Community initiatives

The South Coast Environment Society

The South Coast Environment Society was formed in 1996 to operate the Environment Centre in Riverton. The Environment Centre is on the main street in Riverton on the Southern Scenic Route, and they provide services to the wider south coast of New Zealand.

The Centre was established to provide a base for, and support to three existing Riverton environmental groups (Riverton Organic Group, Riverton Organic Food Co-op and Estuary Care Society) and promote environmental awareness. Since then the Society has provided a constant and reliable management for the Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand. Their programmes also reach people and organisations outside their area, including overseas. The initial three environmental groups are still going strong, and an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop. Take a tour of the centre on the video below (or here on YouTube)

Visit the South Coast Environment Society's website.

Transition Towns

Transition Towns is a grass roots/community initiative that involves creating a resilient, truly sustainable, vibrant community of happy and healthy people that will live in a way that will protect the environment and ultimately enhance the quality of human lives everywhere. The movement is gaining momentum internationally with about 1000 towns or cities worldwide (50 in New Zealand) joining the movement. The Invercargill branch of the movement aims to support the transition of Invercargill - and Southland - communities into a lower-energy, lower-emissions future.

Visit the Transition Town Invercargill website.

Southland Community Environment Award winners and nominees

Our annual Southland Community Environment Awards celebrate environmental champions of the region. Check out what Southlanders have done to protect and enhance their environment over the years. A selection of winners and nominees are presented on our website, to inspire you and showcase what's being done.

View our award winners and nominees.

Page reviewed: 31 Aug 2018 7:14am