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We recently launched the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities’ latest book Improving buildings, cutting carbon. The book is a collection of essays by a wide range of experts in the area of decarbonising new and existing buildings while maintaining health and wellbeing. At the launch guest speaker Geoff Bertram of Victoria University of Wellington commented on the challenges and opportunities to New Zealand in the transition to a zero carbon future. Please contact Libby Grant if you’d like more information or to purchase the book: email@example.com
We are delighted to announce our two Public Health Summer School 2021 symposiums to be held here at the University of Otago Wellington. Building for zero carbon by 2050 Tuesday 16 February 2021 The building and construction sector is responsible for 20% of NZ’s carbon emissions and has a key a role to play in achieving our goals for zero carbon emissions by 2050. Tackling this challenge will require all actors in the sector to join forces to make the changes necessary to transform the sector. This New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities symposium will bring together experts, policy makers and industry to discuss these issues and the way to make progress to cut carbon emissions from the sector and make our housing healthier. Eviction and its consequences Thursday 18 February 2021 In this symposium the He Kāinga Oranga Housing and Health research team will present the results of the Marsden Funded research project: Eviction and its Consequences. This expansive and multidisciplinary study takes a personal, legal, epidemiological and historical lens to the study of eviction. The researchers will highlight the stories and experiences of whānau who have experienced eviction – the factors leading up to the event, the process of eviction and the ongoing implications of losing home. Course cost and registration $300 early bird, $400 after Tuesday 22 December 2020. A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff. Register now to get the earlybird rate! We look forward to seeing you next year.
Recently a team of researchers from the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities submitted to Wellington City Council on its draft spatial plan. Blaschke P, Chapman R, Schrader B, Shaw C, Randal E, Howden-Chapman P & Shearer I. (2020.) Submission by the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities on Our City Tomorrow: Wellington’s Draft Spatial Plan
A University of Otago research proposal has been awarded an Endeavour Fund 2020 grant of $12,393,935 (excluding GST) by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
On behalf of the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, Associate Professor Ralph Chapman and Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman have made a submission to the newly established Climate Change Commission. Chapman, R and Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Transforming transport and cities in NZ: a note for the Climate Change Commission’s engagements on transport and urban form.