SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

First University in NZ to add electric vehicles to our fleet

Professionally accredited Bachelor of Environmental Planning degree

Working side-by-side with local government on sustainable infrastructure initiatives

We are proud to be the home of some of New Zealand’s leading academics who are championing change and helping to fundamentally shift the way we design, live in and get around our growing cities. These include our urban planning experts, our psychologists and other social scientists all exploring the issue through a different lens. Our infrastructure experts in the School of Engineering are also making a significant contribution to the built environment of tomorrow, under the leadership of experts who embrace creativity and know the importance of close engagement with our communities. We also take sustainable transport seriously in our own operations, incentivising and educating our people to support a shift in the choices they make every day.

Some things we are especially proud of

Our Kamai Shuttle provides a free, daily service for staff and students between our campuses in Tauranga and Hamilton.

We held sessions on campus in conjunction with Hamilton City Council to progress Uni Link, an exciting project which will result in a dedicated cycleway between our campus and the Hamilton CBD.

Over 50% of our vehicle fleet is nil or low emission and we have 9 electric vehicle charging stations.

We have 1,300 bike spaces and our staff and students get 30% off bus travel with Busit.

We offer popular degree programmes in environmental planning and environmental engineering.

We welcome the public on our campus grounds, offer walking sculpture tours and free access to our libraries and Art Gallery.

We host events year-round that are free to our communities to attend including lunchtime music recitals. We also partner with others to host large-scale outdoor events like Balloons Over Waikato.

SDGs serve as inspiration for design students

Our recent cohort of Bachelor of Design students were asked to focus their final assessments around the Sustainable Development Goals. Representing students from all majors (communication design, interface design, media design and industrial design) the projects ranged from an app to help children learn about recycling, an exquisitely designed photo book showcasing bush walks in our region and a creative solutions to combatting our reliance on ‘fast fashion’.


Preferential parking on campus for ride-sharing

To incentivise ride-sharing, the University provides preferential parking at optimal locations around its Hamilton campus through a scheme called RideLink. The web-based system helps match students or staff for either regular ridesharing as well as one-off trips like going home for the holidays.

Iain White

Championing the ‘20 minute city' for New Zealand

Professor Iain White has been working with local and central authorities to develop a concept called the ‘20 Minute City’, challenging decision-makers to adopt a more transformative approach to post-pandemic infrastructure investment. The concept has been embraced in many other parts of the world and is essentially about putting the right kinds of infrastructure in the right places - good pedestrian access and high connectivity, safe cycle lanes, and joined up planning that aims to better link people with the facilities they use.


Tackling our transport issues at the core

Our Transport Research Group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to finding sustainable transport solutions for New Zealand, help overcome policy barriers to support the transition to electric vehicles, influence decision makers and nurture more sustainable mindsets and behaviours. They're looking closely at a range of issues including public perceptions around autonomous vehicle technologies and changes to in-vehicle technology.

Ashleigh's journey in environmental engineering

Ashleigh Dick is blazing a trail in environmental innovation and after recently graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) she secured a role with multinational consultancy Stantec.  Hailing from Warkworth, she is passionate about protecting the environment and believes we should take a holistic view of society to be effective at helping the planet survive.