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In the first school term the Impact team have been working with groups of youth throughout the region. Each group has been really creative in researching sustainability projects in which they can take positive action on.
Inglewood Primary have a beautiful forested area along a stream on the edge of their property. The Impact team want to identify what native trees, bird life and reptiles are in the area and make educational signs to share this with their community. They are also planning to take out weeds in the area and plant more native trees.
Norfolk Primary are currently in the early stages of working towards an upcycling project, using waste materials to create something for the school.
Egmont Village Primary students are interested in water conservation, with the school being on rain water supply for their drinking water. They are researching how they can collect rainwater for their school vegetable garden. They are are looking to make a short documentary film to educate their community about how to save water.
Spotwood College are in the early stages of designing an orchard space near the boundary with Spotswod Primary. Their idea is to involve both schools in learning about growing your own produce.
We look forward to watching these projects progress over the coming weeks
- Laine and Erin, IMPACT Coordinators
In Term 4 last year, Highlands Intermediate students focused on growing fruit trees to address the issue of food miles, the resulting environmental impact, and the need in the community to provide free healthy food. The students investigated possible sites, considering water, sun, wind and access. Following this, it was decided that the current school vege garden was the area they would like to develop further. They surveyed the student body's preferences for fruit, and from within this looked at what trees are suitable to plant at in late spring. They selected citrus and passion fruit, and developed a longer term plan along side this to continue planting next winter when pip and stone fruits can be planted.
Year 8 students at Coastal School focused on two areas of interest, growing local food and undertaking an upcycling project. The orchard group investigated possible sites, considering water, sun, wind and access. Following this it was decided that the current school orchard was well placed and they would like to extend this.
"Working with Erin and Laine from Impact was transformational in the way I look at environmental education at Highlands Intermediate. Their process highly engaged the students, and had a successful project outcome. Great education, and great action." Pat Swason, Highlands Intermediate.
Being aware that the current New Plymouth landfill is due to close soon, the upcycling group wanted to make some outside furniture out of waste materials otherwise destined for landfill. They deconstructed pallets and created a table, then created seats out of old tyres and pillows. After discussing where they would like to place their creation it was decided to donate it to the local daycare centre, painting the top in chalkboard paint so that the children could make draw on the table. The table and chairs were then taken down to the daycare centre and donated to the children, where they spoke about their project to staff and children.
Laine and Erin, Impact Coordinators
IMPACT an invitation to step up, get involved, and contribute to an environmentally sustainable world.
Term 4 has seen the Impact team working with Coastal School, Oakura and Omata Primary's and Highlands Intermediate on a range of sustainability initiatives – upcycling, orchard planting, beach clean-ups and increasing biodiversity.
Oakura school's group decided to work within their Enviro Centre, an outdoor area that has been planted with natives and fruit trees around 5 years ago. The Enviro Centre also provides outdoor learning spaces for the school. After brainstorming ideas, they chose to work to enhance the bird-life in the centre; and therefore, researched and built bird boxes that are suitable to native birds, such as tuis and bell birds. They also built a bird feeding station to encourage birds into the space. The youth look forward to watching the birds flourish in their newly adapted natural habitat.
After looking into a range of environmental impacts, the students at Omata school were inspired to reduce the rubbish in the area. They first undertook a school liter clean up and audit to investigate what types of wastes were being created at the school. Following this, they organised a beach clean up at their local Tapuae beach. Inspired by Lorella Doherty of Rethinking Plastic Revolution and the artwork she has created from plastics up-cycled from our beaches, the students then created an ocean themed artwork to present to the school to educate the younger students about the impact of littering and how it affects the ocean environment. Great work Omata!
For more information or to get involved please email our IMPACT Facilitators Erin and Laine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information packs are available for schools and youth services on request.
Have you seen our latest newsletter?
We are excited to share some news with you. Read on to find a letter addressing the changes and the next steps for the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust from the Chair, Boyd Benton, photos from the 25th Anniversary celebration, and the last workshops before the summer holiday. Not to mention a whole calendar of great events not to be missed in our region.
Come and hear from local and national experts on what it means to live sustainably!
When: Saturday 28th October 2017
Time: 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Where: TSB Community Trust House, 21 Dawson Street New Plymouth
What: Experts talk about better ways to live more sustainably.
5:00pm - Kati Freeman, General Manager of the Taranaki Environmental Education - Introductions.
5:10pm - Daniel Wooley of local sustainable design company GreenBridge with present 'Designing an Eco-property'. Daniel has a Degree in industrial design and previously worked in Australia and London. Prior to founding Greenbridge he ran his own design and project management business in Wellington.
5:45pm - Rhys Taylor, founder and National Coordinator of the Sustainable Living Education Trust and co-chair of the NZ Association for Environmental Education will present ‘Future Living Skills - starting in your house and garden’. Among his many other roles, he tutors in South Canterbury for the Future Living Skills courses, is a trustee of Sustainable South Canterbury Trust and works on local government waste minimisation education.
Please be seated by 5pm.
