Plastic Bag FreePlastic Bag FreeI pledge to go plastic bag free
Single use plastic bags are a well-known source of marine pollution and a big cause for concern in the Auckland CBD. There's almost more plastic than fish in our oceans! Most plastic bags aren't biodegrade, they break down into smaller toxic pieces contaminating soil and waterways.
By pledging to stop using plastic bags you're helping to make NZ plastic bag free! We're looking for at least 1000 people to make a pledge.more...
Carbon TargetCarbon TargetI pledge to reduce my carbon emissions
At 7.22 tonnes per capita New Zealanders are among the biggest greenhouse gas emitters per person in the developed world. And our emissions are getting bigger - growing 21% between 1990 and 2013. Higher CO2 emissions mean more rapid climate change - more drought, heat waves, severe storms, sea level rise, wildfires and biodiversity loss. By pledging to reduce your carbon emissions you play your part in creating a solution. We need more renewable energy, clean transport and better efficiency. Good for your health and wealth!more...
Restore a Metre of StreamRestore a Metre of StreamI pledge to restore a metre of New Zealand stream
Million Metres is a non-profit project set up to restore the health of New Zealand waterways, metre by metre, stream by stream. The aim is to reach a million metres of stream restoration, and we need your help. The money you invest in a Million Metres helps fund the trees being planted by community groups along waterways across New Zealand. Freshwater scientists agree that riparian planting is vital to the health of our freshwater ecosystems. It also absorbs CO2 the biggest cause of climate change.
Restoration costs $16-$50 a meter.more...
Give My Car a RestGive My Car a RestI pledge to leave my car at home at least one day a week
For every 200km less travelled you will save 46kgs of carbon emissions. Transport creates 44% of New Zealander's CO2 emissions, and about 16% of our total greenhouse gas emissions. NZTA found New Zealanders spend an average of four and three-quarter hours driving a week. Almost half of our trips are less than 6km and these short trips can cause more air pollution with
cold engines consuming up to 40% more fuel. So walk, bike, train, bus, scoot, catch a ride with a friend or just stay at home. Save some money on petrol and reduce your carbon emissions.
Auckland Transport or contact your local public transport provider.more...
Go Five Star at HomeGo Five Star at HomeI pledge to live in a 5* Homestar rated home
By committing to live in a home with five or more Homestars you are committing to reduce your households environmental impact and carbon emissions significantly. The Homestar tool rates the sustainability of New Zealand homes and multi-unit dwellings. Most new homes built to Building Code gain a 3-4 Homestar rating, while existing New Zealand homes usually only achieve a 2-3 stars. This interactive guide shows you what a home needs to get a great Homestar rating.more...
Eat Less MeatEat Less MeatI pledge to go Meat Free on Mondays
Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Producing one calorie of meat requires nearly 20x the amount of energy to produce one plant calorie. Global meat consumption has tripled over the last four decades. So reduce your own personal footprint, and make a dent in global emissions by eating less meat. Join us in taking the pledge to not eat meat one day a week and become a part of the Meatless Monday movement!
Some delicious recipes to get you started!more...
OffsetOffsetI pledge to offset my carbon footprint every year
A carbon offset is a great way to give something back for the carbon you haven’t been able to avoid emitting. By paying for each kg or tonne of greenhouse gas you are responsible for emitting you can contribute to a certified project that will absorb an equivalent amount over time. We recommend offsetting your carbon footprint through verified carbon credits, such as those endorsed by the carboNZero Programme. If you are a business it is recommended that you certify your footprint and offsets so you can make a carboNZero claim!more...
Plant a TreePlant a TreeI pledge to plant a tree
Trees absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and exhale oxygen – an essential part of the carbon cycle that is compromised everyday by ever increasing deforestation. Take this simple step to mop up more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. Plant a tree at home, at work or in your community. Or help support the restoration of Oakley Creek Te Auaunga. This beautiful urban stream adjoins Unitec’s Wairaka Campus boundary. Donate $10 to Friends of Oakley Creek and they will plant a tree in the next planting season for you – or attend a planting day to do it yourself.more...
Go Five Star at WorkGo Five Star at WorkI pledge to base my business in a 5 Star Building
Build or lease the greenest building in town! A rating of 5 Green Star indicates New Zealand Excellence for sustainable design. But even if you’re not in Green Star premises, you can aim for a 5 star NABERSNZ rating for energy efficiency. This is a great low-cost way to track energy use and help you do better – lowering your costs and carbon footprint. NABERSNZ can work for any office tenant as well as building owners and managers. You can start by doing your own self-assessment. And when moving into new premises, go for a Green Star site or fit-out for maximum sustainability.
