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Dear Members,

Despite the shortening daylight hours, there is a heap to do over the next fortnight. Dunedin City Council is particularly busy with consultations around the Spatial Plan and the Annual Plan, intertwining the two with the Your City Our Future Programme.

Click here and you will go to Coin James’ presentation, A Very Brief 30-Year Scan, which he delivered to kick start one of the consultations, the Futures Forum, which SDC members attended in July last year.

It makes for interesting reading, and may help you form a submission to the Council on the Annual Plan 2011/12.

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS Thursday March 31, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin, the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

ii) THIS Saturday April 2, 10am – Establishing a Garden Youth Workshop

iii) THIS Sunday April 3 – Community Fruit Trees Project

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Wednesday, March 30, 12 – 12.30pm – Toxins, climate change and marine invertebrates

ii) THIS Friday, April 1, 1pm – HortTalk – Permaculture Plans

iii) THIS Sunday 11am – 2pm – Coast Road Market, Seacliff

iv) Monday April 4, 5.30pm – Living Legends Restoration Project Public Meeting

v) Ministry for the Environment, Green Ribbon Awards are now OPEN

vi) June 1 & 2 – Coastlines, Spatial Planning for Land & Sea, Environmental Defence Society Conference

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Dunedin City Council Draft Annual Plan 2011/12 OPEN for public consultation until Tuesday April 12

– Vote NOW for the Unpackit 2011 Packaging Awards

4. Food for Thought

– Dependence on oil comes at a high cost

– False gospel according to GDP

– Ethical Investment

– From the Economist – the world is his parking spot!

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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 March 31, 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: Progress on the new North East Valley Community Gardens – work has begun!

Our guest community group this month are residents and keen gardeners involved in the North East Valley Community Gardens project who will share news of their progress toward creating a community garden at NEV Primary School. Come hear their story. Speakers to be comfirmed. To find out more, or get involved, contact Amanda Brown at amandab@psotago.org.nz

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. 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.

ii) THIS Saturday April 2, 10am – Establishing a Garden Youth Workshop

Sustainable Dunedin City will be hosting a youth gardening workshop with Michelle Ritchie at the Polytechnic. We will be converting a warm north facing space on “D block” into a perennial and annual fruit and veggie garden, experimenting with no dig, double dig and conventional single dig methods. We’ll also be touching on site selection and clearing, green crops, species-specific requirements, crop rotation, raised beds, seed raising, mulching, companion planting and composting.

We plan on starting the day with site clearing at 10 am sharp on Saturday April 2nd. It will be a day of activity and learning so if that sounds like your type of thing, please get in touch with me (Janet Young) to book your space. The workshop is free to youth ages 16-24 and spaces are limited so book quickly to ensure your spot.

Contact: Janet Young, yjanny@gmail.com, 027 753 4082

iii) THIS Sunday April 3 – Community Fruit Trees Project

Do you have fruit trees that you don’t use in your backyard? Sustainable Dunedin City (SDC) is on the look out for fruit trees in disuse, in order to turn your fruit into jam! A lot of people around Dunedin have fruit trees they either aren’t capable of harvesting or just don’t have the time. Why not let motivated youth of Dunedin harvest your fruit trees in order to make jams and preserves. Half of the preserves made from your trees will be returned to you as a big thank-you from SDC.

SDC want to encourage Dunedinites to create a more carbon neutral and sustainable Dunedin through focusing on local food and making use of what is in your own backyard. By allowing environmentally minded youth of Dunedin to harvest from your backyard, you are providing a classroom for learning about local food, encouraging community networks, and providing food for yourself and others.

Harvesting fruit from your own trees allows you to eat food that has not travelled thousands of kilometres to your plate and has not been sprayed with chemicals.

Contact: Janet Young, yjanny@gmail.com, 027 753 4082

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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 Wednesday, March 30, 12 – 12.30pm – Toxins, climate change and marine invertebrates, Kathryn Lister, PhD Proposal, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Cnr Great King Street and Union Street West

This PhD project is centred around enhancing our ability to predict the sensitivity of marine invertebrate species to the effects of both human induced and climate change stressors. Specifically, oxidative damage and antioxidant responses are investigated in a range of marine invertebrates and their larval stages in response to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and UV radiation. Oxidative stress is investigated as a possible mediator of life history trade-offs in these species.

botany@otago.ac.nz, 479 9599

ii) THIS Friday, April 1, 1pm – HortTalk – Permaculture Plans, Botanic Garden Centre, Upper Lovelock Avenue, presented by Peta Hudson, Educator and Consultant.

