We spend over $2 million a year, heating, cooling and lighting our buildings. We have recently completed our Energy Plan and energy audit, which sets goals for energy and carbon reduction. This has been possible with funding assistance from EECA.
Other sustainability initiatives currently being undertaken include: upgrading campus infrastructure from light bulbs to plant equipment, developing policies to promote energy efficiency, enacting education and awareness campaigns, establishing energy monitoring devices, and engaging in peer review processes.
Our Student Centre (Te Manawa) was the first 5 star rated green building in the Waikato. Features include: 72 photo-voltaic panels on the roof, energy-generating lifts which create energy for the building, sophisticated lighting and heating controls, and solar heating of water. The carpet, ceiling tiles, and furniture have been produced with as much recycled content as possible. Rainwater collected from the roof is recycled through the toilets.