Category Archives: Sustainability

Organic veggie gardening course

The Delta Community Centre in Richmond is running an organic veggie course shortly to encourage Christchurch residents to grow healthy vegetables. The two hour a week course runs for eight weeks and will be held in the Baptist Church Lounge … Continue reading

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Cycle route through St Albans

One of the planned cycle routes which radiate out from the city centre like spokes in a wheel, runs right through the heart of St Albans. However, it is uncertain whether this will be one of the ones chosen to … Continue reading

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Alternative energy sources and systems feature

Location: WEA, 59 Gloucester Street Time: November 10 from 1:00pm -5:00pm Description: A series of speakers will outline how to run your home using alternative sources of energy.

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Small structures; no consent required

Sick of waiting for consents for building? Think small, really really small and check out the ideas these students came up with at a workshop in May. Designs include a canvas community centre (something for the residents’ association?), tiny baches … Continue reading

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Eco-city of the future

Christchurch is a biodiversity hotspot and the earthquakes provide the opportunity to turn the city into an an imaginative and vibrant eco-city. Come along to a public talk being given by Colin Meurk to the North Canterbury Branch of Forest … Continue reading

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Ensuring local food supplies

The Sumner Local Food Group is hosting a Local Food Resilience presentation by Robina McCurdy of Earthcare Education Aotearoa on August 20 at the Sumner Fire Station in Wiggins Street.

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Explore new options for communities

Design your future sustainable city at a workshop being held at CPIT this weekend. VIVA is a design workshop aimed at exploring creating a innovative plan for a sustainable village based in the inner-city. This is a great workshop for … Continue reading

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Modelling a new kind of citizenship

A new way of thinking about citizenship will be outlined during a talk by author Dr Bronwyn Hayward at the WEA in late August.Rethinking Citizenship From the ecological footprint to the social handprint is the title of the talk at … Continue reading

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Coping With A Drafty House

It is difficult to keep warm in a drofty, quake-damaged house. Community Energy Action suggests using radiant heaters -don’t try to heat the air to keep warm, installing curtains (CEA offers recycled curtains free) and installing window insulation. They also … Continue reading

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Making New Buildings Energy Efficient

Rebuilding after the quakes or designing a brand new building from scratch and want to use renewable energy sources? Energyfirst has information and possible funding to help owners of commercial, retail or large residential buildings make their buildings more efficient.

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Beyond GDP – Sustainable Development Indicators for New Zealand

Dr Kennedy Graham MP Friday 8 June at 7.30 pm Lecture Theatre A4 University of Canterbury At a joint SOC/UC Sustainability Office presentation in March, Professor Murray Patterson showed us that assessing how NZ is doing can take a step … Continue reading

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Learn more about Christchurch’s energy future!

EA12 (Energy Awareness 2012) was launched in Christchurch on 11 April and is for residents, businesses and motorists to learn more about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for Christchurch.  The Christchurch Agency for Energy (CAfE) is leading initiatives to … Continue reading

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