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Content update and website modernised for 2017

New editions of the Future Living Skills learning guides for Eco-Building and Renovation also Travel options and Energy were published recently;  Water  topic will follow soon.  This will complete the updating of content on eight topics, and is accompanied by website system modernisation to make it automatically responsive to mobile phones, tablets and a wider variety of user platforms. Development is being funded by the member Councils, who collaborate on the shared resource for financial efficiency and to get shared access to science-informed and commercially-independent information sources.

New users register every day from across NZ, not just from within member council areas, but only in member areas are they entitled to free access to learning guides.  Individual nine-month subscription is an option from January 2017 onwards in parts of NZ where the council is not (yet) a subscribing member. Further councils will be recruited for 2017-2018 financial year.

The current trustees are Eion Scott from Matamata-Piako District Auckland (an eco-design and communications specialist), Tony Moore from Christchurch (sustainability advisor), Kitty Waghorn from Waimakariri (waste asset manager), and Natalie Hormann from Hutt Valley (sustainability and gardening educator) and the trust has a vacancy for an additional trustee from the North Island.  Rhys Taylor is contracted as National Coordinator, based in Geraldine.  Email: rhys@sustainableliving.org.nz  03 6938726

Paris agreement welcomed and prompts personal actions here in NZ

 

“NZ Sustainable Living Education Trust welcomes the international deal made in Paris (Dec 2015), which includes agreement to limit global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and to achieve climate 'neutrality' that will stop most use of fossil fuels after mid-century.  Much of the already-identified oil and coal will have to remain in the ground, whilst New Zealand’s renewables such as hydro, geothermal, wind, photo-voltaics and biofuels will be further developed, alongside energy use efficiency.”

Across New Zealand*, this local government-managed charitable trust provides independent information: on home energy efficiency, low-carbon travel options, home food growing (for reduced petrochemicals and food kms), water use efficiency (less power required for pumping) and many other ways to reduce household carbon footprint.  Website learning, guides for study groups and taught classes are supported.  “It provides practical future living skills in this warming world” says Sustainable Living Trust national coordinator, Rhys Taylor.

“Change needs to be personal, too”, Taylor adds: “so 2016 will be the year I install PV generation at my home and office.” (postscript - Nov 2016 installation of PV system shown in photo)   He and his partner already have good insulation, solar thermal water heating and a cleaner-burn woodstove at home in Geraldine, South Canterbury. 

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*Member councils of the Trust (July 2016) are:  Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Masterton, Hutt City, Marlborough, Tasman, Kaikoura, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Central Otago and Invercargill.  Together they cover a population of nearly 2M. More councils to join soon.

Media enquiries on Sustainable Living to Rhys Taylor, contracted as National Coordinator, phone 03 693 8726 or 021 462 260. rhys@sustainableliving.org.nz

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