Sustainability at AUT

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AUT is committed to achieving sustainability and taking action in light of local and global challenges. We continue to nurture a culture of sustainability through learning, teaching, research, partnerships and how we operate our facilities.

Sustainability Roadmap and the Taskforce for Sustainability

AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap outlines sustainability objectives, priority actions and targets across learning, research, governance and facilities.

Launched in October 2018 by the Minister of Climate Change, the road map was developed by the Vice-Chancellor's Taskforce for Sustainability with input from staff and students. It supports AUT’s contribution towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Member of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network

In early 2016 AUT became a member of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The network supports implementation of the SDGs through mobilisation of scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector.

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network website

The new Engineering, Design and Technology building includes sustainability features like ‘solar fins’ on the building’s exterior.

Better recycling is less waste more jobs
Energy efficiency
Sustainability in Spring
Metamorphic materials
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Better recycling is less waste more jobs
Better recycling = less waste, more jobs
21 Sep, 2020
Investment in New Zealand’s recycling industry will not only reduce waste to landfills, but create jobs as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery.
Energy efficiency
AUT: Lowest energy intensity
10 Sep, 2020
AUT has rated as one of the lowest energy intensity universities in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Sustainability in Spring
Sustainability in Spring
04 Sep, 2020
Spring is here and AUT has some events coming up later in September where you can enjoy being outside and learn or try something new.
Metamorphic materials
Metamorphosis - from waste to fashion
04 Aug, 2020
Donna Cleveland reimagines fashion with a circular model, diverting textile waste from landfill and giving it new life in designer fashion.
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Pacific language videos: Cook Islands
03 Aug, 2020
The Cook Islands episode in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ – is out now.

23rd in the world for social and economic impact

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 rank AUT 23rd overall, and 1st in the world for our commitment to decent work and economic growth.

World rankings

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