Take Action

Take action

We can all contribute to a healthier planet at University and at home. Take a look at these sustainability tips, free resources and useful websites.

  • Start a veggie or herb garden at home, and a compost or worm farm.
  • Get free vegetables by planting the seeds from your groceries, such as pumpkin.
  • Re-grow vegetables from the supermarket such as spring onions and leeks by putting the ends in some water to re-root, and planting them in the ground.
  • Build your own greenhouse by putting a snap-lock bag over your planter pot.
  • Plant stuff for bees and birds to feed on all year.
  • Check out Go Eco for workshops and tips.

What is the University doing?

On campus, we have three lakes, 2,500 mature trees, a fernery, a threatened plant garden, and three community gardens.

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  • Buy local whenever you can.
  • Support the Hamilton Farmers' Market.
  • Eat less meat - it takes a lot more energy to produce than other types of protein.
  • Carpool or ride your bike to work.
  • Work or study from home when it suits.
  • Buy or rent a cheap bike from Re-Cycle.

What is the University doing?

  • We encourage staff and students to rideshare, use public forms of transport, and take advantage of our video-conferencing facilities wherever possible.
  • University of Waikato students and staff get a 30% discount on all bus fares when they get a BUSIT card.
  • We were the first New Zealand university to add electric vehicles to our fleet.

More on transport

  • Energy is still used by appliances and electronics when they are turned off but still plugged in to a power outlet. You could save $100 a year by turning all your devices off at the wall (except for the fridge of course!)
  • Turn the lights off when you’re not in the room – that’s about 10% of your electricity bill.
  • Enable energy saving on computers and printers.
  • Insulate your house
  • Use draft stoppers
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs

What is the University doing?

  • 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 have 72 photovoltaic cells on the Student Centre.

More on energy

  • If you need to print, go for double-sided in black and white. For lecture slides, go to 8 slides per page.
  • Reduce the margins and font size.
  • Type lecture/meeting notes instead of writing them on paper – this saves time and paper and makes them easier to edit later.
  • Opt out of paper billing, and pay your bills online.
  • Put a 'no junk mail' sticker on your letterbox.

What is the University doing?

  • We use vegetable based or edible ink for all printing.
  • Our copier paper is made from elemental chlorine free pulp (ECF) and is FSC Forest Stewardship Council approved.
  • Join Eco Campus workshops (at the Wellbeing Hub) to learn new skills in up-cycling.
  • Repair or make your own clothes and accessories.
  • Buy second-hand at the Rewind shop by Hospice Waikato on the Hamilton Campus.
  • Get your bike repaired at Re-Cycle, instead of buying a new one.
  • Avoid single use plastics.
  • Bring your own re-usable coffee mug and get 50 cents off your hot drink on campus.
  • Bring your own reusable bag for shopping.
  • Ditch the plastic water bottles and bring your own reusable one. There are also 100 fresh drinking fountains all over campus.
  • Compost or worm farm your organic waste.

What is the University doing?

  • We have installed 100 indoor recycling stations on campus.
  • There are glass, cans, plastics (1, 2 and 5) and paper recycling trays in every office and lecture theatre.

More on waste

  • The average single flush loo uses 11 litres for a full flush. A house with 3 people, flushes about 15 times a day - that's over 60,000 litres a year. A modern dual flush toilet can reduce the amount of water by half.
  • If you run a big hot bath, it will cost you $1.54 a time, more than triple the 40c cost of a five-minute shower.
  • Report dripping taps, running toilets or urinals.

What is the University doing?

  • We are part of Hamilton City Council’s water saving programme, Smart Water.
  • We recycle water in the Student Centre for the toilets.
  • For the campus gardens, we plant species that need less water.
  • We carefully manage the water quality of our lakes.

More on our lakes

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Get involved

Eco Campus Waikato is our sustainability engagement and education space on campus.

Join workshops and other pop up events! Located inside the Wellbeing Hub.

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