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Kapiti Council Finalist In Green Awards

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Kapiti Council Finalist In Green Awards

Kāpiti Coast District Council is in a finalist in the Ministry for the Environment’s Green Ribbon awards, to be announced at a ceremony at Parliament on Thursday.

The Green Ribbon Awards are presented by the Minister for the Environment to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand's environment.

The Council is a finalist in the ‘Central and Local Government Stepping Up’ category for the wide ranging work it has done in the area of environmental sustainability in recent years. This work includes:

Work to reduce carbon emissions including installing a wood fired boiler at the Paraparaumu Sewerage Treatment Plant, which will cut the Council’s carbon emissions by 23%, upgrading its pensioner housing with insulation and solar panels, distributing low energy lightbulbs free to residents and installing solar heating at Ōtaki Pool.

Providing a wide range of help and advice to householders via its Green Gardener, Green Plumber and Eco-Design Advisor and others, and showcasing sustainable living at its annual Sustainable Home and Garden Show.

Working with community groups including planting groups, schools and the ‘Greenest Street’ competitors and providing them with practical support, education and grants via its Sustainable Neighbourhoods Co-ordinator, Environmental Restoration Officer and support for the Enviroschools programme.

Leading the way with planning policies for sustainable development, including Plan Change 75 which requires new homes to have greywater systems and/or rainwater tanks.

Sponsoring the establishment of the Clean Technology Centre in Ōtaki and putting environmental sustainability and resilience at the centre of its economic development plans for the district.

Extending walkways and cycleways and encouraging sustainable transport.

Mayor Jenny Rowan said, “This nomination reflects the deep commitment to sustainability on the Kāpiti Coast both within the Council and out in the community.

“We recognise the links between the quality of the environment and the long-term health, wellbeing and prosperity of residents and consciously make these links in the different things the Council does.

“Recognition in the Green Ribbon awards is an honour and we hope what we’ve achieved will provide inspiration to others to do the same.”

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