Environment

Valleys Conservation Project

The Valleys Project offers private individuals and corporates the opportunity to undertake significant yet affordable conservation projects in partnership with DOC and the NZ National Parks & Conservation Foundation. These projects aim to adjust the balance in favour of our birdlife by trapping predators in areas currently without any control measures.  They will combine strategically with DOC’s existing work and other VALLEYS Projects to become part of a greater whole.

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carbonNZero programme

The carboNZero programme and CEMARS programme are internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification schemes. They provide tools for organisations, products, services and events to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint), and optionally offset it. The programmes are owned and operated by Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Landcare Research (100% NZ government-owned).

 

Emissions calculators

Enviro-Mark Solutions has a public calculator which enables you tocalculate and offset emissions for your travels. You can also directly offset your emissions if you have already calculated your footprint.


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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

Promotes a sustainable energy future by changing the way New Zealanders think about and use energy. Includes EECA business advice for tourism businesses .

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Energy Management Journey Tool

Reducing energy usage requires knowing how well you are managing it. You rate yourself on six key areas and compare your results against other businesses. This tool tells you what energy areas to focus on, recommends actions, estimated savings potential, and how to develop a business energy management plan.

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Ministry for the Environment

Useful information on the environment, including reducing greenhouse emissions, the Resource Management Act, climate change, and freshwater reforms. MFE’s website also has information on various funds to improve environmental performance, such as the Waste Minimisation Fund and environmental awards.

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Nature Services

A free LandCare NZ tool to help you select locally suitable native plant species for specific purposes and services within your region and landscape.

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New Zealand Green Building Council

A not-for-profit organisation. Member organisations support or work towards a more sustainable built environment in New Zealand.

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Pure Advantage

Comprised of business leaders who believe the private sector has an important role to play in creating a greener, wealthier New Zealand, Pure Advantage is a not-for-profit organisation that investigates and promotes opportunities for green growth, including bioproducts, waste to value and renewable energy.

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Sustainable Business Council

Guides on how to make your business more sustainable, including procurement, energy efficiency, climate change, zero waste, and successful business and school partnerships.

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Sustainable Business Network

A forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable development practice. Practical support and tools include:

  • resources sheets to help businesses get started  in the big five areas of business sustainability: transport, waste, energy, workplace and purchasing

  • a smart office guide providing practical information on sustainable office management
     
  • information on collaborative projects, including procurement and crowdfunding the planting of native plants and trees along New Zealand waterways 

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