We are delighted to announce the list of successful applicants for Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge 2012. It was a tough job deciding and the panel, consisting of myself and three members of the Sustainable Dunedin City Inc’s committee, had a long and lively debate over our selection. There were many wonderful and inspiring project proposals and we regret that there wasn’t sufficient funds to give a grant to all the fine applications we received. Look out for articles about the various projects in the community newspaper, The Star.

So congratulations to the successful projects. They are:

Generation Zero’s Housing Project: To establish a model flat in studentville to show students and their landlords that living a low carbon lifestyle “doesn’t need to cost the earth”.

Community Education for a Sustainable Future: To run a permaculture course

Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an out door shower at the beach.

Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.

Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.

Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.

St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.

Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.

La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.

Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.