Who won the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards?

Earlier this month, we celebrated our sustainability champions at the annual UC Sustainability Awards, presented by Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

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It was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the amazing work that is being done for sustainability, both in research and practice. As you can imagine, the UC Sustainability Office is feeling pretty proud of our UC community right now!

Read on to see all the wonderful students and staff who were nominated for an award this year, and see the full list of our Winners and Highly Commended Awards across the seven categories. Or, check out the UC media release here for more details.

And the winners of the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards are….

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Winner of the 2019 Supreme Award: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward

Supreme Award winner Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward led the way in the 2019 awards with her international involvement in the IPCC reports and her incredible community engagement. A talented researcher and communicator, Associate Professor Hayward inspires action at all levels – from serving on one of the highest international science forums to writing books and articles, hosting community events and even maintaining a lively Twitter feed. Her commitment to sustainability and democracy engages  undergraduate and postgraduate students who are fortunate enough to study with her in the classroom, “civics lab” and in-field teaching.

Check out the video below to learn more about Bronwyn’s work – from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to local huis, she is walking the talk on engaging us in sustainability issues. Thank you for all your work Bronwyn!

 

Winner Academic Staff – Team: Environmental Science Staff Team

Winner Academic Staff – Individual: Susan Krumdieck for Transition Engineering, Building a Sustainable Future (published Oct 2019)

Winner Student Research: Helena Ruffell for her research in Wastewater treatment plants as a source of microplastics to the environment

Winner Student-Led Project Individual: Courtney Wright-Watson for Establishing Envirosoc (see her video below)

Winner Student-Led Project Team: Amelia Dewhurst, Rose Bayldon, Florence Ferguson, Josh Watson for the Christchurch Climate Challenge

Winner General Staff – Individual: Linda Morris for a lifetime of reusing, repurposing and recycling

Winner General Staff – Team: Haere-roa/UCSA Building Project Team for the Wellbeing Precinct Low Carbon Energy Scheme

A huge congratulations to our Highly Commended Individual and Team Award winners:

Highly Commended Academic Staff (Individual): Sally Gaw for Microplastics in Aotearoa New Zealand

Highly Commended Academic Staff (Individual): Tim Huber for Waste reduction through design

Highly Commended Academic Staff (Individual): Piers Locke for Pedagogy of hope – teaching that inspires engagement in environmental action

Highly Commended Academic Staff Team (Teaching): The Chemical and Process Engineering Academic Team for embedding sustainability in Chemical and Process Engineering teaching at UC

Highly Commended Academic Staff Team (Applied): HydroEco Engineering Research Group [Aisling (Ash) O’Sullivan, Tom Cochrane, Frances Charters, Peter McGuigan, Aude Thierry and research students] with support from Facilities Management for THE STORMINATOR™ – A Sustainable Stormwater Treatment Solution Using Food Waste Shells

Highly Commended Academic Staff Team (Applied): EPECentre Joule Log Heating Team [Dr Bill Heffernan, Dr Nurzhan Nursultanov, Mr Ryan van Herel] for their research in an Electric alternative to toxic chemical fumigation for export logs

Highly Commended Student Research: Mehrnoush Tangestani and Daniel Smith for their research into Omega-3 fatty acid production from New Zealand algae

Highly Commended Student Research: Sergio Hansen and Julian Maranan (Project Team: AOS01) for Treatment Performance of an Innovative Downpipe Stormwater Treatment Solution

Highly Commended Student Research (International): Niebert Blair, PhD Student for “Discovery of the dynamic balance of sustainability – Lessons learned from Amerindian hinterland villages in the Amazon region of Guyana, South America”

Highly Commended Student-Led Project (Individual): Ella Knobloch for Carbon Free UC and Role Modelling Sustainability

Highly Commended Student-Led Project (Individual): Varvara Sidorenko for Eco Volunteering

Highly Commended Student-Led Project (Team): UC For Climate Core Team for UC For Climate

Highly Commended General Staff (Team): Procurement for Supply Chain Influence

Highly Commended General Staff (Team): Mt Barker Forestry for Mt Barker Forestry

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And, finally, congratulations to all the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards Nominees!

  • Pieter Pelser, Jim Briskie and Helen Warburton for BIOL273 Campus Biodiversity Inventory
  • NZPSA 2019 Organising Committee for Developing a Sustainable Conference Model for UC
  • Emma Rees for Keeping the Kaupokonui Stream Cool
  • Felix Morgenstern and Etienne Gil-Goldsbrough for their research “Degradation Characteristics of Compostable Plastics in Controlled and Uncontrolled Composting Environments”
  • Amelia Dewhurst, nominated individually as well as with the winning student team for her work with the Christchurch Climate Challenge
  • Harjot Gill for Sustainability and Waste Management
  • Rose Bayldon, nominated individually as well as with the winning team for Christchurch Climate Challenge
  • Patricio Gallardo Ocampo for Transition of Freight Transportation to Zero Carbon
  • Abby Robertson for Te Ao Māori in Waiutuutu Community Garden
  • UC Bike: Bikefest Group for encouraging commuter cycling at UC
  • Isabel Andrade for The Role of Adaptive Capacity: Transitioning Engineering of Zero Carbon Building Retrofits
  • Lauralee Mather for Earthly
  • UCSA Food and Beverage Team for coffee price structure change to tackle single use takeaway cups
  • UCSA Events Team for Globelets

What an incredible showcase of sustainability research, practice, projects, initiatives and passions – we can’t wait for next year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the 2019 Sustainability Awards so special.

And finally, a big thank you to our sponsors: Trade Aid and Yealands Wines. We love working and collaborating with like-minded sustainable businesses and social enterprises to help us celebrate our sustainability champions in style!

 

For more details on our wonderful award winners, check out the media release “Activists and academics intersect at the UC Sustainability Awards” or see our website.

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VC to present 2019 UC Sustainability Awards!

We’re excited to welcome UC Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey to present this year’s UC Sustainability Awards!

We’ve also extended the deadline for nominations until Monday 9 September – so get your nominations in quick! There are awards for individuals and teams across 6 categories.

What are the UC Sustainability Awards?

The Sustainability Awards are all about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation and imagination of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, academic or post-graduate research, or a green department, team or a staff project? An eco-warrior changing the world?

Get nominating!

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations are open from now until Monday 9 September with the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 2 October in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, Rehua.

For a recap on the previous UC Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some more inspiration.

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Sustainability Champions: Abby Robertson

Welcome back to the Sustainability Champions Campaign!

The UC Sustainability team are excited to have launched a campus wide profiling project called the Sustainability Champions Campaign. We want to use this as an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that is being done for sustainability on campus by both students and staff, whose contributions we believe have deepened our culture of sustainability at UC.

We’re running the campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so keep your eyes out for our champions posters on campus, and get your nominations in! (Nominations open 5 – 31 August, see our webpage for the nomination form and all the details).

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Abby – she’s a keen advocate for climate justice, one of our regular community garden volunteers, and is on the exec for two of our fave UCSA clubs: Digsoc and the Eco Clubs Network, as well as a regular contributor to Canta. She’s doing all this while studying towards her BA in Philosophy and Te Re Māori – check out the video below of Abby singing a beautiful waiata during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori!

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Abby Robertson | Eco Clubs Network Exec, Community Gardener, Digsoc Exec and Eco Volunteer

Tell us about yourself!

Kia ora koutou katoa! My name is Abby and I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Te Reo Māori. I am passionate about eco-sustainability, languages, and music. A fun fact about me is that I am slightly obsessed with my dungaree collection – I own six pairs of dungarees and one pinafore, and am always on the hunt for more. I have also been teaching myself guitar for 3 years, and have aspirations of becoming a high school languages teacher in French and Te Reo Māori, as well as maybe English, Music and/or ESOL.

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Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

I initially started studying a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Psychology (I’m now doing a BA in Philosophy, Te Reo Māori and French – but that’s another story) and I have always been passionate about the environment and advocating for climate justice. When I changed my study pathway I still wanted to keep myself involved in sustainable/eco/environmental pursuits and I started volunteering at the Waiutuutu Community Gardens on campus (previously Okeover Community Gardens). I started helping out there in June 2017 after I accidentally found myself at their pizza party (homemade in a pizza oven onsite!) which was absolutely delicious/glorious, I might add.

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What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

An ongoing sustainability project has been the process of moving towards a more bilingual community garden at UC, which acknowledges te ao Māori and the relationship tāngata whenua have with their taiao (environment). This includes the new name/ingoa hou that was gifted by Kai Tahu kaumatua at the end of 2018: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu, or in English, Waiutuutu Community Garden.

Waiutuutu is the historic/original Māori name for our Okeover Stream that runs through UC’s main campus. It translates to waters of reciprocity.

 

 Tell us about some other areas of your life at UC.

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  • DigSoc, Events ‘Wormlord’
  • CANTA Contributor
  • Thursdays in Black, General Exec
  • Eco Clubs Network, General Exec

 What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

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I helped to organise a pizza party last year at the gardens last year that had an amazing turn out. It was a little overwhelming to have fifty to eighty hungry university students, staff, and Ilam locals wander through our māra and feed them homemade oven fired pizza. We also had the smoothie bike up and running, and finished with pineapple sage tea and an outdoor movie screening of Occupy the Farm. I loved being able to share my favourite place on campus (and best kept secret) with new people.

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Where to next for you?

I am finishing off my undergraduate degree, after which I intend to complete my Masters of Teaching (Secondary) to become a high school teacher in Te Reo Māori and French.

