Sustainable Futures

Integrating sustainability across EIT

The push to integrate sustainable activities across EIT – in practice, teaching research and relationships – is being led by Professor Natalie Waran, the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science and Chair of One Welfare along with Jo Blakeley, Director of Academic and Student Services.

The One Welfare project at EIT is interdisciplinary, breaking down traditional silos, provoking debate and discussion to provide new approaches and ways of thinking that will contribute to the development of a healthy, productive and sustainable region.

Log cabin

Dr Mazin Bahho, who teaches spatial and 3D design at EIT’s IDEAschool, has spent some years retrofitting an existing log cabin on EIT’s Taradale campus.

The site has strong historical, cultural and spiritual associations with the local Māori community and was chosen by Mazin to become an exemplar for sustainable building practices and the basis for his PhD.

Learning in nature project

In 2018 EIT was announced as a corporate guardian of the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity group. In the same week, the Learning in Nature project brought together environmental educators from around the country to explore ways to incorporate education outdoors into an innovative learning environment.

EIT partnered with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Air New Zealand Environment Trust to organise this initial workshop.

HB growth study

EIT’s School of Business is collaborating with Hawke’s Bay Business, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and local authorities in progressing a study of growth industries in Hawke’s Bay.

The study, which encompasses the views of a wide range of business leaders in Hawke’s Bay and covers a broad range of industry sectors, began in April 2016, spearheaded by EIT deputy chief executive Mark Oldershaw and Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley.