Anna Hughes, Otago Polytechnic 2009
Otago Polytechnic’s Journey of Sustainability
Students 12,000EFTS ~4000
Staff 450 full time equiv.
Campuses: Dunedin & Cromwell (Central Otago)
Community Learning Centres x8
Otago Polytechnic Education for Sustainability Strands
Otago Polytechnic adopted The Natural Step Framework
to ‘put their house in order’ first
• International NGO – Sweden 1988
Our Vision is of a sustainable human society.
Our Core Purpose is to develop a genuine commitment to,
and competence in, sustainable development throughout society.
• Strategic approach• Scientific consensus• Develop learning organisations
New Zealand companies that have used
The Natural Step Framework:
• Food & beverage e.g. Comvita, Phoenix Organics, Heinz-Watties
• Tourism e.g Sustainable tourism in Wanaka, Central Otago, Queenstown
• Manufacturers e.g. Tait Electronics, Interface NZ• Recreation e.g. Les Mills • Construction e.g. Jasmax Architects; Eden Park, University of
Canterbury • Tertiary e.g. Otago Polytechnic
• Local govt e.g. Central Otago District, Christchurch City
• Dr Morgan Williams NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment 1997-2007
• Dr Gilliam Wratt CEO Crawthorne Research Institute
• Phil Ker CEO Otago Polytechnic
• Dr John Craig Auckland University
• Dr Wayne Cartwright Auckland University Business School
• Dr Lin Roberts Environmental Research Associates Ltd, Christchurch
• Wendy McGuiness McGuiness and Associates Ltd, Wellington
• Steve Henry Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice
• Simon Harvey BusinessLAB Auckland
Operations management view?
Inputs and Outputs – can apply to an individual, organisation, society…
Other strands:Transport – to/from campus
Good examples: Harvard, Colorado, etc
The Polytech does not exist in a vacuum…Community, City, Country
Recycling as a Priority?
Sustainable? – “We don’t even recycle our milk bottles”
Dealing with people, each with individual needs, desires, experience etc.
Retrofit B Block
• Permanent interpreted display of technologies to retrofit houses
• 40,000 in Dunedin
Otago Sustainability Newsletter
What’s Best Expo
Otago Futures Forum
Engage key Otago organisations
Get Councils to communicate
Step back and look at the bigger picture
Develop a vision and a framework for achieving it
Educators must take a lead in sustainability so that our graduates can be encouraged and supported to promote sustainable practices in their chosen career. This can primarily be achieved by fostering education for sustainability in all our qualifications and by re-visioning and changing our approach to teaching and learning to model a transformative context for all learners.
As a consequence sustainable practice becomes a context and a process for learning and recognised as a core capability within each discipline.
Our goal is that every graduate may think and act as a “sustainable practitioner”.
• every graduate
• hidden curriculum
• top down and bottom up
Examples from departments
Role of the Designer Re-imagined
Modelling best Modelling best practicepractice
• Natural Resources, Central Otago Campus…
Certificate in Certificate in Sustainable PracticeSustainable Practice
Community linksCommunity links
Midwifery is Midwifery is sustainable practicesustainable practice
Integrated, starting Integrated, starting with BMSD107with BMSD107
Invitation to the LivingCampus forum
Community involvement in the LivingCampus is a key element of the project
There are two public forums:Monday 19th May 3.30-5.30pm D104Wednesday 21st May 7-9pm G106
For information on the LivingCampus project: http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz/To contact the LivingCampus email: [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at the forum.
Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice
• A business unit of Otago Polytechnic
• An incubator for sustainable practice - courses, consultancy, new thinking