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.

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

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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
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WH Building solar fins
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AUT Living Labs - Orakei
Ecologist Dr Nicola Day
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Grounds maintenance staff with electric equipment
Grounds maintenance goes green
10 Feb, 2020
AUT's Estates team has brought in two new grounds maintenance contractors who are committed to using all electric gear where possible.
WH Building solar fins
AUT awarded for revolutionising energy
11 Dec, 2019
AUT has won the Revolutionising Energy Award at the 2019 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
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AUT's new reusable cup initiative
18 Oct, 2019
From next year, you can purchase a $3 AUT branded coffee cup and if you bring it back dirty, AUT cafes will exchange it for a clean reusable cup.
AUT Living Labs - Orakei
AUT Living Labs raised at UN
23 Sep, 2019
AUT Living Laboratories, a project to restore native forest, will be presented at the UN Climate Action Assembly in New York.
Ecologist Dr Nicola Day
Climate change report on Nature cover
23 Aug, 2019
AUT applied ecologist Dr Nicola Day has published paper on climate change in Nature which features on the cover.  

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