Getting more people cycling instead of driving is a challenge that many cities are facing. Roads are clogged up with passenger vehicles, emissions are soaring, and nothing is changing. Safety is used as an excuse – “the roads aren’t safe for cycling”. The problem is that improving safety is fast becoming the default excuse for… Continue reading Cycling is a Mode of Transport
Given the lack of any public forum or feedback process, we followed the lead of local business networks, property developers and others, and shared our views with the Minister of Local Government. 28 February 2022 Hon. Nanaia MahutaMinister of Local Government Parliament, Wellington RE: TAURANGA CITY COUNCIL ELECTION Dear Minister Mahuta. We understand that you… Continue reading A Sustainability Perspective on the TCC Election
By Jo Wills Bruce Fraser passed away on Wednesday 9th February 2022. He was a well-known figure in the Bay of Plenty sustainability community. Bruce might have been known for his wide smile, his sustainability awareness, or for his ability to handle pretty much any situation thrown at him, or simply because he was an… Continue reading A Tribute to Bruce Fraser
www.change.org/p/tauranga-city-council-review-the-cameron-road-project 15 organisations recently signed a letter to the Minister of Transport asking for the project to be fixed. See that letter here. We are calling for an independent review to determine a better design that:– is safer– promotes better traffic flow for all users (without as many lights)– delivers faster, more reliable public transport… Continue reading Petition to Fix the Cameron Rd Project
by Jo Wills & Glen Crowther Hydronic heating, Tesla EVs, and gourmet plant protein meals all have a role to play in New Zealand’s low carbon future, but what place will they have in the lives of an everyday low-income family? Carbon dioxide emissions from housing and transport are two of the key areas being… Continue reading Who is the low carbon future for?
We’ll come back to this important topic in more detail at a later date, but this recent article (yes, paywalled) makes it clear we all need to get on the same page around the issue of CO2 targets and Tauranga City Council’s plans. Here is the key section of this Bay Times article: Robson said… Continue reading Tauranga’s Lack of Carbon Emissions Targets
Tauranga City Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) usually attracts submissions from a few policy geeks and annoyed ratepayers. This year’s LTP is different, coming at a crucial time in the city’s democratic history, with commissioners in charge and looking to deliver on central government’s ‘growth agenda’. Sadly, they are peddling the same unsustainable ‘SmartGrowth’ plan,… Continue reading Tauranga City Council needs a sustainable plan
Sustainable Bay of Plenty is about raising awareness of sustainability issues, connecting environmental and sustainability stakeholders, promoting and sharing evidence-based analysis, supporting the development of a low carbon circular economy and sustainable transport systems.