UC’s Senior Management Team recently developed and adopted a Sustainability Framework.
This document establishes the approach that the University will take to meet its environmental commitments and to incorporate sustainability concepts into decision making at all levels, while staying within the University’s resources.
The Framework covers approaches to teaching, learning and research, operations, and partnerships for sustainability.
AVC Māori and Acting Learning Resources Director Darryn Russell headed the Framework, and believes that “universities are uniquely poised to offer sustainable solutions to the problems of our day – notably climate change – something that is recognised throughout the higher education sector world-wide.” He added that “having this Framework in place will focus attention on this fact and makes a firm statement that these issues are viewed as important within the UC community.”
Key elements of the Framework include fostering research that will lead to a more sustainable world and offering opportunities for students to learn about and contribute to ways their disciplines can contribute to sustainability outcomes. It states a goal of being a “role model in our community for environmental leadership and sustainable practises”, and that UC will draw on the special significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and commit to being good stewards of our environment.
There are lots of ways to get involved now that this Framework is in place, acknowledging that we have been on a sustainability journey as a university community for nearly twenty years.
For an idea of how the University is performing in the areas covered by the Framework, have a look at the 2017 Sustainability Report.
Get in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about how you can incorporate more sustainability practices and principles into what you do here at UC and in your everyday lives!