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Dear Members,

With the news so rightfully immersed in the Christchurch earthquake, we hesitate when we continue to go about our daily lives.

Christchurch people are showing incredible resilience in the face of disaster, with communities working together as never before. Climate change and peak oil will throw up similar challenges to transport, energy supply, water supply and food security. What the quake shows us is that the more we prepare for efficiency in public transport, alternative energy sources, local food supply and above all community building, the readier we will be to meet these challenges.

Read on!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Sunday, March 6 – Seaweek Coastal Cleanup

ii) Saturday, March 12 & 26, 1 – 5pm – Composting Made Easy Workshops

iii) Wednesday, April 20 – Coal Action Network Public Meeting, time and venue to be confirmed

iv) June 1 – 2, 2011 – Coastlines, Spatial Planning for Land & Sea, EDS Conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Dunedin City Council – position vacancy – Sustainability Community Resilience Advisor

– Otepoti Urban Organics

3. Food for Thought

– A recommendation from SDC founder, Jinty McTavish

– From Greenpeace – Emission Targets

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1. 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 Sunday, March 6 – Seaweek Coastal Cleanup

Kia ora!

You’re invited to join the Seaweek Coastal Cleanup. Please circulate this invitation to your family, friends and workmates. Please print the flyers and pop them in a shop window or notice board near you.

Bring the kids or get a team together and make it a fun day out for Children’s Day Sunday March 6. It’s a time to explore our connections with the sea, and learn more about our marine and coastal environments.

Check out www.seaweek.org.nz for more details on local events celebrating Seaweek, or give me a call or email.

Liz Sherwood

Community Relations Ranger—Kai-Arahi Whakamarama a iwi

Department of Conservation—Te Papa Atawhai

Coastal Otago Area Office

477 0677 / lsherwood@doc.govt.nz

ii) Saturday, March 12 & 26, 1 – 5pm – Composting Made Easy Workshops

Hands-on workshops run by Michelle Ritchie, Organic By Design. Workshops run from 1 – 5pm, maximum 12 participants, $10.00 cost per person includes afternoon tea. Regular composting, Bokashi and worm farms included. For more information contact jneilson@dcc.govt.nz

iii) Wednesday, April 20 – Coal Action Network Public Meeting, time and venue to be confirmed

The Coal Action Network is going public with a series of meetings explaining why the mining of Southland lignite is such a disastrously bad idea, and encouraging people to join our supporters’ list and get active in the campaign. Jeanette Fitzsimons, climate change campaigner and former co-leader of the Green Party, will be the featured speaker at the meetings.

Some background from Coal Action Network’s Tim Green –

Solid Energy Spills the Beans

Solid Energy has always been prone to PR slip-ups, and it appears that its recent announcement of its preferred site for its pilot lignite-to-briquettes plant in Southland may have been a case of a Solid Energy spokesperson saying more than he was supposed to, rather than deliberate strategy.

In any case, the cat is out of the bag: as reported by the Southland Times, “Solid Energy plans to build its pilot briquetting plant south of Mataura, at the site of its former mine in Craig Rd, but a large commercial plant, if it went ahead, would probably be in the Croydon area, near Gore.” – see

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/4572621/Site-for-Solid-Energys-pilot-plant-revealed

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4574618/Solid-Energy-plans-briquette-plant

Solid Energy also announced that it would be proceeding with resource consent applications soon – the proposed site for the pilot plant will face less consenting requirements than the other possible sites.

This pilot briquetting plant is the thin end of the wedge. Solid Energy want to get their first lignite conversion plant up and running as soon as possible, so that it is harder to stop subsequent, larger, dirtier developments. This plant has to be stopped, and we expect it to face intensive opposition – see subsequent updates for more on how you can help with that.

