Hamilton City, like all Councils in NZ, must play its part in addressing the Climate Challenge. I’ve been asked about my position. Here is a starting point to kick off discussions at Council.
Five things Hamilton City Council must do!
- Understand its carbon footprint and create reduction targets
- Sign the Local Government Leaders Climate Declaration
- Understand and discuss the implications for climate change in the city
- Be leaders in building sustainable communities in tandem with LGNZ
- Reduce in-house waste (energy, resources)
Ten things Hamilton City Council should do:
- Provide and promote public transport and other transport sharing options for public
- Provide greater opportunities for pedestrians
- Promote ride-share, passenger transport and electric vehicles for staff
- Drive best practice urban design to:
- create neighbour modern neighbourhoods that allow people to walk or cycle to local services
- ensure energy efficient homes
- ensure environmentally friendly storm water solutions eg: swales
- promote environmentally friendly construction materials
- maintain adequate green space
- ensure there is space for trees
- move towards/incentivise grey-water re-use
- Save and enhance the gully networks and greenspaces
- Plant more trees and give preference to the planting of native trees and shrubs
- Prevent urban sprawl, build infill with quality green space provided and protected
- Undertake good pest management to enable green spaces and gullies to thrive
- Keep up with new technologies, science and innovation
- Support community groups that are working on education and environmental projects to the natural environment of the city
Five things Hamilton can do:
- Investigate park and ride opportunities for commuters
- Retrofit all older community assets with LED lighting/ double glazing & energy efficient heating
- Improve the recycling at all city based events, no more excuses!
- Buy local wherever practical. Bonus: it supports local business
- Re-invent the way staff move around during the day, electric vehicles, bus passes, shared fleets, reduce air travel ( more video conferences)
This is not a comprehensive policy it's a list of ideas. I look forward to hearing the ideas of others. Let's talk about Climate Action in our city!