The Sustainable Future Collective is a Movement

We are a society established from The University of Auckland, with the common objective of achieving a sustainable future for ourselves, and our planet. Our goal is to promote conversation and drive around all aspects of sustainability, from reducing our personal, societal, environmental and ethical impact to exploring how sustainability can be incorporated into our education and professions.

We all would have associated at some point in our lives, the concept of sustainability as being a subject only pursued by the hippiest of hippies, living in caravans in the middle a forest preaching for hugging as many trees as we can and 'saving the whales'. Though there is some merit in this sort of living, we see these attitudes as a thing of the past.

SFC believes in promoting sustainability in a way that isn't intrusive preaching nor living ridiculous lifestyles, but by making the world a more sustainable place through influencing modern culture in a chilled out, and real-world way. We bring a fresh, contemporary perspective towards these issues and take sustainability far beyond tree-hugging. SFC's three main objectives are:

 

1/ To bring the conversation of sustainability to student life and the industry in our respective areas of study in an organic and contemporary manner

2/ To provide a platform for people conscious about sustainability to meet, socialise, collaborate and share their passion for the subject. Sustainability centred organisations already exist with particular focusses within the university, however are often not heard. We act to form a united front between ourselves these groups

3/ To eventually contribute to being a driving force in bringing sustainability as a norm in daily life, university life and industry norms as a culture

 

We are a place for likeminded people to come together in working towards a better University of Auckland, better society and a better planet. We can all live a little better, and do our part each day being more sustainable as a species, even if it's just the small things.

We all live in parallel between ourselves and the world around us. Every action and decision we take has an impact. We share the commonality of calling this planet home.

We are all 'the collective'. 

Join us.

We believe change comes from doing

 

We believe in connecting with our members, the University, industry and communities as being a key part of what we do. SFC runs a vast array of events through the year, with a key focus on collaboration. We are brimming with new ideas and bring to you events which promote learning about sustainability and the environment, as well as participation, opportunities to try new things, picking up skills for better living and networking opportunities. We welcome all people of all disciplines, whether you are a uni student or working in industry! Our events so far have included:

University of Auckland O-Week
Sustainability Potluck Dinners
Green Drinks events with The Sustainability Society @ Brothers Brewery
Action Group Nights and Gatherings
Empower Seminar Collaboration
Clothing Swapmeets @ UoA Marketplace
Debate and Conversation events
UoA Ecofest
UoA Sustainability Week
Downer x SFC #hackourfuture Sustainability Challenge
Kathmandu Auckland Social Enterprise Collaboration
 

These events are just the tip of the iceberg. SFC are continuously innovating to bring you more awesome, never-seen-before events!

 

Collaborations are enginerooms for ideas. Power is in numbers.

 

Great ideas and initiatives come from the individual. The effect multiplies when individuals work together. SFC's key philosophy lies in collaboration and working with others to strengthen our impact. There are countless numbers of sustainably minded people and organisations out there, and we exist to give them a voice and bring them together as a movement. We work together with a ever growing family of partners across education, industry and communities and University Societies:

The Sustainability Society (TSS)
Auckland Council
Conscious Consumers
Downer
Effective Altruism
Engineering Without Borders
Fossil Free UoA
Globelet
Go Beyond
Help Green Our Uni
Innocent Packaging
Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Sustainable Coastlines

We are always keen to collaborate! Reach out using the Contact button

 

A better world starts with small steps....

 

Our roots lie in student life at university, and we wouldn't exist without our studies bringing us together. Our futures, attitudes, knowledge and expertise are somewhat built by our education; education has huge potential in shaping the next generation of young people in being more socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. Our mission is to integrate sustainability into university courses and lectures. Almost everything we can do from our learning, can be done greener and smarter. With so many of us, we as students carry the power to be able to improve our curriculum, and lead by example worldwide.

We have established on campus action groups, teams of passionate students working to help acheive a greener uni, each tackling different sustainability issues:

University Education
University Marketing
University Iniatitives
Uniersity Vendors
University Waste Management

If you're keen to join these initiatives, get in touch!

 

.... And can take strides in our careers and business

 

In the same principles as in education, we have the power to influence business, as young professionals and consumers. We live in a world where we have vast choice in our careers and lifestyles. We wish to bring change to our respective industries, as well as contribute to sustainable corporate and business culture as a whole. We collaborate with various awesome business partners to not only promote and recognise the great work they do, but to help set a benchmark in responsible business.

 

 

Sound like you? Let's get things done

 

In early 2017 a few of our team attended a local Auckland Council board meeting and joined a discussion- with reduction of single use packaging in mind. We made it into the news. We are now working with our friends at Auckland Council to strategise in achieving this, amongst many other citywide sustainability initiatives.

We welcome everybody, all year around to get amongst our events and join the SFC family. 

Welcome to the Sustainable Future Collective!