Category Archives: Sustainability

Biketober is coming to Ōtautahi next month!

Biketober (=Bike + October) is Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling, and is all about giving cycling a go. Whether you ride a bike already, would like to try, or just want to join the fun, there will be cycling events and activities for you and your whānau to enjoy almost every day this October!

Curious? Check out the website & event calendar here.

Some of the Sustainability Office’s top event picks this year are:

So grab a bike, check out the entire month’s event calendar here and have fun!

Biketober 2021 events are being run according to MOH guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please refer to the Biketober website here for event specific updates.

LATEST FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES (ACU)

UC is a member of the ACU. Information about their latest news, opportunities (including grants and funding) and events are available on their website.

During this challenging time, in which the world is navigating a global pandemic, we need to revisit some of our human values and build strong relationships and safety nets in the family, community and society.

Human values like respect, trust, support, love and peace in our homes, places of work, schools and community are very critical. We all want to live in a society that is safe and where the rights of everyone – irrespective of gender, race, religion, age and marital status – are protected. However, the continuing rise in sexual harassment and bullying on university campuses across the world has highlighted the need for a more proactive approach to intervene and educate staff, students and society.

In 2019, the University of the South Pacific (USP) received an ACU Gender Grant to fund a new learning initiative aimed at promoting gender equality, increasing awareness of sexual harassment, and creating a safer, more equitable university environment. This is the first time in USP’s history that we are actively engaging with students and staff of national and regional campuses to create awareness and have positive conversations on the topic under the direction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Committee….  see the rest on the website

You can also read 

  • ACU Gender Grants 2021 – applications are now open
  • ACU Ambassador Summit: Creating and assessing research impact
  • Register for ‘The path to research leadership in Africa and India’
  • ACU grants calendar 2021-2022 

And more.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

The 2021 SDG Summit is pivoting online!

The two-day face-to-face event at the University of Canterbury is now a Virtual SDG Summit online on Thursday 2 September, with an online Climate Change Commission Panel featuring Dr Rod Carr and UC academics on Friday 3 September at 3-5pm. Both events are free. 

If you have registered for the in-person event, you must re-register to attend the Virtual Summit. Tickets for the original in-person event have been cancelled and refunds issued.

The first 500 tickets for the Virtual summit were snapped up in a  few days and we are now working on releasing more tickets. To join the waitlist please Register here now so you don’t miss out.

2021 Aotearoa Virtual SDG Summit ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ 

Participants can choose from 10+ interactive online workshops, over two sessions, exploring collaborative action-planning, along with breakout sector-based kōrero, networking and short project showcases.

The SDG Declaration for Aotearoa will take shape during the summit, with participants contributing to the declaration and signing up to affirm their commitment to creating positive change.

Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will deliver the opening address of the summit. The Office of the Auditor General will also report on the Government’s preparedness to implement the SDGs.

Built into the programme are carefully timed SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing breaks. You can tune in at any point throughout the two days.

See the online programme details on our website here

Climate Change Targets Research Panel

All academic staff have been emailed about this research-focused online event on 3 September to join the conversation on how we can make a difference in solving the challenge of future climate change emission targets. 

Tickets for the Virtual SDG Summit include the Research Challenges in Meeting Future Climate Change Emissions Targets panel on Friday 3 September, 3pm – 5pm, with:

  • Climate Change Commission Chair Dr Rod Carr;
  • Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and IPCC core writing team member for AR6 Bronwyn Hayward MNZM;
  • General manager transformation at Ngai Tahu Holdings Dean Fraser and
  • Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury Simon Kingham

Or you can register separately for the Climate Change Targets Research panel here.

Free Tickets to SDG Summit for UC Staff!

The Sustainability Office is delighted to announce that tickets to the two-day Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, have been made available at no cost for UC staff! (If you have paid for a ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Join us to share your knowledge, discuss ideas with other sectors, take what you learn back to your department and contribute to collaborative action planning to driving change in Aotearoa.

What is the SDG Summit?

This event is the third face-to-face national Summit, intended to build momentum and drive change in Aotearoa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first time this is being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, theming ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’.

