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SDC's Resilience Summit in full swing

SDC's Resilience Summit in full swing

Dear Members,

Thanks to all of you who have passed on material and ideas for this fortnight’s issue. Around 3 years and 70 newsletters on, I am excited, and really quite relieved, that I can introduce to you Nicky Chapman, SDC’s new newsletter editor. I have enjoyed highlighting the impressive amount of sustainability-related events on in Dunedin, and passing on interesting articles that members send in. I hope that the newsletters have been of benefit to you, and that you continue to support Dunedin as a sustainably-proud city into the future.

Thanks Suze – Awesome job and we are really going to miss you!!

Nicky Chapman is by trade a wordsmith and we’re really appreciative to her for continuing on with this work as I head to Wellington.

From now on, please forward any newsletter content to Nicky via newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz, and any other correspondence to SDC secretary, Vivienne Bryner, on secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC is currently working hard to put in submissions to both the Ocean Beach Management Plan and the Draft Spatial Plan recently released by the Dunedin City Council. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us on secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. In particular we will be using material collated from our recent Resilience Summit to feed into the Draft Spatial Plan submission.

We have a few copies of Susan Krumdieck’s report, “Peak Oil Vulnerability Assessment for Dunedin.” If you would like one posted to you, please write to jocelyn.harris@otago.ac.nz

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS Thursday November 24, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin, the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Monday November 21, 4 – 5pm- Strategies to generate economically viable biofuels from cellulosic biomass

ii) THIS Thursday November 24, 9am – 12pm – Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium 2011: Futures and Prospects

iii) December 10 & 11 – Biochar Workshop

iii) January 2012 – Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Dunedin City Council – out for consultation – Proposed Management Options for Ocean Beach

Closes: THIS Friday, November 25

– Dunedin City Council – out for consultation – Draft Spatial Plan

Closes: January 13, 2012

– From the ODT and SDC’s Nicky Chapman – CO2 emissions are Southern asset sales’ dirty secret

4. Food for Thought

From the Guardian – World Energy Infrastructure

From 350.org – Keystone Pipeline Update

From Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show – Green Architecture Movement

ODAC Newsletter – 11 November 2011

Jeanette Fitzsimons on Asset Sales

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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 November 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. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: Celebrate our End of Year Festivities with Metiria Turei Green MP

Please BRING unwanted wrapped pressie for GreenSanta’s Lucky Dip!

This month we conclude our Candidate focus. We have the pleasure of hearing from Metiria Turei, Green Party Co Leader and their Dunedin North Candidate. Metiria will outline some of the Green Party’s strong sustainability positions.

We will then have our annual Unwanted Pressie Lucky Dip! Please bring a wrapped pressie that you have been given in the past and that you do not want! Some lucky person is bound to love it!

This will be followed up with a passionate discussion of activities/speakers/groups for next year! Please bring your ideas!!!

For more information about Metiria go to www.greens.org.nz/people/metiriaturei

To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

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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 Monday November 21, 4 – 5pm- Strategies to generate economically viable biofuels from cellulosic biomass; Approaches from the BioEnergy Science Centre, Microbiology & Immunology Bldg, 720 Cumberland Street, 4th floor Seminar Room 408

Dr Brown, from The BioEnergy Science Centre and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The talk will discuss the challenge of producing and converting sustainable cellulosic biomass into fuels and the presenting the opportunity for science and technology to make an appreciable national and indeed global impact in the next 20 years.

Contact – Jennifer van Eunen, 479 7734, jennifer.vaneunen@otago.ac.nz

ii) THIS Thursday November 24, 9am – 12pm – Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium 2011: Futures and Prospects, St Margaret’s College, University of Otago

An interdisciplinary event, showcasing current research in the areas of energy use, efficiency and production

Open to all – please register early to secure your spot

Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Rosalind Archer

Contact Jenny Leyden, 479 7534 oercadmin@otago.ac.nz , http://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

Registration is free, dinner tickets are $15.00

dunedin-biochar-workshop-2011iii) December 10 & 11 – Biochar Workshop

“Biochar may represent the single most important initiative for humanity’s environmental and agricultural future.” Dr Tim Flannery.

This is a hands-on workshop, where participants will learn:

· What biochar is and it’s multiple benefits

· How to build devices to make biochar

· How soil fertility can be enhanced through the application of biochar

· The financial benefits of biochar.