Here is Scoop’s coverage of the Coal Action Network’s statement in response to the announcement:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1101/S00084/coal-action-network-slams-lignite-plans.htm

Here is Greenpeace’s response to the announcement:

http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/press/Briquette-plant-a-crime-for-which-Fonterra-and-Government-will-share-guilt—/

Till next time,

Regards
Tim Jones
for the Coal Action Network

coalactionnetwork@gmail.com

iv) June 1 – 2, 2011 – Coastlines, Spatial Planning for Land & Sea, EDS Conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland

Recent developments have reinforced the urgent need for effective spatial planning of our coasts, lakesides and sea.

The revised New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement requires councils to map high value areas of the coastal environment and protect them from adverse effects. The Auckland spatial plan is applying a strategic approach to planning for Auckland’s land and coastal marine area, an approach likely to be extended to other metropolitan areas around the country. Burgeoning developments around our lakeshores are proving controversial in both the North and South Islands.

The expansion of oil and gas exploration and undersea mining in our oceans, at a time when there have been unprecedented marine disasters elsewhere, highlights the need for effective environmental controls. Burgeoning aquaculture and the government’s commitment to establish a representative network of marine protected areas by 2012 all reinforce the need to apply spatial planning to our marine areas, as well as underscoring the urgency for more fundamental oceans reform.

Coastlines will bring together international cutting-edge thinking and skilled New Zealand professionals to explore how spatial planning can achieve improved environmental outcomes for New Zealand’s land and sea. It will examine international experience, the implications of the new NZCPS and the Auckland spatial plan, the application of spatial planning to second generation RMA district, regional and unitary plans, approaches to marine spatial planning, the case for oceans reform, and critically important governance issues.

Coastlines is a not-to-be missed event for resource management practitioners, resource users and developers, councillors, council and government officials, iwi and hapū members, researchers, community activists and students. Join EDS at the environmental conference of the year.

www.edsconference.com

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2. 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 – position vacancy – Sustainability Community Resilience Advisor

A new position has been established to provide leadership on sustainability issues and “drive” the Council’s response to climate change impacts and Peak Oil vulnerability. The position is a specialist technical role, which provides a corporate resource increasing awareness throughout the Council of sustainability issues and keeping staff informed on sustainability issues and developments.

The post will be based within the Corporate Policy Team, responsible for strategic planning. It will coordinate activities across Council departments and work with community and other stakeholders.

The position holder will have specific responsibility for:

* Providing leadership on sustainability issues, and managing the implementation of the Council’s sustainability framework.
* Facilitating the Council’s response to identified Climate Change impacts and Peak Oil vulnerability.
* Promoting and communicating the Council’s sustainability work, across the Council and to the community.
* Supporting the Community Resilience Forum.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified environmental or social scientist, with a commitment to sustainability and community resilience.

Applications for this vacancy

Applications are due 4pm on March 4, to the Human Resources Advisor, Dunedin City Council via one of the options below.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/jobs-at-council/job-vacancies/sustainability-community-resilience-advisor

Otepoti Urban Organics

Otepoti Urban Organics is a non-profit network of gardeners, community groups and businesses who have an interest in fostering and engaging in organic food growing activities, and other sustainable practices, in the Dunedin area. The primary purpose of the network’s existence is to increase the quantity and quality of food grown by people in their own back yards or other locations, and to make these activities more enjoyable, productive and efficient for all involved.

They encourage people to view vegetable gardening not only as a hobby but as a way of life… an opportunity to engage in a living relationship between you, the food you eat, and the community you live within.

Attached to this email is their special 2011 Autumn Seed Catalog, featuring varieties which can be planted in the next month or so.

http://www.urbanorganics.org.nz/node/31

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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.

– A recommendation from SDC founder, Jinty McTavish

Local peak oil commentator Murrary Grimwood’s blog – always worth a squiz!

http://powerdownkiwi.wordpress.com/about/

– From Greenpeace – Emission Targets

While the rest of the world makes bold commitments to address climate change, promising increasingly strong targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, New Zealand is set to fall short. Our Government has proposed an embarrassingly weak target of only 50% by 2050 reduction.

Not only is the National Government’s “50 by 50” target well short of the 40% by 2020 target supported by over 230,000 kiwis in the Sign On campaign but it is well short of the commitments made by countries like the UK and even the USA.

