The Sustainability Society is a Learned Society established to foster sustainability engineering. The Society provides training and fosters dialogue on sustainability through workshops, seminars, forums and international conferences. It takes a complex systems approach to sustainability, recognising that human and natural systems are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Formed in 2003 (as NZSSES), The Sustainability Society is a Technical Interest Group of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ). The Sustainability Society is the new name for NZSSES, having rebranded in July 2011.

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Upcoming Events

Winter Webinar Series

The Sustainability Society Winter Webinar Series is starting up. There is now no need to leave the warmth of your home to be involved in some stimulating sessions! These webinars are part of the Society’s commitment to create learning and engagement opportunities that are accessible to our nationwide network.





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Water Sensitive Wellington

In September 2014, The Sustainability Society hosted an inaugural Water Sensitive Wellington Forum bringing together a diverse group of water leaders from across the Wellington region.

Download the summary of this Forum which was created to capture the insights and ideas generated and will be used to stimulate further exploration of a Water Sensitive Wellington in the future.

A further event was hosted in February 2015 to explore water governance. Download the audio of that event here.

TSS looks forward to the continued evolution of this Water Sensitive Wellington agenda.



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David Thom – Onset of The Environmental Age

Sustainability Society life member and awardee David Thom has a new book The Onset of an Environmental Age which contains many of his talks and papers throughout his career.

David is a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ and widely recognised as New Zealand’s foremost Environmental Engineer. He has spent a working lifetime and in retirement, actively promoting sustainability and minimisation of adverse environmental effects from engineering works. The book with a limited edition of 100 copies was launched on the occasion of David’s 90th birthday on 19th October 2014 by Emeritus Professor David Elms. more info

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Dr Ron McDowall ONZM on Radio New Zealand

Feature Guest – Dr Ron McDowall
Auckland engineer Ron McDowall is an expert on sustainability and toxic waste management. He’s worked around the world in dangerous conditions, as a UN specialist scientist/engineer working in the area of sustainable development in developing countries and travels the world on UNEP missions. His consulting focuses on sustainable technology design and toxic chemical waste (33′29″).
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Upcoming Activity

Winter Webinar Series

The Sustainability Society is excited to launch the Winter Webinar series for the first time in 2015.

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

+ Enhancing connections between people and organisations to facilitate improved urban water outcomes

Enhancing the connections between people, and within and between organisations is necessary to enable improved urban water outcomes. In Australia, there is increasing an interest in the science and practice of more effective connections to address urban water challengers and deliver better outcomes for communities. An exploration of this work provides an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of effective connections within and beyond the urban water sector.

In this webinar, we will discuss the value of specific connections such as between people within organisations; between different organisations; and between thinkers (knowledge generators) and doers (on-ground practitioners). The presenters’ Australian experiences, combined with webinar participants’ collective understanding of local context will allow a discussion of the relevance and transferability of this experience to New Zealand.

Improved connections are required for the integrated planning and delivery of urban water outcomes, which in turn supports multi-benefit solutions and the ability to leverage previously disparate resources. Limited resources can therefore be more effectively used and communities are more able to participate in decision-making processes and share ownership of the outcomes. Enhanced connections put water industry professionals on a shared journey toward a future that offers greater value for institutions, communities, and the environment.


Ross Allen has a personal and professional interest in water and its role in sustaining and enhancing life. He operates in the space between academia and practice, working to strengthen links between these fields to improve knowledge transfer and support enhanced urban water outcomes. Ross collaborates with researchers and practitioners to identify, plan and implement water-management and green-infrastructure initiatives that respond to local context, enhance urban places and support the wellbeing of communities. Ross works with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities – a co-funded Australian Government initiative that is informing planning and investment in water infrastructure and services to create more sustainable, resilient, productive and liveable cities, towns and regions.

Lindsey Beck works at the interface of water and people. She has experience from three continents brokering relationships between government, businesses and community to improve policy, planning and industry effectiveness. She currently works as an independent consultant under her company, LindseyB to advance the implementation of innovative approaches to urban water management. Lindsey is an active contributor to the industry through her leadership in industry associations in urban water management in Australia. She is the Vice-President of the Australian Water Association (Victorian branch) and serves on the Committee for Stormwater Victoria. She also writes for NGO Cleanleap on opportunities for water in less developed countries. Lindsey holds an Honours degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management, and a Masters degree in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, specializing in water regulation.

