issue. Examples from past Eco Weeks include showcasing fermented foods or make-your-own beauty products; raising awareness about the the plastic waste in our oceans, the environmental impact of the fashion industry or the oil and waste involved in using plastic water bottles. Whilst some of these ‘innovations’ may remain a subculture, others might slowly emerge and become mainstream, changing behaviours and systems in the longer term (like fair trade and reusable water bottles!).

If you have a particular interest in a sustainability issue, and would like to see it featured in the 2017 Eco Week, we’d love to hear from you! Email sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

The week’s events

yellow gorillaOn Monday: Eco Week Launch – we are giving away FREE fair trade goodies. Jailbreaker Coffee (supplier to UCSA cafes) and All Good Bananas will be hand out delicious fair trade banana ice creams and iced organic coffee shots – 12 to 1.30 pm (Undercroft).

On Tuesday:  A delicious Food Waste Event. We’ll screen the very entertaining, and thought-provoking, doco ‘Just Eat It.’ 6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and speakers 6.30-8 pm: Screening. Free, and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday: Jpeg posterTiny House Tour – Visit two tiny houses built by UC alumni – 1.30 to 4 pm, booking essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz.

Cowspiracy screening (presented by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6-8 pm.

On Friday: Learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

UC Sustainability Awards Ceremony – Come celebrate the sustainability efforts of our university community to improve the world around us! – 5.30 to 6.30 pm (Undercroft 101).

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) – 7.30 pm to late.

On Sunday: Do your bit for the community by joining in with the Drayton Reserve Volunteer Afternoon (presented by GEOSOC), 2-4 pm.

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRCheck out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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