This places New Zealand at the back of the pack in terms of tackling the global problem of climate change and sets us up to be irrelevant in the greatest challenge of our generation.

What New Zealand needs is a bold target that will inspire the innovation and invention that we and the world so urgently need if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. If anyone can do it – we can do it – if only our leaders would seize the opportunity.

Not only could we play a role in saving the world, but there are some very real opportunities for economic transformation if we make good on our clean green reputation and play to our natural talent for invention.

Use this form to make a submission now urging Environment Minister Nick Smith to toughen up his act and propose a bold target of reducing New Zealand’s emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/take-action/Take-action-online/2050-emissions-target-submission/

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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.

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Update

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dear Members,

STOP PRESS! Cancel anything you had planned for this Thursday, February 22, as it is here and now booked. Check out these great events open to YOU!

i) THIS Thursday, February 24, 12 – 1pm – Space2B Sustainable, LunchChat Series on Workplace Sustainability, Space2B, corner of Filluel & St Andrews Streets

We will have Charlotte Flaherty, Safe and Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator, Transportation Operations, from the Dunedin City Council to chat with us about how we can implement sustainable transport initiatives in our office workplace. In particular Charlotte will talk about workplace walking and cycling groups and also car pooling.

The venue is at Space2B which is on the corner of Filluel St and St Andrews (Church of Christ Community). Please bring your lunch. Fairtrade tea and coffee provided for a small donation. Thanks to Church of Christ Community’s Sustainability Hub @ Space2B for providing this space.

This is a great opportunity to chat about issues relating to our office workplace sustainability in a relaxed setting and to get ideas for our own office workplaces. Cath Irvine, Waste Strategy Officer, DCC will also be present to assist with waste minimisation queries.

Your RSVP is appreciated. Hope to see you there! Please email me at mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Best wishes

Maureen

This lunchtime series is held on the Last Thursday of Each Month and is brought to you by the Dunedin City Council.

Maureen Howard
LunchChats at Space2BSustainable, Coordinator, DCC
Tel 03 473 9967 / 021 235 0068

ii) THIS Thursday February 24, 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: Cafe Cup Survey & Reflections on the Cancun Climate Conference: by Sustainable Dunedin City

Our guest community group this month is Sustainable Dunedin City who will share news of a few of our recent activities. With my SDC hat on I will outline our waste minimisation idea for a Survey of Dunedin Cafes support of BYO cups and provision of BioCups and ask for your help to make this a “GreenDrink” Action! Paul Young will talk about his trip to the UN climate conference in Cancun last December with the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Paul is keen to have questions and discussion on the state of the politics and prospects for an international agreement, and how we can relate to that in Dunedin.

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.

iii) THIS Thursday & Friday, February 24 & 25, 7.30pm – Film Screening – Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Story, The Church Restaurant Bar & Cinema, 50 Dundas Street, Tickets $10, door sales only from 7.15pm.

Regeneration Otago presents a special fundraising screening of the yet to be released Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Story.

David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a ‘last lecture’ – what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die”. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life — creating a biography of ideas — forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/force-of-nature-the-david-suzuki-movie/

Proceeds will go towards the work of ReGeneration Otago in 2011. Regeneration is a national network of young people working to create positive change in their communities, schools, workplaces, and the natural environment. We are kick starting a year of workshops, collaborative events, and action projects!
Check out our website, http://www.regeneration.org.nz/.
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Kia ora,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

GreenDrinks Dunedin
Thursday 24th February at 5.30pm in 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:  Cafe Cup Survey & Reflections on the Cancun Climate Conference: by Sustainable Dunedin City

Our guest community group this month is Sustainable Dunedin City who will share news of a few of our recent activities. With my SDC hat on I will outline our waste minimisation idea for a Survey of Dunedin Cafes support of BYO cups and provision of BioCups and ask for your help to make this a “GreenDrink” Action! Paul Young will talk about his trip to the UN climate conference in Cancun last December with the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Paul is keen to have questions and discussion on the state of the politics and prospects for an international agreement, and how we can relate to that in Dunedin.

