The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is spread across four campuses in the Auckland region. Its approach to sustainability is three-pronged, focussing on transport, energy consumption and waste.
Since 2007, AUT’s Estates Group has undertaken a number of sustainable transport activities. Examples include the installation of 63 bicycles and 80 motorcycle parking spaces, and implementing pay and display at both the North Shore and Manukau campuses to disincentivise car travel.
In its attempts to become more energy efficient, the Estates Group successfully applied for a large amount of grants and loans from the Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to implement a range of energy-related initiatives. Examples include the replacement of 500 halogen lamps with LEDs, UVC treatment lamps for improving efficiency of air conditioning, and an upgrade of AUT’s check metering system. Efforts to reduce waste include large scale recycling projects, and the implementation of recommendations from an external waste audit.
The success is already evident. Recent surveys have shown a number of improvements across all three focus areas. There was a 17% increase in students using public transport to access the North Shore Campus between 2008 and 2010, and the number of staff driving to work alone at the City campus decreased by 20% between 2006 and 2012. Energy consumption per equivalent full time student dropped by 3% between 2008 and 2012. The amount of waste produced has reduced by 20%, while recycling increased by 40%, between 2009 and 2012.
Auckland University of Technology received a Judges’ Commendation in the Energy Management category and was a finalist in the Mega efficiency Impact Award of the 2013 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards.