Call for sub­mis­sions on the Draft Do­mes­tic Sus­tain­abil­ity Strat­egy

The Tribune (NZ) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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