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Sustainability policy and plans

18 October 2023

UC recognises long-term sustainability as one of the key strategic issues that will increasingly affect the University and wider society. This thinking is linked with our vision of 'people prepared to make a difference'. Find out more about UC's sustainability policy and plans.


Download the UC Sustainability Policy

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Download the UC Sustainability Plan 2022-2030

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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.


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