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Our partnerships for the Goals

13 February 2024

From the NZ Green Building Council to the Race to Zero Campaign, UC has memberships with a range national and international organisations. Check out our partnerships for the goals.




NZ Green Building Council

New Zealand Green Building Council advocates for better buildings, because better buildings mean healthier, happier Kiwis. They are New Zealand's leading sustainable building not-for-profit and represent hundreds of companies and organisations who believe they can transform the built environment. Current membership is over 700. The University of Canterbury has been a member since 2006.

Universities NZ Expert Working Group on the SDGs

The SDG Expert Working Group makes a sector contribution to New Zealand’s Voluntary National Review, a follow-up and review system for progress on the SDGs through the UN High-Level Political Forum, by delivering a coherent series of SDG Summits and supporting sustainable development work. The co-ordination of the Summits has proved beneficial in generating greater collaboration across the sector and increasing engagement with other sectors.

Aotearoa New Zealand SDGs Summits

Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summits (a signatory of the SDG Declaration) were inspired by people wanting to collaborate across sectors to drive meaningful change for the SDGs. The Summits bring together people from civil society, government, the business community, and with strong mana whenua and Pacific peoples input they have helped shape a uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand response to the SDGs. The University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Ara Institute, with support from Christchurch City Council, co-hosted the Summit in 2020-2021.

Toitū Envirocare

Toitū is a team of scientists and business experts who have come together to protect the ecological and economic future of this place. Toitū lead positive change through a system of robust environmental programmes that are internationally recognised. Toitū help businesses be more sustainable by giving them the science-based tools, actions and evidence they need to make real progress. The University of Canterbury is a Toitū carbon reduce certified organisation.




Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability

ACTS engages, empowers and exemplifies organisations working to tackle complex social, economic and environmental challenges and support meaningful change towards a more sustainable future. It is the only independent not-for-profit member-led organisation of its kind in Australasia. ACTS offers a range of programs, resources, developmental and networking opportunities for members and organisations, including a United Nations award-winning program called Green Impact designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practices within organisations. The University of Canterbury recently launched the Green Impact program on our campuses.

Australasian Universities Air Travel Consortium

The AUATC is a group of academics within New Zealand and Australian universities, founded in 2020 as a collective voice to coordinate and advise on academic flying policies and practices. The terms of reference of AUATC are to develop a network of academics from Australasian universities to address high carbon tertiary sector mobility practices, and to provide science-based air travel advice and recommendations to key system elements, regionally and internationally.

Race to Zero Campaign

Race to Zero is a UN-backed global campaign for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon future. All members are committed to accelerating the delivery of climate action. Commitments pledged under the Race to Zero campaign now cover at least two thirds of the global economy. Universities worldwide are at the forefront of efforts to understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

SDSN promotes integrated approaches to implement the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation. In 2012, the UN SDSN was launched under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN is an independent nonprofit organisation. SDSN synthesizes knowledge for sustainable development through its work on SDG pathways, data, policies, and financing. As of 2023, SDSN has over 1,800 members in 53 networks across 146 countries.


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