About sustainability

Sustainability is more than effective use of resources, and minimising energy and waste. It underpins how we live, how we do business and how we operate socially, culturally, technically and economically.

Sustainability Snapshot 2019

Sustainability is an integral part of our operations, and we aim to make more efficient use of resources, reduce our waste and energy, and enhance our environmental performance.

Download our 2019 Sustainability Snapshot.


  • We were the first university in NZ to add electric vehicles to our fleet. Over 50% of our fleet is nil or low emission, with 16 pure electric and 74 hybrids. We drove 1,793,979km in our fleet cars in 2019.
  • We have 9 electric vehicle charge stations on campus.
  • Staff and students get 30% off bus travel with Busit.
  • We have 1,300 bike spaces.
  • We flew 28,171,036km.
  • Re-Cycle fixes, sells and rents cheap refurbished bikes and gifted 8 to the Red Cross(see Eco Campus).


  • We recycled 30 tonnes of paper, 36 tonnes of cardboard, 32 tonnes of metal and steel, over 42 tonnes of glass, and 330kg of lights and fluorescent tubes.
  • Copier paper is made from elemental chlorine free pulp (ECF). The paper mill has ISO 14001 environmental accreditation, and carries the FSC chain of custody certification.
  • We sent 1,472 ITC items for recycling.
  • We produced around 370 tonnes of waste to landfill.
  • Across the University we recycled/reused or gifted 400 pieces of furniture, to staff, students and the community. (FurniCycle)

Our footprint

  • We consumed 14,392,116kW of electricity.
  • Our gas usage was 36,516GJ.
  • Our carbon emissions were approximately 7,300 tonnes CO2e.
  • A Building Management System (BMS) controls 70% of our buildings' energy and lighting. 95% of lecture theatres are on timers for air conditioning and lighting.
  • We used 153,018kl of water (153,018,000 litres).
  • We are a partner on the Waikato Wellbeing Project.
  • Eco Campus engaged over 500 people, and held 18 sustainability events and workshops.