Description/achievement of initiative
The University of Waikato has an essential role to play in the promotion and pursuit of sustainability, through education, teaching and research, and the implementation of sustainable initiatives on campus. We strive to model a working example of sustainability in action.The University of Waikato also values supporting and collaborating with communities, business and leaders in their work towards sustainability.The University has already committed to a number of environmental sustainability initiatives, including a travel plan, an environmental policy, and a 5-star green rated student centre. In addition, we are committed to a number of environmental objectives and projects during 2012-2105.We conduct regular audits on our carbon emissions, waste production, travel, and energy use.The University of Waikato, in demonstrating its commitment to sustainability will undertake to: Develop a Sustainability Plan from 2012Complete a Waste Minimisation and Management Strategy by the end 2012Develop an Environmental Purchasing Policy for suppliers to adhere to, 2013Publish a Green Events Guide & Eco Booklet for Campus by 2014Investigate sustainability forming a key part of curriculum across all disciplines, 2014Develop an Energy Plan, 2014Consider sustainability principles in planning, research and operationsEngage the community in awareness and education of sustainability concepts
We will also consider the following for potential:Collaboration with local and regional councils on organic waste minimisation for our region, 2013Hosting a Leadership/Maori Sustainability conference in 2014 to coincide with the University's 50th anniversary celebrationsCreating an Eco Hub on campus, open to the public, showcasing eco efficiencies and research in sustainability, 2015The University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor's office strongly supports these initiatives which will be driven by the University's Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator, and Environmental Policy Committee.
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Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The University of Waikato