Sustainable Practice

Sustainability is the future, and it’s at the heart of everything we do at Central. Learn to drive lasting change and implement sustainable practices in your organisation or your life.

Central is the centre for sustainable practice. All of our programmes integrate sustainability, and our specialist programmes will inspire you to find new approaches to meeting our needs while looking after the resources and future of the earth.

Our sustainability programmes are accessible nationwide – to be truly sustainable we bring them to you through online study, block courses and short courses in many centres.

If you want to transform your business, join our Adding Sustainable Value programme. Study one of our Certificate or short courses. Or, for those wanting to lead the way, the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice will build your ability to effect change through experiences and projects in real organisations. 

We’re passionate about changing the future – join us.

PROGRAMMES

Adding Sustainable Value (Certificate in Sustainable Practice (Level 5))

  • Location varies
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 5
  • Starts on various dates
  • Apply anytime

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with block courses*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime
SHORT COURSES

Creating Living Buildings

  • Online with a block course in Christchurch, Auckland or Dunedin
  • 5 months part-time
  • Starts Auckland (OP/AUT) 23 & 24 August, 2017; Christchurch (OP/ARA) 15 & 16 August, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Better Business Buying

  • Auckland, Wellington
  • 12 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date

Better Business Reporting

  • Various
  • 11 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date

Adding Sustainable Value (Certificate in Sustainable Practice (Level 5))

  • Location varies
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 5
  • Starts on various dates
  • Apply anytime

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with block courses*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Creating Living Buildings

  • Online with a block course in Christchurch, Auckland or Dunedin
  • 5 months part-time
  • Starts Auckland (OP/AUT) 23 & 24 August, 2017; Christchurch (OP/ARA) 15 & 16 August, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Better Business Buying

  • Auckland, Wellington
  • 12 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date

Better Business Reporting

  • Various
  • 11 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date
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Tourism Holdings Ltd

"The Adding Sustainable Value programme has given THL a solid framework to fast-track our sustainability strategy and build the understanding of our team about how that will underpin our future commercial success. We prototyped the framework with Kiwi Experience, and it has been so successful that we are now rolling it out to all our other businesses. From this programme we now have a clear method to demonstrate our leadership commitment in being a responsible tourism operator."

Grant Webster
Chief Executive Officer
Tourism Holdings Ltd 

  • Amelia Smith

    The big picture for sustainability

    “I gained a much better appreciation of ‘the big picture’ and learned to look at things from a systems perspective.”

    Amelia Smith was among the first graduates from the Otago Polytechnic’s Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice, a qualification focusing on implementing sustainable practice within businesses and organisations.

    Amelia currently works as an Evaluation Advisor for EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority). She found the science based, systems focus on the course particularly useful: “This is important in my work, in evaluating the effectiveness of energy efficiency programmes.”

     

  • Sofia Robinson

    Engaging with communities

    “The ability to engage on many levels within communities and organisations is what allows systemic change to begin.”

    Having studied sustainability at Otago Polytechnic, Sophia Robinson says the inspiration programme offered a way of practically and positively working on some of the major issues facing the world today.

    The design of the programme supported the development of her skills in cross cultural and organisation engagement, skills Sophia has found very useful in her current role at Upper Hutt City Council. “In my role, I engage with stakeholders of all kinds,” she says, “from community groups, to youth organisations and governmental departments.”

  • Dave Watson

    Stronger communities

    “As more people graduate with this qualification, we build a stronger community of people who understand the language of sustainability and can apply the frameworks to any given situation.”

    Otago Polytechnic Sustainable Practice graduate Dave Watson has already been involved in projects such as setting up Auckland’s Sustainability Streets, and implementing sustainability initiatives for music and arts festival, Splore.

    Dave is in no doubt as to the effectiveness of the programme. “The Diploma has offered an effective, strategic framework for sustainability that I can apply to the businesses and community groups I work with – as well as to my own consultancy business.”

  • Kathryn McDonald

    The Adding Sustainable Value framework simplified the complex challenges presented by sustainability. The systems thinking approach unlocked potential opportunities and encouraged innovation both in terms of our own operations and the services we provide. This course is a must for any business interested in future-proofing against the challenges that lie ahead.

    Kathryn McDonald
    Environmental and Sustainability Consultant
    Opus Consultants

  • Campbell Sturrock

    Adding Sustainable Value has given me the tools to frame a sustainability conversation in our company in a way that makes sense to management. The programme has forced us to undertake an honest review of where our core business activities are currently unsustainable, and helped us set challenging goals on what ‘doing good’ would look like.

    CAMPBELL STURROCK
    Environmental and Quality Advisor
    Fulton Hogan Auckland

  • Jean Tilleyshort

    Directing Sustainability

    Jean Tilleyshort is the Director: Sustainability and leads the development and implementation of the strategic framework for sustainability at Otago Polytechnic.  

    Her key areas of this work focus on developing sustainable practitioners among staff and students, modeling sustainable practice across all Otago Polytechnic operations, encouraging communities and enterprises to embed sustainable practice, and ensuring Otago Polytechnic’s actions benefit its communities.

    "It is a privilege to live and teach in a wonderful community within an outstanding natural environment. Our aim is to ensure our systems support improvements where we need them, and to protect what we never want to change."

  • New Zealand Pharmaceuticals

    The ASV programme provided a robust framework to our fledging sustainability initiative, allowing a new level of evaluation, focus and direction. This ASV is truly value-adding for any company that is serious about sustainability.

    BRAD STEVENS

    Compliance and Improvement Manager
    New Zealand Pharmaceuticals 

  • Livestock Improvement Corporation

    Involving our senior management in the programme was ideal. The clarity of the framework was a real eye-opener for them, showing how forces of change from unsustainability presented serious challenges for our business, but also real opportunities.

    STEVE SCHOULTZ

    Sustainability Specialist
    Livestock Improvement Corporation