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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

#1 in Climate Action

We rank #1 in New Zealand for Climate Action and Affordable Clean Energy (THE Impact rankings).

177 researchers

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

CO2 down by 28,000 tonnes

Since 2007, we have saved 28,000 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.

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Climate change is a problem we created, and it’s also a problem we can solve. If we can solve it, why be pessimistic about it? Let’s just solve it.

Dr Ilan Noy

Chair in the Economics of Disasters

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.

Discover Wellington