Take the Sustainable Whanau Challenge

16th January 2015 | Nicky Davis

Auckland households big or small can win big by taking small steps towards living better in the Sustainable Whanau Challenge.

Eco-festivals Ecofest North and Ecowest are throwing down the green gauntlet in this innovative online event, asking people to pick 4 easy eco-actions and sustain them around their home and garden for 3 weeks: 14 March-5 April 2015.

Signing up for the challenge is quick, free and easy by going to www.sustainablewhanauchallenge.com . Once registered, participants are sent this infographic:

SWC Infographic_Final

Over three weeks people’s chosen actions, and their impacts, will be collected using online forms and social media.

Changing behaviour to become more sustainable will reap rewards for the lucky prize-winners as there are over $8,000 worth of awesome eco-friendly prizes to be won, including a Smart Motion electric bike, a Solahart Titan Solar Water Heating Retrofit Kit, Tanksalot raised garden beds and many more.

Toni Van Tonder, Ecofest North manager says “The word ‘sustainability’ isn’t simply a buzz word – it’s a way of life. It’s good for the world, it’s good for the ones we love, and it’s good for ourselves. We want people who wouldn’t normally go out of their way to be ‘eco-minded’ to engage with the Sustainable Whanau Challenge. Once they experience the benefits that being less wasteful and more environmentally-aware has on their lives in just 3 weeks we hope they will adopt these practices as the norm”.

Ecofest North will be co-ordinated by the Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, for the third year running to celebrate and showcase everything that is environmentally good across the North Shore, up to Matakana.

Across west Auckland, Ecowest will be rolled out by EcoMatters Environment Trust (www.ecomatters.org.nz), and will be a celebration of the Eco-City way of life, creatively engaging citizens in environmental restoration and sustainable lifestyles.

Both festivals run from 14 March – 12 April (www.ecofest.org.nz) and are supported by Auckland Council, with Ray White North Shore also sponsoring Ecofest.

Kaipatiki Project is able to operate due to the generosity of our funders and supporters

Auckland Council Foundation North Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ubiquity Environment Hubs Aotearoa