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Otago Polytechnic

  SBC Associate Member
  https://www.op.ac.nz/
Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic has adopted a commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ as one of our key organisational values.

We take sustainability seriously. It’s one of our core values, and shapes everything we do, from our operations and teaching, to our engagement with businesses, communities and other institutions. Our goal is for every student to graduate with the skills and knowledge to become sustainable practitioners in their chosen fields

OP’s vision for sustainability includes:

  • Developing a framework to ensure we meet our sustainability objectives
  • Exploring the challenges, and asking the hard questions
  • Turning vision into practice by ‘walking the talk’
  • Focusing on student engagement by weaving sustainable practice into all our programmes
  • Making long-term sustainability goals to work towards

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Otago Polytechnic hosts the Regional Centre of Expertise: Otago which was recently (Jan 2020) awarded UNU status as a member of the global education for sustainability initiative. To date we have established over 65 partnerships in the Otago region across areas such as education, tourism, local government (Mayoral representation), water quality, local iwi (bi-cultural connection).

As part of OP's strategic direction - we have embedded sustainability and sustainable practice into all strands of our curriculum.

Our cafe was the first in Dunedin to introduce a ban on disposable cups.  We only serve drinks in keep cups or crockery (which was purchased from second hand shops).

Our Sustainable Practice Advisor works on several initiatives to engage staff and learners in changing mindset and personal practice.  There are several workshops a year held to educate and engage our community on better living.

OP is a living Campus.  We have a number of fruit trees and vegetable gardens around Campus which we share with our local community, thus placing emphasis not only on environmental sustainability but social sustainability also.