When: Friday October 16, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)
TSS members exclusively free, non members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz by Friday 9 October

+ The Transcendence Imperative

We currently find ourselves well entrenched in our status quo, which for most is recognised as unsustainable and ill equipped to support systemic innovations. A cornerstone for unleashing our society from this state is the intentional, strategic transcendence of existing boundaries.

Boundaries of:

·      Our current reality
·      Individual wants and needs
·      Disciplinary silos
·      Organisations
·      National borders
·      Space and time (the orientation to here and now)

All of these transcendence points are also very real entry points for enhancing sustainability, resilience, and innovation within our communities and systems. This online session will address the mindset and behaviour that is called for to transcend these established boundaries and engage very differently beyond our current comfort zones.

Dr. Jorge A. Vanegas is a close colleague of The Sustainability Society having presented at several of our previous conferences. Dr Vanegas is Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University and Research Professor with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University System, in College Station, Texas, U.S.A.

His focus in his scholarly and professional activities is on:

·      Creativity, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship;

·      Built environment sustainability – urban, infrastructure, and facilities; and

·      Advanced strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery and management in the  Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Construction Engineering and Management from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in California, U.S.A. With over 30 years of interactions and collaborations within and across academic disciplines and institutions, and also public and private organisations, both nationally and internationally, Dr. Vanegas lives in the world of disciplinary, institutional, and national transcendence.

When: Thursday 22 October, 12 – 1:30pm
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)
TSS members exclusively free, non members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz

+ Our Renewable Future


How will daily life change as we enter the era of renewable energy?

Most solar and wind advocates have so far given attention only to increasing the rate at which renewable energy can displace fossil fuels. However, as our energy sources change, the ways we use energy will need to shift as well, in ways that may offer significant opportunities as well as challenges.

Transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing will be transformed, and there may also be significant implications for the economic system that knits these sectors together.

This webinar will be an interactive session with Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and author of several award-winning books on fossil fuel depletion and other energy issues.

When: Friday 6 November, 11 – 12:30pm
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)
TSS members exclusively free, non members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz


Previous Webinars

+ Winter webinar – Optimising our future mobility for liveable, sustainable communities

Optimising our future mobility for liveable, sustainable communities

How we move people, goods and ideas within and between our cities and regions is changing. Optimising mobility and accessibility requires the right infrastructure, including transport and digital technologies. For example, information and communication technologies are enabling different patterns of living with implications for where and how we live, work, and play. Therefore the way we invest in our infrastructure will shape the opportunities to sustainably lift the social and economic performance of New Zealand.

What is needed to support a successful lifestyle that is, for example, less dependent on physically moving people? Will the services and quality of the nearby neighbourhood become more or less important if people spend less time in further away workplaces? Would people be attracted to provincial centres if they could achieve affordable living in a quality, healthy environment, as well as staying connected with the wider world?

This seminar will explore these issues, looking at how we can incorporate the determinants of liveability and wellbeing into imagining future mobility possibilities, and how people and communities respond to changing environments.

Presenter Dr Vivienne Ivory is a social scientist specialising in urban environments at Opus Research, Opus International Consultants Ltd. She brings a public health focus to her work examining links between residential environments, transport, and health and wellbeing; and how impacts might affect population groups differently. Vivienne also maintains a part-time research role at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus working in the multidisciplinary field of neighbourhoods and health, examining the relationships between where people live and their health.

When: Thursday 2 July, 7:30 – 9am
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)
TSS members exclusively free, non members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz by Friday 26 June

+ Winter webinar – NW Cambridge Sustainability Precinct Case Study

NW Cambridge Sustainability Precinct Case Study

The £1 billion development in North West Cambridge (UK) has sustainability at its core, with sophisticated water management, the UK’s first large-scale stormwater recycling system, a district heating network, 1.5MW of roof-mounted solar PV and an extensive network of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. This ground-breaking community comprises 3,000 homes (all near Passivhaus efficiency) as well as research facilities, retail and commercial sites.

Sam Archer, Associated Director, Sustainability in AECOM’s Auckland office, led North West Cambridge’s sustainable design and will offer an overview of the project and then open up discussion across a number of areas including:

Zero Carbon (and other self-sufficiency ambitions)

  • Lessons learnt from UK drive to make all new homes zero carbon
  • What are the pros and cons of the zero carbon ambition?
  • Potential implications of New Zealand decarbonised grid on Zero Carbon

Sustainability Assessment Tools
(e.g. Greenstar, BREEAM, Homestar, Code for Sustainable Homes)

  • What are the pros and cons of these tools?
  • Rigorous, formal certification vs flexibility of sustainability frameworks?
  • Different orientations – attributes, process, outcomes?