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.

If you would like to be unsubscribed from this list please email me at mhoward@slingshot.co.nz. Thanks,
Maureen Howard, Sustainable Dunedin City Committee Member.

February 14, 2011

Dear Members,

If you have time, in between the great array of events on this fortnight, we’ve also sought out heaps of interesting reading for you.

So, happy Valentines Day and read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS FRIDAY, February 18 from 5.30pm – Professor Richard Denniss & Affluenza

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS TUESDAY, February 15, 7.30pm – Waitati Energy Project

ii) THIS THURSDAY, February 17, 9am – 10.30am – Complete Streets: State of the Practice

iii) THIS FRIDAY, February 18, 4pm onwards – Barking Mad Book Sale

iv) THIS SATURDAY, February 19, 3pm onwards – Hampden Union Challenge Debate

v) THIS SUNDAY, February 20, 11am – Get on your bike!

vi) THIS SUNDAY, February 20 – Community Clean Up Day, Aramoana

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Natural Burials & Maureen Howard

– DCC Community Assistance Subcommittee & Jinty McTavish

4. Food for Thought

– Dunedin Bus Services & Phillip Cole

– Dunedin Bus Services & Nicky Chapman from Transition Town Port Chalmers

– DCC’s Peak Oil Vulnerability Assessment

– Environmental Science Blog
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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 FRIDAY, February 18 from 5.30pm – Professor Richard Denniss & Affluenza

Professor Richard Denniss, Deputy Director of the Australia Institute and author of the influential and important book “Affluenza,” will be speaking on climate change, energy security, wasteful consumption and Affluenza at the NEV Baptist Church, 268 North Rd., from 5:30 on Friday 18 February. We will share food before his talk, so please bring finger food. ALL WELCOME!

For further information, see: http://www.clivehamilton.net.au/cms/index.php?page=affluenza or phone 478-0264 / 0226599588

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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 TUESDAY, February 15, 7.30pm – Waitati Energy Project

Dear all,

John Key is being very clear about what a next term government under National would do. Privatization is on the agenda and in the news, i.e.

http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/01/27/gordon-campbell-on-the-plans-for-privatization/

While national politics are being played out in the run up to the election-world cup, a community initiative is attempting to make its own way. It’s a NZ first, community energy project: Blueskin Power.

TOPIC: Privatisation or Community-lead? – What’s in it for the Mums and Dads?

Can we ignore the bigger picture and just get on and do our own thing?

Just what is the NZ electricity sector like anyway, and would more private investor involvement be valuable for our communities and our households? Those are some of the bigger questions we’re thinking about, while also looking at the practical side of what is happening here and now and where it’s heading.

The invited discussion panel of Janet Stephenson, Neville Auton, Bill Currie, Antony Deaker (and myself) are all involved in various aspects of Blueskin energy initiatives. John Kaiser of the Waitati Energy Project will facilitate the meeting.

Agenda

1. Who owns our electricity assets and who could own them?

2. Current Blueskin Power focus

3. What new opportunities for: community ENGAGEMENT & PROMOTION of energy action.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best
Scott Willis

waitatienergy@gmail.com

ii) THIS Thursday, February 17, 9am – 10.30am – Complete Streets: State of the Practice, Jan Breward Conference Room, Rm 144 (note change), 55 Hanover St, Dunedin

The Injury Prevention Research Unit at the University of Otago in collaboration with SPOKES Dunedin cordially invite you to attend a free morning webinar and light breakfast on: Complete Streets: State of the Practice

The power of the term and the Complete Streets movement is that it redefines what a Street is intended to do, what goals transportation agencies meet, and how the community spend its transportation money. It breaks down the traditional separation of ‘highways,’ ‘transit,’ and ‘biking/walking,’ and instead focuses on the desired outcome of a transportation system that supports the safe and appropriate use of all modes. More than 200 jurisdictions in the U.S. (state, region, county and city) have adopted Complete Streets policies, and the pace of policy adoption is quickening.

