Going Green 2008

29 November 2008

Do you know how to eat green? What about disposing green?

These were just two of the topics offered at Going Green on Saturday, 29 November, a free public event organised by the University’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) which attracted nearly 500 people.

Going Green aimed to give attendees the knowledge to make informed choices and incorporate green imperatives in their everyday living.

Opening addresses came from Dr Lesley Stone, the University’s Environmental Coordinator, who gave an overview of sustainability, and Dr Niki Harre, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, who provided insights into the psychological challenges around sustainability.

“Not only is the University setting a great example by hosting events such as this, we’re also showing people how easy it is for them to be greener,” says Dr Stone.

Dr Harre said “It was fantastic to bring together so many inspiring speakers, and I was very impressed with the range of people who attended. I suspect there was just as much expertise in the audience as in the presenters. I think the information from the day will spread far and wide throughout many communities in Auckland”.

Local experts covered topics as diverse as how to grow, eat, buy, dispose and travel green; how to build a green community, be a green school and be green parents; how to design and renovate green houses, and how to invest and market green. There was even an insight into how to have a green funeral. Stalls and exhibits showcased a selection of businesses offering a range of green products and services, and the initiatives of local authorities and community groups.

Going Green provided a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of some of the University's own initiatives in this area and CCE hopes to run the event annually.