Behaviour Change

  • The role of the individual in improving sustainable development outcomes
  • Can technology save us? Is providing sustainable infrastructure enough?
  • The interface between the individual and the built environment

When: Thursday 23 July, 12 midday – 1:30pm
Where: Online (participants will be provided with further detail)
What: Interactive online workshop. TSS members exclusively free, non-members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz by Friday 17 to ensure your place, limited numbers available.

+ Designing for Urban Resilience

It is difficult to design for a destructive event of unknown magnitude before it happens. There are just too many variables. If you can’t quantify the problem, how can you design the solution?

There are at least two ways to reduce those variables: one is to design for a specific threat, (for instance flooding or earthquake); the other is to design for the system (e.g. food or transport), rather than the threat. This session will focus on consideration of the latter.

An urban system’s resilience is complex, open-ended and messy. While all cities share certain characteristics, each city has evolved in ways specific to its landscape. This evolution provides a key to its vulnerabilities, and also its adaptive opportunities.

When designing for a system, you’re not interested so much in strengthening a system but rather in enabling or encouraging a collaborative or improvised response to a wide range of disturbances that can also stimulate innovations with benefits to our everyday lives.

Presenter Victoria University Landscape Architect Martin Bryant has been researching urban resilience since 2007 with his research partner Professor Penny Allan.

Their research has included extensive studies into the influences of urban morphology on recovery in earthquake affected cities, and design research into the opportunities for pre-disaster planning in New Zealand.

When: Friday September 18, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)
TSS members exclusively free, non members $15
Register with sarah@thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz by Monday 14 September

+ Low Carbon Resilient Futures: Learnings from the Victoria Ecoinnovation Lab (VEIL)

Visions and Pathways 2040 is a project aiming to develop visions, scenarios and pathways for transitioning to low-carbon and resilient futures in Australian cities. The project uses participatory and design-led methodologies to engage partners and stakeholders from the industry, government and research organisations in identifying disruptive technological, social, organisational and institutional innovations that are currently emerging and which can assist in creation of not-business-as-usual futures.

In this webinar, Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy will present the progress achieved in the project so far and will run an interactive session inquiring into the futures of three largest New Zealand cities using the four prototype scenarios generated by the researchers and stakeholders.

Presenter Dr. İdil Gaziulusoy is a Principal Researcher at the Victorian Eco Innovation Laboratory (VEIL), part of the Melbourne School of Design. She has worked in Turkey and New Zealand, and with a background in engineering (B.Sc.), industrial design (M.Sc.) and sustainability science (Ph.D.).

Dr. Gaziulusoy is an academic traveller in more ways than one. Her research has focused on cross-fertilising design theory with insights from sustainability science, futures studies, theories of transitions and system innovations.

When: Wednesday September 23, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Online webinar (participants will receive further details)




+ Waitoru Te Aro Design Studio

Waitoru Te Aro

What will our urban centres look like 100 years from now? More importantly, how could the future city look and feel if we were given licence to be bold and work collaboratively to address the challenges and opportunities of coming generations?

In collaboration with the Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Architecture and Design, The Sustainability Society are excited to launch the Waitoru Te Aro design studio. This project will bring together a multi-disciplined group of industry professionals from the TSS membership with 4th Year Landscape Architecture students to workshop visionary and progressive precinct designs for the inner city suburb of Te Aro.

With an area stretching from Kent/Cambridge Terrace to Taranaki Street and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to the waterfront, the studio will provide the ideal forum to think outside the box and tackle the myriad of complex issues which confront our future urban centres. As an area which was once defined by its three meandering streams, extensive harakeke wetland, towering forests and abundant coastal margins, Te Aro is now cast as a focus of intense urban development to transform it from its current medium density commercial character. How might Te Aro look if we were able to truly adopt a framework of ecological and social sustainability in the process?

Considering a staged trajectory towards an ultimate master plan for the area, industry participants and students will brainstorm blue sky ideas with the VUW student group ultimately documenting developed concept designs for the study area which will form the core deliverable for their important coursework. Exhibition of this work at the completion of the course will seed dialogue with the wider community and enlighten on what our urban centres could look like in the future.