Top tips for planning and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Peta explains how she walks the talk when it comes to living lightly on our earth.

botanic@dcc.govt.nz, http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/botanic-garden, ph 477 4000

iii) THIS SUNDAY 11am – 2pm – Coast Road Market, Seacliff

Coast Road Market is held on the first Sunday of every month from 11am – 2pm, rain or shine, in the grounds of Coast Road Retreat, alongside the Art Shed, at 728Coast Road, Seacliff.

Experience a unique blend of food, coffee, art, craft, clothes, local produce, plants, preserves, bric a brac, books, toys and more!!

It’s a free market so if you would like to have a stall, come along before 11am to set up. Or you can phone first on 465 7990 with any queries.

iv) Monday April 4, 5.30pm – Living Legends Restoration Project Public Meeting, Waitati Community Hall, Harvey St.

Discussing the Living Legends restoration project at Orokonui Scenic Reserve in Waitati. 5000 plants will be planted by Rugby World Cup supporters on September 25 in the wetland area between Bay Rd and Orokonui Rd. Project leaders from Living Legends, Project Crimson and DOC will be there to tell you all about it, answer your questions, and discuss and work through issues and concerns.

Please contact Liz Sherwood lsherwood@doc.govt.nz if you have any questions. The meeting is expected to take 1 – 1½ hrs, tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. See www.livinglegends.co.nz for more info on the nationwide Living Legends campaign.

v) Green Ribbon Awards are now OPEN

Do you know an Environmental Champion? Nominations are now open for the 2011 Green Ribbon Awards.

The Green Ribbon Awards are presented by the Minister for the Environment to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment.

Award Categories 2011

* Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions
* Minimising our waste
* Improving our air quality
* Protecting our coasts and oceans
* Community action for the environment: young people
* Environment in the media
* Small businesses making a difference
* Environmentally responsible large organisations
* Central and local government stepping up
* Protecting our biodiversity

Nominations close at 5pm Friday 15 April 2011.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/awards/green-ribbon.html

vi) June 1 & 2 – Coastlines, Spatial Planning for Land & Sea, Environmental Defence Society Conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland

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

Registration is now available for Coastlines: spatial planning for land and sea.

Coastlines will examine international experience, the implications of the revised New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (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.

To view the latest programme, go to the conference website http://www.edsconference.com/

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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 Draft Annual Plan 2011/12 OPEN for public consultation until Tuesday April 12.

The consultation period is your opportunity to “Have Your Say” about what you want to see included in the Council’s plans.

There are a number of ways to make your submission to the Draft Annual Plan 2011/12. Submissions close at 5pm, April 12.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan

Public forum meetings are being held at various venues around the City, please find more information here –

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/events/council_activities/public-forums/upcoming-forums

– Vote NOW for the Unpackit 2011 Packaging Awards. Select from best and worst options for the People’s Choice Awards for best and worst packaging. Go to http://www.unpackit.org.nz/ to find out about the nominations.

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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.

– From the Sunday Star Times – Dependence on oil comes at a high cost

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4763712/Dependence-on-oil-comes-at-a-high-cost

– From the Otago Daily Times – False gospel according to GDP

Murray Grimwood wonders what kind of “religion” demands such fervent allegiance to concepts and creeds such as “infinite growth” and “GDP”.

Do we have a new religion? If you define “religion” as “belief in something unprovable”, then we do. It’s got it all – simple mantra, rigid code, demand for worship, disdain of unbelievers, denial of science. Based on the Book of Growth – exponential and forever, of course – on a finite planet.

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/152297/false-gospel-according-gdp

– From Radio New Zealand’s Sunday programme with Chris Laidlaw – March 20.

Looks at the notion and practice of Ethical Investment speaking with the New Zealand executive chairman of the social lender Prometheus Finance and director of the Sustainable Business Network, Glen Saunders; the chair for the Council for Socially Responsible Investment, Dr Robert Howell and the Executive Director of the New Zealand Centre for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development, Dr Rodger Spiller.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/20110320

– From the Economist – the world is his parking spot!

http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2011/03/tragedies_commons

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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.

Dear Members,waitati_turbine

Congrats to the Scott Willis and the Waitati Energy Project for the great coverage they’ve been getting lately. An excellent discussion was held on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday with Chris Laidlaw programme, March 13 at 11am – find it on http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday

A short update this fortnight – enjoy!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

– Thursday & Friday, March 24 & 25 – Biodiesel Events in Central Otago

– Friday March 25, 1.30 pm – Renewable Energy: Current Global Trends and Possible

Long Term Futures

– Sunday, April 3 (first Sunday of every month), 11am – 2pm – Coast Road Market

– Monday April 4, 5.30pm – Living Legends Restoration Project Public Meeting

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– From Tim Bishop of SHAC – CALL to builders and designers

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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) Thursday & Friday, March 24 & 25 – Biodiesel Events in Central Otago

Join guest speaker Andrew Campbell, an independent technical and biodiesel expert, presenting on the business case for biodiesel in Cromwell and Wanaka.

