Alice Andrew, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāi Tahu
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
Massey graduate and environmental engineer Alice Andrew is blazing a trail that’s challenging the status quo, and aims to revolutionise New Zealand’s, and the world’s, approach to sustainable living.
She is one of a new wave of environmentally-aware engineers equipped to get things done while ensuring the principles of sustainability are at the core.
At the rate humans are consuming, we’ll need 2.5 planets to sustain us by 2050. We need to live more sustainably…and fast.
Alice is one of a hand-picked bunch of smart young business leaders from around 30 organisations chosen to champion big changes in New Zealand business, infrastructure, and human development.
Not an option
Their plan – Business as Usual is Not an Option – sets out the shifts that need to occur over the next 40 years to keep New Zealand a sustainable place to live. It’s part of this nation’s response to the Vision 2050 report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Although Alice is an environmental engineer, her passion for sustainability also comes through in the way her business is run, and through other parts of her life. The firm she part-owns, environmental and planning consultants Andrew.Stewart, was one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing companies in 2007 and 2008. It was also named Sustainable Business of the Year in 2010 at the Sustainable Business Network’s Northern regional awards – and awarded a Judges’ Recommendation at the national awards.
This proves business success and sustainability can go hand in hand. It’s a truism Alice lives by every day as head of the firm’s Carbon and Sustainability business unit, whether helping small or medium businesses to find smart, affordable ways to operate sustainably and unravel the mysteries of the Resource Management Act, or influencing the big corporates to go the extra mile to reduce their carbon impacts or support the communities they operate in.