More at the New Zealand Green Building Councilmore...
Drive Five StarDrive Five StarI pledge to only buy super fuel efficient vehicles
No choice but to drive? Then commit to buying the most fuel efficient vehicle for your needs. Cars vary a lot in how much fuel they use, even between similar models. The difference can be hundreds of dollars in fuel a year, which means thousands of dollars over a car's lifetime and that can add up to tonnes of carbon emissions. That's why selecting which car to purchase is one of the most important fuel efficiency and climate conscious decisions you can make. Go for 5 or 6 stars to minimise your impact. And don’t forget to ensure your tyres are energywise approved too.more...
Buy Local ProduceBuy Local ProduceI pledge to buy more local produce
Eating local produce is important. Not only does buying local produce reduce my impact on the environment, it also increases the amount of nutrition in the food I buy and helps reduce the amount of packaging thrown away.
Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables, or growing your own, is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Produce begins loosing nutrients the moment it is picked so across country or the world food distribution not only produces a huge volume of carbon emissions, it also reduces the nutritional value of the food we eat.more...
Go ElectricGo ElectricI pledge to buy or lease an electric vehicle
Make an 80% reduction in your travel CO2 emissions – by switching from imported fossil fuel to home grown renewable electricity. Your car will charge anywhere there is a power point for the equivalent of about 30 cents per litre for petrol. 90% of kiwi vehicle trips are less than 90km - well within battery range. You’ll quietly drive pollution-free – with no exhaust pipe - no emissions and less lifecycle emissions - even when you take into account raw material extraction, battery manufacture, vehicle manufacture and shipping.
EVs emit 60% fewer climate change emissions over the full life cycle than petrol vehicles.more...
CompostCompostI pledge to compost
New Zealanders throw out enough food each year to feed the entire population of Dunedin twice! So stop burying too much food in the vege bin and throwing out those left overs. Only buy what you need and compost your leftovers. Food waste in landfill breaks down anaerobically and produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 (carbon dioxide) as a greenhouse gas. A compost pile, on the other hand, undergoes aerobic decomposition. Because it is exposed to oxygen, either by turning it or through the use of worms and other living organisms, it produces CO2 instead of methane. So a much lower impact.more...
Go SolarGo SolarI pledge to install photovoltaic solar panels
Go 100% renewable by installing photovoltaic solar panels on your home, school or business. PV panels generate electricity whenever the sun shines, supplying your energy needs, with surplus power sold back to the grid. A recent Consumer article on grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems quotes a Deustche Bank report that found New Zealand had joined a growing list of countries where residential solar power had reached “grid parity”. This means in some regions the equivalent cost of power from the best rooftop solar panels is now equal to or less than the retail price of power from the grid. So increase your energy independence and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by pledging to go solar today!more...
Energy Star AppliancesEnergy Star AppliancesI pledge to only buy Energy Star appliances
By choosing Energy Star rated appliances you are choosing the most energy efficient options on the market. Or look for energy rating labels – these all have a simple star rating - the more stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance is. Better energy efficiency means lower carbon emissions.more...
Go LEDGo LEDI pledge to switch to LED light bulbs
Old incandescent lamps generate light by heating the filament to a very high temperature so that it glows. This is super inefficient with 95% of the energy used being wasted as heat rather than light. LED light bulbs use up to 80% less electricity, lasting up to 25,000 hours and contain no mercury. Less energy, less carbon emissions, less waste and less hazardous substances. There are warm and cool, dimmable, screw and bayonet options now available for reasonable prices.more...
Go by BikeGo by BikeI pledge to go Friding and cycle at least one day a week
Friding: it’s riding your bike, on a Friday. It’s our way of changing the world one Friday at a time.
It’s getting people out riding together for one day a week – and what better day than Friday? You'll save about 1.38kg of carbon for every km cycled.more...
Give a DayGive a DayI pledge to give a day to habitat restoration
Whether it's for a day, a week, with your colleagues or a group, your time and effort as a volunteer will not only be rewarding, but it will make a real difference. Build biodiversity and replant vegetation to absorb more carbon. Support a local restoration project, discover your local environment and make a difference to our natural habitat. Volunteer any week of the year.more...