NEC News


Volunteers needed for Kai Rescue at Nelson Environment Centre

Posted by Karen Driver
Would you like to join our team diverting edible food to those in need in Nelson/Tasman? We are looking for more volunteers to join our team. We are looking for people to help do pickups from supermarkets in the mornings using our van and also volunteers to help weigh, sort and distribute food to the groups that come in to pick it up during the day. read more


Nayland Primary kids get waste-wise!

Posted by Karen Driver
kids video
Check out this great video by the kids at Nayland Primary School – showing us just how easy and effective it is to compost more of our household rubbish. The vimeo was made as an entry for The Outlook For Someday Film competition for young film makers. Part of the film was made at Eves Valley Sawmill  – teacher Janice… read more

Fixing things is back in fashion

Posted by Karen Driver
kids video
Repair cafes are popping up in London, NY and beyond where people bring their broken gadgets and someone shows you how to fix it while you enjoy a drink and a chat.   The article talks about a movement towards a new culture of repair, where people are getting a kick out of fixing things – even something small. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/make-do-and-mend-repair-power-transform-waste?CMP… read more

100% Possible, NZ beyond fossil fuels

Posted by Karen Driver
From: Nelson Mail
Climate change is generally portrayed in Dooms Day tones but change is possible if as a society we collectively decide to make it happen. An inspiring group of young New Zealanders has kicked off the 100% Possible campaign which aims to usher in a fossil free New Zealand. The Nelson Environment Centre decided to find out more about this audacious… read more

Backyard scientist sizzles with ideas

Posted by Karen Driver
From: Nelson Mail
As I popped in to visit Peter Knowles at home in a quiet suburban street in Richmond and check out his biodigester system, I had no idea what I was in for! Peter has set up a modest looking biodigester, which converts waste organic material into biogas, with a series of 5 storage tanks holding 400 litres of gas. Peter… read more

Recycled glass in jewellery a bonus

Posted by Karen Driver
From: Nelson Mail
Last week The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) announced the finalists for the 2012 NZI National SBN Awards and two came from the Nelson Tasman region. I see this as reflecting the sustainable direction the region is taking. Kaimira Estate Wines (Brightwater), who won the Small Trailblazer Business category and went on to win the Central/Southern region overall Sustainable Business Award,… read more