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SDC Committee Meeting
5:30pm Thursday 23 September 2010
Community Church, cnr. St Andrew’s and Filleul Sts.

Present: Jocelyn Harris, David Tucker, Nick Holmes, Mark Jackson, Janet Brady, Bob Lloyd, Felicity Topp, Suze Keith, Vivienne Bryner, Paul Young, Jinty MacTavish.
Apologies: John Cocks, Maureen Howard.
Minutes of previous meeting (AGM) and business arising:
Jocelyn moved that these be accepted, Suze seconded it. Motion accepted.
Secretary’s report: Nothing to report.
Treasurer’s report: Felicity has now taken over the treasurer’s duties from Tracey. Jocelyn moved that the report be accepted, Bob seconded it. Report accepted.
Business:
1.Co-opting of new committee members:
• Vivienne Bryner is a Phd student in Science Communication and Geology Phd., doing a thesis on community dialogue around disaster reduction, resilience and sustainability. She is particularly interested in SDC’s intended Futures Forum next year.
• Felicity Topp is a Masters student in Geography. Her thesis is on urban agriculture. She has some workplace experience of financial matters. She has also been involved in Transition Valley 473.
• Those present introduced themselves and welcomed Vivienne and Felicity to the committee.
• Jocelyn moved they be acceped as committee members. Jinty seconded. Motion carried.
2. Arrangements for candidates’ meeting with Forest & Bird, 7:30 pm, 30 September 2010, Hutton Theatre:
• Mark has done the poster. it is in the process of being distributed.
• John to put ads in The Star, D-Scene and ODT.
• An interview with Jocelyn appeared in Thursday 23rd September’s edition of The Star.
• It has been decided that there would be no catering because the use of the facilities would add to the cost of the hiring of Hutton Theatre.
• 26 candidates are confirmed as attending. Suze suggested doing an update in the newsletter of who is actually coming.
• Questions will go up on a whiteboard. Michael Deaker is a willing and experienced facilitator.
• Jocelyn said she was looking into getting some funding for the event.
• Jinty said she’d made it a Facebook event and suggested those on FB send it out to their Dunedin FB friends.
• Jocelyn to invite the press.
3.Drafting of SDC priorities and 5-year plan:
Vaughan Matthews’ advice to SDC at the AGM was to zero in on three key goals/ activities that make SDC distinctive from other local groups working in the sustainability area. After analyzing the discussion at the AGM it was proposed that these were:
• Youth work – this area of focus is running well.
• Lobbying. This has primarily been in the form of submissions so far, but could include other forms of lobbying too.
• Being a connector between the various groups working in the sustainability area. To a degree, this has already been happening in the promotion of other groups events in the SDC newsletter.
• Overarching aim: to turn Dunedin into a truly sustainable city.
Vivienne referred to the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: My City is Getting Ready Programme. This was mostly about disaster preparedness but included sustainability. She suggested SDC might try to persuade the DCC to sign up.
Nick said the AGM was good for hearing what members thought SDC should focus on, and that it is good for the committee to build on these suggestions with what they are good at.
Jocelyn volunteered to turn these priorities into a draft set of objectives for discussion.
4. Membership register: who is responsible for the register? Who will record payment and issue receipts (in the correct form).
• Phil had been acting as Membership Secretary but because he has become too busy Janet has volunteered to maintain the membership master list. The details of how to work this best need to be sorted out between Janet, Suze, Felicity and Phil.
• When the membership list has been updated an electronic invoice will be sent out to those with overdue subs.(Suze/Janet)
5. Nick’s report.

