Strategy and plans

The University of Canterbury recognises long-term sustainability as one of the key strategic issues that will increasingly affect both the University and wider society. This thinking is linked with the University's vision of "people prepared to make a difference".

UC’s Senior Management Team adopted a Sustainability Policy in 2020. This sets out the areas that UC will focus on in order to embrace sustainability: teaching, learning and research, partnerships and operations.

A new strategy to support this work is being developed by the Sustainability Office with a new Sustainability Reference Group. This Group is facilitated by the Sustainability Advisor.

Other plans include:

  1. Cycle Plan
  2. UC Waste Plan 2019-2024
  3. Biodiversity Plan
  4. University of Canterbury Landscape Concept 2014-2022
  5. UC Sustainable Food and Drink Plan (2019-2024)
  6. Engaging Students in Sustainability  (2019-2023)

These plans, plus the

  1. University of Canterbury Transport Issues and Options 2017 document
  2. University of Canterbury Waterways – Issues and Options document

are also intended to inform UC's Campus Master Planning for Sustainability process.

See the Working Groups page for membership of current working groups involved with sustainability at UC.

Sustainability vision and values

The University of Canterbury will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a leader and model in its commitment to the principles and practices of sustainability and research, teaching and critique of sustainability in all aspects of its activities.

For a definition and discussion of what sustainability means, click here: What is sustainability??

Advancing sustainability in the tertiary education sector

The University is a member of a number of organisations and programmes related to sustainability in tertiary education, including:

  • Sustainable Tertiary Education in New Zealand (STENZ), a network of sustainability staff in all tertiary education institutions in New Zealand.
  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) - the University of Canterbury is a foundation member of ACTS and co-hosted with Lincoln University and CPIT the ACTS 2008 conference in Christchurch, October 2008. ACTS is a leading inter-institutional body advocating for best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector. Our membership also provides students and staff access to range of member only sustainability ACTS resources.