News from the UC Sustainability Office

Ecoweek 2015 in photos

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Eco Week continues to grow from strength to strength, with the fifth Eco Week taking place this year in September. Over 500 people (staff as well as students) took part in a range of sustainability-focused events.

On Monday students were treated to free All Good fair trade banana ice creams, with Engineers Without Borders rocking out a couple of hundred ice creams in just over an hour! Brian Phillips from Capital Works gave a sneak peek into some principals underlying the proposed new campus master plan. During Tiny House Tuesday Lucie Ozanne talked about her research into tiny houses, and a tour was organised for staff and students to two real life tiny houses built by UC students! In the evening, Kakariki ran a workshop for students and by students on how to eco-up your life.

Generation Zero drummed up a Climate Kilometer Grand Parade on Wednesday, which included not only e-cars but a penguin, a dog, a penny farthing, and even a wizard or two! Many thanks to the 18-odd student and staff volunteers who turned up to help marshal the parade and keep everybody safe! The parade was featured on TV3 news that night – (scroll to 23 min 45s for a look). The Eco Week Film ‘True Cost’ packed out Undercroft 101 and the Sustainability Office received a lot of feedback that the film was truly thought provoking for many. Chalky Digits, Christchurch’s very own ethical fashion company sponsored this event, gifting vouchers and gorgeous accessories as spot prizes.

OpSoc raised funds for Trees For Canterbury through their annual ball and hosted a pop up second-hand clothing stall. Engineers Without Borders also raised funds for the Gift of Light programme by inviting students to colour in this gorgeous mural.

The Urban Monk and Wabi O Kombucha tickled taste buds with samples of eco-power foods on Fermented Friday for foodies and Douglas Horrell also gave us bunch of great tips on how to make sour dough bread.

A huge team is required to organise and support a week-long festival of events, and special mention must be made to all the General UC staff who helped to make this happen. This includes Brian Phillips from Capital Works, Student Liaison Services, all the staff at UC Security and UC Events, Tom Lawson Catering Manager for UCSA and staff at the Shilling Club, and Nick Calvert from Audio Visual.

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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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