Nick reported that he was evaluating the eight months already spent on the 22 Youth project and he was planning where to go for the remaining four months and into 2011.
• As it is nearing exam time for the secondary participants the project at John McGlashan was finishing up.
• Nick has learnt that secondary school students have limited time throughout the year; that not all can stay involved all the time. Numbers participating have ranged from four to eighteen, depending on the activity. It was therefore difficult to work on a continual basis and some rethinking is needed here.
• There is a limit to the quality and diversity of skills teachers available in Dunedin.
• Nick has becoming increasingly aware that SDC cannot and should not rely solely on financial capital to underwrite youth skill development. In order to continue this work SDC will need to look at a number of different ‘funding’ models.
So what opportunities have been created by his role?
• He has gained a strong understanding of what an ongoing secondary student programme requires and has methods and programmes in place to continue this work.
• He has been made aware of a number of older young people who are interested in learning and teaching various sustainable living skills, especially sustainable food production, and therefore he thinks it would be worth while to spend more time focused on those aged 18 to 25. He has been researching how to deliver such a programme of skills.
• A site at Sawyers Bay with 3 tunnel houses on an acre of land has become available for 5 years. Nick has calculated that it would cost a total of $3000 per year in running costs to secure the site. This could provide a central site from which SDC can operate a number of sustainable living projects, with a focus on sustainable food production. It could provide a physical base for the youth programme and could be used to raise seedlings etc, for other sustainability groups to plant. (Fruit trees for transition town orchards and plants for community gardens for example.)
• Nick is planning to discuss with other groups, such as Otago Polytech’s Living Campus programme possible joint projects.
• He will work on a draft agreement which the committee can consider at the October meeting. .
6. DCC Sustainability report:
• Jinty reported that there hadn’t been another meeting since the last SDC meeting.
• She said that if she gets elected to the council she will need to be replaced as SDC representative on the Sustainability committee.
• Jinty also acknowledged the help of Bob, and others, in producing the list of SDC’s key priorities.
7. 350 report :
• Paul reported that as the Positive Futures Fund had provided an additional $6,500, in addition to the $2000 SDC allocated from Nora Calvert’s donation, a second round of funding applications was offered.
• The Big Green Challenge is funding a total of 13 projects for the 10/10/10 Work Party. Most grants were for projects related to food production, but two were water-related and one was a transport project.
• $1,500 of the Positive Futures grant has been allocated for publicity and other organisational costs.
• A picnic at Woodhaugh Gardens has been organized for 10/10/10 between 1-3pm. They might get the use of a hall in NEV if the weather is bad as 10/10/10 can’t be postponed.
• Paul is working on getting a website up. Mark suggested information should be put on the SDC website too. Each group that received a grant has given permission to have their stories used for promotional purposes.
• Hopefully, The Star will do an article about 10/10/10 next week. Paul is considering buying a page ad. The Star has already run two high profile articles so far.
• Paul to keep the committee posted about what’s happening.
Jinty wanted to acknowledge all Paul’s hard work in organising the 10/10/10 Work Party.
8. Ideas for an SDC social event.
Paul will email his ideas to the committee for comment.
9. DCC Futures Forum feedback:
• Discussion took place around whether it is was too late to submit this as proposed at SDC’s July meeting. Since there is to be another follow-up forum for a higher-level plan in February 2011, it was considered worth submitting some constructive criticism.
• Jinty had drafted a list of possible questions to ask, and sent it around. David’s daughter, Sue, has fine-tuned these. Suze had investigated the use of Survey Monkey.
• Nick stated he has been attending the Natural Environment focus group. He felt this had been an extension of a broken process.
• He suggested circulating Jinty/Suze’s list to those on committee who attended the forum for comment. This could be submitted in letter form rather than going to the trouble of doing a formal survey.
• It was generally agreed to go ahead, but to keep it simple.
• Suze and David to follow up.
10. SDC radio:
Jocelyn reported that all has been worked out well. The station has been moved from her garage to Ian Goldsmith’s place and the Radio Inspector and Ian have come to an amicable agreement about the station.
General business:
“Ripple” position:
• Nick pointed out that ‘Ripples” is trademarked and so the Vodafone Foundation is looking for a new name to refer to this position.
• A subcommittee of Nick, John and maybe David and Mark will meet to consider and interview the applicants.
“Sign of Changes”E-conference. Who wants to go?
Of those present, David and Janet showed interest. Registrations need to be in by October 1st to receive the early bird discount.
Meeting closed: 7.10pm.
Next meeting: Thursday, October 21st 2010.

Dear Members,

If you’re wondering what we’ve been up to lately, you may like to check out the following ODT articles either mentioning or written by committee members Nick Holmes, Phil Cole and David Tucker. Also you may have caught our co-chair, Jocelyn Harris, in last week’s Star promoting our joint Forest & Bird / SDC Meet the Candidates Night.

We’ve asked DCC Mayoral and Central Ward candidates to explain their policies, and we’ve got around 26 coming! Come along and ask your questions and figure out who to vote for. What are their views on climate change, peak oil, your issue? A joint event with Forest and Bird, it will be chaired by Michael Deaker. Please spread the word – and the poster (see attached). I’ve attached the questions provided by Spokes about the candidates attitudes to cycling around the city to provide you with some ideas.

