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Going Green

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What are we doing at UoW to green up?

  • We have an Environmental Policy and an Environmental Sustainability Committee.

  • We are working on a sustainability plan, a waste plan, and an energy plan (2013).

  • The Student Centre is a showcase for sustainability with Green 5 star rating.

  • The solar panels on the Student Centre (Te Manawa) currently produce enough power (on a sunny day) to equivalently run all of the computers in Te Manawa.

  • Sustainability and environment feature in almost 80 papers, across 20 areas taught at the University.

  • Computers are gifted to schools and recycled through Hewlett Packard. The University earns carbon credits through HP.

  • Cell phone batteries are recovered, as are small batteries.

  • Furniture and carpet is donated to schools and community groups.

  • A BMS (Building Management System) controls 70% of building's energy and lighting. 95% of lecture theatres are on timers for air conditioning and lighting.

  • We have reduced paper by 29% in the last two years.

  • Copier paper is made from elemental chlorine free pulp (ECF).  The paper mill has ISO 14001 environmental accreditation, and the paper carries the FSC chain of Custody certification.

  • We signed the commitment to the UN Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions.

  • We have a community garden and green living roofs on two buildings.

  • We are planning to trial a series of organic waste diversion systems on campus this year.

  • 'The Faculty of Worms' diverts 3 tonnes of food waste a year.

  • Oranga Lake remediation project - nearly 800 pest fish removed, and almost 2000 native plants put in, 1600 cubic metres of silt removed, and a maori rongoa garden created.