At the heart of our teaching and research is a commitment to ensuring that future generations can flourish and grow.

Central to this is preserving our precious planet and respecting the ways in which we use natural resources.  

We want to ensure we tread lightly on the earth in areas such as green infrastructure, energy conservation, protection of native biodiversity, water management and resource recovery, low carbon mobility and effective waste. 

Everyone on our campus does their bit, not only through teaching and research, but with everyday good habits like switching off unnecessary lights and heating, only printing documents when essential, taking short showers, only watering gardens when absolutely necessary, and using public transport or cycling. 

Our sustainability vision and purpose

Our Sustainability Vision is to be an exemplar of sustainable practices for the land-based sector. Our purpose in this is to be a leader in sustainability education and research, demonstrated through the impacts we have on the sectors we support and influence. 

Sustainability policy

This describes our institution-wide commitment to be a leading organisation, not just in Aotearoa New Zealand but globally, in promoting and staying congruent to sustainable practices, matched against international standards. Read our Sustainability Plan. 


Lincoln University is the only university from Aotearoa New Zealand to feature in the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. Lincoln is ranked 51st out of 956 other universities.

Impact rankings

Our focus on ecological values has helped us achieve a top 20 placing in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. These assess universities globally against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Lincoln was assessed then ranked against five of the SDGs: 

  • Zero Hunger – 31st among 442 universities 
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities – equal 62nd among 656 universities 
  • Climate Action – equal 35th out of 566 universities 
  • Life on Land – 20th out of 402 universities 
  • Partnership for the Goals – 101-200 among 1154 universities 


Lincoln University’s Sustainability Action Group for the Environment (SAGE) is a campus group that includes both staff and students, with support from the Lincoln University Students’ Association. Areas where SAGE is playing an active role in promoting sustainable outcomes and practices include native biodiversity, sustainable transport and waste reduction, along with hosting regular seminars. Read the latest SAGE report here. 

Centres of Excellence

We have established a number of Centres of Excellence that focus on sustainability: 

All of our Centres of Excellence embed the principles of sustainable practice, resource use and biodiversity protection as they explore the future of food, agriculture and tourism. 

Lincoln University Carbon Audit

Lincoln University has Toitū Envirocare carbonreduce certification to help track its progress towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and achieving carbon zero by 2050.

The certification involves an audit to certify the measurement of the University’s greenhouse gas emissions on campus, and a commitment to reducing emissions from a 2019 baseline. See the full report here and Toitū's Independent Assurance Statement here

The audit covers the 58ha campus environment, with a separate reporting process underway for the farms in line with He Waka Eke Noa. 

The Toitū carbonreduce certification is in accordance with ISO 14064-1.  

Sustainable food on campus

As part of demonstrating sustainability in our campus operations, we are committed to providing sustainable, healthy food options for all students, staff and visitors. 

Other sustainability initiatives

We are involved with student clubs and other organisations to improve our sustainability practices.