Here are the articles in case you missed them –

http://www.odt.co.nz/campus/university-otago/126272/young-otago-film-makers-win-major-prize

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/126447/transport-system-must-respond-change

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/127334/uk-experts-seek-harness-otago-tide-power

And then read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS Thursday 30th September at 5.30pm – GREENDRINKS Dunedin

ii) THIS Thursday, September 30, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Forest & Bird and SDC Election Forum, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museumsdc-fb-council-2010-candidates-meeting

iii) Good to Grow

iv) Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge is supporting 13 community projects to come to life this Spring!

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October 2010 – Sustainable Living Classes

ii) Thursday, October 14, 4pm – 5pm – Put me back on my bike, Public lecture

iii) Saturday October 16, beginning at 10am – Cash Free Market, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

iv) November 15 & 16 – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition

v) November 26 & 27 – Mackenzie Basin Symposium, Twizel Events Centre

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Dunedin City Council Futures Forum – opportunity to provide feedback

4. Food for Thought

– Stream health in integrated farming as good as in organic – Otago research

– from Nicky Chapman, Transition Port Chalmers – How about this as a way forward for Dunedin’s public transport?

– A NEW occasional section for the newsletter – Bob’s Books – recommendations from committee member, Bob Lloyd

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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) THIS Thursday 30th September at 5.30pm – GREENDRINKS Dunedin, the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.

We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm at Filadelfios. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: STOP! Threats to biodiversity on the Otago Peninsula

Our guest community group this month is Save the Otago Peninsula, represented by Lala Fraser who was recently awarded with the 2010 Coastal Otago Conservation Award. Lala will tell us about the latest activities of Save the Otago Peninsula.

From Lala … “The Otago Peninsula has amazing biodiversity but while more valued now than in the past, it is still under threat – and sometimes with the best of intentions. Two case studies from the files of Save The Otago Peninsula (more commonly known by its acronymn STOP). And an update on Harbour Cone planned subdivisions.”

For more information on STOP, please contact Lala Fraser on lala.frazer@gmail.com, Jenny Winter on 4780419 or Moira Parker on 4780214 / moiraparker@clear.net.nz

To join go to http://www.otago-peninsula.co.nz/harbourcone/STOP_Membership_Form.pdf

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About GreenDrinks

GreenDrinks is an international movement to support informal networking among people who work in the environmental field. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org.

ii) THIS Thursday, September 30, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Forest & Bird and SDC Election Forum, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Haven’t quite made up your mind? Voting closes Saturday (by postal vote), October 9 at 12 noon. Take this opportunity to find out who is most closely aligned with your ideals, your vision for Dunedin City. See you there!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=152017431487753&ref=mf

And for more information about the election, go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/electoral-information

iii) Good to Grow – check out Nick’s latest report from the Vodafone World of Difference Foundation – http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/author/nick-holmes

iv) Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge is supporting 13 community projects to come to life this Spring!

Two of these – an edible, permaculture-style garden at Queen’s High, and a 350-themed native garden at Port Chalmers School are already up and running (as the global day of climate action on 10/10/10 falls in the school holidays). Another 11 are all set to go…and we’d love your input to help make them as big and as beautiful as they have the potential to be!

The University of Otago’s Students for Environmental Action “gardening gangs” project.

This will see teams of students setting up garden patches in people’s yards in North Dunedin, and hopefully wider Dunedin too. There are a few things they are looking for:

1) Firstly, people who would like their house to be visited by a gardening gang! The students will work for 1-2 hours at each house to set up a small patch, with compost and seedlings all provided free.

2) Anyone wanting to volunteer time to be part of a gardening gang would also be welcomed – no expertise required.

3) Donations or lending of gardening tools and equipment for use on the day – hoes, spades, shovels…

The Dunedin Locavores beehive making workshop and Port Chalmers community garden education day will also be seeking participants – pencil 10/10/10 into your diaries and watch this space for more information!

The Woodhaugh picnic tying in with the Blueskin Bay Climate Hikoi (more info here) is shaping up to be big! This will be something of a main event for the day where everyone can come together. Once again, watch this space for more details.

