The Sustainability Society is an interdisciplinary national network established to foster sustainability within the built environment. We hold a complex systems approach to sustainability, recognising that human and natural systems are 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).

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Foundations of Sustainability workshop

2019 dates coming

TSS in collaboration with Engineering NZ are offering a Foundations of Sustainability workshop for built environment practitioners looking to develop or update their understanding of how sustainability needs to be integrated into their practice.

More info and registrations



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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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TSS Webinar Series: 2018 – 2019

Our annual webinar series is starting up in November 2018 with some collaborative Sustainability in Transport sessions. Check out our first sessions here

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Auckland Green Drinks

If you are based in Auckland and have an interest in sustainability within the city, come and join us!

TSS and NZAEE partnering to offer a monthly Green Drinks to provide a regular incubator for ideas and connections.

When: First Wednesday of every month

Where: Brothers Brewery, 5 Akiraho St, Mt Eden

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TSS Webinar Series 2018/2019

The Sustainability Society webinar series is starting up this month and will continue into early 2019.

We are excited to be collaborating with The Transportation Group to bring you an initial Sustainability in Transport Webinar Series 2018 with the first sessions being held in 2018.

These webinar sessions are free to all TSS and TG members.

These online interactive workshop sessions engage great 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


Workshop: Foundations of Sustainability

More 2019 dates coming soon

This one-day workshop will introduce some of the foundational aspects of sustainability in the built environment.

It is targeted to engineers who are in the initial stages of their career or for those who have recognised they need to have a broader and more current understanding of sustainability within their professional practice. Although this workshop is oriented towards engineers it is also relevant for planners, urban designers, architects and other built environment practitioners.

This workshop is hosted by TSS in partnership with Engineering NZ and it is our intention that it be offered on an annual basis in different centres around New Zealand.

TSS and Engineering NZ member discounts available

Green Drinks Auckland

Green Drinks

In partnership with NZAEE we are initiating a monthly Green Drinks in Auckland.

It’s all about people with a connection to sustainability getting together for a regular catchup on the first Wednesday of every month. Simple really. We just want to offer a little incubator for ideas and connections. 

When: First Wednesday of every month 

Where: Brothers Brewery, 5 Akiraho St, Mount Eden

For regular updates on monthly themes for Green Drinks visit our Facebook page.

Thanks to Brothers Brewery for providing a fantastic venue, free nibbles and $2 off your first drink.

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