Marlborough District Sustainable Living Info
To become a registered user of this website from an address within Marlborough District use the link above - then you can download the learning guides for free! The Council has a wealth of useful infornation on its own website, too. Start at their sustainability education webpage, or explore topic by topic below, which includes MDC links, along with other sources.
The topic headings match the group learning guides, available free once you have registered from our downloads page.
Download a PDF booklet on '30 ways you can make a positive difference for the environment' in Marlborough.
Gardens and backyards for food and nature
Celebrating what’s special about Marlborough native plants and animals (biodiversity)
Directory of plants & anmals ‘gone wild’ which are now pests in this region.
Download to save or print ‘Plant me instead’ a PDF guide to garden alternatives to these pests.
Organic growing – food from your Marlborough garden. (Organic Growing guide from Sustainable Living Marlborough. Versions to view, or save to print.)
Natural alternatives in the vege garden – companion planting, natural fertilisers and insect pest controls.
Advice on compost-making and use.
Food choices & shopping
Marlborough Community gardens & allotments, Ralph Ballinger Drive, off Budge St, Riversdale.
Ideas on shopping to reduce waste, make choices to help the planet and maybe, save some money.
Recipes for making your own cleaners & how to avoid toxics at home.
Working towards zero waste in Marlborough.
How to reduce waste in Marlborough - useful info for householdsand businesses.
The Re-use Shop (open 7days) & salvage yard (Weds to Sun), Wither Road East, Blenheim.
Stop throwing out pollutants – know the hazardous wastes, how to safely store and dispose of them.
Reducing kitchen waste going to landfill by using EM Bokashi, which can handle items unsuited to garden composting.
Worm composting to handle kitchen waste, & make liquid fertiliser and wormcast for use in gardening. See also info on conventional composting in Marlborough gardening sction above.
Community resilience and emergency management
How to 'get ready and get thru' emergencies.
2016 Quake recovery information - the 2019 progress report. (PDF)
Soil liquifaction & geotechnical risk evaluation - as Blenheim grows.
Energy efficiency - reducing power bills
Stay warm in an energy efficient home – insulation & hot water tips.
More info on Insulation
Building and renovations for warm, dry homes
Ecological Building in Marlborough – materials, sustainable design and who can help.
Info on current rules affecting domestic wood-burners.
Water use and our impacts
Valuable water – MDC introduction page on water supply and conservation.
Rivers and streams including their ecology.
Rivers information line, e.g. for flooding info. is 03 520 7488.
Groundwater in Marlborough
How to enter water meter readings on-line, for permit holders.
Getting around Marlborough
Maps - Marlborough facilities and attractions (can zoom in)
Topographic map of region.
Public toilet locations mapped.
Road speed limits being reduced (news item)
Car pooling to reduce commuting costs.
Download PDF - accident blackspots & safer driving routes, from ACC.
Bus routes map within Blenheim.
Walking and cycling maps across region.
Spotted a road pothole, unsafe footpath, missing sign? Use the Fixit Request Form at MDC website.
Extra info sources - Marlborough
Environmental Education at MDC.
Enviroschools in Marlborough (28 of these, of whch 12 have food gardens)
Community volunteers and council habitat restoration projects. (contacts listed)
Citizens Advice Bureau (Blenheim)
Community information database : search by keyword.
Safe Community project Marlborough