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We are proud to present to you our Annual Report for 2010/11. While it is a large job putting it together, it is always really satisfying to see how much has been achieved in the past year.

We look forward to formally presenting it to you at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm at the Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets.

Please come – we enjoy meeting with our members, to learn more about you and how we can work together to make Dunedin a wonderful, resilient city to live in.

You will be able to renew or begin your membership with SDC at the AGM, but if you are unable to make it, please arm yourself with $10 and go to:

http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/sdc_membership_form.pdf

We’re also on the hunt for nominations for the committee. Nominations signed by nominator and seconder for two chairpersons, secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to the secretary, Janet Brady, P.O. Box 8061, NEV Post Office, by 5pm, 8 July 2011.

In particular we are looking for an enthusiastic Treasurer as this role is being vacated. It is a well developed role and the current treasurer will provide training! Please let our secretary Janet, know, if you are keen, on secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Nominations to date:

nomintations_for_committee_2011

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– Thursday June 30 at 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

– Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i)  THIS FRIDAY July 1, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – Organic Roots, the development of organic gardening in NZ

ii) Saturday July 9, 1 – 4pm – Young Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop

iii) Tuesday, July 12, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Sea Level Rise – Implications for Dunedin

iv) Early bird opportunity expires soon for the big climate change conference of 2011

v) SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP – ENROL NOW for a course beginning in August

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Recyclia (Trash to art competition)

4. Food for Thought

– Why was the (UK) Labour government telling two different stories about peak oil?

– Further investigation into climate change and infectious diseases needed, according to University of Otago researcher

– The end of consumerism?

– From Coal Action Network Aotearoa
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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

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

i) Thursday June 30 at 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:  Solar Action Network – Update by Bob Lloyd
Our guest group this month is Solar Action Network. Professor Bob Lloyd, Director of the Energy Studies Programme at the University of Otago, will provide us with an update on Solar Action’s activities and answer your questions about renewable energy in New Zealand.
To find out more about Solar Action Network, or get involved, go to www.solaraction.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.

ii) Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

Please come – we enjoy meeting with our members, to learn more about you and how we can work together to make Dunedin a wonderful, resilient city to live in.
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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 FRIDAY July 1, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – Organic Roots, the development of organic gardening in NZ, Botanic Garden Centre, Upper Lovelock Avenue, presented by Philippa Jamieson, Editor of Organic NZ magazine.

Philippa explains how we have arrived at the 70th Anniversary of The Soil and Health Association of NZ.

Contact DCC on 477-4000, botanic@dcc.govt.nz or check out www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/botanic-garden

ii) Saturday July 9, 1 – 4pm – Young Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop,  Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, 1 Fern Road, Maia, Ravensbourne

We are pleased to be offering this workshop with Jason Ross of Sutherland Nurseries. Growing our own fruit is the optimum in nutrition, and lets us enjoy food with a positive carbon footprint.

Come and learn how to prune and plant your young fruit trees with our local expert and share tips on successful fruit growing in this area. It will be practical, hands on workshop so please bring secateurs, gloves and warm clothes.

Maximum number of participants 14. Cost $20/person. Please book and arrange payment via the Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, tel 476 3250 or email office@dunedin.steiner.school.nz . Bookings with payment must be received by July 2nd.

iii) Tuesday, July 12, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Sea Level Rise – Implications for Dunedin, hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, St David Street Lecture Theatre, University of Otago
An information evening open to the public to discuss issues around sea-level rise and how it might affect low lying suburbs and coastal communities in the Dunedin area.
The aim of the meeting is to promote discussion and information sharing to help residents, property owners and the business community to make informed decisions about the likely impact of sea-level rise.
The meeting will be chaired by Professor John Hannah from the University of Otago school of Surveying and member of the FIG International Working Party on Climate Change.
iv) Early bird opportunity expires soon for the big climate change conference of 2011

Register before 1 July for the 7th Australia – New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference (Wellington, New Zealand, 1-2 August 2011) and receive the early bird discount, saving NZ$175.

This conference is held in New Zealand every 3rd year and is the pre-eminent opportunity for business and policy makers in Australia and New Zealand to share ideas about the business response to climate change. Ministers, senior business leaders and policy-makers from both countries will be presenting as well as a full range of experts from many of our trading partners.
The conference is tailored specifically for business. It outlines the significant risks posed by a price on carbon and how to manage them. It will highlight the burgeoning opportunities for low carbon and energy efficient innovators as policy momentum gathers pace.
Whether you are a big emitter, a new low carbon player or a service provider, this is your conference. For the latest developments on climate change, all packed into an intensive 2-day program, register now and join us in Wellington in August!
For the program and for online registration go to climateandbusiness.com

v) SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP – ENROL NOW for a course beginning in August – Community Courses for residents in Leith Valley and also across 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

Leith Valley Community Evening Course, Start Date: Wednesday 10th August, Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.

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

City Evening Course, Start Date, Tuesday 9th August, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Week 1: Introduction – Sustainability in the home. Personal action. Ecological footprints

Week 2: Energy Conservation: Efficient use of electricity and minimising heat loss.

Week 3: Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at home. Composting methods

Week 4: Shopping – Consumer choices. Make your own cleaners

Week 5: Sustainable Backyards – Gardening, Attracting wildlife, Keeping Chooks.

Week 6: Water – Collecting, Conserving, Keeping waterways clean

Week 7: Transport – Options for commuting and minimising fuel use

Week 8: Final – Community Focus and Action

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

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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).

Recyclia (Trash to art competition)

Keep Dunedin Beautiful, in conjunction with Cadbury, run an art event for young people 18 years and under. The idea is to make an artwork (either a free standing sculpture or wall hanging) from material that would otherwise be thrown out or recycled. These will then be displayed at the Dunedin Central Library between July 25 – 28. Pre registration is required.

Entry forms can be obtained by ringing 474 3401, emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz or via

www.chocolatecarnival.co.nz/images/Recyclia_reg_form_2011.pdf

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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.

– Why was the (UK) Labour government telling two different stories about peak oil?

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, June 16

In public, the last government shrugged off the prospect of peak oil. In private, we know now that it had a different view.

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/06/16/peak-stupidity/

– Further investigation into climate change and infectious diseases needed, according to University of Otago researcher

http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago019124.html

– The end of consumerism?

By Leo Hickman of The Guardian

Collaborative consumption – the notion that we can now share or swap anything from clothes and parking spaces to free time – is an exciting idea. But is it really the answer to rampant consumerism?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jun/14/collaborative-consumption

From Coal Action Network Aotearoa

These two reports may be of interest. They are both about 40 pages long, and deal respectively, with the impact of coal ash on human health and the impact of coal combustion air pollution on human health. They are by Physicians for Social Responsibility, a US organisation, and refer entirely to US coal use.

However the health effects of these two products of coal combustion cannot be very different anywhere in the world.

http://www.psr.org/resources/coals-assault-on-human-health.html

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/code-black/coal-ash-toxic-and-leaking.html

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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.