News from the UC Sustainability Office

Join the UC Green Team! – April 2015

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This year we are introducing a new initiative called the UC Green Team!  The UC green tJoin Green Team Image 2015eam is the Sustainability Office volunteer pool for when we need some extra hands for campus-based sustainability events and activities.

Our next major UC based event will be Fair Trade Fortnight (May 8-22). As part of FTF, we will host tasting sessions of Fair Trade products for staff (available through the Office Max catalogue) and students. We’re keen to find out what tickles people’s taste buds so we can promote these products with enough confidence to give a certain brand of coffee a jolly good run for its money. Among other things, we need assistance with trialling a tasting session (whoop, you get to be a tasting panel), and hosting both the staff and student tasting events. Here’s a hilarious You Tube clip on how to taste coffee (don’t you just love that shirt?) – we need to adapt this for instant coffee in particular, and we would welcome your ideas on how to make it both fun and feasible.

Another project we need assistance with every month is sorting single use-coffee cups, so they can be sent to a composting plant. Whilst this may not sound particularly glamorous, this important work is part of an exciting trial which explores the potential to prevent compostable or biodegradable packaging going to landfill. We need to make sure that the coffee cups collected through this trial are free of non-biodegradable items so they can go straight into a ‘Hot Rot’ composting system.

You will get a FREE re-usable coffee cup when you give us a hand through the Green Team!

To volunteer for either of these events, please contact katie.nimmo@canterbury.ac.nz or call 364 2025. To subscribe to our Green Team list go to http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/joincommunityform.shtml , and select UC Green Team. We will contact you about other volunteering opportunities.

To find out more about Fair Trade, check it out here http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/fairtrade/

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Author: Puck Algera - UC Sustainability Office

Puck worked at the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As the Sustainability Projects Coordinator, she kept busy with student and staff engagement, providing strategic input and advice and organising sustainability-focused events.

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