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New Zealand-India Sustainability Challenge.

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Themes and Criteria

Find an environmental or social problem on your campus or the surrounding community, and work with your team to find an innovative sustainable practice to solve it.

Base your project on one of these themes:

  • Access to clean drinking water
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Multicultural/inter-faith sustainability
  • Environmental education
  • Sustainable lifestyle
  • Waste management
  • Agriculture

Your team will be judged on how innovative, feasible and scalable your sustainable solution is.  

Enter competition

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  • Entries close: 8 August 2017
  • Announcement of teams shortlisted for regional rounds: 16-21 August 2017
  • Regional rounds for selecting six Indian finalist teams: September 2017
  • Nominations for New Zealand students’ participation: 1-15 September 2017
  • New Zealand competition participants in India: 25 November- 9 December 2017
  • Finale in Bengaluru: 8 December 2017
  • Winners to intern in New Zealand: Feb/March 2018
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Sustainability is an important focus for universities in New Zealand.

Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – features in a wide range of programmes, including agriculture, architecture, building science, engineering, forestry and sociology.

New Zealand’s hands-on, practical style of learning also offers new ways of tackling the sustainability challenges of the future.

Students who study in New Zealand have the freedom to think for themselves, ask questions and come up with their own ideas and solutions.

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Stages of the competition

  • Stage 1: Register

    • Form a team of two students and a faculty mentor from your institution to mentor your team.

    • Choose a theme and identify a sustainability issue from your campus or the surrounding community.

    • Register your team name and submit your proposal by 8 August 2017. 
  • Stage 2: Regional rounds

    • You will find out between 16 and 21 August 2017 if your application has won you a place on the shortlist.

    • If you are among the shortlisted teams, you will present a comprehensive report on your campaign in a presentation at regional rounds held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in September 2017.

    • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will provide mentoring to shortlisted teams, when required.
  • Stage 3: Finale

    • Two teams from each of the three regions will be chosen by evaluators from TERI and Education New Zealand and regional experts for the finale.

    • If your team is among the six chosen for the finale, an undergraduate student from a New Zealand university will join your team and work with you to finalise your project in India from 25 November 2017 to the finale.

    • The project does not need to be implemented in full, but evidence of any benefits or changes in the early stage of implementation should be included in your team’s presentation at the finale.

    • The finalist teams will be mentored by Indian faculty members on their team, faculty members of participating New Zealand universities, and experts in the field of sustainability, environment and conservation.

    • Teams will be judged by an international panel of judges at the finale in Bengaluru on 8 December 2017. Teams will showcase their work with presentations, which may include videos or other presentation formats (photos, PowerPoints, etc).

  • Stage 4: Winners in New Zealand

    • The winning team will travel to New Zealand in February/March 2018.   

Sustainability in New Zealand universities

The University of Waikato won an international award for its sustainability work with students in 2016.

Innovations at Waikato include introducing more than 100 recycling stations, phasing out polystyrene cups, recycling rainwater and finding energy-efficient ways to reduce power use in lecture theatres. There’s even an Eco Emporium, where students can take practical workshops on sustainability issues.

University of Waikato | Based in Hamilton, North Island

The University of Canterbury’s eco initiatives started with greening the campus, and it now focuses on encouraging staff and students to get more engaged in sustainability.

Canterbury is committed to reducing its carbon emissions each year, is working to become a Fairtrade-certified campus, and runs an annual competition to find the most eco-friendly student flat. Sustainability and resilience are taught across a broad range of subjects, from geography to business.

University of Canterbury | Based in Christchurch, South Island

The University of Otago's environmental initiatives include the Centre for Sustainability, an interdisciplinary research centre working on local and global sustainability challenges. The centre's recent work has focused on issues including community resilience, agricultural sustainability and societal responses to climate change.

Students studying sustainability issues at Otago include Katharina Lange, from Germany. Katharina is exploring the impact of farming and transportation on streams and rivers for her PhD in Ecology.


University of Otago | Based in Dunedin, South Island

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Contact TERI

For any queries regarding the challenge contact us using the form or call Monmi Barua / Ragini Kumar on +91 11 2468 2100 or on +91 11 41504900

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