Sustainability at WITT

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Story by Ellie Khaghanikavkani

Sustainability is important at WITT, in fact it’s a Pou (pillar) in our strategic plan Te Korowai Mātauranga o Taranaki.

At WITT our sustainability journey started with adding a sustainable lens to decision making with a particular focus on long-lived investments to make sure we are Campus Ready, Region Ready, People Ready and Work Ready. Current focuses include:

  • Lifelong sustainable learning
  • Region for Energy Hub of Education
  • Working with others – our community, nationally and internationally
  • Students - including secondary schools, developing sustainable related education
  • Micro-credential courses
  • Employment outcomes and internships for students to connect in sustainable work

WITT are working closely with the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) to lower our carbon footprint as an education leader in Taranaki and participate in a low emissions future for Aotearoa.

We have embedded sustainability principles in teaching and learning in some courses by moving the course from Moodle to the iQualify platform. It is a blended learning environment, a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching, giving education access to the broader community such as full-time employees. Students have the opportunity to develop sustainability-related knowledge in their study programmes.  

We are also promoting behaviour change by focusing on sustainable transportation, and the aim is to assist in increasing the public's understanding of climate change as a life skill. WITT’s measuring sustainability action in 2021 through a staff and student survey, our "Transport Plan Feedback questionnaire," and encouraging them to use free regional bus services, carpooling, walking, or cycling whenever possible.

WITT is developing sustainability and solar courses and has invited Taranaki stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed future courses. The purpose is to identify the gaps in the courses we currently have available and industry requirements. We want to make sure WITT is offering the right skillsets and programmes needed to support the transition, and retrain individuals to work and adapt to new and existing industry.

Collaboration is key to our success in New Zealand and WITT has partnerships to address a range of sustainability issues, agreements currently in place include:

  • Waka Kotahi (Sustainability conference – co-hosted in May and for last 20 years)
  • NPDC & Talent pipeline members (Build a Bridge- Walkway access bridge)
  • Venture Taranaki (Energy action Group)
  • National Advisory Group for NZIHT – NZ School of Engineering, Energy, and Infrastructure.
  • MOU with Te Pūkenga, Energy skills Aotearoa and stakeholders (Balance Agri Nutrients, Beach Energy, Business NZ, First Gas NZ, Fonterra, Hiringa Energy, Methanex, OMV NZ, and Todd Energy)

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