Sustainability at Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to implementing sustainable practices on campus, and contributing solutions to critical economic, social and environmental problems.

Lynda Johnston

Lynda Johnston

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Sustainability

Kia ora!

We aim to raise awareness of sustainability among staff, students and the wider community, and encourage responsible use of resources via research, operational practices, partnerships, teaching and learning.

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underpin all of our activities. This is recognised by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings - the first of its kind attempting to demonstrate the contribution of institutions towards the advancement of humanity.

Out of 1117 institutions from 94 countries, the University of Waikato ranked in the 101-200 bracket overall, and within the top 100 institutions against two of the SDGs assessed.

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), rank: 35 (up 27 places since 2020)
  • Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), rank: 57=

We are a member of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and are part of the Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand SDGs Expert Working Group.

The University of Waikato uses the power of our research and our people to make significant, positive contributions on both a local and global scale. Yet, there is much more to do.

We invite you to get involved.

Our partners

Hamilton City CouncilWaikato Regional CouncilACTSWaikato Wellbeing ProjectEECA


Green Gown Awards 2017 Winner Green Gown Awards 2016 Winner