Sustainability at AUT

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.

Our vision and goals

AUT is dedicated to contributing positive benefits to the environment, society and the economy and ultimately to the planet.

Our goals

AUT's sustainability goals encompass our commitment to be a university for a more sustainable world through our curriculum and how we operate. These goals aim to progress sustainability by demonstrating leadership in sustainable thinking, enabling our graduates and staff to flourish as sustainability change makers.

These goals identify how we will achieve objectives over a 10-year period.

Download AUT’s sustainability goals 2012-2022

AUT's Sustainability Taskforce

Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack's Taskforce for Sustainability was established in 2012 and developed AUT’s sustainability goals across our areas of sustainability commitments. These goals identify how we will achieve objectives over a 10-year period by using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.

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

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network website

sustainable actions at AUT
The Policy Observatory’s Dr David Hall and Sam Lindsay
Mark Orams_YBE
AUT electric bus
sustainable actions at AUT
Students participate in beach clean-up
16 May, 2018
Accounting students recently displayed sustainability in action, participating in a beach clean-up fieldtrip at Point England Reserve, Glen Innes.
The Policy Observatory’s Dr David Hall and Sam Lindsay
The answer to low-emissions
20 Apr, 2018
A report for the Ministry of Environment, launched recently at AUT, reveals opportunities for New Zealand through climate finance.
Mark Orams_YBE
Kermadec voyage rallies student environm...
22 Mar, 2018
Earlier this month a unique envoy of 20 student voyagers and 23 crew members travelled to the Kermadec Islands aboard HMNZS Canterbury.
AUT electric bus
New Zealand’s first electric bus hits th...
07 Mar, 2018
New Zealand’s first fully battery powered electric bus hits the road today, thanks to a joint initiative by Tranzit Group, EECA (Energy Efficiency and Con...