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.

i) Enrol now for a course beginning in October 2010 – Sustainable Living Classes

Courses include – Daytime and Evening Sustainable Living Community Courses (City wide).

The Sustainable Living Course is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in living more sustainably, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. Facilitated by Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

COURSE DETAILS – City Community Daytime Course, Start Date: Wednesday 20th October, Each Wednesday 10am-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: NEV Community Development Project, 248 North Road.

City Community Evening Course, Wednesday 20th October, Each Wednesday: 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Adult community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council.

ii) Thursday, October 14, 4pm – 5pm – Put me back on my bike, Public lecture, Room 033, Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, ground floor, Adams Building.

Presented by Professor Alistair Woodward, School of Population Health, Auckland University

Between 1988 and 2007, New Zealanders spent more time travelling, in every mode of transport, except one – cycling. In the same period, serious injury rates per hour on the road fell for every mode of transport, except one – cycling.

Regional comparisons point to a powerful “risk in scarcity” effect, and adverse trends are most marked for children and young adults.

At the same time recreational cycling is booming. The lycra brigade is challenging motorists’ sense of entitlement to road space and novel initiatives to bring bikes back to school are picking up momentum.

There is robust evidence of the benefits of shifting short trips from car to bike for energy efficiency, pollution and health, but this won’t happen unless there are serious changes in pricing, politics, highway engineering and road user psychology.

Contact: catherine.adamson@otago.ac.nz

iii) Saturday October 16, beginning at 10am – Cash Free Market, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

The HACK Team (Pioneer Hall Activities Committee) are organising and promoting this event as an opportunity for people to bring their no longer needed but still possibly desirable and even useful things – clothes, the never to be done craft activities, things at the back of cupboards, things on top of cupboards, things unearthed during spring cleaning. It is an opportunity to swop these pre loved treasures or give them to a good home. There is a gold coin donation to enter the Hall and everything must be taken away at the end.

HACK are also planning 2 pre Christmas Artisan Markets for people who make, bake and grow saleable goods to sell their wares – November 13 and December 11 from 9am – 3pm. It is $5 a stall and tables are available. Contact

iv) November 15 & 16 – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition

Press Release

1 Country, 2 Days, 50 Signs of Change!

History will be made in November when people in six cities attend a national conference, without traveling! They will go to a venue, meet people, listen to thought-provoking speakers, discuss with others over tea and muffins, ask questions, and contribute to a dialogue. But they will only have to travel to their nearest university to participate. The organisers are expecting at least 400 participants around the country with an emissions savings of 22 tones of CO2 by attending locally while participating nationally.

The theme we have chosen for this event is Signs of Change. We have not invited international experts to tell us how big the problems are, and what we must do (most of which we can’t do). The problems of unsustainable use of resources and impacts on the environment have been discussed at length in many forums. This national conference is a showcase for changes in a sustainable direction. We will learn about the future by hearing short reports from New Zealanders from all walks of life who are exploring in a positive direction.

Agriculture, Environment

Energy, Transport

Society, Health, Youth

Governance, Law, Business

Education, Architecture

The new HD323 bridge technology will be used for the first time to host a public event. The technology will allow participants in lecture theatres in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton and Palmerston North to see the speaker and view the power point slides from the theatre in Christchurch. The robust national dialogue via modern technology will be a sign of change in itself. There will also be locally made videos aired and discussion groups.

This conference is the brain-child of Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck, from the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Canterbury. “I was going to go to an international conference on sustainability in Europe, but it was going to be the same old thing – we must reduce our emissions, we must switch to renewables, we must get new economic theories – blah blah. I thought, I’d rather find out if there are people actually making changes that reduce what is unsustainable. I had the idea that I could use the funds I would have spent for one academic to go to one overseas conference and host a national ‘converence’ about a new direction.” Dr. Krumdieck put her idea to the Engineers for Social Responsibility and they agreed to support the event as their national conference. A network of academics has been volunteering some time to work with their universities and IT specialists to set up the conference. “The response from the public has been overwhelming” says Dr. Krumdieck. “I even had someone recommend to me the other day that I should attend this Signs of Change conference they heard about… that is awesome!”

