As part of its committment to sustainability, the University has developed a Nelson Mandela University Green Index, from which green interventions can be initiated. It is important to note that the term ‘green’ encompasses sustainability across a range of activities and functions. As such the proposed framework for the University’s multi-year sustainability strategy is based on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

As a public institution, Nelson Mandela University will also comply with the new reporting regulations outlined by the DHET. These regulations require higher education institutions to produce sustainability reports that cover the economic, social and environmental aspects of operations.