Measuring progress towards Sustainability

There are many tools to measure a company’s progress towards sustainability. We recommand and use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark® because it clearly and comprehensively defines when and how an activity or business will be sustainable. Developed from The Natural Step principles and science, this audit measures the company’s state in regards of 21 future-fit goalsContinue reading “Measuring progress towards Sustainability”

Implementing a transport policy in your business or organisation

Is your staff arriving late apologizing they couldn’t find a parking place? Are the staff room conversations often moaning about the congestion in Wanaka? Besides, transport makes up 20% of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions. Therefore, each of us needs to take action. It will be fun and cost-effective. We can help you write a transportContinue reading “Implementing a transport policy in your business or organisation”

Passive House event in Wanaka

Southern Sustainable Building Network invites you to a public event on Passive House for School and Business in Wanaka. Elrond Burrell, Director of VIA Architecture has been invited to speak at a public event on Friday 18th August 2017 at Mt Aspiring College North Block between 7 and 9pm. “Our children deserve healthy, warm learning environments as wellContinue reading “Passive House event in Wanaka”

New! Retail Eco-Makeover

There are many cheap, easy ways to improve your shop’s environmental sustainability. Changing your lighting can reduce your costs, adding eco-products in your display can attract clients, not giving away plastic bags can save the oceans and marine life… And so on! No small stuff! We have designed the Retail Eco-makeover, a 10-chapter audit toContinue reading “New! Retail Eco-Makeover”

Action for Positive Change

The Montreal Protocol is perhaps the most successful international agreement so far. It demonstrates (and gives hope) that with collective action and political will, catastrophic environmental trends can be reversed. The ozone layer depletion observed in the 1970’s was subsequently attributed to CFC gases (and others). In 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed. Government policy makers,Continue reading “Action for Positive Change”

101 questions to green your office

Greening your office is a great start on your journey towards more sustainability because it is specific and visibly effective. Right here in Wanaka and serving Queenstown and Central Otago, we go through your office with our exclusive 101 questions audit, taking less than 30 mn of your time. Within a week, we deliver aContinue reading “101 questions to green your office”

Greening your business…

It doesn’t need to be complicated AND it can be very rewarding. There are obvious steps like recycling. And there are many little steps that yield more than they cost. Changing your staff culture, having fair trade products in the break room with reusable cups, encouraging walking and cycling to work, all make a difference at no cost. And itContinue reading “Greening your business…”

Consumers prefer “green”

In 2007, a study showed that 53% of consumers preferred  “to purchase products and services from a company with a strong environmental reputation”. Read more… In 2012, another study showed that 66% of consumers are socially conscious and among them 66% think companies should support environmental sustainability. Read more…  In 2015 in China, a study demonstrates thatContinue reading “Consumers prefer “green””

Climate change at the top of your agenda

While 175 nations were signing the Paris Climate treaty in New York on Earth Day, Friday 22nd April 2016, Tim Flannery was the keynote speaker of the first Aspiring Conversations, “Cool It: dealing with climate change”, with Suzi Kerr and Veronika Meduna. Click here for my comprehensive notes of the event. What can your business or organisation take fromContinue reading “Climate change at the top of your agenda”

New Zealand’s carbon crisis

Although a small contributor to the global greenhouse effect (0.2%), New Zealand’s emissions of greenhouse gases per capita (17,2 tons) places us in the top countries, nearly twice as bad as the UK! To prevent catastrophic climate change, we *should* emit less than one ton per person and per year. It’s a huge responsibility andContinue reading “New Zealand’s carbon crisis”