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Environmental sustainability at Stellenbosch University



Environmental sustainability is a core component of Stellenbosch University’s strategic programme, which aims to create a community of sustainable changemakers. Together we strive to design, and leave behind, a legacy in sustainability for future generations.

Stellenbosch University supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a pathway to responsible development.

Latest news

Stellenbosch University celebrates Earth Day 2023 with a two-day long exhibition at Jan Mouton

We celebrate Earth Day on 22 April 2023, and Stellenbosch University will start commemorating early with an environmental sustainability expo at the Jan Mouton building on 13-14 April 2023.

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SU on journey to net zero

Stellenbosch University (SU) has embarked on an ambitious journey to net zero in 2050 with the launch of the institution’s first Environmental Sustainability Plan (SUESP).

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Climate change affects health in many ways

Climate change continues to pose a major threat to the health of many communities, especially the most vulnerable, around the world.

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SU’s sustainability principles

Stellenbosch University has committed to be guided by a set of environmental sustainability principles in its daily operations, in its decision- making, in identifying projects, and in how the projects are executed. These principles help integrate environmental sustainability within all facets of the University on an ongoing basis, and are: 

  • Ethical use of natural resources: SU strives to use resources responsibly.
  • Meaningful engagement: SU actively engages the University and local communities to foster a regenerative culture that promotes and drives environmental sustainability.
  • Research: The University acknowledges its responsibility to support innovative research towards creating a more environmentally sustainable world.
  • Education: SU acknowledges that teaching and learning programmes must inspire and support future generations and students to be leaders who nurture an environmentally sustainable future.
  • Ethical procurement: SU seeks to procure goods and services using sustainable and certified ethical sources and practices.

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Meet our SUFM environmental sustainability team

John de Wet

Manager: Environmental sustainability

Dannica Pedro

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Christine Groenewald

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator: Engagement

Taariq Fakier

Environmental Sustainability Supervisor