Professor Bruce McKenzie

Lincoln only New Zealand university in sustainability rankin

by Mike Isle

For the second consecutive year, Lincoln is the only New Zealand university ranked in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings, which measure sustainability. Lincoln’s ratio of sustainability courses amongst its total courses, and its sustainability-related publications and events earned top scores.

Lincoln University acting vice-chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, said the ranking reflected the importance Lincoln placed on sustainability throughout its courses, as well as on campus.

“We have specific courses, which focus completely on the issue, such as Sustainable Futures, and it features in environmental studies, but it is also part of tourism and many other areas.

“We have also initiated a University Centre of Research Excellence called Sustainable Tourism for Regions, Communities and Landscapes, and sustainability will be integral in another new University Centre of Research Excellence, Designing Future Productive Landscapes, so it is also a focus of our research.”

Professor McKenzie said the university also has a Sustainability Action Group for our Environment (SAGE), responsible for ensuring that the “university treads lightly on the earth”.

It looks at areas such as energy conservation, water management and resource recovery on campus.

“We want to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to ensure a bright and prosperous future, and to make sure they are capable of dealing with any issues they could be confronted with,” he said.