Winter Webinar Series 2016
The Sustainability Society is looking forward to growing the Winter Webinar series in 2016.
These online interactive workshop sessions will engage some exciting presenters from across New Zealand and globally, sharing both research and practice case studies across a spectrum of sustainability issues.
- Stimulating learning and engagement opportunities
- Easily accessible to our nationwide network wherever they are
- Sustainable approach to connecting with international leaders
Upcoming webinars start in June – check back soon for more details
We will be announcing some upcoming one-day workshops focussed on :
- Systems thinking
- Economics of sustainability
Both of these workshops will be focussed on the tangible application of these concepts and use interactive sessions and case studies to facilitate participants’ working on how it can be developed in their specific context. These workshops will be offered both publically and for organisations in-house in at least 2-3 locations around New Zealand.
Details will be coming shortly however do email email@example.com to register your interest in participating or hosting a workshop in your region.
Supporting integrated thinking in our future practitioners
Collaboration with Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design
In 2015 The Sustainability Society initiated a partnership with Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Architecture and Design. A group of industry leaders including engineers, scientists and strategists worked with final year Landscape Architecture students on projects to create visionary and progressive precinct designs for the inner city suburb of Te Aro. The results were fantastic and included two of the projects being finalists (and one winning) in an Australasian student design competition.
In 2016 we are building on this success and working with this class again refining our process from our learnings. The site and groups will be different but the intention, to stretch and challenge thinking and work with the students to support systemic and integrated design, remains the same.
We invite expressions of interest from practitioners in Wellington who would like to know more about the project and what it involves to be part of the industry group. Practitioners working in any part of the built environment who hold a strong ethic of integrating sustainability into their work are welcome to get in contact by 30 June 2016.
Thank you to our organisational member Morphum Environmental for leading this process alongside The Sustainability Society.
Collaboration with University of Auckland Engineering School
We would like to thank three of our organisational members – Opus, AECOM and Tonkin and Taylor for their involvement in this project. Individuals from these organisations are working with final year engineering student groups who are undertaking in-depth research projects in groups on:
- Occurance, fate and ecotoxicity of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in wastewater treatment plants
- Green house gas emissions – investigating the novel mitigation mechanism for nitrous oxide emissions with activated carbon
- Evaluating various lightweight media for assessing their suitability in the use of suspended raingardens for contaminant removal from stormwater
Climate Change Project
Calling for innovators and leaders of climate change adaptation
The Sustainability Society is initiating a project providing a collaborative platform to involve climate change leaders and institutional stakeholders in a process that enables a more informed, strategic and responsive approach to climate resilience within the New Zealand built environment.
We believe that engineers and the wider built environment community have a leadership role to play in ensuring system-wide approaches to climate change adaptation. The physical and organisational responses required to the complex problem of climate change call for more than just resilient buildings and infrastructure. This leadership also involves framing climate change adaptation as opportunities to innovate as much as requirements to avoid crises.
This process will be initiated with a symposium being held later this year. At this forum, climate change leaders working across the built environment community in New Zealand, from both public and private sector, will be invited to share best practice, engage with international examples and work together to generate innovative ideas for the future.
Please do email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are interested in partnership
- If you would like to propose a New Zealand case study of current climate change work
- If you would like to register your interest in participating