Wellington from above.

Explore sustainability

Sustainability is an urgent global issue. Our vision to be a zero-carbon university by 2030 is reflected in our research, our campuses, and our work with partners around the world.

Sustainable at our heart

#36 in the world

We rank highly in the Times Higher Education impact rankings, based on the UN Sustainability Development Goals.

177 researchers

We have 177 researchers undertaking work with significant contribution to sustainable development.

CO2 down by 23,000 tonnes

Since 2007, we have saved 23,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by our sustainable practices.

Study options for sustainable thinkers

Victoria University of Wellington has a strong reputation for research and teaching in climate change and environmental science. Yet, sustainable thinking is important in everything we do—from data capture to tourism to design. You can choose to study sustainability across a wide range of disciplines to make the world a better place.

Professor James Renwick

Everything we thought we knew about the climate is changing everywhere. To adapt, we will need technological solutions, policy solutions, and leaders who can motivate individuals to take action.

Professor James Renwick

Climate scientist and head of the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Wellington Harbour

Wellington is a clean, green city

Wellington is renowned for its fresh air and outdoor spaces. You are never more than a few minutes away from its scenic harbour, waterfront, beaches, forests, and coastlines.

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