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Strong commitment to sustainability shown among UC staff

Last month, all UC staff were invited to take part in a sustainability survey to help measure the extent to which sustainability is embedded in the culture of our university. The results from this survey have allowed us to benchmark how we are progressing against other universities and other organisations.

Called the Sustainability Culture Index (SCI), the purpose of this survey was to get a better understanding of staff views about sustainability, and what factors are both helping and hindering staff to achieve sustainability outcomes. These barriers and opportunities are built around the ‘enablers’ of a culture of sustainability – both individual and organisational. By assessing the extent to which those enablers are present at UC, it is possible to better prioritise and target to embed sustainability in culture.

What are the enablers?

The individual and organisational enablers for sustainability range from the psychological: for example beliefs about sustainability, responsibility and perceived control, to the support mechanisms: for example strategic commitment, leadership, job responsibilities and facilities.

The results are in!

The University of Canterbury scored above the tertiary institution average for 7 of the 13 enablers, with results suggesting that while staff see some tangible efforts to embed sustainability they would like to feel more empowered and educated to make sustainable choices.

On an individual level however, the SCI shows that overall there is a strong commitment to sustainability among UC staff – those who participated in the survey believe it is important and are prepared to make it a priority in their life and in their work.

Even better, the SCI has shown that UC staff are performing a higher frequency of sustainability-related behaviours than those in other tertiary institutions, both when at work and when at home. These behaviours range from sorting waste to reducing consumption of materials and resources, and being mindful of the impacts of their transport and commuting choices.

Written comments in the survey suggested that reducing transport-related emissions, increasing energy efficiency and reducing paper usage are key areas where UC can improve its sustainability performance.

Interested in learning more?

If you’re interested in seeing in more detail how these enablers play out for staff sustainability-related behaviours at UC, see the full report on our website here.

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Biketober is here – get involved on campus

What on earth is Biketober?

Biketober (Bike + October) is a month-long festival of cycling held each October in Christchurch. It brings together a diverse range of activities and events for everyone who rides a bicycle, for any reason: transportation, recreation, competition, skills development and social interaction. At its core, the festival is about having fun on a bicycle. And spring is the perfect season for shaking off the winter blues and enjoying some sunshine on a bike! Biketober spotlights Christchurch’s great cycleway infrastructure and shows that most journeys can be made easily, safely, and are heaps more fun on a bike.

The volunteer Biketober team have curated a diverse programme of cycling events in our city for you to enjoy. There are guided and self-guided rides, social activities, go-by-bike refreshment stops, bike-repair workshops, seminars, and more. Most events are free. Check out the Biketober 2020 Event Calendar here to see some of the events happening near you!

There’s also the Biketober Passport – you have the whole month to visit the 40+ destinations (local businesses and attractions), collect a unique code from each, and be in to win some impressive prizes.

Get involved at UC!

The Sustainability Office have got your campus cycling activities covered this month. Want to score a free breakfast just for biking to UC on Wednesday? Or have you ever wanted to try out an e-bike? How about visiting Waiutuutu Community Garden by bike, as part of the  Biketober One Day Gardens Outing?

There’s something for every cyclist this month, so follow our social media and get involved in this years Biketober festival!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. If you’re interested in learning more about services and facilities available for cyclists at UC, check out our website.

 

Bike Breakfast is Back

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back!

After being cancelled  in March, the Sustainability Office is excited to be bringing back our most delicious cycling event of the year – this time proudly part of Biketober Christchurch. 

Taking part in the Bike Breakfast is easy. All you need to do is ride to campus on Wednesday 7 October, park up your bike in the Beatrice Tinsley bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you for your efforts with free coffee and kai on us!

What: Bike Breakfast

When: Wednesday 7 October, 8am – 10am

Where: Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park

What do I need to bring? Yourself, your bike and/or your helmet, and a mug for your coffee, tea or banana smoothie.

For more information and event updates, see the Facebook event here.

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Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

What’s next for waste?

 
What’s next for waste?
 
Come hear Green Party MP Eugenie Sage talk waste reduction and the pathway to a more sustainable future with UC Sustainability and UC Greens!
 
Waste is everywhere, and despite our best efforts, it’s almost impossible to live without it. Eugenie has been fighting this problem for years, and knows that the problem isn’t the individual – it’s the system.
 
What: Waste reduction and Q&A with Green MP Eugenie Sage
When: Friday 11th September 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Where: Undercroft 101
 
See the Facebook event here for more information.
 

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Dr Bike is back

Dr Bike is back for Term Four!

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Thursday afternoon until the end of term and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Thursday from 1pm – 2.30pm. Come past and say hi, and get your bike ready for summer riding with us!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these two on Thursdays!

This message was brought 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. If you’re interested in learning more about services and facilities available for cyclists at UC, check out our website.