The Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability recognising the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.

A number of Australian and New Zealand schools have become Oceania finalists and winners in the Global High Schools category over recent years.

This is a case study of Fiordland College in New Zealand.

Fiordland College, New Zealand

Zayed Sustainability Prize Finalist 2019

Fiordland College, located in Te Anau, New Zealand was a finalist for the 2018 Zayed Sustainability Prize. The school’s project involved building a staff/student-run energy park integrating solar, water, and wind energy in a way that combined functionality with art via energy-generating, culturally inspired sculptures. The energy-producing park would engage the community in an innovative way by providing a place of beauty and education. Significantly, the park would be positioned on the path of the one million visitors who visit the iconic Milford Sound each year.

Student and teacher representatives of Fiordland College were invited to travel to Abu Dhabi for the awarding ceremony in January this year.

“The trip was life-changing. I now want to ensure my future direction is life-changing for others; I want to make a difference!” said Jess, a Fiordland College student.

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Read more about the Zayed Sustainability Prize.