Category Archives: Sustainability

Ricoh assisting in our sustainable journey

Kia ora koutou

Late last year Ricoh conducted a physical audit of all Ricoh printers and multifunctional devices across campus.

The objective of the audit was to:

  • Ensure current print services are “fit for purpose” including consideration to current print volumes and the physical environment.
  • Identify older print devices due for retirement or modernising.
  • Identify devices that do not yet have Follow Me Print.
  • Identify locations where Follow Me Print would enhance print service delivery and document security.
  • Aim to right size the number of devices on campus given print volumes have declined in recent years.
  • Reduce high servicing costs associated with a large number of underutilised print devices and reduce workload on our ICTS department and the staff that fill the paper trays.
  • Align print services to the principles of the UC Staff Printing Services Policy.
  • Explore opportunities to reduce power consumption, reduce our carbon footprint (UC Strategic Vision 2020 – 2030) and further reduce print wastage.

During the audit process, it was apparent that there has been a significant decrease in print volumes across campus in recent years, whilst the number of printers and multifunctional devices has remained mostly unchanged.

The audit identified an opportunity to right size the number of printers and multifunctional devices on campus. In addition, redirect some of the current print volume to larger underutilised multifunctional devices, introduce more Follow Me Printing technologies and remove some smaller costly low volume desktop devices.

Next steps

Throughout June and July, Ricoh and a UC Staff member will be visiting departments to outline planned changes to printers, multifunctional devices and Follow Me Print Technologies within your area.

Where possible we will aim to contact the departmental administrator in the first instance to discuss the audit recommendations, timeframes and IT support if required.

Support

More information about Follow Me Print can be found here.

IT Service Desk is available to assist you with any set up questions and requests.

If you have any other feedback, please direct this to Clive Keylard, UC Contract Owner.

We sincerely thank you for your ongoing assistance and cooperation.

 

Let’s talk rubbish

Muddled about milk bottles? Confused about coffee cups? Unclear about organics? Perplexed about PET?  With Plastic Free July just around the corner, we want to hear your campus waste questions!

Image: @beachdontkrillmyvibe

The UC Sustainability Office is working with EnviroWaste to create a video and online resource to help answer your questions about our waste management system on campus.

If you have a waste related question that you’d like to see answered, or a comment you’d like to make, please email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz before Wednesday 16 June. Your responses will help us understand where the communication focus of this resource  needs to be.

If you haven’t already, check out UC’s current waste information here.

Are you taking part in Plastic Free July? Now is a good time to start thinking about how you can be a part of the month-long challenge! The UC Sustainability Office will be sharing student-led tips and tricks on ditching single-use plastics, as well as running giveaways and competitions on their social media channels. Follow along for some inspiration!Sust

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

 

Work Together for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tickets for online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change are LIVE!

Interested in hearing a panel discussion focussed on Intergenerational Conversations and Justice? What about one led by youth leaders and the Children’s Commission, and chaired by Professor Bronwyn Hayward?

Or, how about learning about Aotearoa New Zealand’s place in the Pacific, and pathways for change with a panel chaired by Professor Steven Ratuva? 

Then mark your calendars: Online SDG Hui #3 ‘Working Together for Change’ is coming up on Thursday 24 June, 7pm – 9pm!

This final online hui in the 2020-2021 Summit Series will build on kōrero from Hui#1 and Hui#2, and will be two hours of incredible panel discussions, an interactive workshop stream and a creative moment. This hui aims to inspire thinking and action on creating meaningful, inclusive, participatory and collaborative partnerships for change.

Tickets are just $5 – $10. Get yours here now and be a part of Aotearoa’s SDG journey!

In honour of Sāmoan Language Week, we wanted to share with you  the incredible Daisy Lavea-Timo’s slam poetry magic from online SDG Hui #2 ‘Be the Change’  back in March.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, see the Youtube channel and follow their mahi on social media.

Get excited – the Aotearoa SDG Summit is coming to UC!

Would you like to be a part of a two-day Summit event, focussed on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Then get your diary out and save the date – because the SDG Summit is coming to UC this September!

The SDG Summit event will be held over two consecutive days (September 2 – 3) in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Far from your ‘usual’ conference event, on the first day you can expect a mixture of panel discussions and interactive participant-led activations on our UC campus. Think workshops, activities, creative stations and small group discussions, all focussed around collaboration for the SDGs!

This first day will be followed by a community feast in the City Centre.

The second day will be primarily field trips, with the opportunity for Summit attendees to see examples of the SDGs in action around the Waitaha Canterbury region – Lincoln, Banks Peninsula and the City Centre.

Are you excited yet? Tickets and more details will be released in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on here, and on the SDG Summit Series social media channels.

Can’t wait ’til September?

Save the date for June 24, where the third (and final) online hui in the Summit Series will be taking place.  Ticketing will be released at the same time as the September Summit tickets, so keep an eye out and grab a deal on attending both SDG events!

Missed our previous two online SDG hui? You can get up to speed and check out all the session and workshop recordings here – like the one below from Hui #2, with Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu), Head of School, Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, on Te Tiriti and the SDGs.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the SDGs to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, and follow their mahi on social media.

 

Latest news from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

The latest newsletter includes

  1.  A letter about the critical need for climate action and some supporting research opportunities
  2. How you can support a social media campaign #UnisForOurPlanet – download a social media kit to highlight the important work being done to tackle climate change
  3. ACU Fellowship opportunities

    “The fellowships facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between member universities in different countries. From climate action to engineering, we have a wide variety of fellowships available in 2021 across different fields for ACU member university staff.”

  4.  Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants – applications now open
  5. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – applications now open
  6.  Help evaluate applications for ACU grants – join the selection committees
  7. Take part in the Second Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education
  8. Register for the Climate Exp0 conference
  9. Join the call for participants – a global dialogue about the digital divide in higher education

News Stories

  1. COP26: a research partnership to accelerate climate action
  2. My experience as a female leader in Higher Education
  3. The ACU Review: Dialogues of difference
  4. Climate action for women, by women: Mrs Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie

I’d welcome knowing if this is helpful to people – do you read this blog? Do let me know.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture