Sustainability events in Wellington

Sustainability events in Wellington

Next week is VUWSA Sustainability Week and that means loads of great events on campus and around Wellington. VUWSA Sustainability Officer Sophie Dixon previews them in this myView student blog.

Kia ora, I’m Sophie, VUWSA’s Sustainability Officer. I’m passionate about low waste, urban composting and living, and making your sustainable student life fit within the systems we are are in.

Sophie Dixon—Sustainability Officer at Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA).

May 10 – May 15 is VUWSA’s Sustainability Week. It’s been a big job to organise, pulling together clubs and community groups, businesses and big organisations, but I’m so excited to be bringing you a packed schedule of events. There is something for everyone!

This year we worked to get students off-campus, into the city and nature and out of your eco-anxious minds. In order to get involved, head to Facebook or our website to sign up for certain events and get more details.

We kick off on Monday, 10 May, with a session from Generation Zero discussing the Long-Term Plan of the Wellington City Council. May 10 is the last day to submit, so definitely come along to have your say. We will also be down at Te Aro for Market #1. Market Days have a mix of community organisations and businesses selling sustainable and natural products. 

On Tuesday, we are heading down to an isolated section of coast to pick up litter and protect our marine environment—so that your O’ Bay dips in summer are all seafoam and zero cellophane. Find us in Rutherford House Mezzanine for Market #2 between 11-2 for a break from your lectures.

On Wednesday we are taking over the Hub for our Sustainable Market Day—come along to support local small businesses or sign up to be part of Wellington’s conservation and pest-free networks.

Thursday finds us learning from those on the ground, with a presentation from the Rubbish Trip duo at Kelburn, and Climate Clinic Chats in the OGB Common Room for sustainability tips and tricks.

Get your hands dirty at Kaicycle Urban Farm on Friday and then scrub up for the SustainaBall—our first ever zero-waste ball!

To close Sust Week and start your weekend off right, come to Zealandia for a stroll through the bush—keep your eyes peeled for native birds!

Throughout the entire week, cafes on campus will be going single use cup free. This is a fantastic action, so definitely throw your support behind the cafes. Make time to stay or bring a reusable cup. Thanks to Vic Books (Kelburn and Pipitea), Louis’, the Hunter Lounge, the Lab, and Milk and Honey.

I hope to see you throughout the week, but if uni assignments are piling up, simply making time to sit under a tree at Paekākā can incorporate sustainability into your day.

Sophie Dixon (she/her) is the VUWSA Sustainability Officer and is a third-year Law and Arts student.

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