Get in touch for more info.


Past Events

+ Forum – Crushed Recycled Concrete An Under-utilised Resource

Crushed Recycled Concrete: An Under-utilised Resource

A joint meeting sponsored by IPENZ Auckland Branch, Engineers for Social Responsibility and the Sustainability Society

Crushed Recycled Concrete is an important resource for roading and drainage.  It is readily available in Auckland from a number of crushing plants in a selection of grading sizes.    The principal speaker will be Dr Bryan Pidwerbesky from Fulton Hogan followed by short addresses from Andy Finch of Auckland Transport, Peter Ward of Ward Demolition, Graham Collie of Atlas Concrete, PhD Student, Nazanin Ardalan and Warren Snow of Envision NZ.

When:   Wednesday 10 June, commencing at 5-30pm
Where:   Room  403.403 School of Engineering , University of Auckland,  20 Symonds Street

Crushed Recycled Concrete Forum more info

Background material

2012 Pidwerbesky et al Sustainable Pavement Design CSM
Recycled Road Paper NZIHT 05
ARRB Glass Recycling paper 2008

+ Infrastructure Sustainability Workshops – Waikato and Wellington

Infrastructure Sustainability May 2015 Workshops – Waikato and Wellington

This one day workshop was an opportunity to actively contribute to the exploration of what is needed to achieve greater integration of sustainability into infrastructure planning, procurement, delivery and operation in New Zealand. The Australian based ISCA Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) framework, an existing well researched and widely utilised tool, was offered as a platform for this discussion.

Infrastructure Sustainability workshops May 2015 more info

We are very pleased to be partnering with Beca to bring the Infrastructure Sustainability workshop to Wellington:


‘Beca welcomes the opportunity to partner with The Sustainability Society on this initiative. We see great value in helping raise awareness of new tools that advance best practice in project design through whole of life assessment, underpinned by sustainability thinking and concepts. The academic underpinning of the ISCA tool, plus its track record in Australia and more recently in NZ is very relevant across all infrastructure sectors with potential to deliver important benefits.’

+ Water Sensitive Wellington Breakfast Seminar

Water Sensitive Wellington Breakfast Seminar

Following on from the successful inaugural Water Sensitive Wellington event in September last year, this forum brought together leaders from across Wellington’s regulatory and infrastructure spheres to explore the nexus between local, regional and national governance in support of a water sensitive future. Panellists provided insights into the perspectives and vision of their respective organisations as they relate to integrated water management.

Panellists include:

  • Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington City Council
  • Colin Crampton, Chief Executive, Wellington Water
  • Alastair Smaill, Whaitua Project Leader, Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Sam Thomas, Analyst – National Infrastructure Unit, Treasury

Download audio of event here

Order of proceedings (Introduction: Stu Farrant, Presentations: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown 7:30 – 33:00 , Colin Crampton 34:00 – 46:00, Alastair Smaill 46:00 – 56:00 , Sam Thomas 56:00 – 1:08, Summary: Caleb Clarke)

When: Thursday 19 February 2015, 7:15 – 9am
Where: GBLT 2 Lecture Theatre, Old Government Building, 55 Lambton Quay
What: Free public forum with presentations followed by panel discussion with audience.

+ Forum #44 – The Resource Management Act: The Potential Future of Our Environment

Will the proposed changes to the RMA continue to protect our environment?  This forum explored the potential impacts of the proposed RMA reforms compared to the original intentions of the RMA and the experience of its implementation over the last 20 years.

Also under discussion was other opportunities and challenges that exist around the RMA regulation, particularly how it can best be adapted, interpreted and applied in the future.

Presenter downloads:
Ken Palmer, Assoc Professor of Law, University of Auckland – Resource Management Act Forum

Quentin Duthie, Executive Manager Research – Analysis, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Improving our Resource Management System
Changing Climate and Rising Seas
The Environment – What Matters Most

Karyn Sinclair, Principal Planner, Jacobs Engineering

When: Thursday December 11, 9am – noon
Where: Rm 1.439, Engineering School, University of Auckland, 20 Symonds St, Auckland Central
What: A public forum with presenters providing different perspectives on the proposed RMA reforms and the future of RMA.

More info

+ A Sustainable New Zealand in 2114: 100 year visions

The Sustainability Society invited our network to imagine what a sustainable New Zealand could look like in 100 years.

