Policies and Plans - Sustainability - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Strategy and Plans

The University of Canterbury recognises long-term sustainability as one of the key strategic issues that will increasingly affect both the University and wider society. This thinking is linked with the University's vision of "people prepared to make a difference".

The Draft Sustainability Strategy 2012-2022 is our road map to achieve this vision. It will help systematically address sustainability across the University.

The Sustainability Working Group, with guidance from the Sustainability Advocate, was responsible for developing the draft UC Sustainability Strategy, 2012-2022.

Other plans include:

  1. Cycle Plan
  2. Waste Plan
  3. Draft UC Landscape Concept 2014-2022

These plans, plus the

  1. UC Transport Advisory Panel Issues and Options document
  2. UC Waterways Issues and Options document

are also intended to inform UC's campus master planning process.

See the Working Groups page for membership of current working groups involved with sustainability at UC.

Sustainability Vision and Values

The University of Canterbury will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a leader and model in its commitment to the principles and practices of sustainability and research, teaching and critique of sustainability in all aspects of its activities.

For a definition and discussion of what sustainability means, click here: What is sustainability?

Advancing Sustainability in the Tertiary Education Sector

The University is a member of a number of organisations and programmes related to sustainability in tertiary education, including:

  • Sustainable Tertiary Education in New Zealand (STENZ), a network of sustainability staff in all tertiary education institutions in New Zealand.
  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) - the University of Canterbury is a foundation member of ACTS and co-hosted with Lincoln University and CPIT the ACTS 2008 conference in Christchurch, October 2008.
  • Sustainability Office
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800
    Christchurch 8140 
    New Zealand
  • sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz
    Phone: +64 3 369 5503 or +64 3 369 5575
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