Media Release: Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice
Splore Sustainability Manager Dave Watson
Now in its fourth year, Otago Polytechnic’s Graduate Programmes in Sustainable Practice is providing New Zealand companies, organisations and a variety of projects with graduates qualified in implementing sustainable practice.
Many of the programme’s first students are now working in areas where they can apply frameworks for strategic sustainable development to work towards real solutions to real issues.
Amelia Smith (Graduate 2011) is an Evaluation Advisor for EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) who in her spare time works as Head of Community and Content for Do Good Jobs (NZ) – New Zealand’s number 1 ethical jobs network. Jennifer Nickel (Graduate 2012) goes to work each day to help reduce the environmental impacts of the dairy industry in her role as an Environmental Advisor at Fonterra while Sofia Robinson (Graduate 2012) works as a Community Development Advisor for the Upper Hutt City Council. Dave Watson (Graduate 2013) is a Sustainability Consultant at the Change Collective and has been involved in projects such as setting up Auckland’s Sustainability Streets, and implementing sustainability initiatives for music and arts festival, Splore.
Collectively the graduates agree the programme was inspirational and offered a way of practically and positively working on some of the major issues facing the world today. Mr Watson says the programme has had the ongoing benefit of developing a dynamic community of practitioners across the country.
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