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Plastic-free July 2018

Plastic free July drinks promotion slide

World Environment Day - 5 June 2018

World Environment Day 2018

World Water Day - 22 March 2018



Challenges and solutions to Auckland’s transport

Date: Monday 12 June
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Room 325, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building

Learn more and register here.

World Environment Day - 5 June 2017

Awareness raising around the university on transport issues in Auckland.

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World Water Day - 22 March 2017

Professor Basil Sharp is calling on New Zealand authorities to ensure that water is used wisely and economically in a new video released ahead of World Water Day on 22 March.

In the video, the Energy Centre Director delivers a reminder about the economic significance of water.

“Water is essential for the sustainability of our ecosystems.

“Auckland is likely to experience growth equivalent to three suburbs the size of Hamilton in the near future. This will require investment in infrastructure to meet demand and also to treat the waste.

“Dairy products are our primary export earner, now balance the foreign exchange earned by our primary sector against the outflow of foreign exchange that is associated with our importation of cars, petrol and so on.

“New Zealand is rightly proud of generating 80% of its electricity from renewable sources. Now the average household spends about $2,000 each year on electricity and 60% of this electricity comes from our hydro stations. Dams are like batteries and generate electricity that is a low-carbon source.

“Water is scarce in New Zealand and it has considerable economic value so let’s ensure that water is used sustainably and economically.”

Watch the video 'Water is a precious resource.'



World Water Day - 22 March 2016

Awareness raising around the university on water related issues.


World Environment Day - 5 June 2016

Awareness raising around the university on environment-related issues.



World Environment Day

We hosted a lunchtime event to celebrate World Environment Day 2015.

Topics discussed were:

  • Has New Zealand kicked the CO2 habit?
  • What is the prospect for global action on climate change?
  • Is the quality of New Zealand’s environment improving?
  • Are we responsible environmental managers?
  • Other concerns

Read the full event invite.