RSVP: Jo-Ann Bremner  (by Tuesday, February 15th)

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Details:
Please join this Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) sponsored webinar to examine the current state of the practice forComplete Streets. Topics will include:

* How support for complete streets is strengthened as collaboration with public health, transit, business and other partners increases

* A comparison of existing policies and how they match up to guidelines from the National Complete Streets Coalition

* Examples of best practice at the local and state level

The webinar will include a case study of Charlotte, N.C. (a city of 1.7 million). The City of Charlotte’s complete streets policy preceded and informed North Carolina’s state complete streets policy. Learn about Charlotte’s award-winning Urban Streets Design Guidelines and how the city is implementing requirements for developers to complement the use of public funds. Presenters are Stefanie Seskin of the National Complete Streets Coalition and Mark Cole, Design Section Manager, City of Charlotte.

Attendees are encouraged to read up on:

Complete Streets Fundamentals

Review the Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Brochure

Review the elements for a comprehensive complete streets policy

Review a couple of the many examples of complete streets policies such as

State of Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota (pop = 97,000)

Crystal City, MO (pop = 4,523)

Hope to see you there!

iii) THIS FRIDAY, February 18, 4pm onwards – Barking Mad Book Sale, Dunedin City Library

On Friday, 18 February, the Dunedin City Library car park on Moray Place will hum with chatter, the shuffle of paper and the ringing of tills instead of the growl of engines.

From 4.00pm on Friday, 18 February until 4.00pm on Sunday, 20 February, the Library’s annual ‘Barking Mad Book Sale’ will entice book lovers into the car park in search of a good read for less than the price of a loaf of bread.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-311/the-barking-mad-book-sale

iv) THIS SATURDAY, February 19, 3pm onwards – Hampden Union Challenge Debate, Hampden Community Hall, Main Road, Hampden

There are only a few tickets left for Hampden Community Energy’s second debate about economic growth being desirable in the face of a decline in the availability of fossil fuels. The Labour Party have put a team together (after the National Party withdrew their team) to pit their wits against a team chosen by the Hampden Community Energy Inc. Starting time is 7.45pm Waitaki’s Mayor, Alex Familton Esq will be the adjudicator.

A curtain-raiser debate between teams from Waitaki Boys and Waitaki Girls High Schools will start the evening off beginning at 7pm.

The afternoon’s events are a talk by Dr Richard Denniss on measuring growth by GDP, commencing at 3pm; followed by a cob oven demonstration by Fleur of Moeraki, and a hangi dinner.

A light supper will follow the evening’s events.

Contact Details:

Elizabeth Norton, Secretary, Hampden Community Energy Inc, phone 03 4394887 Dugald MacTavish, Chairman, HCE Moeraki, phone 03 4394824

Cost: Dinner and Debate, $20.00
Afternoon events, gold coin

v) THIS SUNDAY, February 20, 11am – Get on your bike!

Spokes’ Bike Wise contribution is a ‘Get on your bike today’ group ride on Sunday 20th February from The Teeth on Portsmouth Drive to the Salt Water Pool at St Clair. Kick off at 11am. There will be spot prizes, including one from Ground Effect. Come and join us for a swim and/or coffee and bring all your family and mates. The first 50 riders swim for just $2 and you will get a discount on their coffee as well. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and towel.

anna.m.star@gmail.com

vi) THIS SUNDAY, February 20 – Community Clean Up Day, Aramoana

Clean up days are held in outlying areas of Dunedin City at various times each year. The DCC phone number will be displayed at all sites prior to the clean up on a sign advising the date of the clean up.

Find out more at: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/events/garden-and-environment/community-cleanup-days/sustainable-living-courses10
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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).

Our SDC committee members have been making the news a lot recently, for all the right reasons –

Natural Burials & Maureen Howard

Natural burials could one day become Dunedin’s only method of interment, and the rules for the city’s cemeteries are to be rewritten to allow them, a Dunedin City Council staff member says.