Join members, partners and sponsors marking the one year anniversary of New Zealand’s first community owned biodiesel facility in Queenstown – 66 vehicles and 100,000 litres later – what’s next?

Cromwell: Thursday 24th March, 1pm-2.30pm at Molyneaux Restaurant, Otago Polytechnic, cnr Erris & Ray Streets

Wanaka: Thursday 24th March, 4pm-5.30pm at Otago Polytechnic campus, 15 Cliff Wilson Street

Queenstown: Friday 25th March, 12.30pm-1.30pm at Memorial Hall

All welcome

For more information and to RSVP email sharon.schindler@op.ac.nz

Kindly sponsored by EECA

ii) Friday March 25, 1.30 pm – Renewable Energy: Current Global Trends and Possible

Long Term Futures, Dr Eric Martinot, Archway 1, Cnr Union Street East and Leith Walk

Teaching Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington and Senior Research

Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan

Dr Eric Martinot is an internationally recognised scholar and teacher on renewable energy. He is lead author and research director emeritus of the well-known REN21

Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis of the state of renewable energy worldwide produced since 2005. He serves as senior research director with the

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Japan and as senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also chair of the World Council for Renewable

Energy (WCRE). He was formerly a senior energy specialist with the World Bank and renewable energy programme manager of the Global Environment Facility. He is author of 70 publications on sustainable energy and has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More information is available at http://www.martinot.info

Dr Eric Martinot will give an overview of current trends in renewable markets, industries, and policies around the world, based on the widely-read REN21 Renewables 2010 Global Status Report, and then consider renewable energy futures, both for New Zealand and globally. He will highlight the future integration of renewable energy with energy storage, smart grids and electric vehicles and will address the scope for renewable through 2050.

Most perceptions about renewable energy lag beyond the present reality. In 2009, the world invested more than $150 billion in new renewable energy capacity. More renewable power capacity was added in Europe and the U.S. than all other conventional power technologies combined. Technologies like wind and solar are growing at rates of 30-50% annually. China has become the world leader in renewables, taking that title from Germany, and during 2010 alone addws enough wind power to supply the entire electricity demand of New Zealand. In the future, how much can we rely on renewable energy for power, heat, and transport?

All interested are welcome to attend

iii) Sunday, April 3 (first Sunday of every month), 11am – 2pm, Coast Road Market, 728 Coast Road, Seacliff

Local arts, crafts, food, produce and more! Free stalls available ph 027 7811799 no EFTPOS.

Kind regards,

Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef

Coast Road Retreat

+64 3 465 7990 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting

www.coastroadretreat.co.nz

iv) Monday April 4, 5.30pm – Living Legends Restoration Project Public Meeting, Waitati Community Hall, Harvey St

Kia ora,

You’re invited to a public meeting about the Living Legends restoration project at Orokonui Scenic Reserve in Waitati.

5000 plants will be planted by Rugby World Cup supporters on September 25 in the wetland area between Bay Rd and Orokonui Rd.

Project leaders from Living Legends, Project Crimson and DOC will be there to tell you all about it, answer your questions, and discuss and work through issues and concerns.

Please contact me if you have any questions meantime. I expect the meeting will take 1 – 1½ hrs, tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

See www.livinglegends.co.nz for more info on the nationwide Living Legends campaign.

Thanks

Liz Sherwood

Community Relations Ranger, Department of Conservation—Te Papa Atawhai

474 7094

www.doc.govt.nz

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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).

From Tim Bishop at SHAC – Call for Builders and Designers

Did you know, that following the Napier earthquake of 1931, a six-month building moratorium was laid down to allow for a planning process? Look at the positive legacy that such planning has produced.

There is huge opportunity here to retrofit Christchurch into one of the country’s most sustainable, resilient and beautiful cities and to create a similarly positive legacy for its communities.

We can assist by making ourselves easily accessible to those in need in Christchurch, and by providing a range of proven concepts, ideas and skilled designers and builders.

We are looking for builders and designers who would like to contribute to the Christchurch reconstruction effort. Would you like to assist? Please leave your details at the form here: [https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHNrT1R3YXdfUzdIcDBQVW02Wi1CNXc6MQ]

Details will be passed to the EQC and other organisations leading the reconstruction.

Please feel free to pass this along to other interested people.

Tim Bishop
Otago Polytechnic

tim@shac.org.nz
0800 762 786 | 021 705 346 | www.shac.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.

http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

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