Registrations are now open (see attached form) and more information can be found on the conference website (which cost roughly the same as 2 nights in a hotel in Vienna to have built). www.signsofchange.org.nz

v) November 26 & 27 – Mackenzie Basin Symposium, Twizel Events Centre

The Environmental Defence Society, in conjunction with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and the Forest and Bird Protection Society presents a symposium on current and future options for the management of the Mackenzie Basin.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together key stakeholders and the local community to take a strategic look at current management issues and to identify options for establishing the way forward for the Mackenzie Basin.

The symposium is being offered free of charge (with an ‘at cost’ charge for the dinner on the Friday night). Registration forms including a program will be available on the EDS website shortly (eds.org.nz/events/upcoming). Please note this important event in your diary!

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3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz).

– Dunedin City Council Futures Forum – opportunity to provide feedback

A number of our committee members joined in with the Council’s consultation in June and are interested in providing some feedback to the Council prior to the next meeting in February. Did you attend the consultation? If you are interested in being part of this feedback, please let me knowby October 15 via dk.sk@xtra.co.nz, and I’ll send you some questions, the answers of which will be collated and sent to the Council organisers.

4. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz), and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

– Stream health in integrated farming as good as in organic – Otago research

http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago013334.html

– from Nicky Chapman, Transition Port Chalmers – How about this as a way forward for Dunedin’s public transport?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/14/nottingham-named-least-car-dependent?&CMP=EMCENVEML1541

– A NEW occasional section for the newsletter – Bob’s Books – recommendations from committee member, Bob Lloyd –

Prosperity without Growth, Tim Jackson

Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion?

In this explosive book, Tim Jackson – a top sustainability adviser to the UK government – makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations.

http://www.earthscan.co.uk/SpecialBookProductPages/ProsperityWithoutGrowth/tabid/102098/Default.aspx

The Carbon Challenge – New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme, Geoff Bertram & Simon Terry

If climate change is the defining issue of our generation, and the emissions trading scheme (ETS) New Zealand’s central response, is it up to the job?

http://www.bwb.co.nz/store/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=10&idproduct=249

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

PO Box 8061, North East Valley, Dunedin

Thursday 30th September at 5.30pm in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardensgreen-drinks1

GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.

We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm at Filadelfios. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: STOP! Threats to biodiversity on the Otago Peninsula

Our guest community group this month is Save the Otago Peninsula, represented by Lala Fraser who was recently awarded with the 2010 Coastal Otago Conservation Award. Lala will tell us about the latest activities of Save the Otago Peninsula.

From Lala … “The Otago Peninsula has amazing biodiversity but while more valued now than in the past, it is still under threat – and sometimes with the best of intentions. Two case studies from the files of Save The Otago Peninsula (more commonly known by its acronymn STOP). And an update on Harbour Cone planned subdivisions.”

For more information on STOP, please contact Lala Fraser on lala.frazer@gmail.com, Jenny Winter on 4780419 or Moira Parker on 4780214 / moiraparker@clear.net.nz
To join go to http://www.otago-peninsula.co.nz/harbourcone/STOP_Membership_Form.pdf
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About GreenDrinks
GreenDrinks is an international movement to support informal networking among people who work in the environmental field. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org.

About Sustainable Dunedin City

GreenDrinks Dunedin is organised by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City in the face of challenges posed by climate change, declining energy security, and unsustainable resource use.. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.
Thanks, Maureen Howard, Sustainable Dunedin City Committee Member.

Dear Members,

Ain’t the rain, sunshine and blossom wonderful?

Read on!

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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) Thursday, September 30, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Forest & Bird and SDC Election Forum, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Wednesday, September 15, 12.10-12.50pm – WOW Wednesday Organic Workshops, Otago Polytech

ii) THIS Wednesday September 15, 1 – 2pm – Climate, carbon, and contrarians: Geologic connections

iii) THIS Wednesday September 15 to Friday September 17 – NZ Soil Carbon Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

iv) September 12 – 19 – Conservation Week – Love New Zealand – Arohaina i a Aotearoa:

v) September 17 – 26 – Clean up New Zealand Week

vi) Tuesday, 21 September, 7 – 9pm – H2Oil documentary movie screening – New Zealand premiere! College Auditorium, University of Otago

vii) Wednesday, September 22 – on Car Free Day, Get The Train

viii) Friday, September 24, 2pm – Peak Oil, Peak Economy: Energy, Money, and the End of Growth, Richard Heinberg

ix) November 15 & 16 – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition to sustainability, Christchurch

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Let’s Grow Native Gardening Competition

– Biodiversity Condition and Advice Funds – Funding round open now

3. Food for Thought

– Nicholas Stern on Radio New Zealand

– Ocean acidification interview on Radio New Zealand

– Media release from the Environmental Defence Society: Coastal gems urgently need greater protection

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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) Thursday, September 30, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Forest & Bird and SDC Election Forum, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Keep an eye out for more on this one – Michael Deaker has kindly agreed to chair this interactive forum, and it’s looking like we’ll have a good turn out of candidates – more in the next newsletter.