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Want to see how we celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight on campus?

Last week, UC Sustainability celebrated all things ethical and fair trade with one of our favourite events of the year: our annual Fair Trade Fair! Missed out? Read on, we’ve put together a highlights reel so you can see what we got up to…

Held in the beautiful Haere-roa, we welcomed over 200 students and staff to come and learn about fair trade, try some yummy (and fairly traded) goodies, and meet our suppliers who make our Fair Trade University possible. The fair trade cold brew, banana smoothies (made by pedal power on a smoothie bike of course!) and hot chocolates went down an absolute treat, and we loved seeing our suppliers share their stories of the real people and communities behind their products.

What is fair trade, and why should we care?

Fair trade supports marginalised farmers and workers in developing countries. By supporting them, we’re enabling them to take better care of their environment and to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. From the coffee you drink, the chocolate you eat and the clothes you wear – products that are fairly traded create a real, positive difference in people’s lives. By choosing to buy fair trade, we are guaranteeing producers receive a minimum price regardless of global trends. We’re also ensuring that workers receive liveable wages, safe working conditions, access to clean water and schooling for their children.

Our University has been proudly Fair Trade since 2017.  To learn more about who we’re working with to make our University fair trade,  and real  examples of what they are doing for their communities, check out the suppliers stories below (and spot them in the photos!)

     

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed seeing our fair trade celebrations – and we’ll see you again next year!

This message was brought to you 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. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. If you’d like some more information on our Fair Trade University, see our website. Big thanks to Corey Blackburn and Mark McNeill from UC Marketing                                                                            for the photos and videos of the event.

Common Good Coffee Roasters: more than just your daily coffee

You love their coffee but do you know their story?

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As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we’re getting up close and personal with people and businesses connected to UC who are making the world a better (and fairer) place. Read on to learn about the people behind UCSA’s fair trade coffee supplier, Common Good Coffee – who are doing so much more than just good coffee!

So what makes Common Good Coffee so special?

On top of a banging roast and a 100% commitment to a fair trade supply chain, Common Good Coffee is using its profits for good in Aotearoa and around the world. From the fair trade principles behind their coffee supply, to the roasting of that same coffee right here in Christchurch, and the reinvestment of their profits into communities around the world, Common Good Coffee is a very, very good time. And the best bit is, all you have to do be a part of their story is simply drink their coffee!

The guy behind your coffee addiction: Vernon roasts (and delivers) kilos of coffee each week to UC

So, about that coffee…

The coffee you’re sipping on has come a long way before the baristas at UC (and you) got their hot little hands on it. For example, the Ethiopian Sidamo coffee bean that makes up your brew has come all the way from the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union of Ethiopia (OCFCU).

The Layo Teraga Cooperative in Southern Ethiopia (part of the OCFCU) currently has 1200 members and has maintained Fairtrade certification since 2009. Since becoming certified, the fair trade social premium has paid for depulping equipment, two transport trucks, and in 2010 the community was able to build an elementary school. Before this, the nearest school was a two hour walk away.

Common Good Coffee also contributed directly to the building of the elementary school – last year they donated $19,000 towards teacher’s accommodation, allowing itinerant teachers to spend less time travelling and more time teaching.

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Teacher’s accommodation in the Layo Teranga cooperative’s elementary school, Sidamo/Guji region, southern Ethiopia

But wait, there’s more!

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He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Before, we mentioned that Common Good Coffee reinvested their profits into communities around the world. This is where the bigger picture stuff comes in: Common Good Coffee Roasters is actually part of a wider business called Common Good, based in Kolkata, India. Common Good has since created jobs for fifteen women to make products like bags and wristbands, which are proudly worn all around the world. Better still, 100% of the profits from Common Good are going directly to services like sanitation, clean water and education – meaning not only do fifteen women have dignified and meaningful work, but their families and communities are now able to make choices that weren’t available to them before.

And finally, they get local too

Just in case you thought they were done…

Addington Coffee Co-op

Common Good Coffee is roasted at Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Road (definitely worth checking out, make sure you go hungry), and they recently donated $100,000 to the local Addington Primary School. The Addington Te Kura Taumatua Whanua Room was funded by Common Good to grow community connections within the school, and is used by a diverse range of people from the school community.

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So, it’s more than just a cup of coffee! (but at the same time, it’s all about that cup of coffee…). And to think that every time you buy a Common Good Coffee from Shilling, 1894 or Chilton’s, you’re actually directly contributing to all the above goodness…. who knew making good more common would be so easy?!

Want to know more about Common Good and what they’re doing locally and globally? Come and meet them at our annual Fair Trade Fair on Wednesday 14th August, 11am – 1pm in Haere-roa. We’ll be showcasing the incredible suppliers that make our Fair Trade University possible, and celebrate the impact they are having on communities around the world. See the Facebook event here for all the details.