In a year where IPENZ has celebrated the last hundred years, what better time to challenge ourselves to ask ‘What about the next hundred years?

We often talk about the fundamental shifts in mindset and systems that are required for us to move forward sustainably and innovatively as a country, so we have asked our members to bring those potential futures to life in vibrant colour.

When: Wednesday December 3, 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Level 0, Owen Glenn Business School, University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland Central
What: Free public event – Punchy member presentations of their visions for a sustainable New Zealand in 2114 preceded by drinks and nibbles

+ Forum #43 – Water Sensitive Wellington

Water Sensitive WellingtonWānanga Whakaaroaro Wai

The Wellington region is poised for transformative change in response to evolving policy and the expectations that our built environment must be better managed to protect and sustain our natural environment. The question is, What do we need to do to proactively facilitate this change and embed Water Sensitivity into an integrated future vision for the region?

Complex problems such as this call for multi-disciplinary and collaborative responses. This inaugural Water Sensitive Wellington forum brought together engineers, planners, designers, scientists, iwi, academics, developers and project sponsors to develop a shared understanding of the aspirations, opportunities and hurdles which make water management in Wellington such a unique challenge.

When: Tuesday 9 September, 9am – 1pm
Where: Dowse Gallery, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

Presentation downloads:

Reina Solomon, Resource Management Advisor, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangātira – A Tangata Whenua Perspective
Megan Wraight, Director, Wraight and Associates – WSUD Forum
Dr Paul Blaschke, Lecturer, University of Otago Wellington – Science in Support of a Water Sensitive Wellington
Hayley Vujcich, Environmental Policy Advisor, Wellington Regional Council – Regional Stormwater Policy Direction
Stu Farrant, Southern Sector Manager, Morphum Environmental – Implementation of Infrastructure and Strategies to Support a Water Sensitive Wellington

Download a summary of the Water Sensitive Wellington Forum discussion.

Morphum EnvironmentalThanks to Morphum for their sponsorship of this Forum.

+ Forum #42 – Transport: Breakthrough technology in Electric vehicles

Forum #42 – Transport: Breakthrough technologies

Thanks to Professor Grant Covic, one of the world leaders pioneering the development of inductive power transfer (IPT) technology who joined us to discuss the history and future of his work to develop innovative systems where IPT is used to charge electric vehicles.

Winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2013, Grant talked about ways in which he works to address both the ‘here and now’ issues of today alongside maintaining a focus on blue sky research with the potential to unlock significant shifts in how we live.

Watch Professors Grant Covic and John Boys talk about their work here

When: Thursday August 14th, 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Beca Auditorium, 21 Pitt St, Auckland Central

More info

+ Forum #41 – Water Sensitive Cities – Hamilton

Forum #41 – Water Sensitive Cities Forum – Hamilton

Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014
Time: 9am – noon
Where: Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa, 57 Higgins Road, Frankton

This forum explored water sensitivity in the context of Hamilton both currently and into the future.


Glen Tupuhi – Acting CEO, Te Runanga O Kirikirioa
Tim Manukau – Tainui Environmental
Charmaine Petereit – Smart Water
Prof Iain White – University of Waikato

More info on Water Sensitive Cities Forum 13 May 2014

+ Forum #40 – Water Sensitive Cities – Auckland

Water Sensitive Cities – Auckland

Date: Friday 13 December 2013
Time: 9am – noon
Where: Rm 401, Engineering School, University of Auckland

Presentation downloads:

Roseline Klein, Sustainability Manager, Watercare – Contributing to a Water Sensitive Auckland – Water Demand Management
Asaad Shamseldin, Researcher, University of Auckland
Nicola Green and Sam Blackbourn, Stormwater Unit, Auckland Council – Water Sensitive Design in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
Briony Ferguson, Researcher, CRC Water Sensitive Cities Centre, Monash University – Transitioning to Water Sensitive Cities

More info on Water Sensitive Cities Forum 13 December

+ Forum #39 – Resourcing and Sustainability for Auckland’s High Density Housing

Resourcing and Sustainability for Auckland’s High Density Housing

When: Thursday 28 November 2013
Time: 9am – noon
Where: Beca Auditorium, Ground Floor, 21 Pitt St, Auckland Central

Presentation downloads:

TSS Housing Forum Summary November 2013

Anthony Flannery, Architect, Urban Designer and Director, Reimagine – Man vs. Wild
Uche Isichei, Principal Advisor – Design, Housing NZ – Sustainable Social Housing in NZ
Joel Belsham, Researcher, University of Auckland – Pursuing the Kiwi Dream – Implications for Urban Auckland

