Call for submissions on the Draft Domestic Sustainability Strategy
Through the Sustainability City Strategy, the city has set a range of sustainability goals, from reducing waste, improving energy to water efficiency and improving biodiversity.
Many of these goals require the involvement of the wider public. In 2011 Palmerston North City Council decided to focus on domestic energy usage in particular through two main initiatives: first, by providing financial support and loans for homeowners looking to access central government subsidised home insulation schemes; and second, by providing free and independent advice to residents through the EcoDesign Advisor (EDA) service. The central government subsidies have since been largely discontinued, and PNCC is now broadening its scope from simply looking at energy usage to also consider water, waste and so on. The Draft Domestic Sustainability Strategy looks to build on the success of the EDA service, and scale providing advice to the wider community. In order to be effective, and for advice to be meaningful to residents, PNCC needs to understand the unique circumstances of different communities and individuals so it can deliver programmes that assist residents to become more sustainable. Are there initiatives missing from the strategy as it currently stands? The strategy can be viewed in full at pncc.govt.nz, along with a submission form for your feedback. These documents can also be found at the Council's Customer Service Centre, the central and branch libraries, and the Ashhurst Services Delivery Centre. Submissions close on 8 August 2016.