Dear Members,

Thanks to those members who emailed in ideas for the Sustainable Dunedin City submission to the Dunedin City Council Draft Annual Plan – we appreciate your input. The final submission is attached. The Otago Regional Council’s draft plan, is also in consultation – please click here for more information – . Submissions are due NEXT MONDAY, May 2.

Feedback from the DCC was that a significant proportion of the submissions received were addressing environmental sustainability issues, covering a huge range of the Council’s policies. Thanks to all of you who made personal submissions.

As we wind our way to the 2011 Annual General Meeting in July, we appreciate those of you who have become members during the year. If you haven’t yet had the chance to sign up to Sustainable Dunedin City, please click here – to get to the SDC membership form. If you pay using internet banking, please let us know in the reference notes if you are making a donation or joining (which costs $10 for the year).

And while we’re on the website, we’re looking for an enthusiastic, web-literate supporter, to help us keep our site up to date. Full training available. If this sounds like you, please flick us an email and we’ll be in touch.

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS THURSDAY April 28, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS THURSDAY, April 28, 2pm – 3pm – Is Cycling a Safe Mode? Comparing apples with apples

ii) THIS FRIDAY, April 29, 12 – 1pm – Attracting the Next 10% of cyclists with the Right Infrastructure

iii) THIS FRIDAY, April 29, 6pm – Hampden Winter Lecture/Discussion Series: “Inspiring Community-Owned Renewable Energy Projects from Across the World”, Jarra Hicks, Hampden Hall

iv) ENROL NOW for a SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASS COMING UP in May

v) Wednesday May 18, 5.30 pm – Human-Made Climate Change: A Scientific, Moral and Legal Issue, Dr. James Hansen, St. David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

3. Food for Thought

– New Zealand Herald opinion piece from the Environmental Defence Society

– From SDC member, Patricia Scott, out of the Guardian – Bolivia enshrines natural world’s rights with equal status for Mother Earth

– Rod Oram: Climate change compromise could be positive or disastrous – from the Sunday Star Times

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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 April 28, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin 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:  Walking in Dunedin – what helps and what hinders: By Living Streets Dunedin

Our guest community group this month is Living Streets Dunedin, an organisation that promotes walking-friendly communities. Living Streets Dunedin is part of Living Streets Aotearoa, a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand. Their motto is “More people choosing to walk more often”

From Judy Martin, “At GreenDrinks we will be looking at walking in Dunedin – what helps and what hinders. There will be a large map of the city where people can mark their favourite shortcuts and soul-restoring walks, and also their “black marks” where walking is made more difficult. This will be presented to DCC transport planning staff afterwards, so come along and have your say.”

To find out more about Living Streets Dunedin, or get involved, go to www.livingstreets.org.nz/regions/dunedin or email Judy at dunedin@livingstreets.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.

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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 THURSDAY, April 28, 2pm – 3pm – Is Cycling a Safe Mode? Comparing apples with apples, Dr Glen Koorey, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Hunter Centre, Corner Great King & Frederick Streets, G30A/B

Injury Prevention Research Unit, Department of Preventative & Social Medicine

ii) THIS FRIDAY, April 29, 12 – 1pm – Attracting the Next 10% of cyclists with the Right Infrastructure, Dr Glen Koorey, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Hunter Centre, Corner Great King & Frederick Streets, G30A/B

There is continuing, but relatively small, investment in infrastructure for cyclists.  Yet evidence seems to suggest little if any growth in cycle numbers. Research at the University of Canterbury assessed the barriers to cycle use, with a specific focus on the infrastructure needed to attract the next tier of people who do not cycle regularly for utility trip purposes.

Dr Koorey is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and does research in a variety of transportation engineering subjects, with a particular focus on sustainable transport and road safety.  Prior to joining the University in 2004, he worked for 10 years with Opus International Consultants as a transportation engineer and road safety researcher.

All interested people are welcome to attend.

iii) THIS FRIDAY, April 29, 6pm – Hampden Winter Lecture/Discussion Series: “Inspiring Community-Owned Renewable Energy Projects from Across the World”, Jarra Hicks, Hampden Hall

6.00pm for soup and rolls before 7.00pm illustrated talk followed by discussion.
All welcome. $5 if coming without food to share.

We want to take the opportunity of Jarra’s brief visit to NZ to thrash this concept about a bit, so extend the invitation to anyone with special interest in energy and strengthening community self-reliance generally.  Accordingly, we hope to include an update on the Waitati wind-turbine initiative.

After completing an honors research degree in 2009, Jarra embarked on a study tour of community wind farm initiatives in North America and volunteered as renewable energy policy researcher in Delhi, India.  She is now based in Armidale where she is helping establish NSW’s first community-owned wind farm.  Jarra is the co-founder of the Community Power Agency, which partners with local groups to help them realise dreams of community-owned renewable energy.  That aside, Jarra is an avid bike-rider, bush-walker, gardener and pottery-maker.  And she loves tea-pots!

Dugald MacTavish, Moeraki, RD2, Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand, Tel 034394824
iv) ENROL NOW for a SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASS COMING UP in May

Courses include – Community Courses in Portobello and the City.

The Sustainable Living Course for Communities 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 Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council

COURSE DETAILS

Portobello Community Evening Course, Start Date: Tuesday 10th May, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Portobello Primary School.

City Daytime Course, Start Date: Wednesday 11th May, Each Wednesday 10am-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

City Evening Course, Start Date, Wednesday 11th May, 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

v) Wednesday May 18, 5.30 pm – Human-Made Climate Change: A Scientific, Moral and Legal Issue, Dr. James Hansen, St. David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food & Environment and Otago Energy Research Centre invite you to this public lecture. By Dr. James Hansen is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is best known for bringing the urgency of the climate change issue to the world’s attention when he gave evidence to the US congress in 1988. Jeanette Fitzsimons, prominent NZ environmentalist, says: “Dr. Hansen is one of the best-known climate scientists in the world. He offers a recipe for how to achieve a stable climate that will be particularly relevant to New Zealand.”

Visit www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

Daniel Gnoth, Otago Energy Research Centre Administrator

PhD Candidate – Energy and Behaviour

Ph 479 3928

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3. 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.

– New Zealand Herald opinion piece from the Environmental Defence Society

Petroleum Mining needs new rules http://www.eds.org.nz/

– From SDC member, Patricia Scott, out of the Guardian – Bolivia enshrines natural world’s rights with equal status for Mother Earth

Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/10/bolivia-enshrines-natural-worlds-rights?INTCMP=SRCH

– Rod Oram: Climate change compromise could be positive or disastrous – from the Sunday Star Times

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/opinion/rod-oram/412089/Rod-Oram-Climate-change-compromise-could-be-positive-or-disastrous

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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.