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Otago Polytechnic staff and students will participate in the Strike 4 Climate on Friday 27 September.

Climate strike organisers have asked individuals and organisations to join with school students in making their voices heard on the issue – and Otago Polytechnic has risen to the challenge.

Chief Executive Phil Ker says that supporting the cause is a no-brainer.

“Otago Polytechnic’s vision is that our people make a better world – and doing our part to fight to curb the practices that lead to climate change is a vital aspect of this vision.”

“Sustainability is a key value at Otago Polytechnic. We have embedded the concept of sustainable practice through both our curriculum development and campus development over the past decade; we are a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition; and we have a wide range of strong environmental partnerships.”

Otago Polytechnic is leading the charge to establish a United Nations Centre of Expertise for Sustainability in Otago – RCE Otago – which will focus on the following issues, all aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Quality education
  • Water quality, availability, use and efficiency
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable cities and towns
  • Partnerships and collaboration

Otago Polytechnic staff and students are encouraged to congregate in The Quad (outside The Hub) from 11am on Friday 27 September. From there, they will walk up to the University’s Union Lawn and march into The Octagon with university students.

Otago Polytechnic Student Association President Nathan Laurie says he is excited to see tertiary students and staff band together to make a stand against the factors that contribute to climate change.

“As students we’re trying to build our futures – but right now it seems like we’re building on shaky ground. It’s encouraging to have the support of Otago Polytechnic’s leadership team and staff as we fight for a better future.”

Sustainability at OP

Otago Polytechnic leads and supports a wide range of sustainability initiatives.

  • Our students have the opportunity to do sustainability related projects in many of our programmes, and are currently working on projects that include sustainable fashion, soft plastics recycling, electric vehicle servicing and large-scale composting
  • Otago Polytechnic is Fair Trade-accredited
  • We are a partner of Predator Free Dunedin
  • We host Dunedin’s Wildlife Hospital
  • Our Eden Café is a recognised leader in waste minimisation
  • Our Te Pā Tauira Student Village won a Green Building Excellence award
  • We support community initiatives such as WasteJam
  • Our students have the opportunity to undertake innovative learning such as Bachelor of Leadership for Change
  • We have electric cars and shared bicycles on our fleet
  • We have been nominated for two 2019 Green Gown Awards

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Published on 4 Sep 2019

Orderdate: 4 Sep 2019
Expiry: 31 Oct 2019