Internal networks and initiatives

Find out about and connect with staff and students working together to take action in our faculties and service divisions.

Campus Life initiatives

Campus Life's Commercial Services team have their own Sustainability Group, chaired by Jess Lancaster. The group focuses on inspiring sustainability consciousness within their team and promoting sustainable operations at conferences, events and throughout their department.

Current projects include:

  • Internal monthly newsletters with tips and ideas for sustainable suppliers
  • Developing a sustainability checklist for event managers
  • Working with the Sustainability and Environment team to introduce compost bins at events
  • Hosting a composting workshop for their team

Accommodation Services runs an annual 'Green Your Room' challenge for students living in residential halls. The voluntary initiative had 43 percent participation in 2016 compared with 25 percent in 2015.
Contact Jess.

Faculty of Science Sustainability Network

This network was established in 2015 and comprises staff from across the faculty who are working on projects to progress our commitment to both environmental sustainability and positive, equitable human relationships.

It is a non-hierarchical structure with projects generated by members. It crosses disciplinary boundaries, brings professional and academic staff together, and provides opportunities for staff at all levels to lead innovative practice.

The network currently has 86 members, and a core working group with representatives from across the faculty. It is coordinated by Niki Harré who was appointed as Associate Dean Sustainability in March 2015.

The network aims to inspire a sustainability culture that will be evident throughout faculty practices and to our stakeholders.

Current projects include:

  • Sustainable laboratories: The members of this group are lab managers who are focusing on sustainable practice, including recycling and reducing water and energy use
  • Sustainable purchasing: This group has investigated the most sustainable options offered by preferred suppliers as well as plastic reduction and recycling
  • Compost bins: Based on a Psychology model, this group has introduced composting to all the staff tearooms in the Science Centre, Biology Building and to the science staff tearooms at the Tamaki campus
  • Teaching case-study: This group has developed an interdisciplinary teaching case-study on the global clothing industry that is being taught by Psychology, Chemistry and Sociology staff
    Contact Niki.

Operational Advisory Groups

In some areas where staff responsibilities align closely with sustainability commitments, advisory groups have been established to bring together, support and enhance the contributions they make to operations.

Examples are the Energy Advisory Group, with members from Property Services, ITS and Procurement. Another is the Waste and Cleaning Advisory Group, based around facilities staff and including others.

The groups meet monthly to discuss operational and management challenges, and identify and action opportunities for improvement.


Russell Baillie
Energy Manager
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87877

Phil Kirkham
Campus Operations Manager
Property Services
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89624

Faculty of Arts Sustainability Group

This group aims to increase contribution within the Faculty of Arts towards attaining the sustainability objectives in the University's Strategic Plan.

It is currently led by Academic Services Coordinator Nazhat Saleem and Group Services Administrator Adrianna Yiu.

The group collaborates on sustainability initiatives, and engages and informs Faculty of Arts members about sustainability best practices.  

Current projects include:

  • Creating an online sustainability toolkit with tips on saving energy, reducing waste, and repurposing obsolete items
  • Running a stall at Arts Orientation to educate new students about sustainability and recycling on campus
  • Adding compost bins to staff and postgraduate common rooms and kitchens
  • Incorporating tips for sustainable practice at work on the faculty digital display screens
  • Re-equipping staff offices with recycling facilities after building relocations
  • Setting up a book recycling station in the Human Sciences Building student hub
    Contact Nazhat or Adrianna.

Help Green our Uni

Help Green our Uni is for students interested in reducing the University’s environmental footprint. Members get involved in hands-on projects that contribute towards reducing energy, water and waste generated on campus. The volunteer network is coordinated by Charlotte Blythe from the sustainability and environment team.

Current projects include:

  • Delivering the university’s recycling programme to faculties
  • Overseeing waste management at small and large events
  • Labelling outdoor bins around the City Campus
  • Organising winter tree planting trips to help offset carbon emissions
  • Running interactive activities during Orientation, Eco Fest and Courses and Careers Day

More information

Help Green our Uni on Facebook
Contact Charlotte.

Business School Sustainability Programme

This programme aims to engage and inspire students about the role of business in society, providing opportunities for them to hear from and talk to business, community and political leaders. It also aspires to play a convening role, bringing together business leaders, researchers, policy-makers and civil society to find ways to solve the complex challenges ahead.

Projects include:

  • Holding a Research Symposium to showcase sustainability research in the faculty
  • Running the inaugural Business School Sustainability Week in April 2016
  • Ensuring a foundation of sustainability teaching in all core courses, and pathways for students to pursue sustainability topics in the majors

More information

Robert O’Neill
Programme Leader
Faculty of Business and Economics