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Sustainability at Otago

Welcome to Sustainability @ Otago, a portal for all information relating to sustainable management of the University’s land, buildings, energy, transport, waste and all matters related to the day-to-day running of one of the largest universities in New Zealand.

The size of a small city, the University consumes vast resources, occupies a large area of land and buildings in four centres, and accommodates over 27,000 students and staff; therefore, sustainability is a high priority to improve efficiency, set an example to the community and ensure that the University continues to educate generations of young people and produce high quality, valued research long into the future.

This website is a joint initiative of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) and Property Services and is closely tied to the Campus Master Plan – a 20-year vision for the sustainable development of the University. For the University of Otago to become more sustainable, we need to reduce the amount of resources we all consume and be aware of where our food, energy and materials come from and what waste is created. We also need to consider how our behaviour affects the quantity of resources consumed. Sustainability is becoming an integral part of how the University is managed day to day, and in planning for future growth.

On this site you’ll find details of our policies and practices, and advice and regular updates on new initiatives. Check out our News and Events page (coming soon), and our helpful Tips for Acting Sustainably around campus and at home.

The Teaching and Research page provides a full list of the courses and papers at Otago that have some relevance to sustainability, if you’re interested in the environment and sustainable management as a career path or component of your course. We hope you find this website useful.

Please contact us at our email address or on Facebook or Twitter if you have news and events or great ideas and material to share.


© Environmental Sustainability Committee
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Tel 64 3 479 7986
Fax 64 3 479 7584