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/147474/new-rules-allow-natural-burials-dunedin
DCC Community Assistance Subcommittee & Jinty McTavish

The Dunedin City Council is looking for two community representatives, one arts and one events, to assist the Community Assistance Sub-Committee in its deliberations allocating $836,600 to a range of community groups.

Nominations for the appointments close on Wednesday, March 2.

Committee chairperson Cr Jinty MacTavish says “This is a rewarding committee to be involved with offering the opportunity to learn so much about what is going on in the Arts, Recreation and Community sectors, and be involved with the work carried out by many small groups of volunteers.”

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/february-2011/nominations-sought-for-dcc-community-assistance-subcommittee

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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.

Dunedin Bus Services & Phillip Cole
“A long way to go” may be a fairer reflection on the current state of the Bus Service (“A fare way to go”, ODT 5.2.11).

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/147153/dunedins-bus-service-not-enticing-enough
And Dunedin Bus Services & Nicky Chapman from Transition Town Port Chalmers

Public transport could and should be part of a whole fresh vision for our city.

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/your-say/147255/public-transport-public-good

Jinty pointed out that we haven’t yet sent you the link to the DCC’s Peak Oil Vulnerability Assessment

This link – http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/policies-plans-and-strategies/peak-oil-vulnerability-analysis-report – includes a bunch of downloads including SDC committee member Bob Lloyd’s background paper, which articulates very well the global context and the “bigger picture” concerns that the final report does not do so well.

She also wondered whether you were looking for inspiration ahead of submissions to the DCC’s Draft Annual Plan? (I imagine Jinty is).

Transition Towns have brought out their guide to on-to-it local government –

http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2010-10-12/communities-councils-and-low-carbon-future-launch-and-competition

And committee member, Mark Jackson, reckons this list of blogs, albeit US centric, is worth keeping an eye on –

http://www.mastersinenvironmentalscience.org/top-50-environmental-science-blogs.html#43

Told you there was a bit to do this fortnight! Enjoy!
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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.

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

 

Committee  Meeting 5.30pm 20th August 2009, MWH office, Wickliffe House.

 

Present: Jocelyn Harris, Phil Cole, Maureen Howard, Janet Brady, Nick Holmes, Jess Holmes, Mark Jackson, Paul Young, David  Tucker,

Apologies: Ella Lawton, Tracey Willmott, Jinty Mactavish, Suze Keith, John Cocks.

 

Minutes of last committee meeting. Motion to accept the minutes, Jocelyn Harris, seconded by Phil Cole. Carried.

Secretary’s report and matters arising: There has been no mail this past month.

 

Local Government Elections 2010:

·        Jess Holmes put forward a suggestion from the Green Party that SDC and similar organisations working for sustainability should work together to develop a joint strategy to promote certain pro-sustainability candidates at next years local body elections.

·        It was pointed out that constitutionally SDC must be non-partisan, and can’t be seen to endorse any one candidate. However, SDC can indicate which candidates’ policies are in accordance with SDC’s aims, and also it could sponsor a candidates forum as it did at the last election.

 

Community Sustainability Panel.

There has been a request from Tony Avery of the DCC for SDC to have a representative on the above the Community Sustainability Panel to being formed to look at the longterm. . .Fliss Butcher is to chair and Stains, Wilson and Cull to represent the council, and three members from community groups

 

The Age of Stupid” showing:  

  • A number of the committee to attend the screening immediately after the meeting.
  • Janet and Jess pointed out that it will be showing four times a day for the next week and to encourage everyone to get a long to see this very important film. It has had good press coverage so far.
  • Janet requested more STD membership forms to put out at the display table at the screening. Jocelyn agreed to get these to her.

 

DSSCF “Plastic Bags aren’t free” day – Sat 15th Aug: 

  • Paul Young reported that this had been a success. Of all the retailers contacted only two took part in charging for plastic bags on the day and making a donation.
  • Shoppers were receptive to exchanging their plastic bags when offered one of these at the various location.

