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Sustainable Living Workshops coming up

Come along and learn a new skill (or dust off an old one), reduce your food’s carbon footprint, and have some wholesome foodie fun in our upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops!

Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) will be the host for three weekly lunch-hour workshops, focused on gaining and learning skills in the art of preserving, brewing and fermenting your own food.

These workshops will be free to attend and will be run by members of the community gardens community in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Space is limited for these workshops, so please email chloe.sutton@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve a spot.

For more details, please see the Facebook events for these workshops below:

Workshop #1: Preserving (organic beetroot chutney)

Workshop #2: Brewing (kombucha and vinegars)

Workshop #3: Fermenting (sauerkraut and kimchi)

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Clear your desks: the Great Stationery Swap is coming!

Join us in recycling, reusing and repurposing all that stationery that has been left in your bottom drawer, stationery cupboard or resource room with the Great Stationery Swap, coming next week!

How to take part:

  • Drop off your stationery and other office supplies to the old UCSA Offices (Level 1, Puaka James-Hight) on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April between 9am – 4pm. Please place your items neatly on the tables provided.
  • Come back on Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 April between 9am – 4pm and  browse through to take what you or your department needs!
  • You don’t have to donate anything in order to take something back to your space. Our goal is to re-home as many items of unloved stationery as we can!

What to bring:

Any stationery or office supplies that are in good, clean, working condition will be welcomed at the Swap.

Why swap stationery?

By reusing, repurposing and rehoming already existing stationery and office supplies on campus, we are:

  • reducing the amount that goes to landfill
  • saving money by reducing purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • lowering the input of materials that goes into production and,
  • Taking action on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the creation of a circular economy! 

A big thanks to Barb Fletcher from FM and the UC Admin Plus network for their support for this event. This message was brought to 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. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.

Is preserving totally your ‘jam’?

Join us for a free  lunch-hour workshop in Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) on the 27 April to learn the magic of preserving fruit and veggies for the winter months ahead.
 
Our guest speakers Dee and Steve will be be guiding you through the preserving process, from sterilising jars right through to eating the finished (delicious) product. Spoiler alert: we’ll be making an organic beetroot chutney!
 
There will be time for Q&A and sharing and sampling of other recipes and ideas for chutneys, jams and relishes to try at home.
 
What: Autumn Sustainable Living Series Workshop #1: Preserving
When: Tuesday 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden)
More details and updates: Can be found on the Facebook event here.
 
Spots are limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve your place.
 
We are asking for donations of small (jam – sized) jars for this workshop series. If you have jars to donate, please drop these to Waiutuutu Community Garden or the Sustainability Office ahead of the workshop.
 
Keep an eye out on the UC Sustainability Community Facebook page for the next two workshops to be announced in the series (hint, fermenting and brewing!).
 
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Bike Challenge Distance Champion Ella Stensness

In the recent newsletter we celebrated our bike champions and gave a prize pack to the cyclist with the most rides. However, we need to give a massive shout out to Ella Stensness, who rode the most kilometres BY FAR with 1402km in February, including we understand a casual jaunt from Gisborne to the West Coast! Ella placed 15th in the country for distance, which was such an amazing effort.

Ella a merch pack is on its way to you! Thanks for providing such an inspirational example – who wants to take Ella on in 2022?

UC staff again put in a sterling effort in the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge, jumping on their bikes during February and placing UC first in the tertiary sector, third for Christchurch 2000+ staff and fifth for NZ 2000+ staff in the annual national bike challenge. See here for the full run down on UC’s cycling achievements.

Keen to ride your bike a bit more, but not sure where to start? Odlin Cycle Coaching is offering free bike skill sessions in Christchurch over March and April.

Check out the session times, along with more information here:

The course will be run in small groups, so you’ll get plenty of personalised advice in a supportive environment. The team are very experienced in catering the course to the meet the needs of the group.

We’re already looking forward to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge next year, and taking real action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – especially Goals 13, 11 and 3!

Bike Aotearoa Challenge 2021 wrap up

UC staff again put in a sterling effort, jumping on their bikes during February and placing UC first in the tertiary sector, third for Christchurch 2000+ staff and fifth for NZ 2000+ staff in the 2021 national bike challenge.

Thank you to all of our bike champions for your amazing efforts! You reduced carbon emissions, reduced congestion on the roads, boosted your health and got around town for free (very smart!).

UC’s wrap up stats for Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021:
• 240 staff cycled
• 4031 trips
• 25,505 commute kms
• 5,202kg co2 saved
• 6.7% participated

Three of UC’s bike challenge champions – from left: Diana Hinterleitner, Moira Fraser and Kiel Hurley

Congratulations to Kiel Hurley who logged the most rides during the February at an impressive 106 rides (that’s 3.78 average a day). Director of People and Culture Amanda Derry, on behalf of Paul O’Flaherty, presented him with a $100 UBS voucher and UC merch pack (glass drink bottle, keep cup, blunt umbrella, hoodie and sunnies!).

Kiel’s top tip for cycling was “don’t have a car!” He said there are more cycleways around than you might think.

Director People and Culture Amanda Derry presents Kiel Hurley with a prize pack for the most rides during February.

Random participation prize winner Moira Fraser also received a UC merch pack. Biking since she was 15, Moira has a flash electric bike these days, which has replaced her car. She says Christchurch is the best city for cycling in NZ, and there are a lot of recreational trails to discover as well.

Moira Hurley (right) won the randomly selected prize for participating in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021.
Moira Hurley (right) won the randomly selected prize for participating in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021.

The amazing Diana Hinterleitner was recognised for her efforts in promoting cycling at UC with a UBS voucher. She joined UC up to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge in 2016 and has been urging people to get on their bikes ever since! She cycles because she doesn’t want to pay for parking and invested the money instead into a beautiful electric bike.

Diana Hinterleitner (right) was recognised for encouraging UC staff to get on their bikes by Director People and Culture Amanda Derry.
Diana Hinterleitner (right) was recognised for encouraging UC staff to get on their bikes by Director People and Culture Amanda Derry.

We  also need to give a massive shout out to Ella Stensness, who rode the most kilometres BY FAR with 1402km in February, including we understand a casual jaunt from Gisborne to the West Coast! Ella placed 15th in the country for distance, which was such an amazing effort. Ella a merch pack is on its way to you! Thanks for providing such an inspirational example – who wants to take Ella on in 2022?

We are now looking forward to Biketober coming to Christchurch this (you guessed it) October. UC Bike and UC Sustainability Community will even shout you breakfast! Keep an eye on Biketober Christchurch – Festival of Cycling (biketoberchch.nz)

Keen to ride your bike a bit more, but not sure where to start? 

Odlin Cycle Coaching is offering free bike skill sessions in Christchurch over March and April.

Check out the session times, along with more information here:

The course will be run in small groups, so you’ll get plenty of personalised advice in a supportive environment. The team are very experienced in catering the course to the meet the needs of the group.

We’re already looking forward to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge next year, and taking real action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – especially Goals 13, 11 and 3!


Finally… a plug for our UC Cycling Facilities and Dr Bike our free weekly bike repair service – just some of the resources available to get you on your bike!