Both days are an action packed programme of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a community feast and field trips. Included in the programme are a wonderful dialogue between Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Auckland University) and our own Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu) on the special place of the SDGs in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an engaging session with Climate Change Commissioner Dr Rod Carr.

The focus for the two days is on interactively building action plans that will move our country forward along critical pathways. We’d love to have you there.

With the theme of ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’, it is important that you are able to attend as much of the Summit experience as possible. This is to ensure we can create collaborative pathways for national and local action beyond the Summit. The most important pieces of the programme for staff to attend are the entirety of Day One, and the afternoon of Day Two. Both these slots are held at UC.

Please visit the event website here for more information and to view the full programme of incredible speakers, session leads and workshop facilitators.

When is it happening?

The Summit is taking place here at UC on 2-3 September!

How to get your free ticket

In order to access this opportunity, staff should first get approval in writing from their Head of Department or manager to attend for the full two days. This approval should be forwarded to sdgsummits@canterbury.ac.nz.

Once received, staff will be sent a registration code for their free registration. It is important that staff register using this code, for catering and seating allocation purposes. 

Community Feast

Instead of a traditional conference dinner, this Summit features a Community Feast, which is being held in the central city. We are working with mana whenua, local farmers, the chef school at Ara, food rescue organisations, community gardens, homelessness advocates and others to bring together an amazing event that touches on the SDGs No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Responsible Production and Consumption. This will weave in the themes of mahinga kai, food waste, food insecurity, and food resilience to create an event like no other.

The Community Feast will be held in the central city on the evening of September 2 (day one). Due to the special nature of this event, staff will need to register for the Community Feast separately, for a nominal fee of $5. Registration information for this event will be circulated shortly.

Project Showcase

Do you want to share your work on the SDGs with other participants at the Summit? We have session called the SDG Project Showcase on Day 2 (3 September, in the mid-afternoon) where participants can share ten slides in ten minutes about their SDG aligned projects, research, or mahi. If you would like to use this opportunity, you should register and send your slides to us by  Friday 13 August using this form here.

This Summit is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the partners Christchurch City Council, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ, Tourism NZ, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship,  Humanitix and others.

Go Plastic Free this July!

Be part of the solution to plastic pollution

Plastic Free July is officially here! PFJ is a global movement that encourages, inspires, educates and supports millions of people around the world to choose to refuse single-use plastics for an entire month. Want to get involved?  The good news is, anyone can take part! The Plastic Free July website has heaps of ideas, tips and resources to help you get started. See here for the different types of plastics and situations where you can #choosetorefuse single-use (and other problematic) plastics, no matter where you are on your journey.

Keen to take part in Plastic Free July?

Here’s a few ways you can get involved at UC: UC Sustainability is running weekly online challenges for you to participate in, with epic prizes up for grabs each week. From low-waste recipes to bulk-bin buying, they want to see how you are showing your love for Papatūānuku and reducing plastics in your life.  We’ll be sharing some student ideas each week too! Keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram for the first weekly challenge coming on Friday 2 July (or check out this sneak peak for a head start!)    

 

Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku 

Matariki in Aotearoa is a time of rejuvenation and reset for both people and planet.  Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku encourages individuals, whānau and other groups from both Aotearoa and around the world to dedicate just one lunar cycle to our taiao (environment).

This year, this falls from June 25 – July 24 2021.

Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association is planning some activities to celebrate Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku, so keep an eye out on their social media for ways you can be involved!
 

EnviroPAST: Plastic and Sustainability Talks

EnviroPAST is a by-youth-for-youth conference held at UC on 16 – 17 July, with an aim to inspire, educate, connect, and challenge young people to make positive environmental change, with a focus on plastic pollution.

The 2021 programme draws inspiration from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and seeks to break down the scientific basis of plastic pollution issues and solutions in ways that are relatable and engaging for students. The programme comprises five talks by experts in the field, four interactive workshops, and a beach clean-up and litter audit.

The organising team consists of four student volunteers: Zac Baker (UC),  E Wen Wong (UC), Emma Burton (Massey University), and William Wray (Burnside High School). Check out the details of this incredible student-led event here.

Are you taking part in Plastic Free July, either at home or at work? Send us an email, or be in touch over our social media channels so we can share and celebrate your mahi!