Education for Sustainability (EfS) programs

The greenXchange is New Zealand's 'greentech' business cluster and accelerator, with a primary purpose of leveraging smart Kiwi innovation into the international marketplace at an early stage.

We create internationally recognised businesses and provide support for existing enterprises and new start-up companies working in the areas of primary sector value add, low carbon technologies, environmental disciplines, sustainability and future transport solutions.

Our member companies are involved in innovative solutions for:

  •   tacking climate issues and reducing emissions

  •   increasing energy efficiency and ensuring energy security

  •   dealing with water and waste water resources

  •   decreasing landfill volumes

  •   developing waste to energy resources

  •   establishing future transport options

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The greenXchange Education for Sustainability (EfS) programs offer professional post-graduate education from Continuing Professional Development to Masters level. They provide personal and professional development for anyone involved in communicating sustainability, whatever the context. Our programs are designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability.

Our underlying philosophy commits us to: Integrate environmental and sustainability principles into the organisation’s operational procedures,  public educational activities and research endeavours, promoting best practice at every level.

The greenXchange has based its understanding on the UNESCO definition which covers four main areas:

social and economic justice;

cultural diversity;

human rights of future generations; and

the protection and restoration of the Earth’s ecosystems.

In addition to the importance of kaitiakitanga (guardianship), the specific values are:

Respect for the dignity and human rights of all people throughout the world and a commitment to social and economic justice for all

Respect for cultural diversity and a commitment to build locally and globally a culture of tolerance, nonviolence and peace

Respect for the human rights of future generations and a commitment to intergenerational responsibility

Respect and care for the greater community of life in all its diversity which involves the protection and restoration of the Earth’s ecosystems

Students gain an understanding of the long – term impact they currently have, and will have, in their future personal and professional life, on the environment, and how to live within the earth’s limits.

However EfS encompasses more than just environmental factors also including social, economic, ethical and cultural values.

This covers our whole system of beliefs, values, attitudes, customs and institution shaping, our gender, race and other social relations, and affects the way we perceive ourselves and the world and how we interact with other people and the rest of nature. Culture, therefore, has a central place in the complex notion of sustainability – and whatever form the future takes, it will be shaped at the local level by the mosaic of cultures that surround the globe and which contribute to the decisions that each country, community, household and individual makes.