We spend over $2.7 million a year heating, cooling and lighting our buildings. Thanks to funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, we recently completed an energy plan and audit to help us reduce our energy usage.
We're now working with EECA to make a plan to become carbon neutral.
Our other sustainability initiatives include:
- Replacing natural gas as a fuel
- Conducting trials with biofuel and carbon dioxide heat pumps
- Upgrading campus infrastructure (from light bulbs to plant equipment)
- Developing policies to promote energy efficiency
- Enacting education and awareness campaigns
- Establishing energy monitoring devices
- 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.
This work aligns with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals