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.

Sustainability Roadmap and the Taskforce for Sustainability

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

The roadmap will be launched at AUT on 19 October by the Minister of Climate Change. It 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.
NZ Tree App showcase
The AUT app 'NZ Trees' helps people identify native trees
62% increase in AUT researchers
Puwera landfill
Mia Evans from Clever Little Monthly
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch
62% increase in AUT researchers
62% increase in AUT researchers
30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Global top 16 for sustainability
04 Apr, 2019
AUT #16 overall, #2 for Sustainable Cities & Communities and #9 for Gender Equality in global rankings.
Puwera landfill
Follow your waste at AUT
22 Mar, 2019
In 2018, AUT produced 692 tonnes of waste, which ended up in a landfill, generating 82 tonnes of CO2. But where does it go and how did this happen?
Mia Evans from Clever Little Monthly
Clever Little Monthly wins X-Challenge
12 Dec, 2018
Students Shara Quin and Mia Evans won the top prize at the 2018 AUT X Challenge for Clever Little Monthly, ethical and sustainable tampons made from hemp.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch
Minister launches sustainable blueprint
24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.

16th in the world for social impact

AUT is ranked 16th in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, which assess the social impact of universities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

News story: global top 16 for sustainability