For home gardeners, commercial and small-scale land users, this event is the best opportunity in New Zealand to interact with an international biochar specialist, Dr.Paul Taylor, author of “The Biochar Revolution”.

Led by Dennis Enright (NZ Biochar Ltd; Organic Farmer) and Dr.Paul Taylor, the workshop will be held at “The Organic Patch”: 100 Hagart Alexander Drive, Mosgiel, Dunedin. Beginning at 9am on Saturday the 10th December, the workshop will run through till 4pm on Sunday the 11th December.

Cost: 2 days $150. Includes meals and camping on site if required

1 day $80. Includes meals and camping on site if required

Family or partners: 20% discount for 2nd or more persons.

For all enquiries or to register, please contact:

DENNIS ENRIGHT, NZ TEL 64 3 4894020 dennis.enright@xtra.co.nz

PAUL TAYLOR, AUSTRALIA TEL 61 2 8005 0514 potaylor@bigpond.com

Web: http://www.biochar-books.com

iv) January 2012 – Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival

Kia ora koutou,

Members of Sustainable Dunedin City are warmly invited to attend the Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival, which is taking place near Mataura, Southland in January 2012.

Regards
Tim Jones
for Coal Action Network Aotearoa

Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival Now Open For Registration

The Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival will be held in Mataura, Southland, from 20-23rd January 2012, on the farm of lignite opponent Mike Dumbar, half a kilometre from the pilot briquetting plant now being built by Solid Energy.

For more information and to register online go to: http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/information

Coal Action Network Aotearoa is excited to be organising a four day festival to stand alongside the people of Southland and build a movement around climate justice. There will be family camping, live music, fun for the kids, big cook-ups, visits to the proposed lignite mine, workshops on strategy, information from various groups actively campaigning against coal, training in non-violent direct action, videos, and an Open Day in Mataura with speakers and discussion groups on the issues relating to lignite.

Of course, the earlier people register the easier it is for us to plan ahead, so we are offering a generous discount to anyone who signs up before 20 December.

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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 – out for consultation – Proposed Management Options for Ocean Beach

Closes: THIS Friday, November 25

In 2008, the Council appointed a Project Team to gather data and consider management options for Ocean Beach. This followed significant erosion on the beach in June/July 2007, the DCC’s replenishment of sand on the beach and other remedial works as part of a now established ‘holding pattern’, and a comprehensive consultation process. Since then the Project Team has gathered and analysed that data and completed a risk assessment process. It has now identified proposed management options for Ocean Beach, taking into account the existing processes and risks.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/proposed-management-options-for-ocean-beach

Dunedin City Council – out for consultation – Draft Spatial Plan

Closes: January 13, 2012

The Draft Spatial Plan describes what kind of city we want by means of a set of strategic directions for Dunedin’s growth and development for the next 30+ years. These strategic directions include ensuring Dunedin remains resilient, liveable, economically successful and connected.

It will be used to improve the long-term planning and co-ordination of the DCC’s activities by linking land-use planning to how future infrastructure and services may be provided or limited. It will also provide direction for the second generation District Plan, alongside other DCC plans and strategies.

Contact details

Contact Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/october-2011/dunedins-future-its-in-your-hands

From the ODT and SDC’s Nicky Chapman – CO2 emissions are Southern asset sales’ dirty secret

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/187067/co2-emissions-are-southern-asset-sales-dirty-secret

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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 Guardian

The world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be “lost forever”, according to the most thorough analysis yet of world energy infrastructure.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/09/fossil-fuel-infrastructure-climate-change?INTCMP=SRCH

From 350.org

After relentless campaigning, the Keystone XL pipeline has been killed! The Obama Administration will be requesting a 12-18 month review for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively eliminating the potential the project would go through, according to most analysts.

http://act.350.org/sign/global-pledge/?akid=1401.323676.hM–_z&rd=1&t=2

From Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show – Green Architecture Movement

Architect and green buildings guru Jason McLennan is known as an international thought leader in the green architecture movement. He is the author of three books: The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection, and The Ecological Engineer. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design is currently used as a textbook in over 40 universities and colleges and is distributed widely throughout Europe and North America.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20111117

ODAC Newsletter – 11 November 2011

Welcome to the ODAC Newsletter, a weekly roundup from the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, the UK registered charity dedicated to raising awareness of peak oil.