 

Labour Party – latest moves about Climate Change: Jocelyn reported on a recent meeting of hosted by the NEV Labour Party branch to discuss policy ideas with the three local Labour MPs.

 

Speights Brewery Environment Fund:

  • David Tucker arrived directly from attending the function to announce this.
  • He reported that Speights has announced a $25,000 annual fund to support local environmental projects in the Dunedin area.
  • Jocelyn is to write a letter in support of this initiative.

 

350.org update – 24th October 2009: Nick Holmes gave the lastest news on the progress of organising this event. Otago Polytech as well as the DCC have now agreed to support this event.

 

Green Drinks Initiative: Maureen said that a new location  was being considered because Filadelfio’s had proved too noisy a location to have speakers.

 

Co-option of New Committee Members:

  • Jocelyn Harris who was returned to the committee at the AGM was nominated to return to the Co-Chair position by Phil Cole, seconded by Maureen Howard.
  • Jess Holmes, Nick Holmes and Ella Lawton’s names were put forward for the committee after the official nominations for election of members closed but it was suggested that they be co-opted to the committee.
  • Jess Holmes was nominated by Jocelyn Harris, seconded by Janet Brady.
  • Nick Holmes was nominated by Mark Jackson, seconded by Paul Young.
  • Ella Lawton was nominated by Phil Cole, seconded by David Tucker.
  • It was agreed unanimously to co-opt all four.

 

 

 

 

Meeting Closed: 6.05pm.

Next meeting: 17th September

 

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Committee Meeting, 22nd October 2009.

 

 

Apologies: Dave Tucker, Phil Cole, Maureen Howard, Tracey Willmott, Jocelyn Harris,

 

Present: Mark Jackson, Jess Holmes, John Cocks, Janet Brady, Nick Holmes, Paul Young, Jinty MacTavish, Suze Keith, Ella Lawton.

 

John Cocks kindly agreed to Chair the meeting as both Co-Chairs were unable to attend.

 

Minutes of Last Meeting:

John moved that the minutes of last committee meeting accepted, Mark Jackson seconded.

 

Secretary’s Report:

There has been no significant correspondence in the past month.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

John read through the report on Tracey’s behalf. There were no matters arising from it.

 

General Business:

Local Government Elections 2010 – Strategy

Further to last month’s discussion on supporting sustainability-minded candidates it was agreed that SDC would facilitate a forum before the local body elections to for candidates to present their views on sustainability. 

Ø      SDC has been approached by the Green Party, and welcomes talks with other groups wanting to support candidates with good sustainability policies.

 

Community Sustainability Panel.

Phil Cole forwarded his report  – along with copies of the minutes  – from the first meeting of the Community Sustainability Panel on Monday, 14th September at The Mayoral Offices.

Ø      The goal of the committee is to envisage Dunedin in fifty years time and to make plans to deal with climate change and peak oil over that time. It is a steering committee of  councillors, council staff and invited community group representatives. The committee may invite specialists in sustainability issues to present to it.

Ø      Now that Jinty MacTavish is back in Dunedin she will take over as SDC’s representative and will attend the next meeting on 9th November.

Ø      Jinty reported she had attended her first meeting of the Biodiversity Strategy Forum, on behalf of Enviroschools but could also represent SDC. The forum is made up of members of the public, not DCC or O.R.C councillors.

 

SDC Meeting at the Green Party HQ

At the Green Party’s invitation to SDC to meet with its Co-Leaders, Phil Cole, Paul Young, Maureen Howard, Janet Brady and Nick Holmes met Metiria Turei  and Russell Norman on the 30th September.

Ø      They were keen to find out what SDC has been involved with to date, and of future plans.

Ø      They enquired about local body election strategies planned and it was explained that as a apolitical organisation SDC couldn’t back specific candidates but that it intends to facilitate a forum for candidates on sustainability issues.

