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What we're doing

What is sustainability, why does it matter and what are we doing?

A focus on sustainability includes ensuring present and future generations understand the principles of kaitiakitanga because they form and maintain relationships with the environments in which they live.

Kaitiakitanga is key to creating positive change because it encompasses preserving, conserving, nurturing, repairing and using environments for the present and future.

The Sustainability Office

  • Supports and co-ordinates sustainability activities across our whole University
  • Helps remove roadblocks to sustainability initiatives
  • Shares success stories, to share our learnings gained at Otago and celebrate positive change

Acting globally and locally

Our sustainability work at Otago is officially contributing to targeted global efforts and is underpinned by a strategic framework that shows how our commitment will be brought to life.

In 2015, world leaders set the world on a path to a sustainable future, adopting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This included setting the 17 Sustainable development goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, sets out the quantitative objectives across the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development – all to be achieved by 2030.

If achieved, these will mean the end to poverty, climate change and inequality in the world and ensure we are on the path to a sustainable future.

Meeting such an epic challenge needs our collective effort – and the University of Otago was the first New Zealand University to formally commit to pursuing this collective effort.

Sustainable development goals

Our strategic framework