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.

i) THIS Wednesday, September 15, 12.10-12.50pm – WOW Wednesday Organic Workshops, Otago Polytech

Compost Making for the Home Gardener – ever wondered how to make a weed-free, high nutrient compost from your garden and kitchen wastes? Come along and see how easy it is to make a top quality compost that will be ready for use before Xmas!

Meet at Student Allotment Gardens (west side of D Block) at 12.10pm. Workshop locations will vary, so please meet at the Allotment Gardens on time.

Wear sturdy footwear & bring gloves if preferred. You are encouraged to join in, but you are welcome to bring your lunch and just watch! Cancellations will be posted at the Allotment Garden on the morning of the workshop.

See you there! Michelle Ritchie – Organic by Design michelle@organicbydesign.co.nz

ii) THIS Wednesday September 15, 1 – 2pm, Climate, carbon, and contrarians: Geologic connections, Public Seminar, Geology Benson Common Room, Gn9, ground floor, Geology Building, presented by Mike Palin

Contact Dr Andrew Gorman, 479-7516, andrew.gorman@otago.ac.nz

iii) THIS Wednesday September 15 to Friday September 17 – NZ Soil Carbon Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

Your invitation to the 2nd New Zealand Soil Carbon Conference.

Be part of this exciting agricultural movement; addressing the need for quality food production and environmental quality while building profitable farming businesses!

Featuring international and national key note speakers Professor Tim Flannery and Dr Christine Jones supported by renowned scientists, nutritionists, talented visionaries and key biological practitioners.

“The potential to enhance carbon storage in soils is enormous. If we are to optimise soil carbon storage, and its benefits to primary producers, large scale investment in research and development is required. By virtue of its research excellence, and the importance of its agriculture, New Zealand is in an excellent position to lead substantial global R&D effort on carbon sequestration in soils” Professor Tim Flannery

http://www.soilcarbonconference.co.nz

iv) September 12 – 19 – Conservation Week – Love New Zealand – Arohaina i a Aotearoa:

There are plenty of ways to participate – with talks, walks, planting and ‘Words on a Wing’– all detailed on the new website at www.conservationweek.org.nz. The website has a special focus on education, and features a teachers’ area and a kids’ area (with video clips, activities, competitions and resources). Contact Liz lsherwood@doc.govt.nz Ph 477 0677 for more information.

v) September 17 – 26 – Clean up New Zealand Week is a time when people can show their civic pride by joining an organised rubbish clean up or choosing to clean up an area with friends, family or a local club.

Last year thousands joined Clean Up New Zealand Week and made a huge difference to the overall beauty of NZ.

Help us keep Dunedin beautiful by participating in rubbish collections across Dunedin.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful to collect your special green bag and gloves and to confirm your clean up area.

Contact: Jan Tucker, 472 7463, dthomson@dcc.govt.nz, www.dunedin.govt.nz

vi) Tuesday, 21 September, 7 – 9pm – H2Oil documentary movie screening – New Zealand premiere! College Auditorium, University of Otago

H2Oil is a hard hitting, Canadian made documentary about the extraction of oil form the tar sands in Northern Alberta Canada, and its devastating human and environmental consequences.

“Thanks to Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands, Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. A controversial billion-dollar industry is heavily invested in extracting crude from the tarry sands through a process so toxic it has become an international cause for concern. Four barrels of glacier-fed spring water are used to process each barrel of oil, then are dumped, laden with carcinogens, into leaky tailings ponds so huge they can be seen from space. Downstream, the people of Fort Chipewyan are already paying the price for what will be one of the largest industrial projects in history. When a local doctor raises the alarm about clusters of rare cancers, evidence mounts for industry and government cover-ups. In a time when wars are fought over oil and a crisis looms over access to clean fresh water, which resource is more precious? And what price are we willing to pay?” — Gisèle Gordon.

