Otago Polytechnics Journey Of Sustainability


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  • Otago Polytechnics Journey Of Sustainability

    1. 1. Anna Hughes, Otago Polytechnic 2009 Otago Polytechnic’s Journey of Sustainability
    2. 3. Otago Polytechnic Students 12,000 EFTS ~4000 Staff 450 full time equiv. Campuses: Dunedin & Cromwell (Central Otago) Community Learning Centres x8
    3. 5. Otago Polytechnic adopted The Natural Step Framework to ‘put their house in order’ first <ul><li>International NGO – Sweden 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Our Vision is of a sustainable human society. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Core Purpose is to develop a genuine commitment to, and competence in, sustainable development throughout society. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Develop learning organisations </li></ul>
    4. 6. New Zealand companies that have used The Natural Step Framework: <ul><li>Food & beverage e.g. Comvita, Phoenix Organics, Heinz-Watties </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism e.g Sustainable tourism in Wanaka, Central Otago, Queenstown </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers e.g. Tait Electronics, Interface NZ </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation e.g. Les Mills </li></ul><ul><li>Construction e.g. Jasmax Architects; Eden Park, University of Canterbury </li></ul><ul><li>Tertiary e.g. Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>Local govt e.g. Central Otago District, Christchurch City </li></ul>
    5. 7. <ul><li>Dr Morgan Williams NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment 1997-2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Gilliam Wratt CEO Crawthorne Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Ker CEO Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>Dr John Craig Auckland University </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Wayne Cartwright Auckland University Business School </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Lin Roberts Environmental Research Associates Ltd, Christchurch </li></ul><ul><li>Wendy McGuiness McGuiness and Associates Ltd, Wellington </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Henry Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Simon Harvey BusinessLAB Auckland </li></ul>TNS Foundation
    6. 8. Tertiary Institution 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
    7. 9. Recycling as a Priority? Sustainable? – “We don’t even recycle our milk bottles” Operations management Dealing with people, each with individual needs, desires, experience etc.
    8. 10. Retrofit B Block <ul><li>Permanent interpreted display of technologies to retrofit houses </li></ul><ul><li>40,000 in Dunedin </li></ul>
    9. 11. Transport
    10. 12. Otago Sustainability Newsletter
    11. 14. What’s Best Expo
    12. 16. 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
    13. 18. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>As a consequence sustainable practice becomes a context and a process for learning and recognised as a core capability within each discipline. </li></ul>Our goal is that every graduate may think and act as a “sustainable practitioner”.
    14. 19. <ul><li>every graduate </li></ul><ul><li>hidden curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>top down and bottom up </li></ul>
    15. 24. Examples from departments <ul><li>Design… </li></ul>
    16. 26. Role of the Designer Re-imagined
    17. 27. Integration
    18. 28. Modelling best practice
    19. 30. <ul><li>Natural Resources, Central Otago Campus… </li></ul>
    20. 31. Certificate in Sustainable Practice
    21. 33. Community links
    22. 34. <ul><li>Midwifery… </li></ul>
    23. 35. Midwifery is sustainable practice
    24. 36. Integrated, starting with BMSD107
    25. 37. Delivery
    26. 38. Engaging Community Invitation to the LivingCampus forum Community involvement in the LivingCampus is a key element of the project There are two public forums: Monday 19 th May 3.30-5.30pm D104 Wednesday 21 st May 7-9pm G106 For information on the LivingCampus project : http:// www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz / To contact the LivingCampus email: [email_address] We look forward to seeing you at the forum.
    27. 46. <ul><li>Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice </li></ul><ul><li>A business unit of Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>An incubator for sustainable practice - courses, consultancy, new thinking </li></ul>