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The return of the 2019 Sustainability Awards!

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Know someone at UC doing great things for Sustainability? Or maybe it’s you? We want to hear about it!

Get your thinking caps on… nominations for the UC Sustainability Awards are open from 5 – 31 August.

The Sustainability Awards are about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation, imagination and optimism of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, a student group or club who are changing the world, your supervisors research, or perhaps your own? Maybe it’s the flatties next door who compost like crazy, and bike to UC rain or shine?

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations are open until the end of August, and the Awards Ceremony will be held on 2 October.

If you know of someone whose work deserves acknowledgement and celebration, nominate them! We want to hear from you.

For a recap on 2017’s Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some inspiration.

This message was bought to you 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. This blog is part of our plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

 

Sustainability Champions: Jessica Aldridge

Welcome back to the Sustainability Champions Campaign!

The UC Sustainability team are excited to have launched a campus wide profiling project called the Sustainability Champions Campaign. We want to use this as an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that is being done for sustainability on campus by both students and staff, whose contributions we believe have deepened our culture of sustainability at UC.

We’re running the campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so keep your eyes out for our champions posters on campus, and get your nominations in! (Nominations open 5 – 31 August, see our webpage for the nomination form and all the details).

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Jess – she is our student Fair Trade Rep and Eco Volunteer, is an Exec member on two of the coolest clubs on campus (in our opinion), and is doing all this while studying towards her final year in Natural Resources Engineering!

We caught up with Jess just in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from the 2 – 15 August. As our Fair Trade student rep, we thought it was fitting we release her profile in the lead up to our favourite fair trade awareness campaign!

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Jessica Aldridge | Eco Clubs Network Exec, Student Fair Trade Rep, Engineers Without Borders Exec and Eco Volunteer

Tell us about yourself!

I am in my final year studying Natural Resources Engineering. I am also completing the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering. I love to dance and regularly attend Zumba classes at the Rec Center. I am very passionate about Humanitarian Engineering and sustainability.

Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

I started volunteering with the Sustainability Office at the start of 2018. Since then I have been helping to run and organise events on campus with the team of Eco Volunteers. Some of my favourite events have been the Fashion Revolution Week clothing swap this year and the Zero Waste workshop during Plastic Free July.

You’re the Fair Trade Student Rep on the Eco Clubs Exec. What does that mean?

This year I have been helping the Sustainability Office with engaging and involving students in fair trade on campus. UC is a Fair Trade Accredited University and this year we have already run events during Fashion Revolution Week plus we’ve got awesome events planned for this years Fairtrade Fortnight – we are holding a Fair Trade Fair in Haere-roa on Wednesday 14th August so make sure you come along! (see the Facebook event here for all the details). There are so many wonderful fair trade initiatives on campus that I am sure a lot of students and staff don’t realise. For example, did you know 100% of the coffee at campus cafes is Fairtrade certified?

And you’re part of Engineers Without Borders NZ… Tell us more!

I am on the events team for Engineers Without Borders NZ (EWB) student chapter at UC. Engineers Without Borders is a humanitarian organisation that aims to improve access to engineering skills and knowledge. Our biggest event of the year is Running Without Borders in which runners take part in the Christchurch Marathon and raise money for EWB. We also run regular documentary screenings on campus.

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What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

Working with the Sustainability Office and the sustainability community at UC. It’s great to see so many people and volunteers turn up to help out at each event and it makes it really fun.

Where to next for you?

Next year I will be moving to Tauranga to begin my professional career. I will be working as an environmental engineer and I hope to continue to be involved in fair trade and sustainability events at my work.

Some ‘did you know’ fair trade facts from Jess and Chloe from UC Sustainability:

  • UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited campus since 2017
  • Being recognised as a Fair Trade University means our community (that’s you!) is committed to being a socially responsible institution. We’re proud to stand with fair trade producers and encourage ethical sourcing, and we encourage you to do the same in your personal lives.
  • 100% of coffee supplied in our campus cafes is Fairtrade certified, from a variety of NZ roasters
  • And it doesn’t just end with coffee! Our cafes on campus also stock fair trade chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, dried fruit and nuts, and even fair trade fizzy drinks
  • Our staff department kitchenettes also stock fair trade tea, coffee, sugar and drinking chocolate for a fairer morning tea break
  • If you’re looking for apparel for events, uniforms or clubs tees – we’ve got fair trade cotton tee shirts available for order through our suppliers Little Yellow Bird. Last year UC’s fair trade apparel orders provided 328 hours of fair labour!
  • We hold events to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight each year. It’s two weeks of everything fair trade and ethical! To get involved, see our Facebook page, and check under ‘events’ for our annual Fair Trade Fair (we promise there is free fair trade goodies to get your hands on!)

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This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletterto stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.