Gold coin donation

Stefan Fairweather, 021 562 110, faist967@student.otago.ac.nz, http://h2oildoc.com

vii) Wednesday, September 22 – on Car Free Day, Get The Train has chartered another train to allow Northern Coast and West Harbour residents to use public transport for the day.

All local schools are participating and collectively we need to fill this train again, to make the point we need low carbon, efficient public transport, and this great social link weaving through our communities!

Tickets are $5 cash each way.

Please note the slightly later evening departure from Dunedin and the availability of travel on the ’empty’ trips before and after the commute. Ideal for those wanting a dawn or evening excursion. The train will spend about 45 minutes at Waitati on the evening run, which is to coordinate with a freight train going the other way.

We acknowledge the assistance of Community Trust of Otago, Dunedin City Council Small Grants Fund, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board and Chalmers Community Board for financial support for this venture.

We look forward to seeing you all on the train.

Peter Dowden
Get the Train

Timetable:

(Outward train departs Dunedin 6.40am, arriving Waitati 7.20am. The public may travel on this service)

COMMUTER TRAIN DEPART Waitati 7.40am, Michies Crossing 7.45am, Osborne 7.55am, Purakaunui 8.00am, Mihiwaka 8.05am, Port Chalmers Upper 8.10am, Sawyers Bay 8.15am, Maia 8.25am, ARRIVE Dunedin 8.40am

COMMUTER TRAIN DEPART Dunedin 5.45pm, Maia 5.55pm, Sawyers Bay 5.50pm, Port Chalmers Upper 6.00pm, Mihiwaka 6.15pm, Purakaunui 6:17pm, Osborne 6.20pm, Michies Crossing 6.25pm, Waitati ARRIVE 6.30pm

(After a 45 minute stay over, return trip departs for Dunedin 7.30pm, arriving 8.10pm)

For more information contact Danielle on 482 1233.

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to “normal” life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

viii) Friday, September 24, 2pm – Peak Oil, Peak Economy: Energy, Money, and the End of Growth, Richard Heinberg Post Carbon Institute, Archway 1 Lecture Theatre (Video Link) cnr Union Street East and Leith Walk

Energy is not just a segment of the economy, it is the basis of all economic activity. More expensive energy and declining amounts of fossil fuels are assured in the years and decades to come; as a result, the current world economic crisis should be considered the beginning of a long-term contraction that will continue until the economy can be supported by renewable resources harvested at sustainable rates. This contraction can be managed in such a way as to support society and ecosystems—but not if economists and politicians are still planning for conventional growth.

All Welcome!

ix) 15 – 16 November – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition to sustainability, Christchurch

With local live connections to venues in:

Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Auckland

One Nation, Two Days, Forty Signs of Change

Introduction

The first decade of the 21st Century has confirmed the warnings of the previous fifty years – the historical development path is not sustainable. Air, water, energy, soils, forests, fish… over exploitation enabled by new technology and emboldened by new economies has brought the world’s resources, ecosystems, and even the climate to the tipping point. The benefits of profligate energy use, new technology and economic growth are obvious, but the cost is degradation of social fabric and environmental viability. But change is happening. The Signs of Change Conference will show-case examples of fundamental change in a wide variety of contexts.

Invitation

You are invited to participate! The Signs of Change Conference is for engineers, scientists, business people, council workers, educators, students, health workers, farmers, transition town members… anyone who wants to know about initiatives in sustainability. Our perceptions and expectations of the future are shaped by our experiences. If we see and hear about signs of change in a direction that is fruitful, restorative, respectful and sustainable, then it can become our reality. This conference provides and opportunity to make connections, share ideas, and learn what others are doing.

Presentations

Signs of Change Conference will present “Change Reports” by participants and observers who have rigorously measured or described, analysed and/or assessed how a particular change is fundamental to the break-away from ‘business-as-usual’ and towards sustainability. We anticipate reports from research, innovation, practice, governance, organisation, social action, education and many other fields.

Venue

This conference is an innovation in low-carbon conferencing by using video links between six centres: Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Auckland.

Objectives

This is a first-of-a-kind experiment in connecting people from all walks of life in a show-and-tell discussion format using the latest information and communication technology. You can be a part of history by participating at your local venue, or by telling the country about a sign of change that you have been part of or have observed. It’s not about what is not sustainable, or what we should change. This conference is about what the change to a sustainable path for our people looks like. We are all going to understand better, when we’ve seen, heard and engaged in the conversation about the signs of change that are happening.

http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

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3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz).

