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About us

We believe in the power of positive change to create a world we all want to live in

We can be the ones to make the change, because we have to be

Let’s make it happen!

Otago was the first New Zealand University to sign the international SDG Accord pursuing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, in 2018

We aspire to become a recognised centre of excellence for sustainability, in practice and research.

We will be bold, integrating sustainability principles and practices across all our campuses and throughout all our activities.

Achieving institution-wide cultural change towards sustainability is dependent on leadership across all levels of the University. 

Our graduates should emerge with the skills, knowledge and experience to be champions for sustainability throughout their lives.

We must work together, celebrate progress where staff and students are already leading the way, and challenge others to consider how sustainability connects to their work, can enhance their practices, and how they can contribute personally to our sustainability transition.

Winner of the Sustainable Campus section of the Green Gown Awards in 2018

This initiative aims to shrink the University’s carbon footprint by a third by 2020 and propel the campus more than halfway towards being zero carbon:

Our journey

Our Sustainability Strategic Framework: 2017 – 2021 outlines how Otago will bring its sustainability commitment to life.

The strategy is an evolving document – accompanied by an annual plan – to ensure the University not only achieves quick wins but is taking the critical steps needed to tackle the most significant sustainability challenges, including climate change.

Our Sustainability Strategic Framework 2017–2021 (PDF)