For more information on the Housing Forum 28 November 2013

+ Forum #38 – Looking at Transport Systemically: Movement and Liveability

Looking at Transport Systemically: Movement and Liveability

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013
Time: 9am – noon
Where: Beca Auditorium, 21 Pitt St, Auckland Central

Presentation downloads:

TSS Transport Forum October 2013 Summary

Peter Clark, GM Strategy and Planning, Auckland Transport, Integrated Transport Programme
Matt Lowrie, Auckland Transport blog and The Congestion Free Network
Bevan Clement, Transport Research Associate, University of Auckland Sustainability and Transport

This forum explored the vital role that transport plays in Auckland’s future liveability and prosperity. Policy, research and community perspectives were offered on the current activity, development plans and future potential within the Auckland transport system.

Transport in the news 22 October 2013, NZ Herald

+ Evening Seminar – How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities And Our Lives

How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities And Our Lives

Transforming Cities logo

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Where: Rm 439, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland, 22 Symonds St, Auckland Central

Co-hosted by Transforming Cities and The Sustainability Society, this event featured international public transit consultant Jarrett Walker discussing his experiences and ideas from his book in terms of how they could be applied in the context of Auckland’s transport system.

More info – Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Seminar

+ Forum#37 – Green Infrastructure: Opportunities for Liveability

Green Infrastructure: Opportunities for Liveability

Hosted by The Sustainability Society and Transforming Cities

Date: Friday 13 September 2013
Time: 9am – noon
Where: University of Auckland Engineering School, Rm 403, Level 4

Presentation downloads:

Carol Boyle and Stephen Knight-Lenihan Greening Infrastructure
Paul Chambers Green Infrastructure – Opportunities for liveability

This Forum featured presenters Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, Dr Carol Boyle, Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan and Paul Chambers offering their perspectives on the policy,research and practice involved in integrating green infrastructure into Auckland’s future development.

Click here to download a full description of the Green Infrastructure Forum

+ Evening Seminar – Modelling a City: Using Data to Engage Communities

Modelling a City: Using Data to Engage Communities

Hosted by The Sustainability Society and Transforming Cities

Date: Monday 5 August 2013
Time: 5 – 6:30pm
Where: University of Auckland Engineering School, Rm 403-402

Sean Audain from Wellington City Council offered a richly visual presentation showcasing the work that he and his team are doing to model the city in order to engage the community and support civic decision-­making.

Click here to download a full description of the seminar: Modelling a City

+ Forum #36 – Sustainability: Costs, Measurement and Returns
Forum 36: Sustainability: Costs, Measurement and Returns

Date: Wednesday 24 July 2013
Time: 9am – noon
Venue: Rm Room WT1103, WT Building, AUT City Campus,
Corner of Wakefield and Rutland St, Auckland Central (AUT City Campus map)

Presentation downloads:
Nick Main presentation – Nick was previously Global Managing Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change Services, Deloitte
Alan Dayeh presentation – Alan is Manager Strategy, Implementation and Reporting, Netbalance Sydney
Sarah Holden presentation – Sarah is Senior Manager Sustainability, Westpac NZ

These experienced practitioners offered their perspectives on the local and global trends, research and practice of integrating sustainability into organisational and societal strategy, decisions and impact.

Click here to download a full description of The Sustainability Society 24 July 2013 Forum

Thanks to AUT for their support of the event venue.

+ Forum #35 – Visions of a Liveable City

Forum #35 – Visions of a Liveable City
Date: 8th March 2013
Time: 9am – noon

What: Visions of a Liveable City
Presenters Dr. Ir. Ron McDowall, Dr. Niki Harre and Geoff Cooper gave their different perspectives on what a liveable Auckland would really look like and what is critical to consider in developing a roadmap towards developing liveability.
Where: WA Conference centre (WA224), Auckland University of Technology City Campus, Main entrance 3, 55 Wellesley Street East

We acknowledge AUT in its support for this event through providing us a venue.

Presentation downloads:
Niki Harre – The lovable city and how we get there (840KB PPTX)
Geoff Cooper – The World’s Most Liveable City (12.9MB PPTX)
Ron McDowall – Foresighting (9.2MB PPTX)

Click here to download a full description of this forum (394KB PDF)

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