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UC Bike parking update March 2016

Over the last two years we have been upping cycle parking and improving the quality of cycle stands. As a result of this programme, we have now almost recovered our cycle parking capacity to pre-earthquake levels.

We have also just had another order approved for more cycle stands, and these will be used mainly to support cyclists around Engineering – and particularly at a soon to be created temporary cycle park on Creyke Rd (at the main North/South entrance to Engineering).

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We are starting to see some initial plans for expanded cycle parking spaces on campus as the remediation programme continues. As many of you will have seen, bike parking on campus remains a challenge, but please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to improve the current facilities – and increasing cycle parking is the first priority.

Remember, if you want to find a free bike stand in the centre of the Ilam Campus, there is lots of available parking at the Matariki building – as close to Puaka/James Hight Library as you can get.

Coffee Cup Composting Trial Continuing in 2016!

After the success of last year, our collection of disposable coffee cups (in the blue bins) for composting is continuing this year! The UC Sustainability Office will assess its progress at the end of the year. Last year we diverted over 15,000 cups from landfill with this service, a massive effort.

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And we reckon we could divert 250,000+ from landfill if we get this right. In 2017 we hope to expand this service to other forms of compostable packaging. This would enable us to get rid of certain kinds of disposable plastics from campus!

However, this will only be possible if the outcome of the trial is successful. And for this we need your help: success means contaminant free.

So please use the Blue Bins but NOT throw anything else in these bins (including food waste, plastic lids, bottles, cans, or ANYTHING other than empty coffee cups!).

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For more information on the blue bin trial click here. 

Go By Bike Day is coming! (Wednesday 10 February)

To celebrate “Go By Bike Day” Cantabrians are being asked to leave their cars at home and cycle to work or school on 10 February.

Between 7am-9am the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, CPIT and others will host cycle-celebration stations along our city’s most popular cycle routes.

Stations will be set up at in North Hagley Park, close to the new signalized cycle crossing  from Deans Ave to Matai Street East, Antigua Boatsheds bridge, outside Community and Public Health on Manchester Street, and at the Madras and St Asaph street corner of CPIT.


All cycle celebration stations will give away healthy breakfast snacks  and cycle-related goodies from Bike Wise. At North Hagley park cyclists can also get their bikes checked by a mechanic and trial an e-bike.

Cycling for just 15 minutes will help you to wake up in the morning and wind down in the evening after work. It makes you fitter, healthier and more productive. And cycling helps to reduce green-house gas emissions from your car, so you (and thousands of other cyclists) are doing your bit towards addressing climate change.  So have a go at ticking all those boxes on February the 10th!

UC’s waste system reset for 2016

The UC Sustainability Office was busy in late 2015 and early 2016 rolling out campus-wide changes to UC’s recycling and waste system.  Stickers for approximately 900 bins were located and updated!

If you haven’t registered the changes yet, some items that used to be recycled must now be put in the red landfill bins. This is because some types of plastic and packaging are no longer being accepted by UC’s end-point recyclers.

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  1. Sort your waste according to the new stickers and poster.
  2. If in doubt, put your item into the red landfill bin. This will prevent recycling becoming contaminated.

Why is it important to recycle right?

Sorting your waste correctly and knowing what to recycle minimises the contamination of our recycling, ensuring it is accepted by end-point recyclers.

Maximising the volume of recycling on campus is part of UC’s commitment to addressing waste-related sustainability issues. Recycling right helps to minimise the amount of waste UC sends to landfill. This reduces our waste-to-landfill charges and is better for the environment.

Hot Air – Film Screening and Panel Discussion on climate change

Hot Air – The politics of climate change in New Zealand: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015, 07:00PM to 10 November 2015, 09:00PM
  • Location: C1 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury Ilam Campus

In the build up to the climate talks in Paris, UC Department of Political Science & International Relations is proud to host a screening of the documentary film Hot Air followed by a discussion with director Alister Barry who is  joined by a panel of speakers reflecting on the path to Paris, issues for New Zealand and the world.

During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Climate change was now on the world’s political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.

Key political leaders inside and outside parliament describe their victories and defeats, businessmen and lobbyists explain their strategies and concerns. Political commentators and academics take us behind the scenes to show how politics in New Zealand really works.

Including a wealth of archival material and interviews, this feature documentary is a thoughtful and provocative response to the question – is it possible for a small democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of the age?

For further information please contact lea.kortman@canterbury.ac.nz