This past Wednesday, Seedsavers Taranaki held a sale for their first round of open-pollinated, localised seed, saved by growers from all over our region. These seedlings are adapted to our climate, are generally more resistant to pests and disease and they can be better for our nutrition as well.
Read more about why locally saved seed is beneficial.
Kickstart your summer with some new learning opportunities and meet others who are on the same buzz.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the 2017 Sustainable Taranaki workshops. Your support has been invaluable to the growth and development of this program brought to life by the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust. We've had quite an impressive response, with most workshops selling out in the first few days, and we've had some fantastic facilitators who've contributed invaluable knowledge to help us all live more sustainably.
We hope you will join us for our last round of workshops, and if you have any questions, suggestions for future workshops, or overall comments about our program, please be in touch by emailing email@example.com.
Zero Waste Cooking
This our first workshop where the participants contribute to the design and content. Once you have purchased your ticket, our Workshops Coordinator, Erin, will be in touch with you to find out what foods typically go to waste or wind up as leftovers in your fridge at home. From this feedback our facilitator, Annabel, will use her creativity and know-how to put together content for the workshop that directly matches the needs expressed by the 15 individuals attending. Annabel will share her ideas relevant to the requests and provide simple ways to use the food that commonly ends up in the scrap bin.
There will be cooking demos, recipes to try for later, and obviously lots of food to eat during the workshop! Explore the different parts of commonly used vegetables and learn new ways to use them and turn them into healthy meals. The children at the kindergarten grow all vegetables that will be used in this demonstration where the workshop will be held.
10 tickets are still available for purchase HERE!
Edible Weeds Workshop
We all have them... but do we use them? Learn from locally situated naturopath, Kelly Phillips, and discover a plethora of ways to make use of your weeds. Learn to safely identify them, discover the right places to gather spray-free varieties, and acquire cooking techniques to incorporate these into your regular diet. Discover the medicinal properties of several varieties and find ways to support the health of you and your family. This workshop will be held at a garden featured on last year's Sustainable Backyards Trail and those who attend will gain the confidence to identify and utilise their all-too-familiar weeds that may have once been cast aside. Not to mention, a beautiful weed tea will be served!
This year Sonja Slinger will be featuring the owners and their properties of the Sustainable Backyards Trail 2017 to take place the last week this October and first week in November (28th Oct - 8th Nov).
A couple of Americans in love with New Plymouth and their lifestyle are opening their town garden to the public come spring. Sonja Slinger takes a sneak preview ...Sonja Slinger: American couple take on new gardening ...
Sustainable Backyards Trail 2017 website - now live!
We are happy to announce that the event website for this year's Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail is now LIVE! Check out the the fabulous line up of 29 family, marae and community gardens that are opening their doors to inspire us with their creativity, innovation and dedication to living a more sustainable lifestyle. From solar panels and eco-homes to bio-intensive vegetable production and bees, the Trail offers a wide range of examples of what everyday people can to do reduce their impact on the environment and get involved in their community.
This September, Michelle and Jared open their Micro Farm to the community for a workshop and a Micro Farm experience at a very affordable rate. If you didn't have a reason to drive to Hawera, now you do! Their property and the amount of work that they'v done in such a short period of time is both inspiring and astounding.
Take a look at their flyers to find out more and to book your place on their upcoming workshop and tour dates.
The Impact team helped students at Stratford High undertake a waste audit this week, assessing what materials in their waste stream could be diverted from landfill. In particular, the group are interested in the amount of food waste that is generated by the school, and how this could be used to feed chooks they would like to introduce on site at the school. Three days of waste from the school was collected, sorted, weighed and analysed by a team of 25 students. They found that 47kg of food waste is generated per week. That would feed quite a few chooks! Well done Stratford High on taking the initiative to look at their waste stream and what can be done to divert it to a good use.
This year, Sonja Slinger, has requested to do a series of articles to feature some of the properties on the 2017 Sustainable Backyards Trail.
Sonja Slinger: American couple take on new gardening challenge
Marfell Community Cafe Bubble House
by Upcycle Taranaki
The last few months has seen a huge community effort coming together to complete the Bubble House located at the Marfell Community Cafe. It has been a fun project starting and ending with Pepper Construction who helped get the frame in at the beginning and put the roof on to finish off the project. In between, Upcycle Taranaki has been coordinating with up to 60 volunteers from Taranaki Timebankers, New Plymouth Volunteering, the Wolfpack, and locals, to Highlands Intermediate and Francis Douglas pupils offering their time. Approximately 300 hours was required to get to the final product; a community asset to benefit the local Marfell Community by providing them a greenhouse in the Community Gardens....
At the same time, approximately 1000 bottles have been saved from entering the rubbish and recycling process creating a positive environmental benefit. Steve and Upcycle Taranaki would like to thank everyone who helped out along the way with special mention to Ruth from Tu Tama Wahine and Marie from Volunteering New Plymouth and a huge shout out to Trent the volunteer gardener who turned up on most Bubble House working bees and did a lot of work on the Bubble House, and in the gardens themselves. We look forward to keeping everyone involved and informed of future projects through Facebook where our upcycling community can stay connected.