– Let’s Grow Native Gardening Competition

Start planning your garden now and enter the Let’s Grow Native Gardening Competition.

Judges will be looking for gardens that support ecology and biodiversity – and look good too! Judges are broadcaster Jim Mora, gardening writer Gillian Vine and Mick Reece, chairman of the New Zealand Gardens Trust. They will judge gardens in three categories: Schools, businesses and homes.

Entries close 22 October 2010. Don’t forget to send your entry form with accompanying photos (electronic form acceptable).

Judging will be completed in the last weekend of November and the winners announced at the Let’s Grow Native Family BBQ Picnic on 28 November at the Woodhaugh Gardens.

Contact: Renee Gordon, 477 4000, rgordon@dcc.govt.nz, www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity

– Biodiversity Condition and Advice Funds – Funding round open now (close 3pm Thursday 14 October 2010) www.biodiversity.govt.nz/biofunds

Prior discussion with Fund staff can be useful for anyone proposing to submit an application. Additionally if you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your project please feel free to call us on 0800 86 2020. Notification of outcome is anticipated in February 2011.

How to apply

You need to familiarise yourself with the Biodiversity Fund Guides and Exclusions for funding www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/pvtland/conditionapps.html

Online applications: you are encouraged to submit applications online using the appropriate form for the Advice Fund or Condition Fund www.biodiversity.govt.nz/apply Refer to the online application guide for helpful notes and hints www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/pvtland/Guide_4_Electronic_Online_Applications.pdf

Manual applications: If you are submitting an application manually you must use the appropriate and revised applications forms for this round www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/pvtland/conditionapps.html

Further information and assistance

Please call our free phone 0800 86 2020 and talk to one of the Funds team.

4. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz), and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

– Nicholas Stern on Radio New Zealand –

One of the world’s leading climate change experts – and the author of the landmark 2006 Stern Review, which articulated the economic case for action on climate change. Nicholas Stern argues that a price on carbon and political will are vital to creating an environment where green innovation can thrive.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20100909

– Ocean acidification interview on Radio New Zealand –

Ocean acidification has been called many things – The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem, and even Global Warming’s Evil Twin. It’s the result of oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the air, and it’s happening very quickly at the moment. Alison Ballance talks with marine biologists to find out what more acidic seawater might mean for marine creatures that use calcium carbonate to make shells. See Our Changing World – http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/20100909

– Media release from the Environmental Defence Society: Coastal gems urgently need greater protection

“The current public furore over development at New Chums beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula, brings into sharp focus the need for greater national direction on coastal development,” said EDS Senior Policy Analyst Raewyn Peart today

“The Minister of Conservation, Hon Kate Wilkinson, has been sitting for months now on a revised New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) that would provide that direction. Our current NZCPS dates back to 1994. It provides little protection for our coastal gems. There has been widespread recognition that it needs to be replaced.

“A Board of Inquiry undertook an extensive investigation into what the replacement NZCPS should include and finalised its report in July 2009. It is reasonable for the Minister to take time to consider the Board of Inquiry’s report but the delay is now becoming excessive. EDS calls on the Minister to urgently promulgate the revised NZCPS as recommended by the Board of Inquiry,” concluded Ms Peart

Contact: Raewyn Peart ph 09 8156082 or 021613379, newsletter@eds.org.nz

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

PO Box 8061, North East Valley, Dunedin

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Sustainable Dunedin City is excited to announce that with the generous support of the Positive Futures Trust we have another $2000 available to support even more community projects! Round Two of the Big Green Challenge is now open! Applications close 5pm Friday September 1oth.

Application Form

Round One saw a healthy number of really creative food related applications, so for Round Two we’re particularly interested in projects focused on the areas of water, transport, and energy.

The Big Green Challenge is linking in with 10:10:10 (October 10th, 2010), a day when thousands of communities all over the world will be getting to work as part of a Global Climate Working Bee organised by 350.org. It’s set to be the biggest DIY event the world has ever seen.

To support this day, Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. has money, time and expertise to offer to help your organisation, business, school or group get its community project off the ground.

We’re still on Facebook, throwing up links to cool DIY projects and sharing ideas. We look forward to seeing yours!

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