Jo Wills from Sustainability Options is returning to share her knowledge and experience with Taranaki residents to help them live in warmer and healthier homes.
Jo has been working in the sustainability sector for over a decade, with over 5 years focused on housing through her role with social business Sustainability Options. Jo also volunteers for Trade Aid NZ as a trustee and shop assistant, with English Language Partners as a home tutor for immigrants, and is a regular blogger about climate change, housing, veganism, business and transport.
Jo is trained in The Natural Step, a science based framework for sustainability. She was also part of the team to develop the Home Performance Advisor training programme and continues to co-manage the delivery of this nationwide. She is trained in the WoF (warrant of fitness) for homes through the Otago University and has been piloting the Homefit standard with the New Zealand Green Building Council. Jo is active in the delivery of housing assessments and community workshops with a focus on improving the performance of housing to achieve better health outcomes for families in New Zealand.
Through the delivery of assessments and community workshops, Jo is at the coalface of housing in New Zealand, working with existing homes, rental properties and owner occupied. Jo is also project managing a social housing build in Rotorua with Sustainability Options. The purpose of the project to provide quality homes that are healthy with low maintenance and running costs, and she feels it is of the utmost importance to demonstrate to the public and government that these changes can and should be done within the housing market and can be adopted by social housing providers.
NB: Jo was also born & bred Taranaki, grew up in Westown, and her my family still live in Taranaki.