At Languages International, we know it’s important to help protect our natural environment, in New Zealand and around the world. So in our schools, we take some actions to make our impact on the environment as small as possible: we are the first English language school in the world to be certified carbon-neutral.
Here are some things that Languages International is doing:

  • We try to reduce the amount of materials and energy that we use – photocopying as little as possible, using our web site and e-mails instead of brochures and faxes, and remembering to turn off lights, heaters and other equipment when they’re not in use.
  • We reuse materials when we can, especially photocopy paper.
  • We try to reduce the amount of waste we produce by recycling as much as possible – paper, plastic, metal and glass – and by collecting our food waste to make into compost.
  • We are installing energy-efficient systems where we can – compact fluorescent lamps, for example.
  • We and our students take part in conservation activities as part of our Social Programme.
  • We work with Offset the Rest, a leading New Zealand carbon offset provider, to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from our schools and from our staff air travel. To learn more about carbon emissions, being carbon-neutral and global warming, please click here.

We also want to help our students to make the environmental impact of their English course as small as possible. With the help of Offset the Rest, our students can:

  • Offset the carbon emissions of their flights to and from New Zealand.
  • Offset the carbon emissions from living in New Zealand while studying at Languages International.

If you would like to know how much it costs to offset your flights and English course, please send us an e-mail. For more information on personal carbon footprints, please click here or send us an e-mail.

You can read our certification report here: Carbon Conscious Certification Report 2010.

For more information on how New Zealanders are helping to protect the environment, please visit: sustainability.govt.nz

For more information on New Zealand’s response to climate change, please visit:
www.climatechange.govt.nz