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Building Sustainable Communities | Kapiti Coast's Greenest Street 2010-12

This report is the story of the 'Kapiti Coast's Greenest Street' competition - an initiative of the Kapiti Coast District Council.

Two rounds of competition have engaged 84 households, and achieved an average environmental footprint reduction of 16%. And it's not just about the environment, although that's a strong theme. We've also seen increased resilience, stronger communities and a lot of fun.

Professor Brenda Vale, Research Fellow at Victoria University and a competition judge for 2011/12, said, "It was noticeable that none of those taking part thought this reduction in environmental impact was a reduction in quality of life. In fact the opposite was true, as the coming together as a collective street to tackle the problem was observed to be life enriching and enhancing."

We're pretty pleased with the outcomes and have had interest from groups in New Zealand and overseas. So for them, you and ourselves, we've collected together some of the amazing material the participants' created, an explanation of what we did, why and what happened, and some of the lessons we've learnt along the way.

As Liana Stupples, another judge and former Chief Executive at The Hikurangi Foundation, put it, "It turns out we can all be the neighbours we'd want to live next to - those that care about each other and their impact on our shared planet."

Read the report (3mb PDF)

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