The UC Sustainability Office is an on-campus hub for individuals and groups interested in how they can create positive change and promote sustainable practices within the University of Canterbury and wider community. The Sustainability Office organizes events, communicates pathways for change, promotes sustainability and supports a network of individuals and working groups across campus and wider community. We are a resource for staff, students and the wider community who want to connect with sustainable-minded others and create change in their own lives and spaces.

UC Sustainability Office roles are:

  • To help people see how sustainability relates to their area of work, research, studies and their wider lives.
  • To act as a catalyst for the University in pursuing its charter intentions regarding sustainability and environmental leadership.
  • To foster a culture of people prepared to make a difference in creating socio-ecologically sustainable societies.
  • To value, recognise and reward people for sustainable efforts and participation.

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Komiti Toitū | Sustainability Committee

The purpose of the Komiti Toitū | Sustainability Committee is to promote Sustainability in University of Canterbury curriculum and research. Membership is for a two-year term.

Current membership of the Committee:

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sustainability (ex-officio, Chair)
Dr Matt Morris Sustainability Advisor (ex-officio)
Professor Bronwyn Hayward Faculty of Arts representative
Dr Joya Kemper Faculty of Business representative
Dr Veronica O’Toole Faculty of Education representative
Dr Ricardo Bello Mendoza Faculty of Engineering representative
Associate Professor Arindam Basu Faculty of Health representative
Associate Professor Andrew Simpson Faculty of Law representative
Professor Sally Gaw Faculty of Science representative
Associate Professor Travis Horton Academic representative of Academic Board
Professor Annick Masselot Academic representative of Academic Board
Asher Hermann UCSA representative
Ashley Gutteridge UCSA representative
Matthew Scobie Māori Interests representative
TBA Pasifika Interests representative 
Committee Secretary Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Sustainability Programme Board

The purpose of the Board provides advice and insights on current campus projects concerned with Sustainability.  Membership is based on the skillset required for each project. Membership is for a two-year term.

Current membership of the Board:

Name Position
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sustainability (Chair)
Elizabeth Brown Ngāi Tūāhuriri Representative
Professor Markus Milne Air Travel representative
Associate Professor David Evison Carbon reduction representative
Dr Edward Challies Water representative
Rob Oudshoorn Facilities Management representative
Steve Frodsham Industry Partnerships representative
Michael Oulsnam IT representative
Aaria Rolleston Student representative
In Attendance   
Dr Matt Morris  Sustainability Advisor
Nick Hughes Asset Operations Manager
Committee Secretary Sustainability Projects Coordinator