The latest World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency came with a double warning. On the one hand, oil prices could soon spike to $150 once more, on the other, the world is barely five years away from sealing its fate on climate change.

Oil prices will average $120 per barrel to 2035, says the IEA, and volatility is here to stay. But the price could soon top the record $147 of 2008 if producers in Middle East and North African (MENA) fail to invest enough in new capacity. The oil supply is increasingly dependent on MENA countries, which need to spend $100 billion per year to keep up with global demand. If they miss that target by a third over the next few years, prices will spike again. The IEA didn’t say it, but this outlook seems to condemn the industrial countries to serial recessions until they radically reduce their oil dependency; the OECD has reached economic peak oil.

http://www.odac-info.org/newsletter/2011/11/11

Jeanette Fitzsimons on Asset Sales

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Make sure this one is in your diary.  We’ve got a full house of candidates: David Clark (Labour), Pete George (United Future), Metiria Turei (Greens),  Michael Woodhouse (National), Guy McCallum (ACT).   This Thursday 17th Nov. 7-9pm Otago Polytechnic G106.

Biodiesel Survey

Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice

Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice is conducting a survey to evaluate the popularity of biodiesel (in particular B20) in Dunedin. Data from the survey will be invaluable to us, so we appreciate if you could spend a couple of minutes to complete this small survey (3 questions only) by 21st November.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T799FCZ

For more useful information about biodiesel (B20), please refer to FAQs below:

Q: How is biodiesel made in NZ?

A: Biodiesel is manufactured using premium used cooking oil and oilseed rape. It is produced by a reputable brand. There is no crop displacement involved and all the production is local.

Q: What is meant by B20?

A: Biodiesel is usually sold as a blend with mineral diesel; B20 is a 20% blend of biodiesel in mineral diesel.

Q: What are the advantages of switching to B20?

A: More renewable source of fuel, less hazardous exhaust emissions, improved fuel lubricity providing added protection to fuel injection components, less noisy engines,  etc.

Q: What is required to switch to B20?

A: A few simple checks and you are good to go. It is recommended to change the fuel filter after the first tank of use. 75 commercial vehicles in Queenstown have switched to B20 with no reported problems.

Q: Can B20 be used for other purposes as well like home heating etc..?

A: Yes, B20 can replace mineral diesel in any application, including boilers for home heating and furnaces.

Thanks.

Kind Regards,

Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice

Submissions close November 25 – Proposed Management Options for Ocean Beach

In 2008, the Council appointed a Project Team to gather data and consider management options for Ocean Beach. This followed significant erosion on the beach in June/July 2007, the DCC’s replenishment of sand on the beach and other remedial works as part of a now established ‘holding pattern’, and a comprehensive consultation process. Since then the Project Team has gathered and analysed that data and completed a risk assessment process. It has now identified proposed management options for Ocean Beach, taking into account the existing processes and risks.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/proposed-management-options-for-ocean-beach

THIS Sunday November 13, 6.45pm – “Making Sickness Compulsory: The UN Agenda to Eradicate Natural Health & Natural Farming”, Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

Ian Crane is an internationally acclaimed geopolitical analyst who has spoken to sold out audiences throughout the UK and Europe.

He will be speaking in NZ in relation to bills we have before Parliament including the food bill, the natural medicines bill and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. These have the capacity to greatly impact our rights to natural health, and will increase big global corporations’ control over our access to food.

For more info, check out: www.ianRCrane.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260776137301657&pending&context=create#!/event.php?eid=260776137301657

THIS Wednesday November 9, 1pm – Campus Garden Working Bee, garden site (corner Albany St & Anzac Ave)

It’s time to get this garden looking MEAN for summer!! We’ll wack another bed or two in the ground, tidy up our herb spiral and plant some more stuff 🙂 If you have any plants (esp herbs!) to donate, bring ’em along…

If anyone knows anyone with a weedwacker that’d be awesome to have to tidy up the herb spiral!! And spades & shovels always appreciated… And hand saws 🙂

Potential to continue this work on Thursday if there is energy! WOOT!

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260776137301657&pending&context=create#!/event.php?eid=131118450329281

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