 

SDC Submission to the Climate Change Response

Ø      Jinty MacTavish made a submission on Emissions Trading Scheme on behalf of SDC. She didn’t ask to speak to it.

Ø      Paul was in Wellington and spoke on behalf of Solar Action’s submission. He spoke by phone for his personal submission but didn’t get asked any questions. He noted for future submissions that it seemed worth making the effort to appear in person.

 

Vodafone Foundation’s ‘World of Difference’ Programme: Nick Holmes Application Update:

Nick has been to Auckland for the next round of the selection process and felt his application had been well received. Check with Nick – my understanding is that he was awarded the engagement?

Ø      If he is selected he will hold brainstorming session with SDC on ideas to engage Dunedin’s youth with sustainability issues.

 

DSSCF – Update.

Members have been focussing on the Spring Food Festival.

Ø      They were very disappointed to hear that all South Island New World supermarkets have dropped the 5 cent charge for plastic bags.

 

Stall at the Spring Festival.

Details relating to organising a gazebo, table and display were discussed. It was agreed that having a presence at the festival was sufficient and that it was best to keep it simple.

Ø       Duncan Kenderdine will deliver, assemble and take the gazebo away afterwards.

Ø      Janet Brady will get the laminated signs from Maureen, and print out copies of recent submissions, articles and newsletter to demonstrate SDC’s work.

Ø      Janet will set up stall and make sure there is always at least one person on the stall for the duration of the festival.  Jess Holmes, David Tucker, Maureen Howard, Suze Keith will all take a turn on stall.

 

 350.org Update on 24th October 2009:

Ø      Nick and Jinty reported that approximately 100 schools around the country have events planned for the 23rd.  

Ø      On the 24th there are over 150 events registered throughout New Zealand and that Dunedin is likely to be the biggest in NZ.

Ø      Among events planned are the bike ride with Kashi Leuchs, the group surf at St Clair, TV473 is creating a human scale in Baldwin Street. Workshops will be held in the afternoon and six bands are confirmed to play on the main stage.

Ø      The amount of sponsorship had been overwhelming. This includes the donation of 1000 eco-bulbs to be given away to people who sign the sail that is being by taken to Copenhagen by the youth delegation.

Ø      Nick asked if SDC would donate $300 to purchase fruit trees to give as prizes to the top 10 eco-heroes nominated along with certificates. Mark moved the motion, Jess seconded it. Motion passed. Maureen Howard will present the prizes on the day.

 

Green Drinks:

Next drinks to be next Thursday 29th October, at Filadelfios at 5.30. This month Oxfam’s “Water for Survival” group will give a talk.

 

Possibility of SDC Endorsement of Submission on Gambling:

Ø      Jess asked whether SDC could make a submission on gambling. While it was generally agreed that this was an important aspect of community sustainability and although it was not the core business of SDC, it was agreed that healthy communities are fundamental to sustainability. 

Ø      Jess to prepare a draft submission based on SDC objectives etc, and circulate it to the committee for comment.

Ø       

Ø      Jess to write a personal submission and circulate it to the committee for comment. Janet, my recollection is that the committee was happy with an SDC endorsed submission provided it was founded on SDC objectives and created a strong link between the submission and SDC objectives etc.

 

Possible Public Talk by Rod Oram:

There might be a possibility of holding a public talk by Rod Oram when he is in Dunedin for the Media and the Environment Forum on 6th November. 

Ø      It was suggested it might be easier just to promote the forum but the cost would exclude people who couldn’t afford to attend. .

Ø      After discussion it was decided that John would approach the organiser of the forum, Geoff Craig, about the possibility of organising a talk open to the public..

 

Sustainable Businesses Group.

Ella Lawton mentioned that the Centre for Sustainable Practice is organising a group for businesses interested in sustainability.  

Ø      So far 20 businesses have indicated their interest.

Ø      If anyone knows of other businesses interested to let them know of a meeting 12.30, (date????) at the Ozone Lounge.

 

 

Meeting closed: 7.22pm

Next meeting: Thursday 19th  November.

 

 

 

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